Solar Frequently Asked Questions
Solar can be confusing. Let us help you demystify solar by answering some of our most asked solar questions.
Solar Panels work well on any roof facing South, SE or SW. Although your Solar Panels will perform better and produce more electricity if they are South facing, they will still perform at 86% (compared to South facing) either facing due East or West.
Solar Panels can be fitted to your roof or on your land. Generally an 8-panel Solar PV system would be one of the smallest we would recommend and this could easily fit on the roof of an average 3-bed semi. Our popular SunPower panels generate the most energy per m2 so you can still get plenty of electricity from a smaller roof.
No, Solar Panels work in all daylight conditions.
Yes we offer financing! Contact us for details on how to make your solar system or roof repair/replacement affordable.
You will begin to produce electricity immediately after the system is installed. There are many government incentives that will allow you save money on your solar power systems, and the cost of solar panels have come down significantly over the years. All things considered, its difficult to say exactly how much your system will cost, but we do know that it can completely eliminate your electric costs, which for most families would save about $3000 per year. In addition one must consider the added value of helping to preserve our environment and our natural resources, that is difficult to put a price tag on, but means a lot for our future.
Solar panels and other components in a solar energy system are very durable. There are no moving parts and the materials used are very strong, long lasting materials. All of the solar panels we work with are guaranteed for 25 years, but your system could produce electricity for 30 to 50 years!
We know that it is easy to get confused by all of this terminology, but don’t worry. Before you buy your solar power system, our solar energy experts will explain all of the benefits to you in terms that you can understand. At the end of the day we understand that it’s really all about how much electricity will you produce and how much money will you save.
Your system will still work when it is cloudy outside. Most solar energy systems produce about 50% of the energy on a cloudy day compared to a sunny day. Most of the systems we install are tied to the grid (the utility company), so when it’s cloudy outside you will pull any additional required energy from the utility company automatically.
The cost of a solar energy system can vary greatly depending on roof slope and condition, and orientation to the sun. Additionally, the size of the system will effect the total investment.
Generally speaking, the larger the system the lower the cost per watt. We work with many manufacturers to get you the best price on the components for your system. A good thing to keep in mind is that solar rebates can pay for a good part of your solar energy system. We’ll help you identify all of the rebates you qualify for and get you the most for your money.
How does eliminating all of your electric costs sound? Depending on the type of system you choose you could eliminate all or a portion of your monthly electricity bill every month!
Excess electricity is fed into your electric utility’s grid when your system is producing more than you need during the day. When this happens, your meter actually runs in reverse showing the utility how much they owe you for creating energy. At night you buy back energy that you need, but is offset by over producing during the day- saving you money!
In Florida, most municipalities require installations to withstand winds up to 160 MPH due to threats of hurricanes. This is pushing Category 5 type winds, and in that event, your panels would be blown away along with your roof before just your system was blown away.
The tempered glass on solar panels is rated to withstand 1,900 PSI. For code requirements and warranties, this means that modules are warrantied to withstand up to 2 inches of hail at up to a speed of 60 MPH.
In either event, your roof would be damaged along with your panels and your homeowner’s insurance would most likely repair/replace both. If not a natural event and something happens under normal conditions, we have you covered with our 25-Year Extended Advantage Warranty
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 utility 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.
Solar panel systems are made of durable tempered glass and require little to no maintenance for the 30-40+ years that they will generate power. In most cases, you don’t even need to clean your solar panels regularly especially here in Florida where the rain keeps them clean. If something does happen, most equipment manufacturers include warranties, and we also have our 25 year extended advantage warranty.
Solar energy systems can last for over 30 years, and it can be costly to remove and reinstall them if you need to replace your roof. If your roof needs maintenance in the near term, you should complete it before you finish your solar installation.
One of our consultants can inspect your roof and will be able to tell you whether to replace your roof before going solar- we typically want to replace anything with less than 10 years of life remaining. The 30% tax credit also applies to all costs associated in regards to your roof when installing solar. We can do it all!
Future home/business buyers like solar energy for the same reasons you do- it helps reduce electricity bills and shrinks your carbon footprint. So, once the new buyers move in, those benefits become theirs automatically, and they are willing to pay more now to save even more later. Often they will pay more than what you initially paid to have the panels installed in the first place.