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Here is a quick overview on how solar works!

  1. Solar panels are mounted on your roof for optimal sun exposure, preferably facing south or west.
  2. Solar panels absorb the solar power and convert the power into DC power through solar modules.
  3. The solar inverter converts the DC power into useful AC power to be used in your home or business.
  4. When your solar system is over producing, with net metering, your meter will spin backwards and credit your account.
  5. At night or anytime when the solar is not producing, you will seamlessly get your electricity from the utility grid (or battery if you have one).

What is net-metering?

Many electrical grids, including all of Ohio, have a program in place to buy your excess energy. Your solar system is designed to offset your electricity usage potentially to 100%. With net metering, you will get credited for the excess energy your solar system produces, especially in the summer months when your solar is frequently over producing. Your utility company will pay you for this electricity in the form of credits on future bills and use it to offset the load for your neighbors. Anything beyond your personal “net” use is used to power your community.

How are solar panels affected by clouds and rain?

Solar panels can produce power without direct sunlight. Yes, you read that right. One of the biggest myths about solar power is that it won’t be effective when it’s cloudy. The sun is the most abundant source of energy for solar panels to absorb and convert into power, but it doesn’t need to be direct sunlight. Solar panels can capture different parts of the sun’s light spectrum. So, if the sun’s not directly beaming on the panels – or it happens to be a cloudy day – it doesn’t mean the hues reflected from the sky aren’t being captured and utilized by the solar panel cells to produce power.

Are solar panels expensive to maintain

No, solar panels are not expensive to maintain. Regular cleanings represent the majority of your responsibility; depending on where you live and the type of panels you have, you may only need to clean the panels annually. It’s best to consult a professional when you need your panels cleaned and schedule the cleaning for a day that is partly cloudy whenever possible. Aside from cleaning, you won’t need to attend to your panels unless you notice something wrong. Many solar panel manufacturing have a warranty of 25 years for parts and materials, so you can also count on free replacement components in many cases. GreenSlate Solar also offers installation warrenties with all their installations at no extra cost giving you the peace of mind you need.

Can hail or snow damage my solar panels?

Solar panels are specifically designed to withstand harsh weather conditions. In fact, they are tested to make sure they can survive through one-inch hail falling at a rate of 50 miles per hour. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) was itself faced with a hail storm, and of the thousands of solar panels on the organization’s campus, only one was broken in the end. When it comes to snow, the main problem is that snow coverage impedes panel efficiency. Many homeowners can simply wait for the snow to melt because the angle at which the panels are installed encourages the melted snow to naturally run downward. You can also hire a professional to come and clear the snow.

If you have any other questions regarding the installation or design process you can contact us.

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