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Solar FAQ

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At RenewaVolt Solar Company, we’ve been installing solar panel systems for many years. Consequently, we know pretty much everything there is to know about how solar power works – and we want to pass that knowledge on to our customers. If you’re feeling unsure about whether or not solar panels are the right choice for you and your situation, you’re not the only one. You might have questions about the cost of solar panel installations, the time it takes to recoup your initial expenditure, and even about how solar panels work. Here, you’ll find the answers you’re seeking. If you still don’t have what you need, you can always reach out to our customer service representatives. They are more than happy to answer your questions and will do everything they can to dispel any doubts you might be experiencing.

How Do Solar Panels Work?

Despite the complexity of solar panel designs, the way they work is a simple enough concept. Basically, solar panels convert sunlight into electricity. The photovoltaic cells that solar panels contain absorb sunlight and create a flow of electrons to generate direct current (DC) electricity. This is converted into a usable alternating current (AC) which can power your home’s devices, appliances, lighting, and anything else electrical you might find. For solar panels to work, they therefore need sunlight. They still work on cloudy days, but are most effective when it’s sunny.

How Much Do Solar Panels Cost?

Here’s the question that everybody always wants answered – how much do solar panels cost? Unfortunately, there’s no simple answer. The cost of solar panel installations depends on the exact system that you go for, the size of the setup, and the tax credits that you’re entitled to, which depends on your exact circumstances. In general, however, you can expect an average solar panel installation to cost around $15,000, on average, after tax credits. For more accurate pricing information that is likely to relate to your situation, speak to our customer service representatives as a priority.

How Long is the Payback Period?

When people make an investment with the idea of saving money in the long run, they want to know how long it’ll take to get a return on that investment. Again, this depends on many factors – related to upfront costs, the size of your solar panel installation, and other local conditions – so it’s hard to give a specific answer. On average, though, you can expect to break even within 8 to 12 years. Some homeowners break even sooner, of course, it really depends on your circumstances.

Can I Still Use Electricity at Night?

Many people wonder whether they can still use electricity at night, since solar panels only work with sunlight. Of course, the answer is yes. In most cases, homes with solar panels are still connected to the electricity grid, and even if you’re totally reliant on self-produced electricity, solar batteries mean that you can store energy for the times when you cannot generate electricity.

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