FAQ’s On Going Solar
Solar energy is a rising trend in many parts of the world including California. This is the reason why there are many frequently asked questions regarding this technology that involves, clean solar energy, utility companies, net-metering, saving money and solar contractors. To help you out, we have created a list of the FAQs which our team receives every now and then.
1 – What are the different types of solar energy technology?
Solar technology is based on three main technologies:
- Photovoltaic panels (PV panels): They are used to generate electricity from sun rays and are most commonly used by homeowners and small business holders.
- Heating and cooling systems: Solar Water Heaters use solar energy to heat or cool the water and air.
- Concentrating solar panels: use mirrors to concentrate energy from the sun and are used commercially on a very large scale
2 – How do solar panels work?
Solar panels are used to generate electricity through sun light. There are 3 types of solar panels: mono-crystalline, poly-crystalline and flexible ones. There are many brands available which deal with solar panels in the USA.
3 – What incentives help home owners and business owners go solar?
Apart from the support of the Federal Incentive Tax Credit, for example in California you have also the benefit from the California Solar Initiative, which supports the installation of solar panels and helps bring their price down. Those two are among other various incentives depending on the state, county and city you live in.
4 – Different ways to go solar?
There are two options, you can either purchase your own system or lease one from Solar Trusted, your solar panel installation provider.
5 – What about the process of solar panel installations?
For installations, you should always hire the services of a certified installer in your area who understands your neighborhood enough to provide you with the best possible solutions. Contact us for a free consultation.
6 – What is net metering?
This is a billing mechanism where the owner of a solar system can send unused energy back into the grid and get credited for that. It is an efficient way to save up on the utility bill. So if the usage is less than the electricity which is being generated the electricity meter would run backwards to provide credit. You will not pay.
7 – Estimated solar cost?
The cost varies depending on the size of the home, the available space, and the current usage of energy. The initial cost might be high (only if you buy them) but in the longer run , it is less expensive than the conventional utility monthly bill that only goes up.
8 – What is a solar lease agreement?
It is an agreement where the customer pays for the solar power system over a period of time with a little down payment rather than paying up-front for it in one go.
9 – What happens to solar panels in cloudy weather?
You might think that they would not be operational anymore but this is not the case. The solar panels are photovoltaic (energy through light). This means that they can generate electricity even when they are not directly exposed to sunlight e.g. when it is partially cloudy. The rain actually helps clean them off and make them more efficient. Do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation. Click here
10 – What benefits are there to go solar with Solar Trusted?
Installing with Solar Trusted allows you to purchase and lease solar systems. It also keeps you connected to the grid so that you can make use of net metering and earn credits for the unused energy that you send back to the grid.