Everything You Need to Know About Residential Solar In 5 Questions
November 5, 2016
1. What is the difference between solar for business and solar for home use?
A commercial solar project might power a town or a company’s operations. As a result, they vary dramatically in terms of scale and cost. By comparison, residential solar systems tend to hold a consistent size (5 kilowatts on average). Thanks to their relatively small-scale, rooftop solar panels for home are an attainable energy upgrade that can generate serious electric bill savings for homeowners at any income level.
2. How long does a residential solar system take to install?
Quicker than you think! Once you have met with the installers and done all necessary site visits and planning, the actual installation of your solar panel system will only take a few days. The exact time depends on a number of factors such as what exactly you are setting up, but overall, the installation timeframe is very quick and fairly simple.
3. How much has the price of solar for residential dropped in recent years?
The cost of solar power in the past decade has dropped by 70 percent. In the last year alone, the residential market saw a five percent decrease in cost. There’s no question that solar has evolved from a clean tech commodity to a sensible home upgrade that millions of Americans are considering in 2016!
4. Can you get solar panels for your home if your roof doesn’t qualify?
One of the most exciting aspects of the residential solar sector is the list of options for homeowners who want to go solar but do not have a suitable roof. Ground-mount solar installations and community solar gardens are two common ways to access power from the sun without actually installing anything on your rooftop. Community solar involves connecting with members of a group or your neighborhood to share a solar system, while ground mounted arrays are an easy way to own and install your own system while bypassing any roofing hurdles.
5. What percentage of your home can you power with solar panels?
Ideally, the answer to this question would be 100 percent. However, although a solar panel system can theoretically offset all of your energy use, it’s not realistic to expect that level of panel production every day of the week. Leading U.S. solar manufacturer SunPower recommends that homeowners factor in a 25 percent cushion when calculating their target for solar panel offset. The main reason for this: solar panels cannot operate at maximum efficiency all the time. There will be certain days when grid connection is necessary to fully cover your power usage. However, the beauty of net-metering is that you can benefit from surplus production days and never pay anything to your utility while still relying on the grid for backup storage!
With an increasingly affordable buy-in price, the convenience of a quick, stress-free installation and the fact that solar is an energy upgrade that can generate serious electric bill savings for homeowners, the decision is a no-brainer. Go green and save green with Infiniti Energy Services!