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Solar for Suburban Homes

You don’t need to have a lot of land to have solar energy power your home.

Yellowlite can install a weather-sealed solar panel system onto your roof

Residential areas are sometimes the best places for solar panels.

Most of our solar array systems are roof mounted, or installed directly onto the structure itself. For roof mounts, a panel system is secured to the structure of the roof with penetrations made in the roof. These are then weather-sealed to prevent any water damage. Roof mounts are by far the most common residential installation as they fit in seamlessly with the house.


In some cases, panels can be ground mounted.

Easy to install, ground mounts are preferred when there are concerns regarding roof square-footage. If you have room on your property for a ground mount, they are very simple to design and install.

Whether it’s a roof mount or a ground mount, installation for residential systems generally takes around two days. After that, your solar energy system will be inspected by both the governing municipality and your utility company and then you’ll be up and running.

Yellowlite can install a ground-mounted solar energy system in a short amount of time
A solar specialist from Yellowlite can evaluate if solar energy is right for your home

Interested to see how solar can fit in with your home?

One of our solar specialists can complete a complimentary site evaluation to see where a solar array would best fit onto your property and draft a proposal*, including initial system design, green energy rebates, tax credit amounts, and the total cost.

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*Proposals can also include a simulation of your expected electrical usage, cash flow calculations, payback calculations, and projected billing with your new solar system.

FAQs

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Solar cells in the modules mounted on your roof convert sunlight directly into DC power. A component called an inverter converts this DC power into AC power that can be used in your home. The system is interconnected with your utility. During the day, if your solar system produces more electricity than your home is using, your net meter will spin backward crediting your utility account for the excess power generated being returned to the grid. Your utility would provide power as usual at night and during the day when your electricity demand exceeds that produced by your solar system. Systems are also available with a battery backup. Part of the power produced by your solar system during the day is used to charge the batteries, which provide power for your critical loads in the event of a power outage.

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No. Sunlight must be present for your solar modules to produce power. At night, you draw power from your utility, or batteries in an off-grid application.

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Yes, though the system will produce less electricity. Under a light overcast sky, panels might produce about half as much as under full sun.

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We offer two types of solar residential systems. One type of system powers your home during daylight hours, but does not provide power in an outage, even on a sunny day. Another type of system powers your home during daylight hours, but also has a battery backup designed to provide power to your home’s critical loads during an outage, day or night.

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No. PV solar power systems are designed to provide electricity to run your lights, appliances, and other electric devices in your home, although the extra electricity can compensate for the extra usage incurred from electric heating devices.

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Solar electric power works for most homes. Our systems are engineered to work with most roofing materials, in most locations where direct sunlight is available, in almost every region of the United States. You need a sunny place on your roof about 80 square feet for smaller systems, and up to 1,000 square feet for larger residential systems. Shading from trees or other obstructions can reduce the practicality of a specific installation. A south-facing roof area is optimal, but solar electric panels can be mounted on west- or east- facing roofs and still produce better than 90 percent of the power of a true south roof mounting.

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Solar panel installations are usually considered additions to the home and should be covered by your home owners insurance. We encourage customers to call and notify their insurance company about their intent of installing a solar electric system.

News & Updates

Owning A Solar Energy System Has Overtaken Leasing

As time goes on and solar prices continue to drop, the leasing option will become less popular. Here at YellowLite we can help a client structure a loan that resembles a lease in all but name, but the client will still be able to collect the financial benefits of owning the system.

Electric Vehicles To Add Solar Panels To The Roof?

Over the course of a year, this one panel mounted on top of the roof of the vehicle, if all conditions are perfect, would power a vehicle for around 660 additional miles over the course of a year. Based on 25 mpg, this would be around 27 gallons of gasoline per year that would not have to be consumed.

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