Frequently Asked Questions

Residential solar panels work by converting sunlight into electricity through a process called photovoltaic (PV) effect. Solar cells within the panels absorb sunlight and generate direct current (DC) electricity. An inverter then converts the DC electricity into alternating current (AC), which is used to power your home.
Installing solar panels can lead to significant long-term savings on electricity bills. Many homeowners also qualify for government incentives, tax credits, and rebates that can further offset the initial installation costs. Additionally, solar panels can increase the resale value of your home.
Solar panels generally require minimal maintenance. Regular cleaning to remove dirt and debris, as well as occasional checks for any shading issues or damage, is usually sufficient. Most solar panel systems come with warranties that cover maintenance and repairs for a specified period.
While solar panels generate less electricity on cloudy days, they can still produce power in diffused sunlight. Additionally, residential solar systems are typically connected to the grid, allowing you to draw electricity from the grid when your solar panels aren’t producing enough, such as during the night. Excess energy generated during sunny days can often be fed back into the grid, earning you credits. You can also store electricity using battery attachment.
The payback period for residential solar panels varies depending on factors such as location, system size, energy usage, and available incentives. On average, homeowners can expect to recoup their investment within 5 to 10 years when they purchase their system outright. Most homeowners choose to enter into a finance, lease or PPA agreement and see an immediate return due to having zero out of pocket costs and simply paying a cheaper bill.
The size of the solar system needed depends on factors such as your energy consumption, roof space, and local sunlight conditions. A solar professional can conduct a site assessment and analyze your electricity usage patterns to recommend the optimal system size to meet your needs.
The cost of a residential solar system varies based on factors like system size, location, and the type of panels used. Typically the cost is lower than the utility company when the system is sized to produce the same amount of energy consumed from the grid.

Solar panels can increase the resale value of your home. Many homebuyers see solar panels as a valuable and energy-efficient addition. If you own your solar system outright, you can either include it in the home sale or take the system with you to reinstall elsewhere. If you have a solar lease or power purchase agreement, you may simply transfer it to the new homeowner.

Yes, various financing options make solar installations more accessible. These include solar loans, power purchase agreements (PPAs), and solar leases. Solar loans allow you to own the system and take advantage of incentives, while PPAs and leases involve a third party owning and maintaining the system, with you paying for the electricity it produces.
Normally, we can get through the entire process 10 to 12 weeks. This includes everything that needs to be done, including installation and inspection. There may be certain situations that could affect this timeline.

These answers provide a more comprehensive understanding of residential solar considerations, from system size and costs to the implications of selling a home with solar panels. However, it’s crucial for individuals to seek personalized advice from solar professionals based on their unique circumstances and location. Contact us for personalized information.