Hiring a professional to fix or install any solar energy product can be the best thing you can do to help preserve the environment. But hiring a solar energy contractor isn't that easy. You should have a list of questions ready to ask a solar energy contractor to land on a best solar deal.
Question 1: Is it durable enough?
If you have a broken solar product and need to get it fixed, you might be wondering whether fixing the problem is the best solution. Perhaps you may just need to get a new one that's more durable to last a long time. Your contractor will give you a recommendation on whether it is best to fix or replace. Make sure to ask him about the durability of the product after repair or replacement. Ask if there will be a warranty or guarantee, and how long must you expect the entire system to last.
Question 2: Where else can I get the solar panel installed instead of the roof?
Most solar panels are installed on the rooftops of houses. But, those who have larger backyards or some who live in rented properties often get them installed on the ground. Ask your contractor about other areas in your property where you can have the solar panels installed.
Question 3: How do you estimate the size of the panel?
As a responsible homeowner, you should know the method used by the contractor to calculate the size of the panel. This way, you can be sure there won't be any overcharging, and it is simply better when you know everything about the product and service you invest on.
Question 4: Do we need a battery system?
Some solar products come with a battery system. The excess of solar power produced by the panels is stored in the battery. A battery system is necessary for houses with limited sun exposure. Ask the solar energy contractor about pros and cons of the battery system and if having one would be beneficial to you.
Question 5: Are there any financing options available?
Going green is not easy. Solar panels installation can be expensive. There are government incentives to support the adoption of solar energy. If you still need some extra financing assistance to get the solar panels, ask your contractor about your options.
With a professional solar energy contractor at your side, you can expect to get the best services in the town. TEO Solar is a professional solar installations company serving Volusia County, Flagler County, and nearby communities. Call us today at (386) 437-2671 for best deals and great services.
Solar panel systems have drastically changed the way people use electricity to illuminate their houses and heat up appliances. Solar power has certainly made it cheaper to keep homes warm in winters and run ACs in the summer season without worrying about electricity bills. This is one of the main reasons why many American families have made a shift to residential solar panels from the traditional utility.
Solar panels are expensive and its installation is a big project for any house type. There are basically three types of domestic solar panel systems - inter-tied; inter-tied with battery backup; and off-grid. Understanding the features of each residential solar panel systems you can decide on buying the right solar panel system for your home.
1. Grid Inter-Tied Solar Panel Systems: The grid inter-tired residential solar panel systems provide the house owner with the choice to either draw power from traditional electricity or solar panels. They are designed to establish a balance between the production and electricity requirement. The system is suitable for big or joint families with greater utility requirement or houses with limited sun exposure the latter, however, is not necessary. The inter-grid panel system allows the house owners to sell the excess of utility produced by the panels through the popular net metering practice. In case of shortfall in the production, the house owners can switch to the traditional source of electricity.
2. Grid Inter-Tied Solar Power System with Battery Back-up: The grid inter-tied residential solar power system with battery back-up is designed to connect with the traditional electricity grids giving the homeowner the right to swap between the two as required. The system, however, comes with a battery back-up. The excess of power produced by the panels is used to power-up the batteries and draw electricity from them in case of shortfalls. The owner can also sell off the excess amount of utility through the net metering practice. In short, the grid inter-tied residential solar power system with battery backup allows the owners to enjoy uninterrupted utility.
3. Off-Grid Solar Panel Systems: The off-grid solar power system is an independent solar power panel system. It is not connected with the traditional utility grid. The system comes with battery back-up to store surplus production and use it at time of shortfall. In case, the production is not adequate and batteries are removed or out of power an electronic generator is required to be connected to the system to draw power during the shortfall.
You can decide and choose the right solar panel system for your home considering the home utility requirement and the features of each residential solar panel systems. TEO Solar is a leading solar contractor serving Putnam County, Volusia County, Flagler County and surrounding communities. We have the skills and equipment to install, repair, and remove all types of residential as well as commercial solar panels. Contact us today at (386) 437-2671 for a free consultancy.
Bill has been a solar professional for more than 30 years, and has extensive experience in all things solar. During this time, he has seen solar grow, evolve, and improve. His passion is solar.