The decision to go solar is undoubtedly one of the wisest financial decisions you can make. It allows you to gain complete energy independence, dramatically cutting or eliminating your electricity bills. Solar energy allows you to invest in yourself, your world, and your future. However, you may have various questions or concerns about transitioning to solar power — we answer the most frequently asked questions about solar energy below.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I use solar energy?
- Own (don’t rent) your electricity
- Reduce or eliminate monthly electricity bills
- Protect yourself from rising utility costs
- Generate your own electricity
- Store excess power in the form of credits for later use
- Reduce your income tax burden with solar tax credits
- Increase your property’s value
- The sun is a clean, renewable source of energy
- Lead an eco-friendly lifestyle
How do solar systems work?
A home solar system consists of the following components — solar panels, inverters, a monitoring system, and a utility net meter. The solar panels are placed on the roof, where they harvest light energy, which they convert into electricity in the form of DC current. The inverter converts solar DC current into AC current for household usage. The utility new meter, meanwhile, calculates your electricity production and usage and store excess power back.
How does solar energy save money?
The average lifespan of solar panels is 30 years. If you want to understand how solar energy saves money, you have to do a simple calculation. Determine how much you’ll pay for electricity over a period of 30 years, adjusting for a 6% annual increase in utility costs, and compare that figure to the upfront cost of solar panel installation. You will find that solar panels more than pay for themselves in the long run.
Can I afford solar panels?
Anyone who can afford their electricity bill can also afford solar panels. If you’re frightened of large upfront costs, you can also consider third-party financing options, distributing the payment over several years. As such, your monthly installment can be brought down to the same level as your electricity bill, thus charting a gradual path towards energy independence.
What is a solar tax credit?
If you purchase solar panels, you can claim the investment tax credit, which allows you to reduce the income tax burden for yourself or your company. The solar investment tax credit rates are constantly changing, which affects your savings potential. Find out how you can lock-in the current rate by contacting us. As such, for every dollar you spend on solar panel installation, you also make savings from your federal taxes. However, the government may not offer a solar tax credit much longer, so you should avail of these benefits while you still can!
What is the average longevity of solar panels?
Solar panels can last for over 30 years with proper usage and regular cleaning and maintenance. You should ideally opt for regular solar panel maintenance because that allows you to extend their lifespan, which means additional financial benefits for the same investment in the long run.
Can solar panels survive adverse weather conditions?
Solar panels are designed to withstand the harshest weather conditions, especially when you get solar panels from reliable manufacturers. We only use the highest quality of solar panels from LG, Panasonic, Solaria, SunPower, and Q Cells — they are tested and proven to withstand heavy storms without sustaining damage.
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Powerfull Solar is the premier solar installer in Los Angeles. We have installed solar panels in thousands of residential and commercial properties in the Los Angeles area, and we can do the same for you. We pride ourselves on transparency, and we want to empower you to make educated choices. If you have any questions or concerns, please give us a call or leave a message — we offer a free quote for solar panel installation after a thorough consultation.