frequently asked questions

Q: How long do PV systems last?

A: A PV system that is designed, installed, and maintained well has an estimated life of 30-50 years. The PV modules, inverters and mounting equipment have no moving parts and therefore have little to no wear on the system.  The best way to ensure and extend the life and effectiveness of your PV system is by having it installed and maintained properly. Experience has shown that most problems occur because of poor or sloppy system installation.

Q: Can I use solar PV to power my home or business?

A: Solar PV can be used to power your entire home’s electrical systems, including lights, heating systems, and appliances. PV systems today can be blended easily into both traditional and nontraditional homes. The most common and cost effective practice is to mount modules onto a roof facing south, east or west, but systems can also be ground or pole-mounted if the situation calls for it.  PV systems can also be blended into virtually any commercial building.

Q: How big a solar energy system do I need?

A: The size of solar system you need depends on several factors such as how much electricity you use, the size of your roof, and the best bang for your buck given the various state and federal incentives. We’ll work with you to design the system that best suits your needs and circumstances.

Q: Why should I purchase a PV system?

A: People decide to buy solar energy systems for a variety of reasons.  For example, some individuals buy solar products to preserve the Earth’s finite fossil-fuel resources and to reduce air pollution. Others would rather spend their money on an energy-producing improvement to their property than send their money to a utility. Some people like the security of reducing the amount of electricity they buy from their utility, because it makes them less vulnerable to future increases in the price of electricity.  And some people are just looking to reduce their monthly financial output and spend money on what they want instead of sending it the utility company every month.