Helpie FAQ

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the financial benefits of solar energy?
    When you install a solar energy system on your property, you save money on your electricity bills and protect yourself against rising electricity rates in the future. How much you can save depends on the utility rates and solar policies in your area, but going solar is a wise investment decision regardless of where you live.
  • What are the environmental benefits of solar energy?
    Solar power, like other renewable source of energy, has many health and environment benefits Going solar reduces gas emission, which contribute to climate change, and also results in fewer air pollutants like sulfur dioxide and particulate matter, which can cause health problems.
  • How does solar impact my property values?
    Studies show that homes with solar energy systems sell for more than homes without them. However, your property value will only increase if you own, rather than lease, your solar panel system. In most parts of the country, going solar will actually increase your property value more than a kitchen renovation.
  • How do solar photovoltaic (PV) panels work?
    Solar panels absorb the sun's energy throughout the day and convert it into direct current (DC) electricity. Most homes and businesses run on alternating current (AC) electricity, so the DC electricity is then passed through an inverter to convert it to usable AC electricity. At that point, you either use the electricity in your house or send it back to the electric grid.
  • Do my solar panels produce power when the sun isn’t shining?
    The amount of power your solar energy system can generate is dependent on sunlight. As a result, your solar panels will produce slightly less energy when the weather is cloudy, and no energy at night. However, because of high electricity costs and financial incentives, solar is a smart decision.
  • Can I go off grid with solar panels?
    When you install solar panels on your property, you will still be connected to the grid. This allows you to draw from the grid when your system is not producing all of the power that you need, and send power back to the grid when you produce more than you use. It is possible to  go off grid with a solar energy system that includes battery storage, but it will cost significantly more and is unnecessary for the majority of homeowners.
  • Will I still receive an electric bill if I have solar panels?
    Unless your solar energy system includes battery storage and you are fully off the grid, you will still receive a bill from your utility. However, you can reduce your bills, or even cut the amount you owe to zero, with a solar panel system that matches your energy use.
  • Do solar panels work in a blackout?
    If your solar panel system is connected to the grid, it will shut off in the event of a blackout. This is to prevent emergency responders and electricity utility repair-people from being injured by your panels sending power back to the grid. However, there are certain inverters you can buy that provide backup power in a blackout when paired with a battery.
  • How much will solar panel maintenance cost?
    Solar panel systems are made of durable tempered glass and require, little to no maintenance costs for the 25 to 35 years that they will generate power. In most cases, you don’t even need to clean your solar panels regularly. If something does happen, most equipment manufacturers include warranties, although warranty terms depend on the company.
  • Is my roof suitable for solar panels?
    Southerly-facing roofs with little to no shade and enough space to fit a solar panel system are  ideal for installing solar .However, in many cases there are workarounds if your home doesn’t have the ideal solar roof