Solar Q&A

What is Net Metering?

Net metering is a billing system that allows solar energy customers to sell solar electricity they do not use back to their utility. Since solar PV systems generate electricity when the sun shines, typically during the daytime when people are using less energy, solar PV system owners often have solar electricity left over at the end of the day.
With net metering, solar PV system owners can send this solar electricity back to the grid in exchange for a 1-to-1 credit against future electricity use. This means that when it’s dark or cloudy and your solar PV system is not generating enough power to meet your needs, you can still use solar electricity from the grid. The excess solar electricity you send back to the grid cancels out the amount of non-solar electricity you would have used from the grid.
In some states, there is a limit on how much solar electricity a customer can send back to the grid (often 1 kWh for every 1 kWh sent back). But even with these limits in place, net metering provides significant financial benefits for solar PV system owners. And as more and more customers install solar PV systems, net metering also helps utilities by providing them with an alternative source of energy during peak demand

What is the Solar Investment Tax Credit?

The Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is one of the most important federal policy mechanisms to support the growth of solar energy in the United States. Since the ITC was enacted in 2006, the U.S. solar industry has grown by more than 200x – creating hundreds of thousands of jobs and investing billions of dollars in the U.S. economy in the process. SEIA has successfully advocated for multiple extensions of this critical tax credit, including successful passage of the Inflation Reduction Act in August 2022. SEIA also fought for successful passage of many other important tax measures in the IRA, including adding energy storage to the ITC, creating solar manufacturing tax credits, and ensuring interconnection costs are a qualified expense for solar projects under 5 MWac.

How do Solar Warranties Work?

Solar warranties are designed to protect solar energy investors in the event that their solar panels stop working as intended. The terms of a solar warranty typically cover the cost of repairs or replacement panels, as well as any related labor costs. solar warranties typically range from 5-25 years in length, and some companies even offer extended warranties for an additional fee. While solar warranties can provide peace of mind for solar energy investors, it’s important to note that they do not cover all potential problems that could arise with solar panels. For example, many solar warranties exclude damage caused by severe weather events or acts of God. As such, it’s important to read the fine print of a solar warranty before making any decisions.

Is My Home a Good Fit for Solar?

Solar panels are most effective in areas that receive a lot of sunlight, such as the southwestern United States. If you live in an area with lots of sun and have a south-facing roof, you may be a good candidate for solar energy. Solar panels can also be installed on the ground or on a pole. Solar panels are a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and save money on your energy bill. Solar energy is also a great option for those who want to move away from traditional sources of energy, such as coal and oil.

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Is Solar a Good Investment For My Family?

We agree that solar energy is a big investment. For most solar installations, you’re looking at a significant upfront cost. You may be wondering if solar is worth the investment for your family.

There are several factors to consider when making the decision to go solar. One is the cost of solar panels and installation in your area. The other is the amount of sunlight your home receives. If you live in an area with lots of sun, you’ll be able to generate more solar power than if you live in a cloudy area.

You’ll also want to look at the rebates and incentives available in your area. Some states and utility companies offer solar rebates and other solar incentives to encourage homeowners to go solar. These can help offset the cost of solar, making it more affordable.

Finally, you’ll want to think about your energy needs. If you use a lot of energy, solar can help you save money on your electric bill each month. solar can also provide backup power during an outage.

Solar is a big investment, but it’s one that can pay off for your family in the long run. With solar rebates and incentives, plus the savings on your electric bill, going solar can help your family save money and the environment at the same time.

Do I Need to Buy a Battery?

You may be tempted to think that solar energy doesn’t need batteries because the sun is constantly providing energy. However, solar panels only produce electricity when the sun is shining, so if you want to have a continuous supply of solar power, you’ll need to invest in batteries. Batteries store solar energy so that it can be used at night or on cloudy days. They also provide backup power in case of a power outage. The upfront cost of batteries can be high, but they will pay for themselves over time by reducing your dependence on the grid. If you’re considering solar power for your home, make sure to factor batteries into your budget.

How Does Solar Energy Work?

Solar energy is a clean and renewable resource that can be used to generate electricity or heat. solar panels, which are also called solar photovoltaics (PV), are devices that convert sunlight into electricity. A solar power system includes solar panels, an inverter, batteries, and a solar charge controller. Solar panels are typically mounted on the roof of a home or business, and they use sunlight to generate electricity. The inverter converts the DC electricity from the solar panels into AC electricity, which can be used to power appliances and lights. Batteries store solar energy so that it can be used at night or during a power outage. A solar charge controller regulates the flow of electricity from the solar panels to the batteries. Solar energy systems can be used to power homes, businesses, and even cars.

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