Frequently Asked Questions

How does solar technology work?

Solar panels contain cells that convert light from the sun into usable electricity that you can immediately use in your home. When your home has both solar power and a battery, you can store your excess energy and use it after the sun sets. Utilities will credit you for the excess energy your solar panels generate during the day. Whether you’re credited for your excess solar production or you store it in a battery, you can expect lower and more predictable utility costs.

What components do we need to install?

  • The solar panels are connected photovoltaic (PV) cells that capture sunlight hitting your roof and convert it into electricity.

  • The inverter converts the direct current (DC) output of solar panels into alternating current (AC) in order to power your home. The inverter is generally located in your garage or near your main electrical panel.

  • Battery, though not required for solar panels to power your home, is a rechargeable home battery that stores the excess energy produced by your solar panels This stored energy can be used at any time, including after the sun sets or when there is a grid outage.

  • Solar panels, the solar inverter and battery all connect to your home’s electrical panel and utility meter. The system will monitor your energy production and usage and collect real-time information you can view in your app.

Is my home a good candidate for solar panels?

If you own a single-family home with a roof that is in good condition and has access to sunlight, then your home is a good candidate for solar panels. While a fully exposed roof is ideal, many homes in cloudy or partially shaded areas can benefit from solar as well.

What rebates and incentives are available for solar energy?

The Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) http://www.dsireusa.org/ has a comprehensive list of solar incentives by state, as well as more information and maps showing solar policies across the U.S.

How does going solar impact my utility bill?

When you generate your own solar power, you can reduce your electricity bill significantly. Your savings depends on the size of your solar power system and your home’s electricity usage. When your solar power system generates more electricity than your home can immediately use, excess energy flows back to the utility grid.

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