FAQ

Q: What happens when it snows. Will my solar panels still work?

A: Yes. Sunlight will penetrate a thin layer of snow and the snow will usually melt fairly quickly off of solar panels. If you have had a heavy snow you can help it along by using a squeegee on a pole to scrape off the surface layer of snow.

Q: If there is a power outage, will I still have power from my solar electric system?

A: That depends upon whether or not you are using a grid-tied system or an off-the-grid system using batteries. If you are using a grid-tied system you will lose power but could switch to a generator as a backup. If you are using an off-the-grid system or a hybrid system with batteries for storing your electricity then you won't lose power. This is the main advantage of an off-the-grid approach.

Q: If there is a power outage, will I still have power from my solar electric system?

A: Solar energy technologies often have a higher "first cost." This means that a person is likely to pay more money up front to purchase and install a solar system. Still, in nearly all cases, the high initial cost is recovered through substantial fuel savings over the life of the product. Another disadvantage is that solar energy approaches do require some direct access to sunlight. If you live an a very shaded area and do not have the ability to remove trees or other impediments to sun access it may not be an option for you.

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