Common Questions Asked About Solar Energy Systems
How do solar systems work?
Every hour the sun beams onto Earth more than enough energy to satisfy global energy needs for an entire year.
Solar panels which contain Photovoltaic (PV) Cells are installed onto your roof or on the ground. The PV Cells convert the sunlight into DC electricity throughout the day. Electricity is created even if it is cold out, overcast or cloudy.
An inverter converts the DC electricity generated by the PV cells into AC electricity then sends that electric to your electric panel to power your home.
During the day your utility meter will actually go BACKWARDS as you are effectively selling the electricity your solar panels make BACK to your electricity provider at peak usage rates. At night, you will purchase electricity from your provider at the lower off-peak rates.
What is the Return on Investment for a solar energy system?
The current tax breaks and incentives make a financial return on your money, in most cases, less than five years. The current program for installing solar energy systems offers a Federal Tax credit for 30% of the total installation cost, lowering or eliminating your electric bill, and receive quarterly checks for Solar REC’S (Renewable Energy Credit). A REC payment is paid to you quarterly, simply for installing solar panels and producing green energy. This is above and beyond the tax credit and your monthly electric bill savings.
Who does the installation?
Scott Workman and Chris Weiss are the owners of Southern Illinois Solar, they personally meet each customer and take them from sale to installation. You have the peace of mind knowing that the people you met with when deciding on the right system for you, are the same people that will be on site doing your installation.
With a solar energy system, will I still have power in the event of a Blackout?
No you will not. Due to the varying intensity of sunlight caused by atmospheric interference (clouds), the solar panel output varies. When connected to a hot grid, your solar system is designed to balance the solar output with power provided from the grid, whether your panels are producing more or less than you need. There is also the issue of safety. If there is a power outage and the connection to the grid is terminated in order for workers to repair the outage, any solar systems connected to the grid must be disabled as well in order to insure the safety of the utility workers.