Frequently Asked Questions
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
Your solar panels don’t need sunshine, per se, to generate electricity as much as they need direct, unobstructed access to the sun’s UV rays.
Similar to how your skin still tans when it’s overcast outside, your solar panels will still generate electricity during cloudy, rainy, or snowy days; they just won’t produce as much energy as they do during clear days.
Solar panels do not generate electricity at night since the sun’s not out. This is when the use of batteries comes in.
In general, solar panels are very durable and capable of withstanding snow, wind, and hail. The various components of your solar power system will need to be replaced at different times, but your system should continue to generate electricity for 25 to 35 years.
Solar panel systems are made of durable tempered glass and require little to no maintenance for the 25 to 35 years that they will generate power. In most cases, you don’t even need to clean your solar panels regularly
Southerly-facing roofs with little to no shade and enough space to fit a solar panel system are ideal for installing solar. However, in many cases there are workarounds if your home doesn’t have the ideal solar roof. We look at 4 basic things in considering your roof top for solar
- If your house is located where there is shade you might not get enough energy from your system as solar makes use of Sunlight
- The age of your roof is also important, if your roof is towards the end of is life you might consider replacing it prior to going solar. Or consider other options of mounting system
- If your roof has enough sunlight you should be good to go. South facing roofs usually get the most sun lights, we often recommend this. Solar panels on the east or west facing roofs will still get enough sun lights.
- Solar can be installed in at any tilt angle. If you have a very steep roof you may pay more in labour cost during installation. Flat roof typically require additional equipment for installation too.
There are several factors that impact how much your solar system will cost. These include the size of your system and the appliances you use. Your energy consumption is put into consideration. Basically how much energy your appliances consume and how long you will like to power them.
Our team will be able to walk you through several options depending on your budget and individual preferences. If you chose to finance your system, you may owe very little upfront and see savings right away.
Solar is a simple, minimum-maintenance technology. Unlike other energy technologies, solar PV contains no moving parts. This means it’s not likely your equipment will fail. You should not have to replace your panels at all during their lifetime. Wiring is the part of solar PV that most commonly requires maintenance because squirrels and other animals may tamper with it. Even in those cases, damage tends to be minimal.
The most you’ll have to do to maintain your solar panels is make sure they’re free of dust, pollen, leaves, and other debris. Whatever’s obstructing your panels will make for less efficient energy production.
You’ll also need to trim branches that may get in the way of your solar panels and dust off heavy snow. That’s not so hard, right? Solar panels do not need to be washed, as rain and snow naturally clean them. We do not recommend climbing up to your panels to wash them. A well designed PV system can protect you from electricity and fuel price increase for decades. That’s a feeling of energy security that is hard to duplicate.