What is a grid-tied solar PV system?
A grid-tied solar PV system’s output is directly linked through your meter to the distribution lines that normally provide you with electricity. The grid both effectively “stores” any excess power produced by your PV system and supplements power when your demand for electricity is greater than your on-site solar production. Grid-tied solar PV systems avoid the need for costly, toxic, and high-maintenance battery storage systems.
Do grid systems work in power outages?
What is a solar photovoltaic system?
A photovoltaic (solar electric) system converts the sun’s light energy into electricity by producing direct current (DC) in the PV panels. The DC current is sent to an inverter that converts the DC current to alternating current (AC) for general use in your house or business.
How much does a solar electric system cost?
Many factors determine the final cost for a grid-tied PV system, such as: system size, type of mounting system, roof material and pitch, wiring runs, and various other installation details. Now is the most cost-effective time to buy.
How long will my PV system last?
Premier Solar Solutions uses PV panels with a 25-year limited warranty. Although panels have a useful life expectancy of more than 30 years, it is normal for panels to slowly degrade as they age, causing some reduction in output. Inverters have a 10-year warranty but you can expect to replace them after 12-15 years. Even with the cost of service and repairs, which are very minimal, the systems are very reliable and cost effective.
How many solar panels will I need?
Who takes care of all the paperwork and permitting?
Is my roof right for solar panels?
Solar panels work best on roofs that are:
Flat or south-facing
Clear of equipment like vents or HVAC units, etc.
Sunny! Look for a spot with minimal shade from trees or nearby buildings.
Structurally sound and with a remaining life expectancy of 20 years
Will my system work in the winter or at night?
Your system will produce electricity during daylight hours. On particularly cloudy days or at night, your solar energy system will not generate electricity and your power will be provided by our energy grid. Solar panels work best in cool, sunny weather.
Will my system require maintenance?
What is a net meter and how does it work?
A net meter measures the difference between the energy produced by a customer's own generator (e.g., solar) and the energy that customer uses from their supplier's grid. Customers who generate their own electricity via a solar system are able to transfer any electricity they do not use back into the grid in exchange for credits on their utility bill. This transfer of energy for credits has the potential to reduce a customer's monthly electricity bill.
How much electricity will my solar energy system generate?
Premier Solar Solutions will generally try and build a system to offset your annual energy (kilowatt-hour) usage. The actual amount of energy generated by the system at any given time depends on both the availability and intensity of the sunlight.
How long will the installation take?
The solar PV installation itself usually takes between two and five days, depending on the size and scale of the job. However, the entire process can take up to two to four months due to the permitting and application process.