Q. What is the difference between solar for hot water and solar for electric?
A. Solar Panels that heats water for pools or domestic hot water inside your home is called thermal solar equipment.
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Solar that produces electricity is called photovoltaic, or PV. Solar Power is are our specialty and that is where we shine!
Q. How much does PV cost?
A. Solar power system installation costs vary depending on equipment, size of the project, Roof type and so on. The smallest systems we have installed for residential customers, the cost was about 8k and up to 45k + for some larger homes. The price we quote includes everything.
Q. I am worried about roof leaks, how do you keep my roof safe from damage?
A. We use the industries best practices for solar panel roof attachments including flashing and commercial grade roof sealants designed for the application. Some contractors in the past failed to use flashing and used sub standard sealants resulting in leaks and unhappy customers. Some installations, like standing seam metal roofs, require no penetrations with the equipment we use.
Q. How does the solar power system work?
A. Solar power systems use the sunlight to generate electricity. The solar power system converts this electricity to grid quality electric and delivers it to your electric service panel. Our solar power system makes it possible to have a solar powered house or solar powered business.The solar power system generates power for all of your electric appliances including air conditioning,well and pool pumps, kitchen and laundry appliances, electronics, TVs, laptops and so on. So you don`t have to think about each thing being solar powered, the solar power generator does all of this for you.
Q. What about a solar powered pool pump or air conditioner?
A. Like we said above, we find it most cost effective to do a whole house solar power generator rather than buying more expensive solar powered products for each item in your home.
Q. Do I need batteries for my solar power system?
A. Most solar power system installations do not use batteries and they are called "Grid-Tied" systems. They connect directly to your breaker panel and sync up to the utility power. With a solar power generator you use the power or feed it back into the grid.
Q. What happens with my solar power system if the Grid goes down?
A. Grid -Tied solar powered systems will shut down. Because they are wired directly to your breaker panel with no transfer switch, the systems shut down to prevent a backfeed into the grid. The systems that use batteries can supply emergency standby power. The extra cost for batteries is a factor.
We have a new product that can give you some power in the daytime if the grid is down and it uses no batteries or storage. See the SMA video above and contact us for more information.
Q. So how does the power company handle these solar power system installations?
A. You as their customer are required to sign a solar power system interconnection agreement between you and them. We will provide you with the paperwork and guide you through the process, it is pretty easy. The power company will install a new meter that can measure the solar power you are producing / or the power they deliver and you are consuming. This is called a "Bi-directional meter" and the policy is called "Net-Metering." The power company pays you dollar for dollar for the energy you produce. So when it is daytime and you are producing clean solar energy, if you produce more than you use, you get credit for the production. During the night it is like the utility is a battery for you to use.
Q. What if I want to put in a huge solar power generator system and sell back to the power company?
A. Most utilities credit your overproduction from the solar power system, and settle up with you yearly. The trick is they will only pay you their wholesale cost for power you over produced. For example you may be paying .10-.11 a kWh. The power company is probably paying .04 a kWh.
We help our customers by sizing their solar power system to fit their needs and goals. Most of the time that goal is to size it as close as possible to eliminate the electric bill without overproducing from your solar power system.
Q. What about the solar power system equipment? How long will it work?
A. Photovoltaics or PV is not a new technology. There are solar power systems in California that are 40+ years old and still working.
Solar panels today have energy production warranties for 25-30 years depending on the brand.
Solar Inverters have 10 to 30 year warranties depending on brand and type.
We install every system to last 30+ years.
Q. How long does it take to install the system?
A. The installation itself is pretty quick. Depending on the size of the job, and roof type, 1 to 3 days.
One thing to keep in mind, the process to get the permit can take time. I think a lot of solar and electrical contractors will agree, Florida needs a standardized permit process to streamline solar permitting. It would seem every county and every building department has their own rules and all require different documents to obtain the permit. Most require plan review, I have seen this take less than a week and in some cases ( Charlotte County ) as much as 4 week to even be looked at for the first time.
Q. What else should I know about your company?
A. We like what we do. We want you have the best experience with your solar power system as possible. We make the process easy and we make sure it will produce the energy expected, we make sure the installation is the best from equipment to installation practices. From our first time we meet with you and for years to come we want you to be happy with your new solar power system and our company.
We welcome any other questions you may have about solar power systems and we will provide you with information as well as a second opinion on equipment or installation proposals from any company.
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