Today we will go over a few handpicked Frequently Asked Questions in the next installment of our FAQ series. The following list of questions were received over the past 30 days and have been organized into a digestible Q&A format. Don’t forget to comment on the article with the question you would like answered in the next installment of our FAQ series. Let’s jump right in!
One of my biggest issues with Gas Generators is the level of noise they produce. How loud are your Solar Generators?
While Gas Generators level of noise production is on the higher end, solar generators are in most cases completely quiet. In off-grid and back-up power applications, many clients value their privacy or simply want to be mindful of their neighbors. Since Solar Generators have no moving parts, typically the only sound emulates from a small interior fan, of which, creates minimal sound. Often times the combination of a Gas Generator and Solar Generator can give clients the power they need, with the luxury of peace and quiet.
In the Winter time we often receive a good amount of snow. What happens if there is snow buildup on the solar panels? Will they still produce power?
Solar Panels operate by receiving direct sunlight. Any type of coverage will result in a power production decrease or at the most severe, no power being produced. Solar Panels are typically mounted at an angel towards the southern exposure. This tilt usually creates just enough momentum to cause the snow to slide off. However, if you notice debris or snow build-up that is stagnant, we recommend removing the blockage as soon possible.
Is my house/roof suitable for Solar Panels?
Typically, we answer this question, with a question; How much direct sunlight does your roof/preferred area of install receive daily? While Roof angle and tree/obstruction shading play major roles in determining the efficiency of your area, southern facing exposure is quite possibly the most important. One of our favorite tools here at Earthtech Products is Googles Project Sunroof. You simply enter your home address and the application shows your sun exposure based on 3D modeling of your roof and nearby trees.
I keep hearing the term “Net Metering”, what does this mean?
Net metering is a term referring to a system in which a renewable energy source (Solar Panels, Wind Turbines, etc.) is connected to a public-utility power grid, with surplus power being transferred onto the grid. This allows customers to essentially “sell” power back and offset the cost of power drawn from the utility. This is a term that until recently was exclusive to only grid tied/reliant systems. However, with the release of AC/DC Coupling technology, for example found in the Humless Universal 10 Backup System, you can now use grid tied panels to not only bank power with the utility companies, but to store power for later use.
Will the installation of Solar Panels to my roof cause damage or issues down the road?
Fortunately, roof damage as a result of a solar array install is very rare. Installers take preventative steps to avoid leaks and other damage from occurring. These measures can easily be implemented even if you are performing the installation yourself. Flashing implementation is the most common means to prevent leaks or further deterioration, which is simply a metal or plastic shield, that fits under your existing roof tiles. You will want to ensure that your roof is in good condition before considering a solar panel install.
We would like to thank our loyal customers for all of the great questions posed. We truly enjoy being able to offer our opinion and provide proper direction. As always, we are just a phone call away (877-548-3387) and are happy to offer our expertise on all of your Solar needs!