Let’s Look at Some Basic Questions

 

Do the solar panels turn off if my power goes out?

Yes. They turn off to protect utility workers who are servicing their utility lines and poles.

Do the solar panels store their energy in batteries?

No. Batteries can be used in buildings that aren’t connected to a power utility and need to store energy from the solar panels. If you are interested in batteries for emergency backup power, a small portable generator is almost always a more cost-effective solution. Battery systems are very expensive, require maintenance, and reduce the efficiency of your solar panel system.

Do the solar panels require maintenance?

No. The solar panel system is designed and built to be maintenance-free.

Do the solar panels spin my utility meter backwards?

Yes. When the solar panel system produces more electricity than you’re using in the building, the solar panels will push the electricity backwards and your utility meter will give you a credit. And your neighbors will get a little clean energy thanks to your solar panels!

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Additional Solar Questions

Can my HOA prevent me to install solar panels?

Can I Sell Electricity From Solar Panels to My Utility Provider?

Is Solar Right For My Home?

How to Maintain And Clean My Rooftop Solar Panels?

How to Remove Snow Form Solar Panels?

Do I Need Insurance For My Solar Panels?

What is Community Solar?