Solar energy harnesses the power of the sun. Solar panels, or photovoltaic cells, convert sunlight directly into electricity. This electricity can be used immediately, stored in batteries, or sent back to the grid.
Savings vary based on energy consumption, system size, and local utility rates. On average, homeowners can expect to save 50-70% on their electricity bills over the lifetime of the system.
A typical residential solar installation takes 1-3 days, depending on the size and complexity of the system.
While south-facing roofs are optimal, solar panels can be installed on west and east-facing roofs. Shade can reduce efficiency, but solutions like optimizers or micro-inverters can help maximize output.
Solar panels produce less energy on cloudy days but still function. At night, your system will draw power from the grid or any stored energy in solar batteries.
Most homeowners remain connected to the grid for consistent power during times when the panels aren’t producing enough energy. However, off-grid systems are also an option with sufficient battery storage.
Solar panels require minimal maintenance. Regularly checking for debris and occasional cleaning is typically sufficient. Systems should also be professionally inspected every few years.
Yes, the federal government offers a tax credit for solar installations, and Texas often has additional incentives and rebates. Always check current programs as they can change.
If you have a battery storage system, you can use stored energy. Otherwise, grid-tied systems will shut off for safety. Once grid power is restored, the system will automatically restart.
Solar panels are designed to withstand environmental stress, including hail and high winds. They undergo rigorous testing to ensure durability.
The average lifespan is 25-30 years. While efficiency slightly decreases over time, many systems continue to function well beyond this period.
Studies consistently show that homes with solar systems sell faster and at higher prices than those without.
Off-grid systems are completely independent of the local utility grid, relying on batteries for storage. Grid-tied systems are connected to the local utility grid and can send excess power back for credits.
Yes, most modern systems come with monitoring solutions, allowing you to track energy production and consumption in real-time.
System size depends on your energy needs, roof size, and location. Our team will provide a customized assessment to determine the optimal system size.
Solar panels significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Over their lifespan, they offset tons of CO2, equivalent to planting thousands of trees.
Solar batteries store excess energy produced during the day for use at night or during low-production periods. While not mandatory, they provide greater energy independence.
Absolutely! We can assess your evolving needs and recommend appropriate upgrades or additions to your existing system.