Commonly Asked Solar Questions.
How does rooftop solar work?
Rooftop solar works by converting energy from the sun into electricity. The solar panels on your roof collect sunlight and convert it into direct current (DC) electricity. This electricity is then sent to an inverter, which converts the DC electricity into alternating current (AC) electricity that can be used in your home or business. This AC power can be used to power your lights, appliances, and other electronics.
Will my solar panels work on rainy or cloudy days?
Yes! Your panels will still generate electricity on days that aren’t as sunny. Solar panels use the light from the sun to create power, but they are also able to convert ambient light into energy. So even when it’s cloudy or raining, your solar panels can still be collecting energy for you.
What are the financial benefits of switching to solar?
Going solar comes with many financial benefits. You can reduce or eliminate your electric bill, as well as qualify for federal tax credits. Solar power also adds value to your home, so you may be able to get a higher return on investment if you decide to sell it. Additionally, here in South Florida, we have net metering laws that allow you to get money back from utilities for the excess energy produced by your solar system. By going solar youyou'rere also locking in the price of energy today and avoiding rising rate increases due to unpredictable events like higher fuel costs or natural disasters.
Will my solar system still work if there is a power outage?
Whenever there is a power outage in your area, your solar system will shut down. This is due to safety measures to protect the utility workers who may be working in the area when the power goes out. But don't worry, once the power comes back on, your solar system will automatically turn itself back on as well. The exception to this would be if you have battery storage. In that case, power outages are a thing of the past! If you’re interested in having backup power, contact us and we can provide a customized solution for you. We have more information regarding battery storage here.
How does going solar help the planet?
Going solar has a multitude of environmental benefits! Solar energy is a renewable, emission-free resource that reduces air and water pollution. It also helps reduce strain on the power grid and reduces dependence on fossil fuels. Going solar helps you do your part for the environment and make the world more sustainable for generations to come!
What is net-metering?
Net-metering is a billing system where homeowners who generate their own energy are credited for the electricity they add to the grid. When you install solar panels on your roof, any excess energy produced can be sold back to your utility company. This lowers your electricity bills and allows you to save significantly on your energy costs over time.
Do I need battery storage?
You don't need battery storage to use solar energy, but it can be an investment that is worth considering. We always say that Battery storage will provide you peace of mind. In South Florida, we are no strangers to hurricanes and other extreme weather conditions that cause power outages. Battery storage allows you to store the energy produced by your solar panels and use it later when needed – such as during said outages.
Can solar panels charge my electric vehicle?
Absolutely! A properly sized solar system can provide enough power to charge your home and your electric vehicle providing the additional benefit of saving on fuel costs! We recommend talking with one of our energy consultants about the best system for your home and vehicle.