Frequently Asked Questions

Solar panels harness sunlight and convert it into electricity using photovoltaic cells. When sunlight hits these cells, it creates an electric current, generating clean and renewable energy for your home.

Switching to solar energy reduces electricity bills, helps the environment by reducing carbon footprint, qualifies you for tax credits and incentives, increases property value, and provides energy independence.

Yes! There are various financing options available, including purchase, lease, and Power Purchase Agreements (PPA). These options often require little to no upfront cost, making solar energy accessible for most homeowners.

Solar panels have a rated lifespan of about 25-30 years but typically can go significantly longer. Most panels come with performance warranties ensuring a certain level of energy production over a specific period, often 25 years. Recent studies have shown well built solar panels with less than 10% degradation after 20 years.

Solar panels require minimal maintenance. Regular cleaning to remove dust and debris and occasional checks for any shading issues or damage is usually all that's needed. Your solar provider may offer maintenance services. During heavy winters, they may require snow removal for full effectiveness.

Standard grid-tied solar systems shut down during a power outage for safety reasons. However, systems with battery storage can provide backup power during outages, ensuring your essential appliances remain operational.

The space needed depends on the system size you require and the efficiency of the solar panels. On average, a 1 kW solar panel system needs about 100 square feet of space.

Yes, you will typically need permits for solar panel installation. However, your solar provider will almost always handle the permitting process and ensure compliance with local regulations.

Solar panels can increase your home's value and make it more attractive to buyers. Often, buyers see it as a significant benefit, leading to a faster sale. If you have a PPA, you can choose to transfer the solar lease or PPA agreement to the new homeowner.

Solar panels can be installed in most regions, but the efficiency may vary based on sunlight availability. A solar provider will conduct a site assessment to determine the viability and efficiency of solar energy for your location.

Solar panels still produce energy during cloudy days, although at a reduced rate. Additionally, excess energy generated during sunnier periods can be credited by the utility grid for use during low-production periods or stored in batteries if you have opted for a storage solution.

Yes, it's possible to expand your solar panel system by adding more panels, especially if your energy needs increase with purchases of EV’s or other usage increases. Your solar provider can assess your current setup and recommend the best way to modify and expand your system.

Yes, most solar panel installations come with warranties. These often include a performance warranty ensuring a specific energy production level over a set period, as well as warranties covering equipment and workmanship. Be sure to insist on solar panels with warranties and review them carefully with your provider.

Incentives vary by location, but common incentives include the Federal Solar Tax Credit (ITC) which is currently 30%, state rebates, local incentives, Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs), and net metering. Your solar provider can guide you on the incentives applicable to your area.

Most solar systems come with monitoring capabilities, allowing you to track energy production and consumption in real-time through a mobile app or web portal. You can see how much energy your system is generating and how much you're consuming from the grid.

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