Frequently Asked Questions
How is solar energy produced?
The sun’s energy is absorbed by the solar panels, which turns it into DC power. The panels are then wired back to an Inverter, in which the DC power is converted to AC power. The AC power is sent back into your home panel to be used to power your energy needs. The unused energy is sent back out to the Utility grid and you are credited for this by a process called Net Metering.
How much sun is needed for a solar electric system?
Connecticut receives on average between 4-5 peak sun hours a day, this is as much as states like California, Texas, and Carolina. A south facing area without trees shading any of the array area is preferred; this can be accomplished by mounting the array on either a roof or ground mount system.
What size system do I need for my home or business?
A system can vary upon a number of factors, your energy consumption, available space, and financial constraints. First a determination, of your last 12 months worth of consumption, next a site survey for available space, shading, and location. After this a system can designed based upon rebates and financial allowances.
Are there rebates or incentives available?
Yes: Currently there are substantial Federal tax incentives, State tax incentives, energy production credits, and energy fund reimbursements towards installation costs.
What happens to the energy if I produce more than I need?
The energy produced in excess will flow back through into the Utility grid network, creating the meter to turn backwards. The process is called net metering, with the Utility company paying you for your energy generation.
What happens if the power goes out form a storm or power failure?
In the case of a power failure, the system will shut down when the inverter does not sense A.C. power. The system will automatically come back up upon the restoration of A.C. power. This is called an anti-is-landing, a feature to protect from back feeding the power into the Utility Grid being repaired.
How long will the solar modules last?
The solar modules used today must have technology that allows them to last between 20 – 25 years in order to qualify for most incentive funds. They expect the modules to last at least 30 years or more.
Will the solar electric system add to the value of my home?
Yes: According to studies done by The Appraisal Institute in Chicago, and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development a solar electric system can add about (20) times the annual energy reduction cost savings, or about $20,000.00 for every $1,000.00 of energy saved.