The team at All Seasons Solar in Bakersfield, CA, knows all about solar and batter power systems. There are several common questions that our clients generally ask when they are considering having a solar energy system installed. Below, we answer some commonly asked questions about solar installation, battery tier shaving and back-up, cost savings, maintenance, and more. Contact us to schedule an appointment and evaluation at your home or business.
Q: How does solar power work?
A: Solar power uses the sun’s natural rays to create electric energy that you can use around your home or business. This electricity works just like the electricity you pay for from the electric company.
Solar panels are made up of photovoltaic cells, which capture photons (light particles in sun rays). These photons knock electrons (energized particles) free, which create electricity. The electricity is caught in a closed circuit, which travels through the wiring in your house, powering your electric appliances.
Q: What if my solar panels don’t create enough electricity to power my house or business?
A: At All Seasons Solar in Bakersfield, CA, we will work with you to design a solar panel plan that meets your electrical needs as well as possible. Even if your solar panels do not cover your entire electric bill, you can still look forward to a substantial percentage of savings off of your bill over time.
It is important to work with professionals who will give you an honest evaluation of your property and place solar panels only when appropriate. A property with too much shade or not enough sunlight will not achieve the same energy savings as a well-lit area. Proper placement of each panel is also important for maximum sun absorption. Contact us for more information and to schedule a consultation.
Q: Aren’t solar panels expensive?
A: When they were first introduced to the general public, solar panels were very expensive because the technology used in the panels was not widely used. Since then, the price of a solar installation has steadily dropped. The U.S. Department of Energy has reported a 60% drop in the price of solar panels since 2010. The federal government may offer up to 26% in tax credits for a solar installation, as well.
While there are additional costs to consider in solar panel maintenance and other fees, most customers begin to experience right away and continue saving for years.
Q: How can a battery system help my home or business?
A: In short, battery solutions allow your home or business to become almost entirely energy independent. Since the certified electricians at All Seasons Solar program the battery to discharge energy during the utility company’s peak rate schedule, you can save even more money every day. A battery can also provide back-up power for your essential needs during power outages. This provides peace-of-mind during normally stressful events like a power outage.
Q: What should I look for when choosing a solar energy system provider?
A: Experience is key when it comes to solar power evaluation and installation. If your solar panels are not the correct size, not placed in the correct location and direction, or are simply wrong for your location, they will not work efficiently. The team at All Seasons Solar in Bakersfield, CA, has the experience, training, and state-of-the-art software to provide an honest evaluation. Matched with our 25 year Workmanship Warranty and premium solar equipment, you can’t go wrong with All Seasons Solar.
In addition to choosing a provider who can properly install and manage your solar and battery solution, you may want to select a provider who can guide you through the process. Our team can help educate you on specific permits and zoning restrictions you will need to address specific to your area. We can also help you apply for rebates and incentives related to battery ownership.
Q: Are there any rebates or incentives available for a battery purchase?
A: Yes! Utility companies in California urge consumers to safe guard themselves from power outages by providing rebates and incentives for battery ownership. The Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) offers Californians the opportunity to save big on batteries while enjoying the added protection from power plant failures. Ask an All Seasons team member what incentives are available in your area.
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