What is solar energy and how does it work?

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.

How much can I save by switching to solar energy?

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.

How long does it take to install a solar panel system?

A typical residential solar installation takes 1-3 days, depending on the size and complexity of the system.

Can I get solar panels if my roof is shaded or faces north?

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.

What happens during cloudy days or at night? Will I still have power?

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.

Do I still need to be connected to the grid if I have solar panels?

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.

How much maintenance do solar panels require?

Solar panels require minimal maintenance. Regularly checking for debris and occasional cleaning is typically sufficient. Systems should also be professionally inspected every few years.

Are there any tax credits or incentives for going solar in Texas?

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.

What happens if there’s a power outage?

 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.

How durable are solar panels against severe weather conditions?

 Solar panels are designed to withstand environmental stress, including hail and high winds. They undergo rigorous testing to ensure durability.

What is the lifespan of a solar panel system?

The average lifespan is 25-30 years. While efficiency slightly decreases over time, many systems continue to function well beyond this period.

How will solar installation affect my property value?

Studies consistently show that homes with solar systems sell faster and at higher prices than those without.

What’s the difference between off-grid and grid-tied solar systems?

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.

Can I monitor the energy production of my solar panels?

Yes, most modern systems come with monitoring solutions, allowing you to track energy production and consumption in real-time.

What size solar system do I need for my property?

System size depends on your energy needs, roof size, and location. Our team will provide a customized assessment to determine the optimal system size.

What’s the environmental impact of solar panels?

Solar panels significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Over their lifespan, they offset tons of CO2, equivalent to planting thousands of trees.

How do solar battery storage systems work and do I need one?

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.

Can I upgrade my solar system in the future if my energy needs increase?

Absolutely! We can assess your evolving needs and recommend appropriate upgrades or additions to your existing system.

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