Frequently Asked Questions
Do my solar panels produce power when the sun isn’t shining?
Yes. The amount of power the solar system generates depends on sunlight. Depending on the type of panel we chose with you, solar panels will produce slightly less energy when the weather is cloudy, and no energy at night. Contrary to what you may have thought, solar panels will save money even in a state like Michigan.
Do solar panels work during a power outage?
It depends on your configuration. If the solar system is solely connected to the power grid, it must shut off in the event of an outage for safety reasons. This is to prevent emergency responders or electricity repair workers from being injured by your panels sending power to the grid. However, Solectriq can configure your installation to include "backup power" providing safe power to just your home or business during an outage when paired with a battery.
Will I still receive an electric bill if I have solar panels?
Unless your solar system includes a battery and you are 100% off grid, you will still receive a bill. However, you can drastically reduce your bill, have a $0 balance, or receive credit from your utility company with a solar panel system that suits your needs.
What are the financial benefits of going solar?
When a solar system is installed, you save money on your electricity bills and protect yourself against the rising electricity rates of the future. How much you save will depend on utility rates and the solar policies in your area.
Depending on your configuration, you can avoid the cost of a "backup generator" that consumes fuel and may not even start when needed.
What solar energy rebates and incentives are available?
Solar rebates and incentives vary depending on location. The most notable is currently the 30 percent Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC), which allows you a 30 percent tax credit of the total price of the solar system from your taxes.
What happens if there is snow on solar panels?
It depends on the type of panel. With some panels, when they are blocked by snow they can’t produce electricity, and other panel type. When Solectriq consultants design your system, we will take the weight of your panels plus the weight of the snow into account.
What about cold Michigan winter's ?
Surprisingly, solar panels will produce much more energy in sunny cold temperatures then they do during a hot cloudy summer day.
What is "Net Metering" ?
Net Metering credits the owners of solar systems for the electricity they add back to the grid. This means that if you are harnessing more energy than you are using from your system, surplus energy can be provided back to the grid and directly credited to you and your power meeter actually turns backwards.