According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Solar power used in over 12 million homes across America. The industry expected to double in the next three years. It’s a bustling market that has attracted the attention of homeowners across the country. Connect Electric wants to share information that you should know before deciding if a solar energy system is the best choice for your home.
How Do Solar Panels Work?
When you are talking about residential solar systems, you are usually referring to photovoltaic or PV panels. These installed on rooftops or open ground. They absorb photons from sunlight. This forms an electric field that can harness to power your home.
There is another type of technology called concentrating solar power or CSP. However, this is typically only used by large power plants.
Can I Cut Costs with Solar Energy?
There is an initial cost involved when installing your solar system. However, the technology pays for itself relatively quickly. The amount you can save will depend on how much electricity you consume, how big your system is, and if you are buying or leasing.
Your solar installer can discuss these factors with you and provide a breakdown of potential savings based on your needs and consumption. Overall, households that use solar energy tend to save thousands over the life of the panels.
Do I Have to Replace My Panels?
Just like any other building material, solar panels don’t last forever. They will last a very long time, though. The industry-standard warranty usually covers 25 years or longer although they seem to be lasting much longer.
What that usually means is that your panels will operate at maximum efficiency for the duration of the lifespan recommended by the manufacturer. When that time has passed, it doesn’t mean that the panels stop working. They can continue gathering energy but may do so at a less efficient rate. As long as you are still getting energy output, then you don’t have to replace them.
Will Solar Work in My Home?
Solar panels installed just about anywhere in any climate. The only issues are if the roof isn’t suitable or if there is too much tree cover to block the sun.
Panels usually work best on south-facing rooftops with a 15 to 40-degree slope. The surface must be strong, so you advise to replace old roofing or make repairs if needed. Your solar installer assesses your home and let you know there are any obstacles.
Can I Install My Own Solar System?
Installing a solar system can be a hazardous job – especially if you are climbing on a roof. The elevation alone can be dangerous. You also make sure everything is secure and wire correctly to prevent structural or fire damage.
It is best to work with a certified installer. They will get your equipment ready faster and ensure that there are no problems. Hiring a professional will also give you someone to ask questions or share advice about how to get the most out of your solar investment.