By Scott Laskey
If you’re like so many homeowners in the California area, you have many questions regarding solar power.
As solar power has become more popular in our state, and people in various areas have started installing solar systems for the home, it’s common to come across solar power questions and answers, and wonder how they apply to you and your home.
Here’s a simple guide to help you find the information you need:
Have solar power questions? Here are some of the top answers in the industry:
Going solar has dozens of unique benefits, not the least of which include financial savings and environmental benefits. Because a residential solar panel system allows you to create your own energy and sell the excess back to the grid, it can reduce and eventually eliminate your power bills.
Additionally, solar power is totally renewable, which means that installing a solar power system allows you to reduce your home’s production of greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants.
As a general rule, the answer is yes. Solar panels work on most homes. They produce power on cloudy days, can work on most roof styles, and can even operate well in snowy areas of the state, as long as you keep them free of heavy snow during the winter months (most panels are tilted so snow slides right off, anyway).
Additionally, since solar panel maintenance is relatively inexpensive and easy to do, they’re well-suited for most households.
If you have questions about whether panels will work on your roof, contact a local solar installer for a review of your location.
When you’re choosing a solar installer, you’ll want to look for one that offers a mix of skills, value, and approachability. Be sure you feel comfortable around your solar installer, and that they have a track record of honesty and integrity with their clients.
You should also look for a team of professionals that are licensed, certified, and insured, and can offer references.
Yes! There are many different types of solar panels. Each brand offers different panels with a unique set of specifications. As a general rule, though, there are three categories of panels: standard, economy, and premium.
As you can probably guess, premium panels are the most expensive and generally offer the highest performance. Standard panels are the most common, and will work well on most residential jobs. Economy panels, on the other hand, are less expensive but may be less durable in the long run.
As always, talk to your solar installer about which panels will work best for your household.
Shared solar is solar power you get by buying into a community solar project. When you pay to get in, you get to enjoy the benefits of obtaining a portion of the energy generated by the system. While solution isn’t installed on your property, it can create a savings in your monthly bills.
It can be tough to find your way through all the questions surrounding solar power and installation. If you need additional information, though, or want to talk to a professional about solar power installation for the home, Sandbar Solar is here to help.
After 13 successful years, Sandbar Solar maintains its position as the most established solar company in Santa Cruz. Our solar panel installation projects reduce your energy bills and increase your property’s market value. Our Santa Cruz solar services include free estimates, custom design and expert installation. Our portfolio features thousands of residential and commercial solar panel installations across the region. We’re proud of our reputation for designing and installing the most efficient solar panels for the Central coast – including Santa Cruz and Monterey counties – as well as San Jose and the Bay Area.
Give us a call today to learn more!
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Scott is the founder of Sandbar Solar & Electric. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from UC San Diego, Scott has an NABCEP certification, and has lectured on and taught many high-tech construction practices and solar PV technical concepts to education institutions, including Stanford University and state-recognized electrician apprenticeship programs. Scott enjoys sharing his knowledge of the evolving renewable energy space and making a difference in his community.
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