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Solar panel information
What are solar panels?
Photovoltaic solar cells (or solar panels) are a form of technology used to absorb solar radiation for the purpose of conversion to solar electricity.
How are solar panels made?
Solar panels are made by framing small silicon cells protected by a pane of glass.
What are solar panels made of?
Solar panels are made up of photovoltaic solar cells which are made of some form of silicon. Highest efficiency panels are made from monocrystalline silicon cells. (Product comparison chart)
How do solar panels work?
Solar panels use photovoltaic technology to release electrons from the rest of the atom. Electrons move around within the panel, which creates direct current (DC) electricity. An attached inverter will then convert the DC electricity into alternating current (AC) electricity. AC electricity is the same type of energy that you use on a daily basis.
How many solar panels do I need?
Our average system involves 16-30 panels. This is entirely dependent upon the size of the installation area and your energy usage. You can even add a backup supply to store energy with batteries.
How many solar panels does it take to power a house?
Generally we use a 270 watt solar panel. In order to offset the electrical usage of your home you would need a panel array producing the equivalent of your energy usage.
What happens at night or when it is cloudy?
Although the production may be less, solar panels work on cloudy days. We always design solar systems to offset energy usage both night and day, meaning the energy produced by your system during the day will continue to offset your energy usage during the night. Solar panel efficiency on a cloudy day is lessened, but with the right system size you’ll offset your usage over time.
Do solar panels work in the winter?
Solar panels can actually work better in colder temperatures because as a solar panel heats to extreme temperatures, the efficiency lessens. Solar panels in winter will function fully unless heavily coated with snow. In this case, you’d need to remove the snow to resume solar energy production. Thankfully most roof pitches allow for easy snow fall and most often you will not need to remove it manually. Keep in mind, a custom solar system designed for your home should always take into consideration the number of cloudy days and winter snow days in your region – this helps determine what the overall energy offset needs to be so that you buy an array with enough solar panels.
How much does it cost to install solar panels?
Installation is just one element in the overall price of a solar system which is dependent on many different factors. Most solar companies will build your installation costs into the price per kilowatt and include hours worked, expertise, travel cost, etc.
For specific pricing please schedule a free consultation with one of our solar experts.
How to install solar panels.
Installing your own solar panels is possible, but requires intense research, city permitting, and someone knowledgable of safety procedures.
The overall process for solar panel installation includes the following steps: array electrical design, full system engineering, city or county permitting, installation of mounting rack, installation of solar panels, system wiring and connection to the net meter.
What kind of roof do I need?
Roofs of all types are eligible for solar installations.
We recommend that old roofs that need re-shingling or replacing be completed before or at the time of solar panel installation to reduce maintenance costs in the future.
How much is too much shading?
Considerable shading produced by trees or other obstructions can significantly decrease energy production.
When in doubt, call to schedule a free solar assessment.
Is my property suitable for a solar installation?
Utah is a fantastic candidate for solar power. We typically have over 300 days per year with sun. Some of the factors that should be considered when looking at solar power for your home: (1) Adequate roof space oriented South and/or West. (2) Shading and shadows affect the efficiency of your system, so less is better! (3) Roof is in good condition (you don’t want to install solar on 20 year old shingles). To better understand the process, learn how to go solar.
Solar panel maintenance
How long do solar panels last?
Solar panels last much longer than warranties will guarantee you. Industry standard is a 25-year warranty, however with regular upkeep and maintenance, our systems will continue to generate clean, free energy for 30 or even 40 years.
How efficient are solar panels?
On average solar panel efficiency is between 14-22%. Highest-quality technology is always our promise when it comes to your system components.
How to clean solar panels:
In order for highest efficiency, solar panels should be kept clean of leaves, heavy dust, snow and other obstructions. This can be done with a damp rag, water hose or other cleaning devices like a squeegee.
If you regularly maintain your solar panel cleanliness, you won’t need to spend money on cleaning services. We recommend checking them once a month for any buildup, but you’ll rarely find a need to clean them.
Read more about solar panel cleaning.
What service is needed after my solar installation?
Solar power systems require very little maintenance. There are no moving parts, and require you to clean the panels 1-2 times a year to maintain optimal efficiency. Always make sure your system is free of debris to make sure they are producing the most power possible.
What if my roof needs to be repaired once solar panels have already been installed?
Solar panels can be removed from the mounting system for individual repair and mounting racks can be removed and reinstalled during re-roofing.
Are you facing this now? Contact your installation provider to open a service ticket.
Is solar energy renewable?
Solar energy is the world’s fundamental renewable power source. As long as the sun is shining, we can have power generated through solar panels. Just so you know, the sun should be radiating for the next 5 to 6 billion years.
What is solar energy?
Solar energy refers to energy that is harnessed from solar radiation, using the radiant light and heat from the sun for useful purposes.
What is solar power?
Using photovoltaic solar cells, solar radiation can be harnessed and converted into electrical “power,” which can then be used the same as any other form of electricity.
How is solar energy produced?
Through solar panels, you can increase your energy efficiency by utilizing something that is already available to you: the heat of the sun. This begins by installing a system of solar panels on the roof of your home or business. These panels use photovoltaic technology to release electrons from the rest of the atom. Electrons move around within the panel, which creates direct current (DC) electricity. An attached inverter will then convert the DC electricity into alternating current (AC) electricity. AC electricity is the same type of energy that you use on a daily basis. To maintain the overall efficiency of your home or business, your solar panel system will communicate with your utility service to export surplus energy and import power when needed.
How much do solar panels cost?
The price of solar panels and installation will vary depending on a number of different factors. This could include the size of your home, your average electrical consumption, tax rebates, solar incentives, and other forms of financial help available. Please contact us today to learn more about the solar panel cost for your Utah home.
How much does a solar panel cost?
Technology really has come a long way in the past couple decades. Average solar panel cost is lower than it ever has been, and it depends on the size of the panel, its production expectations, and the associated warranty. Most residential solar panels cost between $150 and $500 per solar panel.
For specific pricing please schedule a free consultation with one of our solar experts.
How much lower will my electric bills be?
You can expect to see up to 100% reduction on your electric bill. This depends on the size of your system and your energy usage.
When you purchase a solar array meant to offset all your energy usage, you can accrue credits in the months that you use less energy to balance out energy you use in summer months (when most of us pay more for energy). So while you’re using more than you’re producing in the summer, you’re still taking advantage of the higher production in earlier months.
Is solar worth it?
Solar is more than worth it. In fact, the holistic benefits of solar pay off because when you go solar, you can have the confidence that you are saving money, doing good for the planet, and securing yourself a more sustainable future.
How much does solar cost?
Solar is definitely not a one-size-fits-all model, so the cost depends on your system size, inverter of choice, government solar credits, & more. Average Go Solar Group installations start around $16,000 before government incentives are taken into consideration. After government incentives, most families are projected to see well over $40,000 in power savings over 25 years.
For more information call to schedule a free solar consultation.
How much does solar energy cost?
Once your system is installed, solar energy is FREE. All day, every day.
What incentives are available for my solar installation?
In Utah, Homes and businesses are eligible for rebates of 30 percent of installation costs, with no cap. This credit comes when you file your tax return. These credits were recently extended through 2022. In addition, the state of Utah offers homes that install solar panels a one-time $2,000 rebate, and businesses a 10% tax credit up to $50,000. Lastly, most power companies offer a credit system for excess power produced so that you can store and use energy when you need it. For Rocky Mountain Power, federal, and state rebates, we handle all the paperwork on your behalf.