"Q" Why should I purchase a photovoltaic (PV) system?
"A" People decide to buy solar energy systems for a variety of reasons. For example, some individuals buy solar products to preserve the Earth's finite fossil-fuel resources and to reduce pollution. Others would rather spend their money on an energy-producing improvement to their property than send their money to a utility. Some people like the security of reducing the amount of electricity they buy from their utility, because it makes them less vulnerable to future increases in the price of electricity.
"Q" What is net metering?
"A" Net Metering is your virtual solar battery. Basically your utility stores up any extra power you produce from your (PV) system in a virtual bank. whenever you use more power than you produce the utility draws power from your virtual bank to meet your demand until your bank is empty, then they sell you their power.
"Q" What is the difference between a kilowatt and a kilowatt-hour?
"A" lets start with this: a kilo equals 1000 so a kilowatt(KW) is 1000watts.A Kilo-watt(KW) is the amount of energy equivalent to the power of 1 kilowatt(KW) running for 1 hour. in Lamens terms it like this: (1) 100watt lightbulb on for 1 hour equals 100 watt hours. (10) 100watt lightbulb on for 1 hour equals 1 kilowatt hour(KWH).
"Q" Does a PV system replace an electric utility?
"A" PV systems are typically used as either stand-alone systems or grid-connected systems. The role of photovoltaics in these two types of systems is very different, and the design decisions and performance requirements are very different as well.
Stand-alone PV systems generate all of the on-site electricity needs of a home. Therefore, they are not connected to any electric utility. Stand-alone systems can provide AC or DC electricity, and typically include batteries to store electricity for use when the sun is not shining. Stand-alone systems are often cost-effective when installed in remote areas where access by electric utilities is difficult and expensive.
Grid-connected PV systems are typically sized to meet 75% or more of a home's electrical load. These systems are not always sized to meet all of the electricity loads of a house because of the higher up-front costs associated with purchasing a larger system. A larger system will typically cost less per kilowatt-hour generated due to the economies of scale associated with the installation costs. Thus, a grid-connected system will generate all or part of the electricity required in a home, while the remaining electricity loads are met by the utility.
PV systems can be easily integrated with a utility's electrical grid providing clean, renewable electricity for homeowners, while still ensuring continuous power supply from your regular utility
"Q" What are the benefits of having a PV system?
"A" Reduce your utility bill: A PV systems can significantly reduce your utility bill. Any energy produced for "free" by the sun and your PV system is energy that you don't have to purchase from your utility. This translates into direct savings on your monthly utility bill.
In addition to the direct savings, the PV arrays also act as a sunshade for your roof, reflecting heat from the sun that would otherwise be absorbed by your house. A shaded roof area can reduce the air temperature of your house, reducing the energy required by your air-conditioner to keep a comfortable temperature in your home.
"A"Environmental responsibility: Another important consideration in installing PV systems is environmental responsibility. By using a renewable power source, you're helping reduce the impact of energy use on the environment for generations to come.
"A" Improved power reliability: If you use a grid-connected system with battery banks, then you can be assured of a continuous power supply in case of a power outage.
"Q" Solar energy isn't for me, i'm not an enviromentalist or a technology buff.
"A" As long as you like saving money then Solar is for you.
"A" Homeowners will save an average of $40,000.00 over the life of a system.(clean Energy Research)
"Q" How long does A PV systems last?
"A" A PV system that is designed, installed, and maintained well will operate for more than 20 years. The basic PV module (interconnected, enclosed panel of PV cells) has no moving parts and can last more than 30 years. The best way to ensure and extend the life and effectiveness of your PV system is by having it installed and maintained properly. Experience has shown that most problems occur because of poor or sloppy system installation.
"Q" What size system do I need?
"A" The size of your system is directly related to the amount of energy you use. other determining factors would be the amount of roof space availible and the size of your electrical service. The first step in the purchase of a (PV) system is determining your yearly power consumption.
"Q" Can I afford solar?
"A" The Question is can you afford not to!? Energy prices are continually rising. Once you get Solar you will never have to experience those increases agian. Every time the utilities raise there rates your savings increase!
With our many different finance options our goal is to take the money you would give the electric company and redirect it towards the purchase of your system.
"Q" Do I need to have alot of money in the bank to purchase a PV system?
"A" The short answer is "no".
though it is true, if you have the money to purchase a system it is more cost effective.
All of our financing options start with no money out of pocket.