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 Solar Panels, Solar Energy, Solar Power System, Rooftop Solar Panels, Solar Panel Ground Mount, Solar Providers, Solar Suppliers, Solar Panel Manufacturers, Off Grid Solar System, Solar Array, Solar Panel wattage? Are you not confused yet? Let’s talk solar 101 and clarify some of these terms to make them easier to understand.

Since first discovered in 1954 solar technology has definitely evolved and had been adopted by over 2 million homes all over the US as they provide an attractive option for many homeowners and businesses as a clean and affordable energy choice.

What is a solar panel for home?

Solar panels for your home mean the photovoltaic panels are installed on the roof also called rooftop solar panels. They save money over time on electricity costs and provide low-carbon, sustainable electricity.

How do solar panels work?

They work very simply:

The solar cell from the photovoltaic panel absorbs the energy generated by the sunlight during the day, turning it into direct current energy. This energy is passed through a device called an inverter to convert it to usable alternating current electricity that comes out of your wall outlets.

You can use that electricity in your home, store it with a solar battery or send it back to the grid.

What is the difference between solar for business and a solar system for home use?

While residential solar systems are between 6 and 12 kilowatts on average and they are rooftop solar panels that can generate some real savings to your energy bill with a reasonable investment, commercial solar systems are a major investment and capable to power a town or a company’s operation

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Grid-tied PV systems that are connected to the grid are the most installed by our customers. Grid-connected technologies provide a smooth connection with your energy utility. This enables you to net-meter your energy production, guaranteeing that all of the electricity generated by your system is used to offset your use.

Residential Solar Panels

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What to Know When Buying Solar Panels

Not all panels are created equal

There are a variety of criteria’s to keep in mind when deciding on a photovoltaic panel for your home. Some of these are type, affordability, power, performance, and warranties offered. But the most important aspects are product quality and long term performance

Solar Panel Efficiency

How are solar panels efficient? What does that really indicate when a panel's efficiency is higher or lower than another's? Simply said, the ability of a panel to transform sun rays into electricity is measured by its efficiency. This is significant since higher efficiency panels generate more power while taking up less space than lower efficiency panels. The majority of them have an efficiency range below 20%.

How many solar panels are needed to run a house?

A normal household will require around 20 to 25 panels to cover the electricity usage of the home.  The actual number of panels needed depends on geolocation, panel performance, panel rated power, and usage habits.

The 3 main things taken into consideration when calculating the number of panels needed are:

Number of panels = system size / production ratio / panel wattage

  • Solar Panel Wattage – is the electricity output of each panel under ideal conditions. It is measured by Watt and post panels have a range between 250-400 W
  • Annual Consumption is the total electricity you use in a whole year.
  • Production ratios are the ratios of a system's expected energy output over time, and they are based on how much sun your system will receive.

How many kWh can your solar panels produce?

The quantity of kWh your system can generate is determined by the amount of sunlight that hits your roof.

Do you have an electrical bill after installing solar panels on the roof?

Yes, you will receive an electrical bill each month, but it is expected to be less than or equal to $0. If your power bills skyrocket after the solar installation, you may need to rethink the scale of the system you have. If you've added additional electrical loads since installing solar (such as an electrical vehicle or some high-tech gadgets), your existing system size might not be enough.

Is your home suitable for solar panels?

Panels are designed to be productive in all temperatures, but due to age or tree cover, some roofs might not be appropriate for a solar power installation. In this case, installing panels on the roof isn't always the best solution because of trees that can cast too much shade on

your roof. Your roof's size, design, and slopes are also key aspects to consider.

They work best on south-facing roofs with an inclination of 15 to 40 degrees, though they may work on other rooftops as well.

You should also think about the condition of your roof as well as how long it will be before it will be replaced

Solar systems have 4 main components making them efficient to install and maintain:

Solar photovoltaic panels

They convert sunlight into direct current electricity.

Inverters

They convert direct current energy into alternating current energy. There are 2 types of inverters:

Racking and mounting systems

To secure the panels to the roof or ground depending on the installation type you choose.

Performance monitoring systems

To track and monitor the output and the health of the panels and the inverters.

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Solar Panel Cost: How much does a home solar system cost?

Panels are a long term investment that will help you save money in time. While they can get expensive most homeowners report that they get even on their solar panel installation cost after 7-8 years. The price is influenced by the type of panels you decide to install, the location, and the system size.

Solar Panels Benefits

What are the pros and cons of a home solar system? What are the advantages and disadvantages of going solar?

Choosing to go solar has various advantages and disadvantages you should keep in mind. The benefits of solar energy installation are many but the most important ones are:

Advantages

  •  Lower the electricity bill: When you install solar panels on your roof you generate your own electricity and became less reliant on electric utility. Obviously, this will reduce your monthly electric bill.
  • Reduce your environmental impact
  • Increase the value of your home 
  • Earn money back on your investment
  • A solar installation protects against rising energy costs
  • Solar is a versatile energy source   
  • Solar electricity can be sold back to the grid 
  • Panels have a lifespan of 25-35 years, meaning they can cut your cost for years to come  
  • The costs have decreased over the year by more than 70%
  • while the cost of electricity has risen by more than 5% and is expected to continue to rise


Disadvantages of solar panel installations:

      
  • High upfront costs
  • Not every roof is right for it 
  • Finding a good installer can be difficult 
  • Not ideal if you plan to move in the near future because
  • it’s a long term investment
  • Intermittency ( the sun doesn’t shine at night)

Are solar panels worth it?

While the initial investment is high, they do pay off over time by cutting down on your electricity bill and the price of electricity is raised every year.

Surprisingly there is not a lot of maintenance work to do after a solar system is installed, as they are expected to last an average of 25-30 years before needing any serious maintenance because we only use high quality panels and no moving parts so there’s low reason for the system to break down. Higher quality materials mean better performance, increased energy savings and lower maintenance.

         The main part of maintaining your pv system in good standing is to make sure your panels are clean as over time they accumulate dust, debris and droppings and that they are connected and there’s no damage to the connections and wiring

or blocked isolator switches. The cleaning is easy and done with a water hose and in case something goes wrong you have the warranty for your peace of mind.

          Most panels are good at resisting corrosion and rust it is still a good idea to check for them and it can still happen. Checking the brackets are in place and free of rust is essential to make sure the panel won’t come loose and get damaged or

injure someone.

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Planning your home solar panel system:

There are several actions you'll need to take to determine whether you're a good match for solar, learn about your alternatives, and eventually install panels on your property. Some of the main steps are:

Determine your solar potential


Compare your solar options: rooftop vs. community solar


Estimate your needs


Understand how to pay for solar


Get a quote and install


What are the steps of going solar?

You can start by filling out the form on this page or check out our solar panel calculator and one of our technicians will reach out to you.

Hire Advanced Roofing and Remodeling, a Lawrenceville GA based roofing and solar system installation company that provides high quality roofing installation, roof replacement, roof repair and roof inspection and also high quality solar power system installations throughout the state of Georgia.

We are committed to only using high quality materials at the best prices on the market and we always customize our solar power systems to your specific needs and budget.

There is no point in paying more for solar power than you’ll actually use.

Frequently Asked Questions


Do solar panels save money? Do your panels make you money?

The price of residential solar installation depends of you location, the number of panels you use and the labor.

There are financing options available that can make this process more affordable and solar panel federal tax credits that offer over 20% off the purchase a solar system price.

It usually takes around 8 years to break even with your investment before you can start saving money but you could start making money right away. The amount of saving depends of the size of your solar system, your consumption and many other factors.

Knowing you electric usage at all times helps you estimate the savings you could have from solar renewable energy.

Before installing solar panels you need to check the condition of your roof. Because solar panels last an average of 25 years your roof needs to be in great shape before installation.

You are probably wondering how a solar system can make you money. If your solar energy system is big enough to produce enough energy to cover your needs, you can sell the extra solar power energy produced back to the grid. Electric companies must purchase some electricity from renewable sources in a form of energy certificates see here and that could be you.

How to clean your solar panels?

While weather conditions can damage your roof, the solar panels were built to manage all types of weather conditions but it’s important to keep your panels clean of debris and snow. For common debris you can use a leaf blower, water hose or just wait and pray that the next rain will take care of it.

When it comes to heavy layers of snow it’s good to keep your panels clean but usually, the sun will take care of it. If there’s help needed you can throw a soft football to shake the snow loose, use a leaf blower, a long pole with a squeegee at the end, or even lukewarm water, but never use hot water on the cold panels, salt or ca wax. These can do more damage than help to

your panels, electrical elements and roof. It’s important to have clean solar panels to make sure their efficiency stays high.

Solar panels on historic properties?

Obviously, any solar system installation that will negatively impact the historic character of a property will not meet the standards of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standard for Rehabilitation. Every project is different so it needs to be evaluated

separately there are some common rules that can be looked at before deciding to go for a solar system on a historical building.

1.     They could be installed on a new addition if the addition is part of the rehabilitation of the historic building and they are not visible from the ground.

2.     If they are installed on the flat rooftop of the historic building

3.     Pole-mounted arrays of solar panels installation, somewhere behind the building and not visible from a primary viewpoint

Buying a house with solar panels?

If buying a house with solar system already installed you don’t pay the high upfront cost of the solar system installation, the previous owner already did. You will need to probably pay more for the house because solar panels add value to the home

and you should be able to retain the increased value if you decide to sell the home.

Before buying a house with solar panels make sure you ask at least the following questions:

  • Who installed the panels?
  • Do you have a warranty or maintenance plan?
  • Is the company that installed it still in business?
  • Will the warranty transfer to you after purchase?
  • How much output can you expect from the existing solar system?
  • Are there any net metering programs?
  • Does the current homeowner own the panels?
  • Are the panels leased from a solar company?
  • Is there a lien on the solar equipment?
  • What kind of financing was used to purchase the panels originally?

How solar panels can affect getting a mortgage?

Mortgage lenders like Fannie Mae restrict homes from relying on solar power alone since a drop in power could lead the home to be considered uninhabitable.

If the panels are owned by the current owner and they are paid off you have no reason to worry about not being able to get a mortgage.


If the panels are financed and you take over the financing you need to keep in mind that your debt-to–income ratio will increase and can even disqualify you from getting a mortgage on that specific house. There will be a lien on the

property until the whole system is paid in full and it needs to be able to be subordinated. This means that in event of a foreclosure the lender or mortgage investor gets to recover his expenses first from the foreclosure sale.


Many energy-based loan programs will not subordinate and most lenders will not provide money to people who want to buy a house with these types of loans

How do roof and solar warranties work?

Your homes roof warranty is covered by 2 parts. First warranty provided by your roof installation contractor for the installation work he did. This warranty usually lasts for 10 years depending on the contractor and the second one is provided by the roof material manufacturer that can cover 25 to 50 years.

Solar panels have both a product warranty and a power warranty. The product warranty is offered by the manufacturer of the panels and solar inverters. Usually, a solar installation company also offers a warranty on their installation work.

Unforeseen circumstances that can cause damage to your panels like large debris and falling trees are covered by your homeowners insurance

Do solar panels affect house insurance?

Depends on your insurance company and your current plan but most insurance companies include such coverage in a standard homeowners insurance policy.


Rooftops and solar panels are considered a permanent structure so there should not be any need for additional policy but you do need to make sure you ask a couple of questions from your insurance company when you are getting your insurance like the claim limit for the solar panel? what types of panels are covered by the insurance plan offered? will adding pv panels affect the premium?


You also need to be clear on their process of filing a claim for any damage to the solar panels.

Panels that are not installed on the rooftop will probably require a separate police or a policy add-on as the dwelling portion of your policy might not cover it.


Will installing solar panels increase my insurance premium?

Probably yes. Solar systems are expensive and adding the replacement costs it’s probably increasing your coverage limit. The higher the coverage, the higher your insurance premium.


Do solar panels affect the house value?

When thinking of installing solar panels on your house I'm sure your first question is " How will solar panels impact the value of my home?" The truth is that solar systems are viewed as an upgrade to your house so the value of your home will increase. There are several statistics out there that demonstrate that these houses sell faster.

Why aren’t solar panels everywhere?

There are several factors that limited the increase of solar panel popularity and obviously one of them is the initial solar installation cost. This main factor eliminates lots of lower income homeowners from becoming solar panel owners.

Producing solar energy is 2-3 times more expensive than producing hydro, coal or nuclear energy.

A second factor is the grid infrastructure. These grids were built to work with consistent power generation levels and are not able to work with the inconsistency of solar energy.

While prices of solar are going down and solutions for consistent power generation can be found, it will be a while until solar systems will be part of every home's roof.

Solar Panels in HOA communities?

Homeowner living in HOA communities face additional challenges when it comes to solar panel installation. Concerns about the panels changing the look and character of the neighborhood and decrease the value of the properties in the neighborhood are some of the concerns home owners need to deal with.

Knowing about these restrictive covenants or homeowner association rules that prevent a homeowner to install solar panels is the first step to dealing with the situation. To help the homeowners dealing with restrictive HOA’s some states implemented laws that protects the right of a homeowner to install solar panels same is for GA (see here)

HOA’s can also determine where the panels can go, how they are installed, the design, installation and placement might require presenting plans or pictures of proposed system to gain approval.

Read more about Solar Panels and HOA communities

Free solar panels? Are they really free?

If you’ve been shopping around you heard about free installation offer. Let’s decode this sales pitch.

When companies advertise free solar panels or “no cost solar programs they are advertising solar leases or solar power purchase agreements.

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Do solar panels void your roof’s warranty?

Obviously, if your roof does not have a lot of life left in it, it would not make any sense to install solar panels. The best time to do it is after a roof replacement. If the solar installer follows the manufacturer’s instructions your roof warranty shouldn’t be void.

This includes a good racking system with flashing and waterproofing that ensures the roof is safe from penetration for the next 25 years. If you are getting your system installed by another solar company than the one who installed your roof you should always ask if the installation of the solar panels on the roof will void their warranty. Ask about requirements to make sure the manufacturer’s warranty will not be affected. You need to confirm all these with your roofer and also if the load of the panels can be handled by your roof.

Cracked tiles, damaged roof membranes, using incorrect fasteners for the footing, and using a low quality waterproofing sealant can all void the warranty of your roof.

You must carefully choose the solar contractor you use for your roof and solar panel installation and make sure your solar power contractor will comply with the manufacturer’s specifications and is knowledgeable about working on your roof.

Advanced Roofing and Remodeling is a leading roofing and solar system installation company in the metro Atlanta area and we make sure the solar panels we install will not void your roof warranty even if we were not the ones who replaced your roof.

Why are solar panels so expensive?

Truth to be told we are comparing apples with oranges here as solar energy is a new type of energy generated without any moving parts compared with other renewable energies that use the concept of turning the turbine.

While half of the cost includes panels, collectors, inverter and battery and half covers the installation labor, permits overhead, sales tax, transaction fees and other fees. Solar systems are only expensive if you are considering it as a short term investment.

More than half of the cost of a system goes to the installation cost. By hiring a local contractor like Advanced Roofing and Remodeling can save you money. Large installers have huge overhead costs with labor, rent maintaining a fleet of service vehicles, supply equipment and other expenses that will get rolled into the charge of the installation.

Considering the incentives you get, the financing, the fact that you can even sell it if you have more than you need, the increase in your property value and the saving on your electric bill, pv systems worth investing into

Can I install solar myself?

The best way to have solar panels installed is through a qualified professional like Advanced Roofing and Remodeling.

What are the environmental benefits of going solar?

The quantity of carbon and other pollutants discharged into the atmosphere is decreased when renewable energy is used instead of traditional sources of energy. Lower pollution levels, clean air and water are results of lowering the amount of carbon in our atmosphere.

What to do if your roof needs repairs and has solar panels installed?

To repair a roof that has a solar system installed already, the panels need to be removed. Both the solar installation contractor and your roofer need to be in contact and assess the damage to see what caused it. If the damage was caused by the installation of the panels the solar panel installation contractor is responsible for removing the panels in order for the roofer to fix the damage and than install them back correctly.

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