FAQ

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Solar FAQ

[/vc_column_text][vc_tta_accordion toggle=”1″][vc_tta_section title=”Are solar panels right for my home?”][vc_column_text]Several factors determine the feasibility of solar panels for your home:

  • Your average electricity bill
  • The size, condition and material of your roof
  • The orientation of your roof (i.e. south facing etc.), a ground mount option
    is available
  • The amount of direct sunlight your roof receives
  • The amount of shading your roof receives
  • The availability of solar rebates, tax credits and incentives in your area

[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”What is Solar Energy?”][vc_column_text]Solar Panels
Solar panels, or solar modules as they are sometimes called, are typically installed on the roof or on the ground. These solar panels are made up of photovoltaic (PV) cells, which convert sunlight into direct current (DC) electricity.

Inverter
The DC power from the solar panels is sent to an inverter, where it is converted into alternating current (AC) electricity, or standard electrical current used in your home.

Electrical Panel
AC electricity travels from the inverter to the electrical panel, often called a breaker box. This power is now ready to use in your home.

Utility Meter
The utility meter continually measures your electrical supply; when your solar electric system produces more electricity than you need, the meter literally spins backward, accumulating credits with the utility company that will offset your next utility bill.

Utility Grid
Your home remains connected to the utility grid to supply you with electricity when you need more power than your solar power system has produced, such as at night.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”How much maintenance does a solar system need?”][vc_column_text]With no moving parts and at least a 40-year expected life-span, Monolith Solar’s PV systems require very little maintenance. In fact, their design ensures that they remain relatively clean as long as they are exposed to rain or a quick rinse with a garden hose every few months.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Can I use photovoltaics (PV) to power my home?”][vc_column_text]PV can be used to power your entire home’s electrical systems, including lights, cooling systems, and appliances. PV systems today can be blended easily into both traditional and nontraditional homes. The most common practice is to mount modules onto a south-facing roof or wall.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Can Monolith Solar’s solar panels heat my pool?”][vc_column_text]Most pools are heated by natural gas, so solar electric power will not be able to assist in heating outdoor swimming pools. However, our solar panels do offset the power used by a pool’s electric pumps..[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Can my electric bill really be $0 ?”][vc_column_text]Some solar systems produce more electricity than is used each month, bringing net electricity costs to $0. However, there is still a minimal connection fee (typically about $100 per year) to remain connected to the electrical grid.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Can my HOA or neighbors prevent me from installing a solar system?”][vc_column_text]In most cases, no. Currently, 39 states have solar access laws that provide varying degrees of protection against restrictions that could be imposed on you. Your Monolith Solar Consultant will be able to discuss the laws and policies in your area.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Do I get paid for my extra energy production?”][vc_column_text]Currently, most of America is under a system known as Net Metering, which allows your net electricity costs to be reduced to zero, but no further. In select few places in the U.S. you can be paid for any excess electricity you create, in what is known as a Feed-In Tariff system.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Do I need to clean my panels?”][vc_column_text]In many places, the occasional rainstorm or snow melt is all that’s needed to keep debris from becoming a problem. If your panels collect excessive debris like dust, fallen leaves, or bird droppings, we recommend hiring a qualified, licensed professional to clean your panels.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Do Solar Panels increase the value of my home?”][vc_column_text]According to a study published in The Appraisal Journal, a home’s value is increased by $20 for every $1 reduction in annual energy savings. Homes with solar panels often sell faster than non-solar homes and they sell at a higher price. And unlike most home improvements, solar systems don’t depreciate in value over time.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Does it make sense to wait for the cost of solar panels to fall further before installing them?”][vc_column_text]No. Photovoltaic technology is not expected to take another leap for many years. Rebates however, can fluctuate much more rapidly, so capitalizing on those means acting now![/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”How does snow affect a solar system’s performance?”][vc_column_text]While snow will decrease production while it is on your panels, it should not damage your system when designed and installed properly. Given the angle of the panels and their tendency to produce some heat, the snow will fall off your panels faster than it would fall off your roof, quickly returning your system to its full potential.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”How many homes can be powered by 1 megawatt of solar energy?”][vc_column_text]Currently, the national average of homes powered by a MW of solar photovoltaics
is 164.

However, the average number of homes powered per MW of PV varies from state to state due to a number of factors including:

  • Average sunshine, temperature and wind
  • Average household electricity consumption

[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”How much does a solar system cost?”][vc_column_text]The cost of your solar investment will vary greatly depending on the size of the system, your location and available incentives. To find out what a Monolith Solar system will do to your electric bill, get your Free Solar Quote from a Monolith Solar consultant.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Is solar a viable option in cold climates?”][vc_column_text]Yes. A general rule of thumb is that if you can clearly see your solar panels, they can produce electricity. In fact, given equal sunlight, a solar panel on a cold day will out-produce a solar panel on a hot day.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”What happens to solar panels when it’s cloudy or raining?”][vc_column_text]Photovoltaic panels can use direct or indirect sunlight to generate electricity, though they are most effective in direct sunlight. Solar panels will still work even when the light is reflected or partially blocked by clouds. Rain actually helps to keep your panels operating efficiently by washing away any dust or dirt. Electricity generated by your panels during sunny hours will offset energy that you use at night and other times when your system isn’t operating at full capacity.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”What if I move in a few years?”][vc_column_text]You might be surprised to learn that that’s no problem and doesn’t prevent you from experiencing the financial benefits of solar. Numerous studies have shown that solar panels add value to your home and help it sell quicker – often in half the time. This is because homebuyers understand the importance of energy costs and will be happy to control them with solar panels.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][/vc_row]