10 Common Solar Energy Questions

Common Solar Energy QuestionsAs solar energy becomes more popular and available to the average homeowner, we often answer some of the same questions for our customers. Here’s a list of some of the most common questions about solar energy and their answers.

1. What is solar energy?

Solar energy is energy taken from the sun’s rays to generate electricity. It’s a 100% renewable resource that creates power quietly and cleanly.

2. How do solar panels work?

In simple terms, a solar panels is made of a semiconductor material like silicon, as well as phosphorous and boron which create conductivity within the panel and activate the movement of electrons. The electrons move across the cell and into the electrical circuit when they are activated by the sun.

3. How much can solar energy save me?

It depends on the size of the solar panel array you install and your energy needs, but many people find they significantly reduce your bill, and possibly eliminate it. With the newly created SRECs in the Connecticut, you could even make money if you produce enough power.

4. Can I finance solar panels?

Absolutely. We are affiliated with a bank that can help you secure instant financing.

5. Where are solar panels installed?

In most cases, the panels are placed on the roof. However, this might not be best for your property if you roof doesn’t see much sun. Our designers will develop a plan that’s right for your circumstance.

6. Do solar panels need to be maintained?

Solar panels require very little maintenance because there are no moving parts. The only breakable piece is the glass that covers the cell. This needs to be kept clear at all times. Inspect them regularly (especially after a storm) to make sure the glass hasn’t broken. If it snows in your area, you have to clear it off the panels.

7. Do I have to clean the panels?

Yes, but cleaning is easy. Do not step on the panels and attempt to wipe them off; this could break the glass. Use a special pole tool with a spray to rinse them off while you stand on the ground.

8. How many solar panels will it take to power my whole house?

This depends on the number of people in your home and how much energy you consume. The average home uses 9,000 Kilowatts per year, which is about 24,000 watts per day. You would need about 30 panels to stop using power from the grid. But you don’t need that many panels to save money. You could install as many panels as you like.

9. Can I install solar panels myself?

Many people think they can install solar panels themselves, but they need to be installed by professional technicians who understand the panels and how to integrate them to your home’s circuits.

10. How long do solar panels last?

Most manufacturers offer a 25 year warranty on all solar panels. However, they last much longer than this if you keep them well-maintained (which, like I said above, is easy). There are reports of people getting as much as 40 years out of their panels.

Written by Joe Chenoweth, President of Smart Roofs


Located in Trumbull, Connecticut, Smart Roofs offers premier solar panel installation and roofing services in Connecticut. Smart Roofs provides quality roofing and solar services to Fairfield County business and homeowners. Their talented roofing and solar teams will design a solution that fits your needs and sticks to your budget. They can help you reduce and even eliminate your monthly electric bill, all while raising the value of your home. Using tax benefits and recently-created SRECs, solar panel installation is more affordable than ever.

Contact them to find out how much you could save and get paid. Receive a free $50 Home Depot or Target gift card with an in-home assessment.

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