What questions should I ask about solar panels? – You don’t have to be a solar expert to get a good home-power system. But there are certain questions that absolutely should be asked.
How many solar panels do I need? – The amount of panels you will need directly corresponds to the amount of energy your lifestyle requires and the amount of sunlight available. An easy way to get a ‘ballpark’ idea can be found here.
Do solar panels work on cloudy days? – Solar panels require direct sunlight to operate productively. While there will always be some power generated during daylight hours, the lack of direct sunlight will have a significant impact on power production.
Will solar panels add value to your home? – It is a very common misconception that your home’s value will increase – dollar by dollar – for any funds spent on solar panels.
How do solar panels work? – Solar panels work on electron flow – flow that is triggered by the bombardment of photons present in sunlight.
What is the difference between On-Grid (Grid-Tied) and Off-Grid power? – Grid-tied solar is physically connected to the electric grid, Off-grid solar is not.
Do solar panels work during a blackout? – Solar panels that are connected to the grid will shut off during a blackout (this is to protect utility workers from injury related to back-feed). Off-grid solar panels operate independently of the electric grid and as such are not affected during a blackout.
How many hours a day to solar panels work? – Solar panels will generally operate ‘productively’ 90 minutes less than total daylight hours.
Do solar panels work in the winter? – Solar panels will operate any time there is sunlight striking directly on their surface.
How to build a solar powered house? – You build a solar powered house by first knowing exactly how much power your lifestyle requires and then installing the appropriate amount of panels to achieve this.
Which is better, Off-grid or Grid-tied? – Each setup has their own unique benefits. A successful install will depend on your personal goals. For an in-depth look at the pros and cons , please read ‘full article’ – video available.