Frequently Asked Questions

Solar Energy isn't new, however the technology has changed exponentially since it’s inception. No longer are the panels clunky and unsightly, they are now sleek and add a little extra punch to the look of your roof-line. Everything in life must have a good foundation, and solar panels are no different.

We live in a world where things that seem too good to be true, usually are just good to be true. That alone can raise warning flags, and rightly so. The internet has become a wonderful resource for knowledge and as we all know, knowledge is power.

Listed below is a list of questions and answers to help you better understand how solar energy can work for you and empower you to make a choice that is right for you and for the environment.

  • why go solar?
  • is solar energy environmental sound?
  • will my solar panels produce power on cloudy and stormy days?
  • does solar work in a blackout?
  • is there maintenance and what is the cost?
  • can i afford to go solar?
  • is my roof good for solar?
  • will i need a new roof?
  • What if I am concerned about my roof?
  • how long will my system last?
  • what happens when i sell my home?
  • how many panels will i need?
  • what are power inverters?
  • what happens at installation?
  • what is solar monitoring and do i need it?
  • do i need a battery for my system?

When you install a solar energy system on your property, you save money on your electricity bills and protect yourself against rising electricity rates in the future. How much you can save depends on the utility rates and solar policies in your area, but going solar is a smart investment regardless of where you live.

Saving the planet looks good on you.

  1. Reduces Air Pollution. Fossil fuels create a lot of pollutants.
  2. Reduce Water Usage.
  3. Reduces Dependence On Nonrenewable Energy Sources.
  4. Improves Humanity's Health In The Long-run.
  5. Helps Fight Climate Change.

The amount of power your solar energy system can generate is dependent on sunlight. Your solar panels will produce slightly less energy when the weather is cloudy, and no energy at night. Even with that in mind, the high cost of power through your local electric company and financial incentives, solar is a smart decision even if you live in a cloudy city.

If your solar panel system is connected to the grid, it will shut off in the event of a blackout. This is where batteries can be in some cases, a real lifesaver. Your Solar Energy Partners representative can help you decide the battery and size that is right for you.

Solar panel systems are made of durable tempered glass and require little to no maintenance for the 25 to 35 years that they will generate power. Oftentimes, you don’t even need to clean your solar panels regularly.

If you do decide you want them as shiny as possible, there are companies out there that offer those services. If something does happen, most equipment manufacturers include warranties, although warranty terms depend on the company.

If you can afford to pay your electricity bill you can afford to go solar. $0-down solar financing options, including both solar loans and solar leases, make it easy for homeowners with good credit to start saving on their electricity bills by going solar. With all the solar tax credits incentives, you can’t afford to not go solar.

Southerly-facing roofs with little to no shade and enough space to fit a solar panel system are ideal for installing solar. However, in many cases there are workarounds if your home doesn’t have the ideal solar roof.

Solar energy systems can last for 25 to 35 years,and your roof needs to be the solid foundation that will support that system for the duration. If your roof looks to need maintenance, you should complete it before you finish your solar installation. Solar Energy Partners’ knowledgeable representatives can help you with making the right decisions for your roof and if necessary find you a local roofing pro CLICK HERE who is familiar with solar.

Solar panels are quite durable and capable of withstanding snow, wind, and hail. The various components of your solar power system may need to be replaced at different times, but your system should continue to generate electricity for 25 to 35 years.

Selling a solar enhanced home does not present additional problems. Studies have shown that solar increases property values. However, if you lease your system, you will need to either buy out your lease before you sell your home, or work with your leasing company to transfer the lease agreement to the home’s new owner.

The size of your solar energy system will depend on how much electricity you use on a monthly basis, as well as the other variables such as weather, placement and more. Solar Energy Partners’ friendly representatives will assist you to determine the best system size for your needs.

Power inverters convert the electricity your panels produce from direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC) power. There are three types of inverters: string/centralized inverters, microinverters, and power optimizers. Your Solar Energy Partners representative will assist you in finding the right option.

Once you make the decision to go solar, a site survey will be conducted. Once the team of experts ensures everything is ideal, your installer will file the paperwork necessary to have your system approved. The actual installation takes a day or two to complete.

If you are interested in receiving detailed information about how much energy your solar panel system is producing, ask your Solar Energy Partners representative. In most cases, solar lease agreements will include free programs to track your system’s performance. If you own your system you may need to pay for one separately.

  1. Solar power systems that include solar batteries are increasingly popular, but are well worth the price. As black outs and time outages by power companies become more frequent, batteries become a more sensible option.
  2. Batteries are not necessary for most solar homeowners. As long as you are connected to the grid, your system does not need a battery. Excess power goes back into the grid, and you can draw from the grid if you need more electricity than your panels can generate.
  3. In the event of a blackout, a battery can keep your home running, your food and family safe and you connected to the world outside.