What if power goes out?
You will not get power unless you have a battery or you are completely off-grid. Off-grid systems will not have access to the grid power, so you'll need to have a battery or other source of power when the sun isn't shining on your panels.
What happens when it is cloudy?
Panels need sun. Some sun comes in when it is cloudy, but not when it is raining or night time.
Where should my panels go?
South facing roofs are best. In the northern hemisphere (flat earthers can skip this next part), the sun is always coming from the south. In the summer, it is closer, as far north as the tropic of cancer, and in the winter, further south. So, you always want to put panels on a south facing roof for best production. Other roofs, can work, but your output will not be as robust as it will with a south facing roof.
You should also look into other factors, such as shading. If you have trees or other obstructions blocking the sun on your roof, you can expect your production will be less than desired. But don’t worry, if you want, we can help with tree trimming and even bundle that into your loan, should you desire.
If you can't, or don’t want to, put panels on your roof, for whatever reason, you can always go with a ground mount system. These can usually be positioned for maximum sunlight, because they are not restricted to the pitch and direction of your roof.
How much will it cost?
Costs vary by several factors, including but not limited to:
Panel selection: manufacturer, output, quantity
Hardware selections (i.e. inverter, battery, main panel upgrades, etc.)
Ground or roof mount
Financing selection and options (see financing information)
Extra features (i.e. tree trimming, aesthetic options, etc.)
Will I still have an electric bill?
You will always have at least a utility connection fee, which varies by utility, unless you are off the grid completely. This is because you remain connected to the grid. You will pay the utility for the difference between what you consume and what your system produces. Even in months where your solar system provides all of the electricity you need, you can expect to pay standard utility connection fees.
Take into account that being connected to the grid is a good thing. It provides you with power when you are producing less than you need, i.e. during bad weather or at night.
The only way to truly go off-grid and eliminate your electric bill completely, is to utilize a battery system in conjunction with your power source. This is a considerable investment, but should you want to explore this option, our specialists will help you design a system that fits your needs and keeps the costs as low as possible.