Solar energy is a great solution for energy that doesn’t use our planet resources. The only resource solar energy is using is the sun.
1. How do I know what size solar PV system is right for my house?
By offsetting the current or expected future, electric usage of the household. It is all about finding the kilowatts you need to produce.
2. What are the most important factors to consider when planning to install solar panels?
Where the most sun exposure is available for the system and the power needed to offset your household electrical usage.
3. Is it possible to have an option to install my system with $0 down on payment?
Yes. We offer a variety of flexible leasing and financing options, including $0 down. We’re happy to consult on which option is best for you.
4. How long does it take to install a PV system?
It generally takes 2-3 days for the average rooftop system to be installed. From start to finish, the entire process takes 6-8 weeks from the time you get an evaluation to the time your solar power is turned on.
5. How many solar panels do I need to power my home?
That really all depends on how much electricity you use. Size is not the ultimate determining factor. The amount of solar panels needed is determined by a number of factors: capacity of your roof or ground area, current utility bill amount, and the percentage of bill desired to be covered. During our SmartSolar Consultation, our engineering team will give you all the options and work hard to figure out what system will produce the maximum possible.
6. What type of maintenance do solar panels require?
Solar Panels require very little maintenance. The panels are typically cleaned when it rains (assuring no dirt or particles block solar access to the sun), and some owners additionally hose them down once a year.
7. What if the system produces more energy than expected?
The amount of electricity produced by your photo voltaic (PV) system is tracked by your electric meter. For systems that are tied to the electrical grid, when PV panels produce more electricity than your house is currently using, the meter spins backward. This excess electricity will be credited to you on your monthly electric bill at the rate you would have been charged to use it.
8. How do I know if the panels are working?
You will have access to the monitoring system we will guide you through the process and help with any questions you have about how your system is working.
9. What is net metering?
Net metering credits solar energy system owners for the electricity they add to the grid. For example, if a residential customer has a PV system on the home’s rooftop, it may generate more electricity than the home uses during daylight hours.
10. Is it better to lease the solar system or purchase?
Both of the options has their own pros and cons. Leasing a system reduces the benefits of owning a solar system but it also reduces the upfront costs, purchasing your system using cash/ credit card / check usually doesn’t require a credit check and you are enjoying the benefits of being the owner of the system but they include some upfront costs, and finally, financing companies allow you to purchase and own the system with many different payment options. We recommend to consult with our energy experts in order to decide what is the best plan for you.
11. What is the customer’s responsibilities in the process of solar installation?
The home owner’s job is to sit back and enjoy all the benefits of the sun energy, we will take care of the rest (Paperwork, Customizing your system, installation, and more), we keep you updated and informed in every part of the project.
12. How does solar power work at night?
Your solar system is working very hard during daylight to produce electricity. When your system is not generating energy, the excess of power that was created during the day offsets the cost of electricity used at night. The result is a lower electricity bill.
13. How much energy can my rooftop produce?
Our average customer generates 80% -100% of their annual electrical bill. While we hate to give you the “it depends” answer, it really does depend on the size of the system and the amount of sunlight the rooftop receives. To understand your exact situation.
14. Is my house a good candidate for solar power?
South-facing roofs receive the most sunlight, making them ideal candidates. However, we have often been able to put a solar install where other solar installers thought it was impossible. We will analyze your rooftop and create a shading analysis report to determine if solar is feasible for your roof. Our experts can also advise how to trim surrounding trees to assure maximum solar access.