Common Solar Power Questions (Part 1)

Solar energy gets directly its power from the sun’s rays to create electricity and heat.  This is an endless and renewable supply and is unique for its capacity to produce energy in a noiseless, fresh and consistent manner.

There’s a lot of information about solar energy out there, and we know it can get overwhelming. Here are answers to some of the most common questions we hear at McDonald Heating, Plumbing and Air.

Questions About the Big Picture

Why is installing solar on my home or business a smart choice?
Solar power is an environmentally friendly, energy efficient way to meet your home or business’s power needs. Solar energy can give you an amazing sense of electricity security too.

Why is now the right time to invest in solar?
We know that solar power provides amazing results today. You could wait for new and untested technologies, but you’d be losing out on savings you could realize from systems that are already available.

Installation & Performance Questions

Is it possible to install solar to all homes and businesses?
Most homes and businesses can take advantage of solar power. Contact us so we can assess your property’s solar potential.

How long does it take to install a solar system?
Residential solar array systems generally take about 40 hours to install. We send several technicians so that we can complete residential installations in two to three days. Bear in mind that the size of your property and your solar needs influence installation time.

How much roof space is needed?
The amount of space needed for a solar array system depends upon how many kilowatts (kw) of solar are used. The typical residential system with a 3kw array takes up a space of about 11 feet by 20 feet.

What if my roof space is not enough?
If your roof can’t accommodate a solar array, we may be able to mount panels on concrete pads or on poles.

Is there a possibility that solar panels can ruin my roof?
When installed properly, a solar array won’t damage your roof. Each square foot of the array weighs only about five pounds, so there’s no risk that the system will be too heavy for your roof.

Are solar panels working well when it’s raining or cloudy?
Yes, photovoltaic panels can use indirect sunlight to generate power. Rain even helps to clean your solar panels and keep them efficient.

Without a doubt, there are tons of benefits solar energy gives to us freely. Solar energy is not just a maintainable supply; it is highly renewable which means people will never run out of it.

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