Frequently asked questions about getting residential solar panels

Answering Residential Solar FAQs

April 20, 2024

If you’re considering going solar, you likely have some questions. It’s natural as a homeowner to want to know as much as possible about any major renovations or new systems being installed on your property. We’re here to answer a few of your residential solar FAQs so you can be informed and ready to go solar.

Is Solar Safe?

Solar power is one of the safest energy sources you could ask for. In fact, increasing the installation of solar panels reduces lung cancer risks. Studies show approximately 14% of lung cancer can be attributed to air pollution, much of which exists because of the burning of fossil fuels for electricity. By going solar, you’re actually improving the world’s health.

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Will Solar Panels Damage My Roof?

No, solar panels won’t damage your roof if you have them professionally installed. We make sure to assess your roof for all possible damage, check the material of the shingles, and more to keep your roof in top condition before installing our solar panels.

The condition of your existing roofing materials and roofing structure should be reviewed during the proposal and installation phases. You and your installer have a common goal in making sure you get decades of uninterrupted solar power production. Having to remove a solar system to replace aged roofing materials can be costly and time consuming.

Do Solar Panels Have a Warranty?

Many solar panels do have a warranty, but we offer a best-in-class 25-year warranty that can’t be beat. In fact, SunPower is the only solar panel manufacturer that has been in business for longer than its warranty. This comprehensive warranty gives our customers complete confidence as it covers power production, the panels, micro inverters, and racking. We also offer a 10-year warranty for workmanship on top of that.

Can Solar Power My Whole House?

For the most part, yes. A properly sized solar system can generate enough power in a year to offset your electricity demand for that period, especially if you’re using predominantly electrical appliances and heating. That’s because the sun is an extremely powerful energy source. According to the United States Solar Technologies Office, “the amount of sunlight that strikes the Earth’s surface in an hour and a half is enough to handle the entire world’s consumption for a full year.” Residential solar panels can harness the awesome power of the sun and convert it into electricity that can easily power your entire house.

Do Solar Panels Work at Night?

While solar panels are able to collect energy from both direct and indirect sunlight, they don’t work at night. However, with a solar battery, you can store the energy captured throughout the day to use at night.

Should I Own or Lease Solar Panels?

It is suggested that you own your solar panels instead of leasing them to ensure you get the full benefits of going solar, like tax credits and state incentives. Otherwise, the money you could be saving on your electricity bills will instead be spent paying a monthly lease to the real owners of the solar panels. While both leasing and owning are good for the environment, owning your solar panels is significantly better for you.

Getting residential solar panels is a great way to save money, help reduce your carbon footprint, and live a greener, more efficient life.