FAQ's

1. What are the financial benefits of solar energy?

 When you install a solar energy system on your property, you save money on your electricity bills and protect yourself against rising electricity rates in the future. How much you can save depends on the utility rates and solar policies in your area, but going solar is a smart investment regardless of where you live.

2. What are the environmental benefits of solar energy?

Solar power, like other renewable energy resources, has many environmental and health benefits. Going solar reduces greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to climate change, and also results in fewer air pollutants like sulfur dioxide and particulate matter, which can cause health problems.

3. How do I find out how much I pay for electricity?

The easiest way to find out how much you pay for electricity (and how much electricity you use per month) is to take a look at your utility electricity bill.

4. What is net metering?

Net metering is the system that utilities use to credit solar energy system owners for the electricity produced by their solar panels. With net metering, you only pay for the electricity that you use beyond what your solar panels can generate.

5. How does solar impact my property values?

Studies have shown that homes with solar energy systems sell for more than homes without them. However, your property value will only increase if you own, rather than lease, your solar panel system. In most parts of the country, going solar will actually increase your property value more than a kitchen renovation.

6. How do solar photovoltaic (PV) panels work?

Solar panels absorb the sun's energy throughout the day and convert it into direct current (DC) electricity. Most homes and businesses run on alternating current (AC) electricity, so the DC electricity is then passed through an inverter to convert it to usable AC electricity. At that point, you either use the electricity in your house or send it back to the electric grid.

7. Do my solar panels produce power when the sun isn’t shining?

The amount of power your solar energy system can generate is dependent on sunlight. As a result, your solar panels will produce slightly less energy when the weather is cloudy, and no energy at night. However, because of high electricity costs and financial incentives, solar is a smart decision even if you live in a cloudy city.

8. What happens if there is snow on solar panels?

Solar panels convert sunshine into power, so if your panels are covered in snow they can’t produce electricity. Snow generally isn’t heavy enough to cause structural issues with your panels, and since most panels are tilted at an angle the snow will slide off. If snow does accumulate, your panels are easy to clean.

9. Can I go off grid with solar panels?

When you install solar panels on your property, you will still be connected to the grid. This allows you to draw from the grid when your system is not producing all of the power that you need, and send power back to the grid when you produce more than you use. It is possible to go off the grid with a solar energy system that includes battery storage.

10. Will I still receive an electric bill if I have solar panels?

Unless your solar energy system includes battery storage and you are fully off the grid, you will still receive a bill from your utility. However, you can dramatically reduce your bill, or even cut the amount you owe to $20, with a solar panel system that matches your energy use.

11. Do solar panels work in a blackout?

If your solar panel system is connected to the grid, it will shut off in the event of a blackout. This is to prevent emergency respondents and electricity utility repair-people from being injured by your panels sending power back to the grid. However, there are certain inverters you can buy that provide backup power in a blackout when paired with a battery.

12. How much will solar panel maintenance cost?

Solar panel systems are made of durable tempered glass and require little to no maintenance for the 25 to 35 years that they will generate power. In most cases, you don’t even need to clean your solar panels regularly. If something does happen, most equipment manufacturers include warranties, although warranty terms depend on the company.

13. What solar energy rebates and incentives are available?

A number of Solar rebates and incentives are provided by the Govt. depending on whether you are a residential or a commercial user. Sunline Energy's power consultants can explain to you about it.

14. What are my solar financing options?

There are three solar financing options: you can purchase your system in cash, take out a solar loan to buy your system, or sign a solar lease/power purchase agreement (PPA).

15. Should I buy or lease my solar panel system?

The decision to buy or lease your solar energy system depends on your reasons for going solar. If you are interested in maximising the financial returns of your solar energy system, buying the system is probably a better decision for you. However, if you prioritise an easy, maintenance-free way to reduce your energy bills and help the environment, you should consider a solar lease.

16. Can I afford to go solar?

If you can afford to pay your electricity bill you can afford to go solar it is as simple as that.

 17. Is my roof suitable for solar panels?

North Facing roofs with little or no shade are ideal for solar. However placing panels on west is advisable sometimes.

18. What size solar energy system should I get?

Sunline's solar consultants will help you decide by going through your energy bills and assessing your energy needs.

19. Do I need to replace my roof before installing solar?

Solar energy systems can last for 25 to 35 years, and it can be costly to remove and reinstall them if you need to replace your roof. If your roof needs maintenance in the near term, you should complete it before you finish your solar installation.

20. How long will my solar power system last?

In general, solar panels are very durable and capable of withstanding snow, wind, and hail. The various components of your solar power system will need to be replaced at different times, but your system should continue to generate electricity for 25 to 35 years.

21. What happens if I sell my solar house?

If you own your solar energy system, your solar house will sell at a premium: studies have shown that solar increases property values. However, if you lease your system, that is not the case. You will need to either buy out your lease before you sell your home, or work with your leasing company to transfer the lease agreement to the home’s new owner.

22. How do I choose a solar installer?

There are a few criteria that everyone should use when choosing a solar installer. Confirm that they have Clean Energy Council certified, licensed and insured, have relevant experience, and can provide references. 

23. How do I compare solar quotes?

If you have multiple quotes from different solar installers, comparing them can be difficult. However few things that should look for while making comparisons are; quality of solar PV system (brand of panels and inverter) and cost. Paying slightly more is not always a bad option if you can get better warranty and quality.

24. What are the different types of solar panels?

While every solar panel brand and product has unique specifications, Sunline has grouped panels in Budget and premium categories. Premium panels perform the best, but have a higher price tag, while budget panels are inexpensive but often less durable over time. Your decision about which category of solar panel to purchase depends on your priorities.

25. What are the different types of power inverters?

Power inverters convert the electricity your panels produce from direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC) power. There are three types of inverters: string/centralized inverters, microinverters, and power optimisers. Generally string inverters are used for residential installations.

26. What happens during the solar power installation process?

The first step in going solar is get a quote. You can get a quote from Sunline Energy by expressing your interest in going Solar. One of our solar consultants will visit you and give you a quotation tailored for energy usage. When you will make a decision on this, you will sign a contract with us and let us know your preferred installation day. On the day of installation , installers will install the system, the whole process may 5-6 hours. Once this is done the installation will be inspected by an Electrical Safety Inspector. 

27. Should I ask for a solar monitoring system for my solar panels?

If you are interested in receiving detailed information about how much energy your solar panel system is producing, ask your installer about solar monitoring system options. In many cases, solar lease agreements will include free programs to track your system’s performance. If you own your system you may need to pay for one separately.

28. Do I need to install solar batteries with my solar power system?

Solar power systems that include solar batteries, known as solar-plus-storage, are increasingly popular, but can be pricey. Luckily, batteries are not necessary for most solar homeowners. As long as you are connected to the grid, your system does not need a battery: excess power goes back into the grid, and you can draw from the grid if you need more electricity than your panels can generate.

29. What are the main types of residential solar power installations?

There are two main types of residential solar installations. The first and most common system connects your solar panel installation with the main electricity grid. This Grid Connect system allows you to feed energy back into the grid through your meter, and be financially rewarded for it by your energy company.

The other is a 'Stand-Alone' solar power system for remote properties where the cost of connecting the solar panel installation to the main grid is prohibitive. The system charges a battery bank, which in turn is used to power a house. A generator is usually kept available to back up the battery system.

30. I live in a residential apartment building. What are my solar energy options?

There's normally plenty of vacant and sunny space on the roofs of apartment buildings. You'll usually need to obtain permission from your body corporate prior to any solar installation going ahead. Alternatively, your body corporate itself may wish to power the building's common areas and lighting by a solar panel installation.

 

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