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Energy When There’s No Sun?

Where Does the House Get Power When There Is No Sun?

When it is cloudy, the solar panels will generate a little less energy than on a bright sunny day. They will not generate any electricity during the night. However, there is no reason for you to worry about not having power since your solar system is interconnected to your local utility grid. This means that you will automatically draw power from the grid whenever your home needs it. This switch from one system to the other is seamless and requires no effort on your part.

What is Involved in the Installation Process of a Solar System?

When you call a clean energy service provider to request the switch to solar power, the first step is evaluating the energy needs your home. A solar energy specialist will come in and do a free extensive evaluation of your home’s energy needs to determine the size of the solar system that would be most effective in your case. The size of your house directly affects the number of kilowatts needed to power it, therefore the bigger your house, the greater the number of PV solar panels that will need to be installed. Once the correct size of a solar system appropriate for your needs is determined, a crew will come in and install a PV solar power system on your roof. There is no charge for the equipment or the installation. A typical residential roof installation may take about 3-5 days and will depend on the complexity of your roof and the number of solar panels being installed. Your solar energy provider will obtain all building permits and design your system to meet all the required building codes in your area.

How Do I Pay for Solar Electricity?

Different clean energy providers offer some payment options for solar energy, and you need to find out the specific terms provided by your local provider. One common option is to pay per KWT of energy that you use. Typically, in this arrangement, you can choose to buy the system after your contract is over, or you can just extend the contract. Another option is to pay for solar electricity on a monthly basis, the same way you would spend your local electric company. The only difference would be that you would be paying less for cleaner energy. In this arrangement, you may not be able to purchase the system at the end of the contract. Other options may include, prepaying for electricity to lower your monthly bill, or paying a considerable amount of money up front, so that you do not have to pay for power at all for a certain amount of time.

Are There Other Payment Options?

SolarCity gives customers the option to purchase their systems and installation,

Do I Have to Pay for Maintenance, Repairs, and Insurance?

As a homeowner, you can enjoy all the benefits of solar energy without paying for maintenance and repairs. The company continually monitors your solar system’s performance, and if something goes wrong, a service crew will be dispatched to get your solar system back online right away. Since the company owns the equipment, it is also responsible for any repairs that need to be done, such as replacing an inverter. Typically, the company would also offer free insurance coverage that protects the system against theft or damage.

What Are My Savings?

If you choose the option of paying for solar energy without buying the system, you will enjoy monthly savings on your electric bill. Depending on the amount of energy your panels produce and regulations of your local utility company, you may be able to save as much as 50% on your monthly bill. You will also save by locking in this lower monthly rate for the term of your contract. By comparison, conventional utility companies raise the price of electricity every year about 5-7%. In case you decide to purchase a solar system, depending on federal and state rebates you get, you may be able to recoup your financial investment in 5-10 years. In the process, you will enjoy lower energy bills, and once the system is paid off, you will earn money for selling y