1. What are the financial benefits of solar energy?

Owning a solar power system provides great financial benefits. You will immediately experience savings on your monthly utility bill. Installing solar power also provides protection against future rate increases. Increased property value is another benefit of owning solar. For every $1 saved annually, your property value increases $20. Incredible tax credits are available from the IRS. You can save over 25% off! Plus, your utility may have rebated available to further reduce the investment amount. Please contact a solar expert at JSunPV today to find out what benefits you qualify for.

2. What are the environmental benefits of solar energy?

By investing in Solar Power we all experience many environmental benefits for years to come. Electricity generation from solar panels avoids burning dirty, polluting coal or natural gas. Solar power also reduces air pollution and contamination resulting from harvesting other fuel sources. Solar electrical production also reduces water used in old, dirty electricity generation processes. Please contact a solar expert at JSunPV today to see the benefits your solar panel system will provide.

3. How do I find out how much I pay for electricity?

The most direct way to understand electricity cost is looking at your bill. There are basically three types of charges on most bills. First there is a Customer Connection charge or Grid Availability charge. It is usually a fixed amount on your bill. Electric Cooperatives have a higher fixed fee than Investor or Municipal owned utility. Second are the administrative charge and taxes. Lastly is the actual price of electricity. The price per kwh is found by subtracting the fixed charges, fee's and taxes from the total billed amount. Then divide that number by the amount of kwh's delivered from utility. Please contact a solar expert at JSunPV today to understand your usage and charges.

4. What is net metering?

NET metering is the largest benefit provided to Solar power owners. It regulates the give and take of electricity through a Bi-Directional electricity meter installed after the Solar. Most utility providers are required to provide NET metering for secondary electrical generation sources. At the end of a billing period, the utility will NET the difference between energy they provide to you and energy you provide to them. For example your home uses 100kwhs and your solar provides 200kwh. You will receive a credit forward for the 100 extra kwh's produced by Solar. If you use more than you produce, you are billed at retail rate. If you produce more than you use, you are credited kwh for a kwh during the billing period. When the credit goes forward, it is at a discounted rate. This fact is the reason to size a system as close to 100% of your usage as possible. Please contact a solar expert at JSunPV today to understand NET metering and see how it benefits you.

5. How does solar impact my property values?

Adding Solar power to your property will increase its value. The formula used in the industry explains that for every $1 dollar saved annually, Solar increases the property value by $20. For example if your Solar offsets $1,000 of utilities annually, it will increase your value $20,000. Consider how typical improvements such as granite countertops or swimming pools increase your properties value. So too will investing in Solar power and other energy saving improvements.
There is also research that a home with solar installed sells twice as fast as a home without. For example: if you generate $250 monthly from your solar and your neighbors have to pay $250 to utility. Which house would you rather move into? Please contact a solar expert at JSunPV today to see how much value solar ads to your property.

6. How do solar photovoltaic (PV) panels work?

Simply put, it is Magic....Truthfully it is science. The solar cells absorb photons of light. Then a chemical reaction takes place and Electrons are split off. These electrons are collected into wires or other conducting materials. This electricity is then pulled through wires into an electrical Inverter/Converter. It transforms the electricity from DC power to AC power which your home and the grid operate on. The electricity then flows to an appliance/light or electrical load. If there is more electricity produced than needed in the instant, it flows through the Bi-Directional meter out onto the grid where it is needed. Please contact a solar expert at JSunPV today to learn more about how solar panels work.

7. Do my solar panels produce power when the sun isn't shining?

Solar panels require sunlight to create electrical power. Therefore, when the sky is dark, solar power is unavailable. Energy Storage Systems are available to provide power after sunset. Please contact a solar expert at JSunPV today to discover the latest advances in solar + storage.

8. What happens if there is snow on solar panels?

Solar panels still produce electrical power while it is snowing. Although the amount of solar power generated is reduced depending on conditions. When the snow accumulates on the panels or they are covered by snow they are most severely impacted. However, if the temperature is above freezing the sunlight will pass through and warm the glass to causing snow to melt. Please contact a solar expert at JSunPV today to hear first-hand experience with snow on solar panels.

9. Can I go off-grid with solar panels?

In the solar industry going off-grid means removing the electric meter and connected grid power source. Yes you can go off grid if you choose to. The system would be considered a MicroGrid system. It would consist of solar power, electricity storage as well as a secondary power source such as a diesel generator. The most common use of solar is to reduce the kwh's delivered from utility. Please contact a solar expert at JSunPV today to see if going off-grid is for you.

10. Will I still receive an electric bill if I have solar panels?

You will receive a bill. The bill illustrates the NET difference in delivered and received electrical power. The fact you get a bill assures you have electricity when it is dark. In best case scenarios your bill will reflect ZERO kwh's of electrical usage, at which point your bill is for connection charges. Please contact a solar expert at JSunPV today to discuss how solar will affect your bill.

11. Do solar panels work in a blackout?

The majority of Solar equipment installed does not work when the power goes out. Linemen and women have been hurt in the past because solar would be feeding electricity back into the power lines, even though the grid was down. There is a (NEC) National Electric Code requirement that any secondary power sources be shut off when the grid is down.
However, advances in Solar equipment can allow your solar power to provide electricity to your home. Switches and wiring techniques can be used to separate your home from the grid allowing you power when the grid fails. Please contact a solar expert at JSunPV today to see how your solar will work during a blackout.

12. How much will solar panel maintenance cost?

There is very minimal maintenance for solar. All systems installed by JSunPV include FREE monitoring and 25 year workmanship warranties. Your system will be connected to an online webpage that monitors and displays daily production information. If there are any issues with the system, the monitoring provides messages. Please contact a solar expert at JSunPV today to see understand the warranties available going solar.