SOLAR ENERGY FAQS:
Did you know:
Solar energy is the most abundant energy source on the entire planet. It takes just 1 ½ hours of sunlight upon the Earth’s surface to power the entire world’s electricity consumption for an entire year!
Frequently Asked Questions
A: True. Limiting the amount of shade exposure to the system is preferred, but the sun doesn’t need to shine every day of the year to make solar a wise investment. Identical solar systems placed in the sunniest and cloudiest locations have been found to differ by only about 15 to 20% in electricity generation (photovoltaic cells actually operate more efficiently in cooler temperatures).
A: The ideal position for solar panel placement is on a south-facing roof. An east-west configured roof can produce sufficient electricity to be beneficial as well if that is the best or only option for installation. Panels are most often installed at an angle, either along the roof’s curves or propped up if the roof is flat, to receive direct sunlight during peak hours of sunlight.
A: Solar panels have a 30-year lifespan. The average annual efficiency loss is approximately 0.5%. The only part of your system that will generally require replacement prior to the 30-year mark is the inverter, which usually last about 15 years.
A: The only maintenance required for your solar energy system is regular, basic cleaning several times throughout the year to remove dirt or residue.