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How does solar work?
The most common type of solar technology is photovoltaic (PV) cells. These cells are made of semiconductor material and are arranged in a panel. When sunlight hits the panel, the energy of the light is absorbed and then converted into direct current (DC) electricity. This electricity is then sent to an inverter, which converts the DC electricity into alternating current (AC) electricity, which is the type of electricity used in homes and businesses.
What happens at night?
Solar panels don’t produce electricity at night because they depend on the sun’s energy. However, many solar panel systems have batteries that store energy during the day, so you can continue to use the energy stored in the batteries at night. In addition, some systems have backup generators that kick in when the batteries are depleted.
How many panels do I need?
It can vary from case to case. Generally, if the circumstances allow it, solar installers will design a system that will cover your yearly energy requirements, resulting in a net-zero electricity situation. However, if your roof space isn't adequate enough to hit net zero, it's still a great financial decision to invest in a system that won't get you there.
How are panels mounted?
Solar panels can be installed in two main ways on your property. First, rooftop solar is the most common option. This involves using a specially designed and certified racking system to mount the panels securely to the roof. However, if there is not enough roof space, ground-mounted solar is an option. This requires longer cable runs, additional racking materials, and piling costs, making it usually 10-25% more expensive than rooftop solar.
How much do Solar Panels cost?
The cost of solar panels depends on the size and type of system you choose. Generally, the larger the system, the more expensive it will be.
Do Solar Panels require maintenance?
Yes, solar panels require regular maintenance to ensure they are working at their optimal performance. This includes cleaning the panels, checking the wiring and connections, and making sure there is no damage to the system.
How long do Solar Panels last?
The expected lifespan of a solar panel is 25 - 30 years. This is due to the fact that the cells used in the panels are highly durable and resistant to wear and tear.
Are Solar Panels Reliable?
Yes, solar panels are reliable. They are designed to withstand a variety of weather conditions, such as strong winds and hail.
What are the benefits of Solar Panels?
The main benefit of solar panels is that they provide clean, renewable energy. This means that you are not relying on traditional sources of electricity, such as fossil fuels, which can be damaging to the environment. Solar panels also reduce electricity bills, as you are generating your own power.