Residential Solar 101

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Solar Made Simple

1. Sunlight enters the Solar Panels,

generating a flow of electricity.

2. The Power Inverter converts direct current (DC) to standard grid alternative current (AC).

3. The Bi-directional Meter tracks how much energy is produced compared to the amount of energy that is consumed.

4. The extra Clean Energy will be sent to the Utility Grid in a process called Net Metering.

 

Solar Panels

Utility Grid

Net Metering

Power Inverter

Clean Energy

Net Metering allows your excess electricity that flows back to the grid to serve nearby neighbors while your meter essentially runs backwards. You can then gain credits and earn money by selling that electricity back to the grid.

Frequently Asked Question

When Going Solar!

  • How much does a solar electric system cost?

    The cost of your solar investment will vary greatly depending on the size of the system, your location and available incentives.

  • Can my electric bill really be $0?

    Some solar systems produce more electricity than is used each month, bringing net electricity costs to $0. However, there is still a minimal connection fee (typically about $100 per year) to remain connected to the electrical grid. Results may vary home to home.

  • What incentives are available to me?

    SolarTech Universal PV systems sold in the U.S. are eligible for a 30% federal tax credit. Additional state, local and utility incentives exist in many areas, further lowering the net cost of your investment.

  • Do I get paid for my extra energy production?

    Currently, most of America is under a system known as Net Metering, which allows your net electricity costs to be reduced to zero, but no further. In certain places throughout the U.S., you can be paid for any excess electricity you create, in what is known as a Feed-In Tariff system.

  • Can I install solar panels myself?

    It is not recommended. The process requires both licensed electrical and roofing skills to ensure the solar power system is safe and optimally designed for 30+ years of production.

  • How does a solar system affect my roof integrity?

    With the proper design and installation following industry best practices, your roof should maintain all its pre-solar integrity. SolarTech Universal certifies all installers before entering our authorized installer network.

  • How much maintenance does a solar system need?

    With no moving parts and at least a 30-year performance warranty, SolarTech Universal solar panels require very little maintenance. In fact, their design ensures that they remain relatively clean as long as they are exposed to rain or a quick rinse with a garden hose every few months.

  • Is solar a viable option in cold climates?

    Yes. A general rule of thumb is that if you can clearly see your solar panels, they can produce electricity. In fact, given equal sunlight, a solar panel on a cold day will out-produce a solar panel on a hot day.

  • How do solar systems fair in extreme weather conditions?

    SolarTech Universal solar panels can withstand high wind and snow loads. In fact, they are rated among the highest when compared to any other solar panels under UL standards.

  • Will my system still generate power during a blackout?

    For the safety of workers attempting to fix power outages, solar systems that are connected to the electrical grid are required by utility regulations to shut off during blackouts. SolarTech Universal recommends battery storage solutions in places where blackouts occur regularly. Please contact us to be connected to our battery storage solution partner.

  • Can I take my home off the electrical grid?

    Yes, provided you install optional battery-storage systems to provide power when your demands exceed your production, such as at night.

  • Can SolarTech Universal’s solar panels heat my pool?

    Our solar panels do offset the power used by a pool’s electric pumps.

  • Can my HOA or neighbors prevent me from installing a solar system?

    In a lot of cases, no. Currently, 39 states have solar access laws that provide varying degrees of protection against restrictions that can be imposed on you. Your local SolarTech Universal solar advisor will be able to discuss the laws and policies in your area.

  • I don’t plan on being in my home for 30 years. Why would I add solar?

    People move more frequently now than ever before, but that shouldn’t impact your solar decision. A solar system can save you money today and even pay for itself in as little as five to seven years. Even if you move before your solar investment is completely paid off, studies show the cost will likely be returned in added value to your home. On average most home go up in value by up to 10-20%. Plus, your home will most likely sell faster. Who doesn’t want a home with a guaranteed low electric bill? Go Solar Today!

Powering Your Home, Family and Future.

Generating your own clean energy doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. We are your all-in-one solar specialists here to guide you to energy independence. You’ll start saving money every month with a low, locked in rate.

Learn More >

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and Power Your Home With Solar!

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