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We’ve compiled the most frequently asked questions to see if installing solar panels is right for your home or business. Search by category below or download the complete library.

How Solar Works

Solar energy is power derived from the sun’s rays, which can be converted into electricity or heat using solar panels and other devices.

Solar panels collect sunlight and convert it into electricity using photovoltaic cells. These cells generate direct current (DC) electricity when exposed to sunlight, which is then converted into alternating current (AC) electricity by an inverter for home use.

A typical solar power system includes solar panels, an inverter, a power meter, and sometimes a battery backup or hybrid system to store excess energy.

Yes, solar panels can still generate electricity on cloudy days, though their output will be reduced compared to bright, sunny days.

While solar panels do not produce energy at night, you can use a battery storage system to store energy produced during the day for nighttime use, or stay connected to the grid to use conventional power.

Solar panels are generally very durable and can last 25-30 years or more, depending on the brand and the environment in which they are installed.

Solar panels require little maintenance, typically needing only occasional cleaning to keep them free of debris and dust that could block sunlight.

Solar power is a clean, renewable resource that reduces reliance on fossil fuels and decreases greenhouse gas emissions.

Installation Process

The process typically includes an initial consultation, site assessment, system design, obtaining permits, the installation of panels and inverters, inspection by local authorities, and connection to the power grid.

Installation time can vary but generally takes 1 to 3 days after all permits and equipment are secured. The entire process from consultation to activation can take several weeks.

It is not necessary for you to be home during the entire installation, but you may be needed at home for the final connection and system testing.

Solar installations require electrical and building permits from local authorities. Your solar installer will typically handle the permit application process for you.

Professional solar installers use methods and equipment that minimize the risk of damage to your roof. They also ensure the mounting system is securely attached to handle various weather conditions.

Yes, solar panels can be installed on flat roofs using special mounting systems that tilt the panels to capture more sunlight.

You should inform your home insurance provider about the solar installation as it may adjust your coverage or premium. In many cases, solar installations can increase the value of your home and may require additional coverage.

If you have a grid-tied system without a battery backup, your system will shut down during a power outage for safety reasons. Systems with a battery backup can continue to supply power independently of the grid.

Yes, solar installations come with different warranties for the panels, inverters, and workmanship. Panel warranties typically cover 25 years, while the inverter warranty may cover 10 to 25 years. Workmanship warranties provided by Ecohouse last 10 years.

Financial Benefits

Savings vary based on your electricity usage, the size of your solar system, local utility rates, and sunlight availability. Generally, homeowners can expect significant reductions in their monthly electricity bills.

Yes, the federal government offers a Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) which currently provides a tax credit for 30% of the cost of your system.

Common financing options include solar loans, solar leases, and power purchase agreements (PPAs), each offering different benefits and considerations in terms of ownership and responsibility for maintenance. Ecohouse Solar does not currently offer PPAs.

Studies have shown that homes with solar installations tend to sell faster and for a higher price compared to non-solar homes, depending on the market and the age of the solar system.

Net metering is a system that credits solar energy system owners for the electricity they add to the grid. If your system produces more energy than you use, you can earn credits that reduce future utility bills.

The payback period can vary but typically ranges from 5 to 15 years, depending on initial costs, financing, incentives, and electricity production.

While not exactly hidden, costs such as system maintenance, potential increases in property taxes, or insurance adjustments should be considered.

If you sell your home, the solar system can increase its marketability and price. If you have a solar loan, it will need to be paid off upon sale, unless the buyer agrees to assume the loan. Leased systems can be transferred to the new homeowner.

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