Frequently Asked Questions About Solar Power

Q: What Is The Ideal Location For Solar?

A: It is best to have a southern exposure. If you do not have a south facing roof available, we do have some great ground mounting options. Also it is best not to have shading on the site between 9am and 3pm.

Q: How Much Area Will I Need For My P.V. System?

A: It takes approximately 88 square feet per 1000 watts of power (11’ by 8’)

Q: Will My Solar P.V. System Produce Power During A Power Outage?

A: The P.V. panels will always be producing DC power in the daylight. But the DC power needs to be converted to a usable AC power through an inverter. The inverter reads your utility’s voltage and frequency so it knows what to send to your panel as a perfect power match. If there is a power outage the inverter has a built in safety switch to shut down the power feed from the inverter to the panel.

Q: How Can I Get Power From My Solar P.V. System During A Power Outage?

A: You can produce power by installing a charge control system with a battery bank. By selecting circuits you would like to have during the power outage, and running those circuits out of an “emergency” panel, the existing electrical panel will automatically transfer to your battery power source during a power outage.

Q: How Long Will The Solar Panels Last?

A: The life of the solar panels depends on the quality of the module installed. It is not known how long they will last. The first generation modules are over 35 years old and still going strong.

Q: Do The Solar Panels Weight Much?

A: Each panel weighs under 47 lbs. so a 1000 watt system weighs approximately 200 lbs. or under 4.5 lbs. per square foot. Basically the solar array weighs the same as a layer of tab roofing.

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