Your San Diego Solar Installation Questions Answered Part 1
It seems the more people start hearing about solar, the more questions they have, especially when it comes to learning about making money and offsetting your electric bill with solar. As solar representatives, we love informing people about solar power and the different aspects that go into San Diego solar installations. With that thought in mind for part 1 of our 2-part Q&A we asked our Facebook and Twitter followers what questions they would like to ask a solar representative. Below are their answers.
Q. Why doesn’t my solar start working as soon as the installation is done?
A. After the solar installation is complete, there are several inspections that need to take place before we are permitted to turn the system on. The jurisdiction, local utility, (and if necessary, leasing company) need to give their approval before you are allowed to create your own power and send it back to the grid. This is called receiving “Permission to Operate” and every solar system has to go through this step before it can be turned on.
Q. How can I calculate when my solar will actually start saving me money?
A. If you do a loan or a lease, you will most likely start saving significantly from day 1. If you purchase it outright, depending on your installation the payback (meaning the time it would take to accumulate the amount you spent on your system in electric bills if you didn’t go solar) right now is usually between 4 and 6 years.
Q. Will my solar power be stored for later use?
A. The excess power you produce will in essence be “stored” on the grid for your later use. When you need that power you redeem credits you received when you sent it to the grid, even though it won’t be the actual power you produced. However, you won’t be paying anything extra for that power you stored and redeemed on the grid.
Q. How do you determine what kind of panels to use for each home?
A. We have several different options for panels that are all quality products. Roof space, shading, and personal preference can be factors in a solar installation as to which panels make the most sense from a financial and productivity standpoint.
Q. What is net metering?
A. Net metering is the basis for how solar works. It is the mechanism that allows you to send power back to the utility during the daytime hours, and get that power back at night when your system won’t be producing power at the same rate you were credited at when you sent it. This is all tracked by the meter you currently have on your house.
Check back soon for Q&A with a Solar Rep Part 2 to learn more about roof compatibility and other factors that go into successful San Diego solar installations. Do you have a question for a solar representative? Ask on our Facebook or Twitter, or click the link below for a free quote and to talk to a representative.