Solar energy is one of the fastest growing energy sources in the country. People who consider going solar always have a few questions and concerns. YellowLite works endlessly to provide the perfect solar solution to our customers. To help you out in your decision, we’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions about getting solar panels for your home or business
IS THERE ANY FINANCIAL BENEFIT TO SOLAR ENERGY?
Once you’ve installed your solar energy system, you start saving on your electricity bills. Also, you protect yourself from any rise in electricity rates in the next 30+ years. Although how much you actually save depends on the solar policies and utility rates in your area, you can calculate your savings by using our solar calculator. Overall, going solar is a smart investment wherever you live.
WILL SOLAR PAY FOR ITSELF?
Many people have the misconception that solar pays for itself. From a financial standpoint, solar customers will recoup their cash investment in roughly 7 to 10 years in Ohio. An average solar panel system usually has an immediate cash flow positivity or is neutral if financed. Also, your system will help lift the grid by providing a highly valuable “peak” electricity.
WHAT ARE THE ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS OF SOLAR ENERGY?
By going solar, you contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emission, which plays a great role in climate change. Also, fewer air pollutants, like sulfur dioxide and particulate matter are released in the environment.
WHAT IS NET METERING?
Net metering is a system used by utilities to credit solar energy systems’ owners for the electricity they produce. With net metering, you only pay for the electricity that you use. The excess energy generated by your system is fed back to the grid and you are compensated for it. Different states have a different policy of net metering, so make sure you consult with your solar installer prior to purchasing solar.
DOES SOLAR HAVE AN IMPACT ON MY PROPERTY’S VALUE?
According to reports of home values by the Department of Energy, it’s deduced that homes with solar panel systems installed sell for more (an average of $15,000) and faster. But for the value to increase, you need to own the system and not have it on a lease.
DO SOLAR PANELS GENERATE POWER WHEN THE SUN ISN’T SHINING?
The solar panel system is dependent on sunlight to generate power. So, in case of cloudy weather, your panels will produce less power (although as long as the sun is shining they will generate energy). During the night, no energy is produced. But with the increasing costs of electricity, solar is still a smart choice!
DOES SNOW AFFECT THE PERFORMANCE OF MY SOLAR PANEL?
Solar panels solely work in sunlight. So if there’s snow on your panels, they’ll become less efficient. Solar panels are usually tilted, so the snow usually slides off faster than the rest of the roof. But if snow does accumulate, they’re easy to clean.
DO I GET AN ELECTRICITY BILL EVEN WHEN I HAVE A SOLAR PANEL?
If your solar panel system doesn’t include battery storage and you’re connected to the grid, you’ll still receive your electricity bill. But having solar panels significantly reduces the cost of your bills. You can check out how much you can save by using the solar calculator.
WILL THE SYSTEM WORK IN THE CASE OF A POWER OUTAGE?
Unless you have a battery, standard operating procedure for all USA solar systems is that they shut off in case of power outage. This is to avoid any accidents among emergency responders and repairmen. This process is called anti-islanding.
WHAT SIZE SHOULD I CHOOSE FOR MY SOLAR PANEL SYSTEM?
The size of your system depends on the amount of electricity you use every month and the weather conditions of the area you live in. You can get a consultation from us and figure out what to choose.
HOW LONG WILL THE SYSTEM LAST?
Solar panels are quite durable, and they withstand snow, wind, rain or hail. Different components need replacement at different times. But your system will last you for approximately 30 to 50 years.
WHAT IF I SELL MY SOLAR HOUSE?
If you own the solar system installed in your home, then it’ll sell out at a premium price. But with a leased system, that won’t be possible. You’ll have to buy the leased system before you sell it. Otherwise, you’ll have to transfer the lease agreement to the new homeowner.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF SOLAR PANELS?
With evolving technology, solar panels have evolved as well. There are three broad categories of solar panels you can choose from. Here’s where you can get a little insight into choosing the best solar panels for yourself.
WHO’LL INSTALL MY SOLAR PANELS?
We will! YellowLite is a certified solar panel installation company. With years of experience under our belt, we can help you get a quote & install your panel system in the least time possible.
SHOULD I INSTALL SOLAR BATTERIES WITH MY SOLAR PANEL SYSTEM?
Solar batteries are becoming popular, but they’re a bit pricey. If you’re connected to the grid, the excess power goes to the grid. But if you install a solar battery, then you can store and use that power when the sun’s out. YellowLite’s also a certified installer for Tesla Powerwall, so we have the whole package ready for you if you so choose.
We hope we were able to answer many of your concerns and questions. If you still have some concerns, you can get in touch with our experts!