Frequently Asked Questions
What does solar have to offer me?
Solar allows you to have the power of the sun! Some noteworthy advantages are
- You will save money!
- Solar energy is a renewable resource that we can rely on whenever the sun is out – itʻs clean and protects our environment from harmful gases.
- With solar, you’ll protect yourself from rising electricity prices, lower your electric bill, acquire long-term savings, and increase your property value.
How does solar work?
How does solar work?
Photovoltaic (PV) refers to the process of converting solar into electricity. The word itself helps us understand the meaning; photo meaning “light” and voltaic meaning “electricity.” PV panels are made with many solar cells that consist of semi-conductors usually made of silicone. The solar cell has 2 silicone layers, the top layer loaded with electrons and the bottom that has had some taken away, ready to take in more electrons. The sunʻs radiance is made up with many particles called photons. The photons are absorbed through the cell and transfer its energy to the atoms already in the cell. The electrons in the lower cell use this energy to jump into the upper layer and are released into the circuit, creating small amounts of electricity. Many solar cells are put together to create a solar panel that converts the loose electrons into direct current (DC) electricity. The DC power is sent to an inverter, which then converts the DC power into Alternating Current (AC) energy and is then fed into your home allowing you to use it to power your home.
How long will a solar system last
Solar systems are little maintenance and will operate for more than 20 years. Warranties will differ from whether decide to purchase or lease the system although many manufacturer warranties will range from 10-25 years. At Adon, whether you own or lease the system, we have a workmanship warranty for 5 years.
Am I able to get an income tax credit for a PV system?
If you purchase your solar system, you are eligible for 35% state tax credits, up to $5,000, on a system. You are also eligible for 30% federal tax credits of the cost of your system if purchased and installed before 2016.
How long is the process?
The length of time for the process is difficult to say but we can explain the process to you and keep you involved with each step as we go along. The process starts with gathering pre-installation information – site visit for roofing information, proposals to figure out the size of system, and drawing up a plan that works best for your situation. We will do all of this; all we need from you as the customer are your electric bills for the past 12 months. Next, weʻll discuss and secure solar financing for your system. Then, we’ll get the necessary permits and approvals from the county and utility company. Once we are approved, the system is installed in 24-72 hours and schedule final approval for your system. Once the final approval is finished, you are ready to turn on your system!
How big of a system will I need for my home?
Every home is different and the size of the system depends on how much electricity you and your family use. You can choose how much of your monthly electric bill you want to offset whether it is 100% of it or 50%. For example, if your electric bill is $350 a month, you can choose a system that can save you the whole $350. We understand that not everyone can afford to pay for a larger system, which is why you can choose to offset a partial amount. We also have financing options to help you offset the total 100% of energy. You can contact Adon for a quote and weʻd be more than happy to run a proposal with different options for how much electricity you will need to offset your electric bill and what is in your budget.
Will I still collect energy from the sun if it’s cloudy?
Yes! Your panels will still be collecting energy, just not as well. The PV panels generates energy by the radiance of the sun so even though it is cloudy, the panels are still harnessing sun power.
What is net energy metering?
Net energy metering, also known as “NEM”, refers to a standard house utility meter that measures how much electricity was collected by the system. When a system collects more than what is needed for the house it is powering, it can sell electricity back to the electrical grid for a value, which can help offset electricity bills.
Why is my bill still high?
When your panel is installed, itʻs offsetting the energy you currently use. If you add more appliances, such as another AC unit or refrigerator, your system is not generating enough energy to power those units. If you know you will be using more energy, you should mention this so we can install a system that offsets more than the energy you are using.
What kind of solar panels does your company use?
At Adon, we use Renasola panels and Enphase inverters
What happens if I will need to redo my roof throughout the years?
Itʻs always best to reroof before installing your panels. a roofer or installer will take a look at your roof and assess whether or not your roof needs to be reroofed before the panels are put on. If you already have a system, it is possible for the panels to be removed and reinstalled for reroofing.
Can I install a PV system myself?
It is recommended you do not install a PV system yourself. You may have the skills for the actual installation of the panels, but other factors are also required in the process; such as the planning, permitting, sizing, and evaluating your energy performance for optimal energy.