Frequently asked questions
1. What are the financial benefits of solar energy?
When you install a solar energy system on your property, you can save money on your electricity bills and protect yourself against rising electricity rates in the future. How much you can save depends on the utility rates and solar policies in your area, but going solar is a smart investment wherever you live.
2. What are the environmental benefits of solar energy?
Solar power, like other renewable energy resources, has many environmental benifits. Going solar helps in reducing green house gas emission, which contribute to climate change.
3. Will I still receive an electric bill if I have solar panels?
Unless your solar energy system includes battery storage and you are fully off the grid, you will still receive a bill from your DISCOM. However, you can reduce your bill, or even cut the amount you owe to ZERO, with a solar panel system that matches your energy use.
4. How much will solar panel maintenance cost?
Solar panel systems are made of durable tempered glass and require little to no maintenance for the 25 to 35 years that they will generate power. In most cases, you need to clean your solar panels regularly for better result. If something does happen, most equipment manufacturers include warranties, although warranty terms depend on the company.
5. How do solar photovoltaic (PV) panels work?
Solar panels absorb the sun’s energy throughout the day and convert it into direct current (DC) electricity. Most homes and businesses run on alternating current (AC) electricity, so the DC electricity is then passed through an inverter to convert it to usable AC electricity. At that point, you either use the electricity in your house or send it back to the electric grid.
6. Do my solar panels produce power when the sun isn’t shining?
The amount of power your solar energy system can generate is dependent on sunlight. As a result, your solar panels will produce slightly less energy when the weather is cloudy, and no energy at night.
7. Do solar panels work in a blackout?
If your solar panel system is connected to the grid, it will shut off in the event of a blackout. This is to prevent emergency responders and electricity DISCOM’S repair-people from being injured by your panels sending power back to the grid. However, there are certain inverters you can buy that provide backup power in a blackout when paired with a battery.
8. Is my roof suitable for solar panels?
Southerly-facing roofs with little to no shade and enough space to fit a solar panel system are ideal for installing solar. However, in many cases there are workarounds if your home doesn’t have the ideal solar roof.
9. What size solar energy system should I get?
The size of your solar energy system will depend on how much electricity you use on a monthly basis, as well as the weather conditions where you live.
10. How long will my solar power system last?
In general, solar panels are very durable and capable of withstanding snow, wind, and rain. The various components of your solar power system will need to be replaced at different times, but your system should continue to generate electricity for 25 to 35 years.
11. What happens if I sell my house with solar power plant?
If you own your solar energy system, your solar house will sell at a premium: studies have shown that solar increases property values.
12. What is net metering?
Net metering is the system that DISCOM use to credit solar energy system owners for the electricity produced by their solar panels. With net metering, you only pay for the electricity that you use beyond what your solar panels can generate.
13. Can I go off grid with solar panels?
When you install solar panels on your property, you will still be connected to the grid. This allows you to draw from the grid when your system is not producing all of the power that you need, and send power back to the grid when you produce more than you use. It is possible to go off the grid with a solar energy system that includes battery storage, but it will cost significantly more and is unnecessary for the majority of homeowners.