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5 things you didn’t know about solar panels

Much of the country that Power Home Solar serves is in the early-adoption phase of going solar, putting the onus on consumers to educate themselves on the product and process of getting solar panels. After previously sharing 5 things to know about solar panels, here are 5 things we’re betting you don’t know about them.

1. Solar panels still produce solar energy on cloudy days. Cloudy days are not days where customers are shut out of solar production. Your panels will just produce less electricity on these days compared to sunny ones. It’s important to note that the goal of your solar energy system is to offset your energy usage over an entire year, not any given day, week, or month. There will be months when you produce more energy than others.

2. Net metering accounts for excess energy your system produces. When your solar system produces more energy than your home needs at any one time, that energy is pushed back to the power grid for a credit. That process is called net metering, and the end result of it is that you benefit from all the power that your system produces, directly from your panels, or indirectly through credits applied to your much smaller utility bill.

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3. Solar panels offset your usage from the power company and will not entirely replace it. Because solar panels cannot produce power without the sun, solar panel owners still need power in the night. That power won’t come from your system but from the power grid. But your reliance on the power company will indeed be reduced courtesy of your installation, and that’s the goal. How much you want to shrink that reliance is up to you by the number of panels you install.

4. Solar panels are not free. While sunlight is free, solar panels themselves and all aspects associated with their installation cost money. Power Home Solar makes it easy to go solar by offering a $0 up-front cost program that will get you started. For those who qualify, you’re on your way to enjoying clean, renewable energy at a cost that’s either close to or lower than your current power bill.

5. Not everyone can get solar. Several things that could stand in the way of a customer getting solar — homeowner association covenants, shading, roof conditions, failure to qualify for the loan or even the direction that your home faces. Power Home Solar can determine if your home is a good candidate, so please feel free to fill out the form below or contact us at 800-765-2715, and one of our representatives will help you learn more.

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