• Frequently Asked Questions

    How does a solar electric system work?

    Solar panels mounted on your roof convert sunlight directly into DC power. A component called an inverter converts this DC power into AC power that can be used in your home. The solar system is connected seamlessly to the electric grid, so you are never without electrical power. During daylight hours, if your system is producing more electricity than you are using, your utility may allow net metering or the crediting of your utility account for the extra electricity that was returned back to the grid.

    Will my system work at night or on cloudy days?
    The system requires direct sunlight to generate electricity, so it will not work at night. On cloudy days the system will create less electricity, based on the amount of sunlight.

    What happens during a power outage? Will I have power?
    You will not have power if you have a "Grid-Tied" system. They are designed to shut off during a power outage in order to ensure the safety of utility personnel who might be working on downed electrical lines. We recommend "Grid-Tied" systems for most applications because the battery backup systems are very expensive and only recommended for areas with numerous power outages or remote locations without access to the electrical grid.

    Can the solar panels withstand high winds?
    All of our solar mounting systems are engineered to meet the wind load requirements established by the Florida Building Code for your specific location and building type.

    What size system do I need?
    The size of the solar system will be dependent on a number of factors such as your average electrical usage, budget, roof space, shading, and the amount of your electric bill you want to offset. A solar system doesn't need to provide for all of your electrical needs to be of great value, reducing your bill by one-half to one-quarter is still a substantial savings.

    What maintenance is required?
    Solar systems require very little maintenance, mainly because they have no moving parts. Keeping the panels clean and a yearly inspection by your installer should keep your system at peak operating efficiency for years to come.

    How long will the system last?
    Solar panels are extremely durable and will typically last well beyond their warranty period. Many solar panels that were installed over 40 years ago are still going strong and producing electricity. Most major solar panel manufacturers warrant their panels for 25 years and inverters are typically warranted for 10 years.

    What happens if I need a new roof or need to replace my roof after installation of the solar panels?
    We would recommend that the system be installed on a roof that is in good condition, if the roof needs replacing it would be advantageous to replace it before the panels are installed.

    If the roof needs repairs or replacement after the solar installation, the panels can be removed and then reinstalled. We will offer this service for a reasonable fee.

    How do I know if a system would work on my home or business?
    We can assess your site very quickly through satellite technology and see if the roof has the available sunlight and space required for an effective solar system. An on-site inspection can then be scheduled to further refine the solar system design. A south facing roof is most desirable but west or east facing roofs will work as well.

    Will I need a building permit?
    Yes, we will provide all the necessary engineering and design drawings to obtain any and all building permits to meet the local building code. We will also handle all electrical, building and utility services or inspections needed to complete the project. We offer complete and comprehensive in-house design and installation services to handle your project from start to finish, keeping you informed every step of the way.

    Do I need permission from the local electric utility to connect my solar system to the grid?
    Yes, your local utility has rules and procedures that need to be followed to connect to the grid safely and legally. Our systems are designed and installed to comply with the local utility and we will handle all necessary documentation and procedures to get your system up and running.