Q: How do solar panels work?
A: Solar photovoltaic panels work by absorbing the sun’s energy and converting it into electricity. It is initially converted to direct current electricity and then converted to the alternating current that most homes and business use. This electricity is then used or sent back into the electric grid.
Q: Do solar panels generate energy when the sun is not out?
A: Your solar panels depend on sunlight to generate power. Therefore when it is cloudy, they produced less energy than on a sunny day, and they do not produce energy at night.
Q: How much is typical solar power maintenance?
A: Good news! Solar panel systems typically require very little or no maintenance thanks to their construction from a durable material. The lifetime the typical system is 25 to 35 years, and the system should not even need regular cleaning. Most systems also come with a warranty, which will cover maintenance costs in the rare occasion that they do arise.
Q: What are the environmental benefits of solar energy?
A: Since solar energy is a renewable energy, it has many environmental benefits. Using solar energy reduces your family’s greenhouse gas emissions, and also does not create many common air pollutants that can be detrimental to your health.
Q: Will there be a difference in the way my electricity runs with solar power?
A: No. Using solar electricity works the same as using a typical power grid, so there will be no difference.
Q: Will the solar power system be loud?
A: No. The power inverters used with solar panels are no louder than a refrigerator and are usually installed in a basement or utility room with other mechanical systems of your home, not in your living space.
Q: Will I still have power during blackouts and power outages?
A: No. Due to safety issues, you will not have power when the grid power goes down. This is to avoid the risk of accidental back-feeding of your system into the power grid, which could pose a safety risk for electrical workers. However there is battery backup technology, that can provide a clean alternative to traditional generators in case of power outages.