Q.) What is solar energy?
A.) Solar energy is the energy produced by the sun, captured by photovoltaic (PV) panels, and converted into electricity that can be used to power homes and businesses.
Q.) How does solar energy work?
A.) Solar panels, also known as photovoltaic (PV) panels, convert the sun’s energy into direct current (DC) electricity. This DC electricity is then converted into alternating current (AC) electricity with a inverter. That AC power can be used to power homes and businesses.
Q.) Is solar energy reliable?
A.) Yes, solar energy is a reliable source of energy as long as the solar panels are installed properly. Solar panels are designed to be highly durable and can withstand extreme weather conditions. Additionally, solar systems can include battery backup systems to ensure continuous power during outages.
Q.) How much does it cost to install solar panels?
A.) The cost of installing solar panels varies depending on the size of the system, the location, and the type of panels used. On average, the cost of installing a solar panel system can range from $10,000 to $40,000.
Q.) Are there any incentives or subsidies for installing solar panels?
A.) Yes, there are several federal and state tax credits and subsidies available to homeowners and businesses who install solar panels. These incentives can help offset the cost of installing a solar panel system and can include tax credits, rebates, and grants.
Q.) How long do solar panels last?
A.) Most solar panels are designed to last for 25-30 years. However, with proper maintenance, solar panels can last for 40 years or more!
Q.) How much electricity can I generate with solar panels?
A.) The amount of electricity that can be generated with solar panels depends on several factors, including the size of the system, the location, and the amount of sunlight available. On average, a 5-kW solar panel system can generate around 7,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year.
Q.) Can I sell excess solar power back to the grid?
A.) Yes, in many cases, homeowners and businesses can sell excess solar power back to the grid through a process known as net metering. This allows you to earn credits on your electricity bill for any excess solar power that you generate.