Q: How does a Solar Electrical System increase my home's value?
The Appraisal institute published a study in their Appraisal Journal that stated that if a home’s operating costs can be reduced through an energy efficiency measure, those savings increase a home's resale value. For more detailed information check out the Appraisal Journal article.
Q: Are there any other benefits of a Solar Electrical System?
Thanks to California's small energy generator law, you can feed the output of the solar electric system directly into the grid, using it as a storage battery. Your electric meter will actually spin backwards when electricity production exceeds usage. "Net metering" means that you will only be charged for the deficit, if any. Solar power greatly reduces greenhouse gases generated by your utility company to help fight global warming.
Q: How long do these systems last? What is the warranty on these systems?
The first photovoltaic system was invented 50 years ago and is still operating. Today’s equipment is more efficient and expected to last longer. The limited manufacturers warranty is 25 years on the solar modules and 10 years for parts and labor on the balance of system.
Q: What is the maintenance on these systems?
There are no moving parts in a solar power system, therefore, these systems require very little maintenance. The modules should be clear of dirt and bird droppings. Also trees should be trimmed to prevent shading the system. Solar Choice Solutions includes a ten year warranty on parts and labor for the entire system.
Q: What about protection from blackouts?
Blackout protection requires batteries which are charged by the solar panels and act as an energy reserve in the event of blackout. Battery backup usually will replace some of the critical circuits in the home or business and will not be used to totally substitute for all the electrical usage. The amount of blackout protection is a function of your budget.