1. How do solar photovoltaic (PV) panels work?
Solar panels absorb the sun’s energy throughout the day and convert it into direct current (DC) electricity. Most homes and businesses run on alternating current (AC) electricity, so the DC electricity is then passed through an inverter to convert it to usable AC electricity. At that point, you either use the electricity in your house or send it back to the electric grid.
2. Do my solar panels produce power when the sun isn’t shining?
The amount of power your solar energy system can generate is dependent on sunlight. As a result, your solar panels will produce slightly less energy when the weather is cloudy, and no energy at night. However, with the ‘net metering system’ your solar power system can be designed in to make your electricity bill ZERO.
3. Do solar panels work in instance of power cut?
If your solar panel system is connected to the grid (The main power line), it will shut off in the event of a power cut. 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 power cut when paired with a battery.
4. How much will solar panel maintenance cost?
Solar panel systems are made of durable material including tempered glass and require little to no maintenance to generate power for the 25 years and more. In most cases, you don’t even need to clean your solar panels regularly. If something does happen, most equipment (we need to talk of us) manufacturers include warranties, although warranty terms depend on the local supplier: You will have no worries when dealing with the Energy Expert like Clarion Energy.
5. Which is better – solar loans or direct purchase?
Solar loans and direct purchase each have advantages and disadvantages, mostly dependent on the loan interest. Either option reduces your monthly electricity bill and the impact on the environment, but the terms and conditions of each type of agreement are different one bank to the other. Please speak to one of “Clarion Energy” representative to determine which one is right for you.
6. Can I afford to go solar?
If you can afford to pay your electricity bill you can afford to go solar. With a little down payment, solar financing options can make it easy for homeowners with good credit to start saving on their electricity bills by going solar. Register with Contact us, CLARION ENERGY to compare costs and savings for multiple financing options.
7. Is my roof suitable for solar panels?
Southerly-facing roofs with little to no shade and 80sqft/KW 1kw???? is enough space to fit a solar panel system. However, in many cases there are workarounds if your home doesn’t have the ideal solar roof. Register with Contact us, CLARION ENERGY and our engineer will visit your home to suggest the best option for you
8. What size solar energy system should I get?
The size of your solar energy system will depend on how much electricity you use on a monthly basis, as well as the weather conditions where you live. Take a look at solar calculator on our residential section or get in touch with CLARION ENERGY engineer with your past electricity bills and compare the best system size for your needs.
9. What if I need to replace my roof?
Solar energy systems can last for 25 to 35 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 future, you should complete it before you start your solar installation. Get in touch with CLARION ENERGY engineer and he will be able to tell you whether to replace your roof before going solar.
10. How long will my solar power system last?
In general, high quality solar panels are very durable and capable of withstanding normal heat, wind, and rain. The various components of your solar power system may need to be replaced at different times, but your high quality system with proper attention when needed should continue to generate electricity for 25 to 35 years.
11. What happens if I sell my solar house?
If you own your solar energy system, your solar house will sell at a premium: studies have shown that solar increases property values significantly. However, if you have a loan or a ‘lease’ you need to work with the bank or the finance company: In most cases you could transfer the lease/loan agreement to the home’s new owner or, you may need to buy out your lease before you sell your home. (Loan conditions are different bank to bank and our staff can assist.)
12. What are the different types of inverters?
Power inverters convert the electricity your panels produce from direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC) power. There are two types of inverters: string/centralized inverters and micro inverters. And studies say that string inverters have better production rate compared to micro inverters.
13. Do I need to install solar batteries with my solar power system?
As long as you are connected to the grid (Net Metering), your system does not need a battery: excess power goes back into the grid, and you can draw from the grid if you need more electricity than your panels can generate and this is the most viable method. However ‘battery system is more viable if your site is in a remote area where CEB power is not available or the connection is costly. In the old days batteries were unreliable but now there are quality batteries but at a price.
14. What is net metering?
With net metering system, you only pay for the electricity that you use beyond what your solar panels can generate. The consumer has the advantage to credit the extra units produced by solar energy system to the grid.
15. What are the financial benefits of solar energy?
When you install a solar energy system on your property, you save money on your electricity bills and protect yourself against rising electricity rates in the future. How much you can save depends on the utility rates and usage, but going solar is a smart investment regardless of where you live.
16. Is it possible to increase the size of a solar PV system in the future?
Increasing the size of your solar PV system depends on two factors: available space on your roof and additional capacity in your inverter. If there is sufficient space free for both, then you can increase the size of your system. Add a another inverter buy a larger one to be flexible Speak to CLARION ENERGY engineers to design a best system for you which can be expandable in the future.
17. Why choose solar panels Soar Power System?
By generating your own energy through solar panels, you reduce the need to buy electricity from your power provider; additionally, any surplus energy the panels produce is then sold back to that same provider or stored in batteries for non-solar production times. These two factors work to drastically lower your household’s electricity bill. Solar units eliminate tones of gas emissions a year, reducing your carbon footprint while improving the value and energy rating of your home
But without the proper service coverage from the local supplier, relying on these warranties alone can result in substantial unexpected costs for your business.