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Solar power harnesses the power of the sun to create electricity. Once your solar panels have been installed, sunlight will hit them. This will produce DC (direct current) electricity, the same as your car runs on. Since your home runs on AC (alternating current), the DC electricity need to be converted into AC. This is done by a small electronic device called an inverter, which then feeds to power into your breaker box.
Because using solar power is meant to save you money on your utility bills, the inverter also sets the voltage that comes from your solar system a little higher than the grid voltage. This means that your home will uses solar first, only reverting to the grid if that runs out. Even better, if you have more solar energy than you need (like if there’s a lot of sunny weather or you’re on vacation and not using any power), the excess energy will be fed back into the grid. You’ll actually be paid for this, showing as credit on your utility bill.
We can, but we’ll need more information than just how big your home is.
What’s more important is the amount of energy your home actually consumes. Some homes are already very energy efficient. Some leak energy like a sieve. If you have a big family you’ll use more energy than if you live alone or with a single partner. You may be very attentive to how much energy you’re using. Or you may have a home full of energy-guzzling gadgets that are always switched on.
When Vibrant Solar design a solar PV system for your home, we’ll take all of this into account. We’ll look at your annual energy consumption, then advise you about how many solar panels you’ll need. This process is very open and transparent. We’ll walk you through all of the calculations, and make sure you understand what solar system solution is best for you.
By the time we’ve finished talking, you’ll understand fully how solar power works. That’ll help you to make an educated decision about whether solar is right for you. We’ll never pressure you into buying more solar panels than you need. As your local solar company, we know that our good reputation depends on us being straight with you.
Not long at all. For a residential solar installation, our expert installation technicians can have everything done in less than a day. Very large systems could take a little longer – 2-3 days at most.
As part of the installation process, we’ll also take you through how everything works, explain permitting and HOA approval, and make sure that everything is up to cod. Apart from that, all we’ll need you to do is provide signatures on a few forms – we’ll take care of the rest. That’s why you’ve decided to hire a good solar panel installation company – to get the job done swiftly and efficiently.
Absolutely, it does. Between 2003 and 2013, the Department of Energy conducted research into this exact question. Their research revealed that on average, buyers were willing to pay $15,000 more for a home that was fitted with a solar PV system.
Not only that, but the DOE also funded a standardized tool for appraisers to use when they value a home with its own solar PV system. It’s called PV value, and there’s a link to it on the digital copy of all appraisal form.
It boils down to this. The value that having a solar PV system added to your home is potentially greater than the net cost of having it installed, once rebates, incentives, and the money you’ll save on utility bills is taken into account.
The Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) scheme permits you to deduct 26% of the direct costs of your new solar system from your income tax liability for that year.
In Texas, the value of your solar panel installations are exempted from your property tax appraisal under Texas Tax Code Section 11.27. You may also be eligible for additional utility rebates.
It is possible that your solar panel could be damaged by hail, but it’s unlikely. Solar panels are really tough, so it takes some pretty extreme weather for them to sustain hail damage. If they are damaged in this way, it should be covered by your insurance company.
That said, it’s a good idea to get in touch with your insurance company when you have solar panels fitted. Insurance companies don’t usually increase the price of your policy when you have a solar system fitted, but you should definitely check with them. Once you know how exactly how much your solar PV system is going to cost, get in touch with your insurance provider to let them know.
And yes, if they are damaged, our expert technicians will be on hand to repair them for you.
You’ll still have power, whatever the weather. Remember, you’ll still be connected to the main electricity grid. So if there’s not much sun for a few days, you can still draw power from the grid the old fashioned way. That said, solar panels still generate power in ambient light and on cloudy or overcast days.
During a blackout, your solar system will not be able to function as usual. There’s a very good reason for this. If a solar system is still sending power back to the grid during a blackout, it could shock and injure workers who’re trying to repair the problem.
Texas law does not allow Homeowner’s Associations to prohibit or prevent homeowner from having solar PV systems installed. It is has been known for some Homeowner’s Associations to request that solar systems being installed are in keeping with the character and aesthetics. Vibrant Solar can talk to your HOA on your behalf, using our expertise and professionalism to deal with any objections that they raise.
Very. Solar PV systems are powered by the sun, which is an entirely renewable form of energy. When you power your home through solar, no coal is being dug up, no oil is being burned, and no gas pipes are being drilled. By going solar, you’re proactively working to save the environment and help conserve natural resources.
Solar power is also the best and most efficient form of renewable energy. Wind power is less reliable and requires unsightly and noisy wind turbines. Geothermal and tidal energy require huge amounts of investment and big engineering project. Solar energy systems are easy to install, pleasing to the eye, and run silently.
Solar panels are made of long-lasting materials and will keep on producing power for a good long time. Our warranty is for 25 years, but as long as they’re properly maintained, most solar systems will pass the 40 year mark.
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