Category: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What Are Solar Cooperatives?

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Most homeowners are familiar with electric utilities. They are the companies which provide your home with power from the grid. However, there are many different types of energy utilities. Some are public utilities, which are owned by the local government or taxpayers. Some are private utilities, which are owned by their stakeholders. Finally, there are […]

Do Clouds Affect Solar Panels?

Solar Panel FAQs

A common criticism launched against solar power is that a stray cloud can knock out your home’s power. The idea is that a cloudy day will stop your solar panels from functioning properly, requiring your home to draw energy from the grid. Therefore, why go solar at all? Luckily, that idea is simply a myth. […]

What to Do If Your Solar Panels Are Broken

How to Solar FAQs

While solar panels don’t need extensive maintenance, they do degrade over time. In addition to the natural degradation of solar panels, they can also break. Understanding the potential reasons why solar panels might break before expected and what to do if they do will relieve stress.  Handling a Malfunctioning Solar Array If there is sufficient sun […]

What Is Net Billing?

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Many solar homeowners, or potential solar homeowners, have heard of net metering. It’s a relatively simple concept that helps form the bedrock of your potential solar savings. However, net billing is something that isn’t discussed nearly as much. It is similar to net metering in many ways, but also differs in a couple of important […]

What’s the Typical Size & Weight of Solar Panels?

Solar Panel FAQs

Solar installations are not small. Just looking at a solar installation on somebody’s roof will show that they tend to be large, often taking up big portions of an average home’s roof. But how large are they, actually? And how much do they weigh? Different panels weigh different amounts, depending on what material they’re made […]

What is a Solar Charge Controller?

Solar Technology FAQs

A solar charge controller, also known as a solar charge regulator, regulates solar-generated voltage and current to and from a battery and runs electrical loads. A solar array that relies solely on batteries needs a charge regulator to ensure the battery runs safely, which prolongs battery life. Without it, the flow to and from the […]

How Durable Are Solar Panels?

Solar Panel FAQs

Many people know that solar panels have glass exteriors, which help protect the photovoltaic elements and focus the sun. However, few know just how durable the glass coverings can be. While solar panels are not indestructible, they go through rigorous testing to ensure they meet quality standards. Solar Panel Damage Some are understandably concerned about […]

Avoid Solar Panel Scams and Ripoffs

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We’ve all heard the common adage from our parents — if it seems too good to be true, then it is too good to be true. The solar world is no different. With the meteoric rise of solar power, more and more companies are trying to hop on the bandwagon. While more companies offering solar […]

Who Is Responsible for Turning On the Inverter and Why?

Solar Installation FAQs

The sooner you can get your inverter up and running, the faster you can start producing power. But why? What role does the inverter play in a solar installation? What an Inverter Does for a Solar Array An inverter converts direct current (DC) from the solar panels to alternating current (AC) so homes can use […]

What Are Ideal Solar Panel Specs?

Solar Panel FAQs

Not all solar panels are created equal. Some last for longer than others. Some are more efficient. Knowing which factors are most important for getting the highest quality solar panels possible is very important. We will be covering the ideal solar panel specs to help you on this quest. What Are the Most Important Elements […]

What Are Home Solar Kits?

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Solar panel kits often include solar panels, mounting brackets, wiring, a charge controller, and an inverter. Solar panel kits meant to power a home or essentials continuously also include battery backup or another form of solar backup. The necessary kit size for a home depends on how much power the homeowner uses and wants to […]

What’s the Best Renewable Energy Source?

Solar Technology FAQs

The term “renewable energy” describes a dizzying array of energy sources, which have little to do with each other except that they are naturally replenished. Each energy source comes with its own strengths and weaknesses. Your living situation, geographic location, and the laws of your area will all help determine which renewable energy source is […]

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