How can solar power benefit you?
Becoming your own energy producer can be very beneficial to you. You can finally take control of your utility bill and stop being held hostage to the electric company’s rising rates. You will gain your energy independence. Use what your produce, own your energy and stabilize the cost for 25 plus years. Other benefits:
- Help alleviate heavy demand variations due to those spikes in electricity.
- Increase the value of your propert
- Help to raise buying potential compared to other properties in the area for sale without stabilized energy improvements.
Why do you need a copy of my utility bill?
We require a copy of your utility bill to determine your annual usage. Once we have that and the price you are paying for your current electric from the utility, we can design a system and run the analysis on cost and savings to help you determine what system is best for you. We want to make sure we are designing a system that covers as much of your energy as possible. Once you choose to move forward with SolarPlus, we will need to submit a full copy of your energy bill to the state in as part of their eligibility process for the grants they are giving towards the purchase of a solar electric system.
What happens during a power outage?
All grid-tied systems shut down in the event of power outage to prevent any electricity from flowing back to main grid. This is dangerous for the utility workers who come to work on the lines. The inverter our SolarPlus team designs for your system has an automatic safety feature to detect this. Once the inverter detects the grid failure, it automatically shuts down power flowing to the grid. Once the grid is back up, your system will automatically turn on and continue to function as normal. If your system is designed with a battery back-up system, the flow to the grid will be cut off and the power being produced will be used to charge the batteries for whatever loads you have connected for such events.
What happens in winter with snow?
We discuss annual production of a solar system and assess the performance based on this information. The SolarPlus production guarantee uses weather data dating back 30 years from you areas local weather stations. If it’s a particularly snowy winter and your panels are covered with snow, electricity will not be generated until the panels are clear. If it’s a mild winter, your system will produce during the prime daylight hours just as any other day. SolarPlus does not recommend clearing roof systems of snow. Damage to the panels may occur as well as it can be dangerous. If you choose to remove snow from your ground array, please take caution while doing so. Most ground arrays will melt and slide the snow right off due to the tilt. The majority of your production will take place spring summer and fall where the number of available daylight hours are at their highest.
What maintenance is required for my solar system once installed?
With the exception of keeping your system free from shade (trimming trees if necessary), Virtually NONE! That’s the beauty of a solar electric system that has no moving parts. In the northeast, annual rainfall will wash them and snow will melt. They are made from tempered glass and highly durable. All systems come with a monitor that can be accessed online to detect any issues. You will be able to view your systems performance.
How popular is solar energy in the United States?
Sadly, the United States is behind in solar energy production in comparison to some of the other leading countries globally. Its solar production only accounts for a small amount of the overall energy usage. Nonetheless, solar power usage is on the rise throughout the country thanks to the renewal of some great federal incentives as well as some other local and state financial incentives and rebate programs. Many residential and commercial energy consumers have recognized the economic and social benefits of solar power by taking advantage of such incentives.
Will the system interfere with the way my business is powered now?
Our SolarPlus design team will evaluate your electrical set up and determine the best route to get you connected. Your site will run exactly the same as it always has. You will see no difference while using your electricity. The only difference will be shown on your bill. You will be paying less or nothing for the energy itself.
When will I need to replace my solar system?
SolarPlus is dedicated to using reliable and proven technology. Our solar panels come with a 25 year warranty and have very little degradation over time. The life expectancy of the systems are much longer.
What happens at night?
Solar panels do not generate electricity at night. You will draw the energy you need from either your local utility company.
What about excess energy produced? Where does it go?
If the solar system generates excess electricity, it is sold back to the local electrical utility (know as net-metering). The energy will flow directly back into your utility grid.
How much of my energy bill can solar power replace?
Many customers can save 70 -100% of their annual electricity bill. Again, this depends on how much energy you consume and how much space you have. Other factors that affect savings and solar production are:
- Your electric utility rates
- The amount of sunlight your site receives
- The size of the system installed
- The available grants, rebates and/or tax incentives you qualify for
- Interest rates on loans (if financing)
How much electricity can a solar power system generate?
Our highly trained SolarPlus consultants will visit your site and assess your site and help determine what kind of system helps you achieve your energy goals best. The amount of power you need and the space allotted for the system will determine the number of panels and how much energy will be produced. This varies by site. SolarPlus will analyze your energy usage and site to determine your solar power needs. There are many factors that contribute to the amount of energy a solar system can produce.
- The number of solar panels
- The wattage of the panel
- How much direct sun exposure to the panels
- Orientation and tilt of the panels
What are solar panels made from and how do they generate electricity?
Solar panels are typically rectangular plates that look similar to dark glass. They consist of smaller solar “cells” that are assembled and wired to one another into a single panel. These cells work together to generate electricity in the solar panel. Although there are many different types of solar cells, most work in a similar manner. There are two layers of silicon, a positive layer and a negative layer that are pressed together in the cell. As the sun hits one of the layers of silicon, it excites the free electrons. This creates a back and forth flow to the other layer of silicon creating a natural electric current.
Call us today at (877) 523-5223 for your free on-site evaluation or contact us. A solar electric system is one of the safest financial investments a business can make.