Frequent Solar Questions

What is solar energy?

Solar energy is the energy generated from the sun’s light. It is harnessed using solar panels, which convert sunlight into electricity.

How do solar panels work?

Solar panels are made up of photovoltaic cells that convert sunlight into direct current (DC) electricity. An inverter then converts the DC electricity into alternating current (AC) electricity that can be used in homes or businesses.

How much do solar panels cost?

The cost of solar panels can vary depending on several factors, including the size of the system, the type of panels used, and the installation costs. However, the cost of solar panels has been steadily decreasing over the years, and in many areas, solar power can be cheaper than traditional grid power.

Should I buy or lease my solar system?

Although the upfront cost is higher, owning your solar system offers the most return on investment and the most value to homeowners.

What areas do you service?

Our company services Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

What are the solar incentives for my area?

Solar incentives vary by state and local governments, see what incentives are available in Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania. On top of state and local incentives, homeowners can claim Federal Tax Credit which can help to reduce the cost of the system by 30%. Delmarva customers also have a special grant called The Green Energy Grant that allows homeowners to claim $0.80 per watt, up to $8,000 total, for solar home installation.

What are Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs)?

SRECs, or Solar Renewable Energy Certificates, are a tradable commodity representing the environmental benefits of one megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity generated from solar energy. To learn more about SRECs, visit our blog article on them.

How long do solar panels last?

Most solar panels come with a warranty of 25-30 years, but they can last much longer than that. Some panels have been known to last for more than 40 years. Solar panels go through rigorous quality testing to make sure they can stand up to the elements of our area.

How much energy can solar panels produce?

The amount of energy that solar panels can produce depends on several factors, including the size of the system, the efficiency of the panels, and the amount of sunlight that the panels receive. On average, a 1-kilowatt solar panel system can produce between 1,200 and 1,500 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year.

Can I use solar power during a blackout?

This depends on the type of solar power system you have. If you have a grid-tied system without a battery backup, your solar panels will not work during a blackout because they are designed to shut off automatically for safety reasons. However, if you have a battery backup system, you can continue to use your solar power during a blackout.

Can I install solar panels myself?

While it is possible to install solar panels yourself, it is not recommended unless you have experience in electrical and construction work. It is best to hire a professional solar installer who is trained and certified to ensure that your solar panel system is installed safely and effectively.

Is solar power reliable?

Solar power is very reliable, especially in areas with plenty of sunlight. However, solar power output can be affected by weather conditions, tree coverage and other factors. It is important to get a site survey to make sure your home is suitable for solar.

What is net metering, and can I sell excess solar power back to the grid?

In many areas, it is possible to sell excess solar power back to the grid through a process called net metering. Net metering allows homeowners with solar panels to receive credit on their utility bills for the excess energy that they produce and send back to the grid.

Is solar power good for the environment?

Solar power is a clean and renewable energy source that does not produce harmful emissions or pollutants. By using solar power, you can reduce your carbon footprint and help to protect the environment.

How can I finance a solar panel system?

There are several ways to finance a solar panel system, including buying the system outright or taking out a solar loan. Many states and local governments also offer incentives and rebates for installing solar panels.

How do I maintain my solar panel system?

Solar panel systems require little maintenance and in most instances the rain will keep them clean, but it is important to keep them free of debris. You should also monitor your system via smartphone application to ensure that it is working properly, and all panels are producing effectively.

What happens to my solar panels if I move?

If you move, you can either take your solar panels with you or leave them for the new homeowner. If you take your panels with you, you will need to have them reinstalled at your new home by a professional solar installer.

How do I know if my home is suitable for solar panels?

To determine if your home is suitable for solar panels, you will need to have a professional solar installer conduct a site evaluation. They will assess your home’s location, orientation, shading, and other factors to determine the best system size and design for your home.

How much can I save on my electricity bill with solar panels?

The amount that you can save on your electricity bill with solar panels will depend on several factors, including your energy usage, the size of your solar panel system, and your local electricity rates. On average, homeowners with solar panels can save between 20% and 80% on their electricity bills. Some homeowners are able to completely offset their electricity bills, but this can be difficult to achieve with limited roof space and a heavy electric consuming home.

Are there any downsides to using solar power?

While solar power has many benefits, there are some downsides to consider. Solar panel systems can be expensive to install, and they may not be suitable for every home or location.