9 Frequently Asked Questions About Solar
There is so much information about Solar Energy out in the world now. Here is sunny Southern California we are fortunate to get 19 days of rain. Using free energy from the sun is a smart investment for homeowners and business investors alike. Solar is one of the key’s to reduce America’s dependence on fossil fuels.
For the past 33 years, Mohr Power Solar has been in business in Southern California, helping our customers understand the facts. Below are some of the frequently asked questions about solar power. Have a question? Send us an email! We are here to help.
#1 Will a Solar Electric system work with my home?
Solar Electricity Panels can be installed on almost any type of roofing materials and on the ground. For a typical 18-panel system, you will need a sunny place that has about 360 square feet free from obstruction and significant shading.
#2 How much electricity will my solar system save me?
It depends on the size of the solar system you select. A solar electric system can generate a small percentage of the electricity you require, all of it, or anything in between. Your savings will also depend on the utility rates and sunlight intensity in your location. A Solar Specialist will provide you with a personalized savings estimate.
#3 Will the Solar Electric system work with my current utility power?
Yes, our systems are designed to work seamlessly with your utility power. The system will automatically send any excess electricity generated by the system to the utility for a credit, and buy it back whenever you need more than you are producing.
#4 Do Solar Electricity panels work in cloudy weather and at night?
Solar Electricity panels work in cloudy weather though they produce less electricity. Under the mildly overcast sky, panels might produce about half as much as they would under bright sunlight. Since solar technology requires sunlight, your local utility will supply your electricity at night.
#5 What about extreme wind and weather?
The systems are very durable. Solar Electric panels are individually tested, certified to UL standards, and are built to withstand 125 mph winds and 1-inch hail.
#6 What happens if the utility power goes out?
During any type of outage or blackout, the system will automatically shut down and restart once the utility power is back. The shutdown is required by law. You may request a Battery Back-up that can power up most of your emergency needs.
#7 How long will it take to get the solar system up-and-running?
It takes approximately 6-8 weeks for the State to process and confirm your solar rebate application. The actual installation, after permitting, takes 2-6 days based on size of system, and can take a little longer with ground mounts.
#8 How much do these systems cost?
The cost of a Solar Electric system ranges from $10,150.00 to an average price $50,000.00 or more, depending on the size of the system. The price includes installation, permitting and applicable State incentives and rebates. Systems cost may vary, that’s why its so important schedule an in home site evaluation to receive an estimate based on your lifestyle of usage.
#9 Will a Solar Electric system make Hot Water?
Solar Electric systems convert sunlight into electricity which feeds into your regular electricity supply to operate lights and all your other electronic appliances. Solar Hot Water is a different technology that uses the heat from the sun, not the light. Solar Hot Water is extremely efficient in producing hot water.