Commonly Asked Solar Questions.
How does solar work? How do solar panels generate power?
First, the PV or photovoltaic cells that cover solar panels soak up sun’s abundant, clean energy. What happens next is part science, part magic – tiny particles of light, known as photons, break electrons free from their atoms. This creates a unidirectional flow of direct current or DC electricity that is converted to alternating current or AC electricity which can then be used to power homes and businesses.
How well do solar panels work in overcast or rainy weather?
While it’s true that solar panels generate the most energy when they receive direct sunlight, solar panels will still produce plenty of clean energy on overcast or rainy days. This also applies to cold, cloudy winter days – really! That’s because solar panels absorb both visible and infrared light in order to generate usable electricity. Even the cloudiest, grayest, and rainiest days can’t prevent light from reaching solar panels.
Can I really afford to go solar?
The question is, can you afford not to? If you can afford to pay your electric bill – better yet, if you’re tired of paying way too much for electricity – then you can afford to go solar. So yes, you can afford to go solar, really. We promise!
Can solar panels generate any electricity in moonlight or at night?
No. In order for solar panels to generate electricity, they need to be in contact with either direct or indirect sunlight, both of which contain the photons necessary for photovoltaics. Although exceptionally bright on clear nights, moonlight contains no photons and therefore cannot be used to generate energy.
What are the financial benefits of going solar?
It’s a no brainer. Whether you choose a residential or commercial solar option, you can save big. Going solar means safeguarding yourself against the unpredictability of constantly rising electricity rates. In addition, a solar energy system can increase your property’s value. It’s a win-win no matter which way you look at it.
How much will I save?
We thought you’d never ask! That’s a great question, and one we’re happy to answer after taking a closer look at the specific energy needs of your home or business. We encourage you to contact us to find out exactly how much you can save. With nearly a decade of experience, we have nearly all of our customers completely zero out their electric bills. Clean energy means real savings. If you have an electric bill, you can save by going solar. It’s that simple!
What are the environmental benefits of going solar?
Like other clean, renewable energy sources, solar has a number of environmental and health benefits. Not only are you helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change and pollution, but you’re also reducing the carbon footprint and environmental impact of your home or business. Every home or business is different, and we customize a proposal for your energy needs that includes the environmental impact you’ll have by going solar. All of this preserves the environment we’ll rely on for generations to come.
What happens during a power outage?
In the event of a blackout, your solar energy system will also shut off. That’s because it’s connected to the power grid, so when it goes your solar energy system will too. This is done as a safety measure to protect electricity utility workers and first responders from becoming injured by solar panels sending power to the grid. In South Florida, we’re able to use the power grid as a battery (net-metering) which allows us to over-produce in the months that see more hours of sunlight. Through your "reserve account" with your utility provider, such as Florida Power & Light (FPL), you receive those credits during the year. 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.