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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What does Photovoltaics (PV) Mean?

    Photovoltaics, (PV) for short describes converting sunlight into electricity (photo) meaning pertaining to light and (voltaic) meaning producing voltage. 
  • Can I use a solar (PV) system to power my house or my business?

    A solar (PV) system can be set up to power part or all of your electrical needs for your home or business.  The solar (PV) system can be set up to be connected directly to the utility grid, allowing any excess power produced during certain times of the day to be sent back to the utility grid via a Net Metering System.
  • What is Net Metering also known as a Bi-directional Utility Meter?

    Net Metering is a system that allows homeowner or business owner to receive the full value that their Solar (PV) system is producing, when connected to the utility grid.  This is done by a Bi-directional Utility Meter that spins backwards and forwards, meaning at certain times when your Solar (PV) system is producing more electric than your home/business can use (the excess power goes back to the utility grid, in effect spinning your meter backwards).  At times when you need more power than your Solar (PV) system is producing (the meter spins forward, sending you power back from the utility grid).  Please click on the “Grid Direct Solar (PV) System” link for a diagram of Net Metering.
  • How do I know if a Solar (PV) System is right for me?

    There a number of different reasons why people choose to have a Solar (PV) System installed. Some of these reasons are: to reduce or eliminate your electric bill, reduce your carbon footprint and help the environment, increase the value of your property, less dependent on Foreign Energy Suppliers, reduces or eliminates the volatile rising electrical utility costs, and for lot people it’s a good return on your investment (with Federal Tax Credit and State Renewable Energy Incentives).  As you can see there are a number of different reasons why people choose to have a Solar (PV) System installed, but the bottom line is, would this be right for you (which only you can determine that answer).
  • How large of a Solar (PV) System do I need?

    This depends on a number of factors, such as how much electricity do you currently use, how much of electricity do you want to offset with a Solar (PV) System, how large is the area where you’d like the Solar (PV) System installed (i.e. roof, ground), how much southern exposure do you have in that area, how much shading is that area, how much do you want to invest?  Please feel to contact us and we can help you through this process. 
  • How long do Solar (PV) Systems last?

    Most systems if designed, installed and maintained well can last more than 25 years.  Please understand that most PV manufacturer’s warranty their panels for a minimum of 25 years.  The key to having these Solar (PV) Systems last beyond 25 years (is the having them installed and maintained properly). 
  • What are the typical components of a Solar (PV) System?

    The typical components of a Solar (PV) System are: (solar modules, DC Disconnect, Inverter, AC Disconnect, Net Meter/Bi-directional Utility Meter).  Please take a look at the “Grid Direct Solar (PV) System” link for a diagram of a typical system. 
  • How much does a solar energy system cost, and how much will I save on my electric bill?

     Unfortunately there is not a simple answer on what your Solar (PV) System will cost, because of a number of factors that affect the cost.  The cost depends on a number of things, such as the size of the system, off grid system or grid direct system, location of your Solar (PV) System, Type/size/manufacturer of panels and inverter.  As for how much you’ll save on your electric bill this is also difficult, because this depends on what your currently paying for your electric bills, the type and size system you want installed.  Please contact us to for a free solar analysis to help you figure out the (size, cost of the system, location and what you can expect your Solar (PV) System to produce annually).       

We provide a Turn-key Solar Photovoltaic (PV) System Service that includes: planning, designing, materials and equipment, installation, testing and commissioning, and maintenance after installation.