Solar FAQ: Everything you need to know about solar power, panels, batteries, installation, and more.
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Photovoltaic solar cells (or solar panels) are a form of technology used to absorb solar radiation for the purpose of conversion to solar electricity.
Solar panels are made by framing small silicon cells protected by a pane of glass.
Solar panels are made up of photovoltaic solar cells which are made of some form of silicon. Highest efficiency panels are made from monocrystalline silicon cells.
Solar panels use photovoltaic technology to release electrons from the rest of the atom. Electrons move around within the panel, which creates direct current (DC) electricity. An attached inverter will then convert the DC electricity into alternating current (AC) electricity. AC electricity is the same type of energy that you use on a daily basis.
Our average system involves 16-30 panels. This is entirely dependent upon the size of the installation area and your energy usage. You can even add a backup supply to store energy with batteries.
Generally we use a 270 watt solar panel. In order to offset the electrical usage of your home you would need a panel array producing the equivalent of your energy usage.
Although the production may be less, solar panels work on cloudy days. We always design solar systems to offset energy usage both night and day, meaning the energy produced by your system during the day will continue to offset your energy usage during the night. Solar panel efficiency on a cloudy day is lessened, but with the right system size you’ll offset your usage over time.
Solar panels can actually work better in colder temperatures because as a solar panel heats to extreme temperatures, the efficiency lessens. Solar panels in winter will function fully unless heavily coated with snow. In this case, you’d need to remove the snow to resume solar energy production. Thankfully most roof pitches allow for easy snow fall and most often you will not need to remove it manually. Keep in mind, a custom solar system designed for your home should always take into consideration the number of cloudy days and winter snow days in your region – this helps determine what the overall energy offset needs to be so that you buy an array with enough solar panels.
Installation is just one element in the overall price of a solar system which is dependent on many different factors. Most solar companies will build your installation costs into the price per kilowatt and include hours worked, expertise, travel cost, etc.
For specific pricing please schedule a free consultation with one of our solar experts.
Installing your own solar panels is possible, but requires intense research, city permitting, and someone knowledgeable of safety procedures.
The overall process for solar panel installation includes the following steps: array electrical design, full system engineering, city or county permitting, installation of mounting rack, installation of solar panels, system wiring and connection to the net meter.
Roofs of all types are eligible for solar installations.
We recommend that old roofs that need re-shingling or replacing be completed before or at the time of solar panel installation to reduce maintenance costs in the future.
Solar panels last much longer than warranties will guarantee you. Industry standard is a 25-year warranty, however with regular upkeep and maintenance, our systems will continue to generate clean, free energy for 30 or even 40 years.
On average solar panel efficiency is between 14-22%. Highest-quality technology is always our promise when it comes to your system components.
Solar power systems require very little maintenance. There are no moving parts, and require you to clean the panels 1-2 times a year to maintain optimal efficiency. Always make sure your system is free of debris to make sure they are producing the most power possible.
Solar energy is the world’s fundamental renewable power source. As long as the sun is shining, we can have power generated through solar panels. Just so you know, the sun should be radiating for the next 5 to 6 billion years.
Using photovoltaic solar cells, solar radiation can be harnessed and converted into electrical “power,” which can then be used the same as any other form of electricity.
The price of solar panels and installation will vary depending on a number of different factors. This could include the size of your home, your average electrical consumption, tax rebates, solar incentives, and other forms of financial help available. Please contact us today to learn more about the solar panel cost for your Texas home.
You can expect to see up to 100% reduction on your electric bill. This depends on the size of your system and your energy usage.
When you purchase a solar array meant to offset all your energy usage, you can accrue credits in the months that you use less energy to balance out energy you use in summer months (when most of us pay more for energy). So while you’re using more than you’re producing in the summer, you’re still taking advantage of the higher production in earlier months.
Once your system is installed, solar energy is FREE. All day, every day.