Last Updated: May 6th, 2020 at 1:13 pm
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Deciding to install solar panels at your home usually generates a lot of curiosity among your family members, from your spouse and children to your cousins, aunts, uncles and parents. Guess what the main topic of conversation will be at the next family get-together? What the heck are you thinking by adding solar power?
If your family is like most families, you’ll have some in favor, some skeptics, and some who don’t know much about solar power. But they’ll all have questions. Luckily, we have answers. Here are some common questions your family may ask about solar power, and some tips on how to respond.
“Does your home get enough sun to generate the power you need?”
The short answer is yes. All we need is about 4 hours of peak sunlight to generate enough power for the average-sized home. Although some areas of the U.S. get more peak sun than others, every state gets enough peak sun to make solar panels a wise investment for your home. Even in cloudy Pennsylvania or Ohio. In fact, most of the U.S. gets more sun than Germany does, and that country has installed more solar power per capita than the U.S. does. Have your family check out peak sunlight hours in your state, and other states to see how your state ranks.
“But aren’t solar panels made in China?” asks Dad.
Solar panel manufacturing is a global industry, so yes, some solar panels are made in China, and in many other places throughout the world. They are even made right here in the U.S. And there are some foreign-owned companies that make their panels in the U.S. At POWERHOME SOLAR, we use only American-made solar panels for your home. In addition, we provide well-paying jobs, so when you add solar, you are supporting your local economy.
“What about when the sun goes down?” asks Mom. “Will there still be power?”
Even when customers add solar power, most are still connected to the power grid. This gives us access to electricity, even when there is no sun. When our solar panels generate excess energy, the energy feeds back into the grid. Then, later, our home draws on the grid when our solar panels are no longer generating energy at night. Battery storage is also available, and that can further limit your reliance on the power grid.
“What is net metering?” your daughter pipes up.
Net metering is the policy that lets us sell excess energy your solar panels generate back to the power company. Every state is different, but most have a policy that allows people to sell the excess energy their solar panels generate back to the utility in exchange for drawing on electricity from the grid. Think of the grid as a big battery storing excess energy. We can then use that energy whenever our solar panels are not generating energy at night.
“What happens when it rains or is cloudy?” asks Junior. “Or when it is cold or snowy?”
All very good questions. Solar panels keep working, even in rainy, cloudy, or snowy weather. As long as they get sunlight, they’ll generate energy. They just generate more during peak sunlight. And, amazingly, they often work more efficiently in cold weather. And, if it has snowed, the light reflecting off the snow can help them generate more energy.
“Will we save money when we switch? asks your spouse.
You can always trust your spouse to get to the heart of the matter. Yes, we will. If we qualify, we can get a $0 down, 100% financing plan. Most of the money you spend on your electric bill will go toward paying for your solar panels. The great thing is, that’s money you’d be paying anyway, and in the end you’ll own our power.
If you or any of your relatives are interested in learning more about solar power, we can help. Contact a solar expert or call 800-765-2715, and one of our solar representatives will help you determine what is the best solar panel installation for your needs.