Solar panels are a clean alternative for your home’s energy needs! Even in times of low sunlight, solar energy systems are equipped to provide your home with steady amounts of power. In fact, you receive tax credit for any excess energy produced by your residential solar panel system!

Going solar is a big decision, so we’re here to answer the big questions. Read on to see how solar can benefit your home!

How Do Solar Panels Work?

Solar power is harnessed energy from the sun that is converted into thermal or electrical energy [1]. It’s the cleanest and most abundant resource in the world because sunlight is natural and replenishable. Fossil fuels, like coal and oil, are finite and harmful to the atmosphere due to their contribution to the greenhouse effect.

What If It’s Not Sunny Out?

Most residential solar power systems are connected to your community’s power grid. In situations where you can’t generate enough power, your system will automatically obtain electricity through traditional utility-provided resources. This ensures that your home will receive adequate amounts of energy even in times when your system does not have great access to sunlight.

There are other factors solar installers consider in order to maintain a constant flow of energy. With accurate weather forecasts professionals can accurately forecast solar outputs, therefore modifying the grid as needed on days when sunlight is low. This ensures that homes with solar energy maintain a consistent amount of power throughout the day, no matter what the weather is like.

Can My System Produce Too Much Energy?

Oftentimes, solar panels generate more electricity than your home needs. This energy is sent back through your neighborhood’s energy grid and your local utility company may provide bill credits. This process, called net metering, allows homeowners to sell back their energy and turn back their meter [2]. Net metering is a great financial benefit for homeowners who choose solar power!

Will I Have Electricity in a Power Outage?

When there is a power outage in your neighborhood, your solar power system will automatically be turned off as a safety precaution for utility workers. Repair crews are directly working on the points of failure across the grid, so to have a local power generator such as a solar source leaking power onto the grid lines would put these linemen and women in jeopardy. Solar energy systems can detect when grid power is down, which automatically shuts the system down. So even though solar panels can continue to generate electricity during power outages, the system is shut down to avoid hazardous situations.

Are Solar Panels Right for My Home?

Residential solar systems can be a great investment for anyone looking to lower their utility bill while reducing their carbon emissions. Federal and state incentives will be decreasing at the end of 2019, making today the best time to invest in solar energy. To see if your home is a good candidate for solar, reach out to a Momentum representative today – you can visit our website momentumsolar.com or call 1-888-MOMENTUM for a free quote!

[1] https://www.seia.org/initiatives/about-solar-energy

[2] https://www.seia.org/initiatives/net-metering

 

 

 

 

 

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