Discover the answers to all your questions about harnessing solar energy and ensuring uninterrupted power for your home. Our dual FAQ sections cover everything from the benefits of going solar to the essentials of backup power systems.

Solar Power FAQs

Why Do People Install Solar Panels on Their Homes?
There are many reasons to switch to solar. Our customers mainly do so to save on electricity costs, an opportunity to reduce reliance on conventional energy, and benefit from a maintenance-free, eco-friendly power source.
What’s Impressive About Solar Power?
Solar power is incredibly abundant, sustainable, and increasingly affordable, tapping into the Earth’s most plentiful energy resource.
How Exactly Does Solar Power Work?
Solar panels absorb sunlight and convert it into electricity through photovoltaic cells, harnessing the sun’s energy efficiently and powering your daily needs.
How Long Do Solar Panels Last?
Solar panels and their associated hardware are very durable; with production guarantees and warranties provided up to 25 years, many continuing to function effectively well beyond that.
What Are Some Advantages Of Using Solar Power?
Environmental friendliness, home value increase, energy security during power outages (when battery systems are utilized), job creation, and significant energy bill reduction.
How Much Space Does A Solar Panel System Need?
The space requirementvaries; a standard panel is about 65 inches by 35 inches, with system size tailored to your space and energy needs.
Do Solar Panels Need A Lot Of Maintenance?
Solar panels require minimal maintenance—occasional cleaning and inspections are generally sufficient.
What Should I Know Before Installing Solar Panels on My Home?
Consider roof quality, sun exposure, potential shading, and system size—Skymark provides thorough assessments to inform these factors.
Do Solar Panels Work Well In Overcast Seasons And Climates?
Yes, solar panels can still generate power in overcast conditions, albeit at a lower output, maintaining effectiveness across various climates.
How Long Does It Take To Install A Solar Energy System?
Installation time varies, but a typical residential system can be installed within one to three days by our professionals.
What Is To Be Expected With A Free Home Assessment?
An in-depth evaluation of energy usage, sunlight exposure, and roof condition, culminating in a tailored solar system design for your home.
How Long Does A Free Home Assessment Typically Take?
The assessment can take between one to three hours, covering detailed energy needs analysis and system design planning.
Can solar panels be installed on any type of roof?
Most roofs can support solar panels, but we assess factors like orientation, angle, and structural integrity to ensure suitability.
What happens to solar panels when it’s not sunny?
Panels produce less power on cloudy days and none at night; however, battery storage or grid connection can compensate for this.
Do I need to clean my solar panels regularly?
Rain often cleans panels adequately, but periodic professional cleaning is recommended for optimal performance.
How will I know if my solar panels are working correctly?
Modern solar systems include monitoring that alerts you as well as our technicians to performance issues, which our maintenance team can address.
Can I expand my solar panel system in the future?
Yes, systems can be designed for expansion. We can assess your current setup and recommend scalable options.
What is net metering and how does it work?
Net metering allows you to sell excess solar energy back to the grid, reducing your electricity bills as well as providing a “bank” of power to utilize during days where consumption exceeds production.
Are there any government incentives for installing solar panels?
Various federal, state, and local incentives exist, including tax credits which we can help you navigate.
How does shade affect solar panel performance?
Shade can reduce output, so panels should be placed to minimize shading from trees and buildings. Our experts will assess this during the energy assessment and proposal process.
Is it better to lease or buy solar panels?
Buying panels typically offers better long-term savings and increases home value as well as additional advantages. Ask one of our experts for more details.
How does solar power contribute to energy independence?
Solar reduces reliance on the grid and fossil fuels, providing clean energy directly from your property.
What’s the difference between monocrystalline and polycrystalline solar panels?
Monocrystalline panels are more efficient and costlier, while polycrystalline panels are more affordable but less efficient.
Can solar panels withstand severe weather?
Panels are built to endure conditions like hail and high winds, and we ensure installation meets local weather demands.
What happens to my solar power system if I move?
Solar systems can significantly increase property value, and the benefits can be transferred to the new homeowner including financing and warranties.

Backup Power FAQs

Why is backup power important for homes with solar panels?
Backup power systems ensure uninterrupted energy supply during outages, making your home energy system fully self-reliant.
How does a backup power system work with solar panels?
Backup power can store surplus solar energy or provide immediate power during outages, integrating with your solar setup for seamless energy management.
What are the benefits of choosing Generac for backup power?
Generac is a leader in backup power, offering dependable, efficient systems with a broad market presence, ensuring your energy security.
Can backup power systems operate independently of solar panels?
Yes, Generac systems can function autonomously, using natural gas or liquid propane, which is crucial during prolonged outages.
What size Generac backup generator do I need for my home?
The right size depends on your unique power needs. Generac’s online calculator can guide you, but a professional assessment ensures precision.
How is a backup power system installed?
Installation includes site preparation, generator placement, fuel line and electrical connections, with adherence to local codes.
What kind of maintenance do backup power systems require?
Generac systems need periodic maintenance, such as oil and filter changes, battery inspection, and general system checks.
How long do backup power systems last?
With proper maintenance, Generac backup generators can last many years, often over a decade, providing reliable power.
Are backup power systems noisy?
Generac offers quiet-test models that operate at lower noise levels, similar to a central air unit, designed not to disrupt your home’s peace.
Can I monitor my backup power system remotely?
Generac’s Mobile Link™ allows you to monitor your system via smartphone, tablet, or PC, giving you peace of mind wherever you are.
What fuels can Generac backup generators use?
They can run on natural gas or liquid propane, offering flexibility based on your preferences and availability.
How cost-effective are backup power systems?
While there’s an upfront cost, the long-term benefits of energy independence and protection against outages can outweigh initial expenses, not to mention the potential increase in property value.
What types of backup power systems does Skymark offer?
We offer a range of Generac backup generators suitable for different home sizes and power needs.
How do I determine the right size backup generator for my home?
We’ll assess your energy needs based on your home’s size and essential appliances to recommend an appropriately sized generator.
Can a backup generator power my entire home?
Yes, we offer whole-home backup solutions that can power all your critical systems and appliances.
How often should I run my backup generator?
It’s recommended to run a test every month to ensure functionality and charge the battery.
What maintenance is required for a backup generator?
Regular maintenance includes checking fluid levels, replacing filters, and professional inspections.
How quickly can a backup generator restore power during an outage?
Automatic standby generators can restore power within seconds of an outage detection.
Is it possible to integrate renewable energy sources with a backup power system?
Yes, backup systems can be integrated with solar panels for a sustainable energy solution.
What’s the lifespan of a backup power generator?
With proper maintenance, a backup generator can last up to 20 years or more.
How will I know if my backup power system needs service?
Remote monitoring systems like Mobile Link™ will alert you to any issues, and routine checks can prevent major problems.
Can backup power systems be noisy?
Generac offers quiet models designed to minimize noise, ensuring a peaceful home environment.
What fuel do backup generators use?
Generators typically run on natural gas or liquid propane, depending on your preferences and availability.
What are the environmental impacts of using a backup generator?
Generac generators are designed to run efficiently, with less environmental impact than older models.
How secure is the fuel supply for my backup generator during a disaster?
Because they connect to your home’s natural gas or propane supply, Generac generators are less likely to face fuel shortages compared to portable generators.

Why Do People Install Solar Panels In Their Homes?

Solar panels are a popular choice for those looking to reduce their dependence on traditional forms of energy.

Solar panels rely on photovoltaic cells to convert sunlight into electricity, which can then be used to power your home. In addition to being environmentally friendly, solar panels can also save you money on your energy bill. The initial cost of installing solar panels can be significant, but the long-term savings can make it a worthwhile investment.

Solar panel systems also have the advantage of being relatively maintenance-free, unlike other forms of renewable energy, such as wind turbines.

Residential homes are not the only ones benefiting from solar panels: businesses and public buildings can also install them.

What’s Impressive About Solar Power?

Solar power is the most abundant energy resource on Earth. 173,000 terawatts of solar energy hits the Earth’s surface every single second. That’s 10,000 times more power than the world uses in a day!

Solar energy is also sustainable and renewable. It can be used over and over again without damaging the environment. And, it’s getting cheaper to capture and convert every year.

How Exactly Does Solar Power Work?

Solar power is created when the solar panels absorb the sun’s rays and convert them into electricity.

Solar panels are composed of many small solar cells that are connected. When the sun’s rays hit the solar cells, they knock electrons loose from their atoms. This process, called the photovoltaic effect, generates a flow of electricity.

The electricity can then be used to power homes and businesses or stored in batteries for later use.

Because it requires no fuel and emits no pollution, solar power is a desirable option for those looking to reduce their energy use impact on the environment.

How Long Do Solar Panels Last?

Solar panels are designed to last for many years, with most manufacturers offering a warranty of 20 to 25 years.

However, the lifespan of a solar panel depends on several factors, including the type of panel, the quality of the materials used, and the environment in which it is installed.

In general, however, solar panels will continue to produce electricity for many years after their warranty expires. While the exact lifespan of a solar panel is hard to predict, it is safe to say that it will provide many years of clean, renewable energy.

What Are Some Advantages Of Using Solar Power?

As mentioned above, one of the main advantages of solar power is that it is environmentally friendly. Solar panels have a minimal carbon footprint and do not produce greenhouse gasses.

Unlike fossil fuels, solar power is a renewable resource that will never run out. In addition, solar panels are relatively maintenance-free. Their long lifespan means they do not contribute to significant landfill, and most of the materials used to create them are recyclable.

  • Other benefits of solar power include:
  • Increases the value of your home
  • Can provide energy security in case of a power outage
  • Create jobs in the solar industry
  • Significant reduction of your energy bill

How Much Space Does A Solar Panel System Need?

It depends on the size of your solar panel system. A typical residential solar panel system consists of several panels, each about the size of a sheet of plywood.

Generally, the standard size of solar panel is between 65 inches by 35 inches. The size of your overall system will depend on how much space you have to install panels and how much money you want to invest.

The average cost of a residential solar power system is between $15,000-$25,000, but it truly is dependent on your specific configuration and the amount of space you have available for installation.

Do Solar Panels Need A Lot Of Maintenance?

This is what makes solar panels so attractive to people. They do not need a lot of maintenance. You might have to clean the panels occasionally, but that is about it.

Just make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to maintain your solar panels correctly.

In addition, it is also a good idea to dust off your solar panels every few months to prevent dirt and grime from building up on them.

What Should I Know Before Installing Solar Panels In My Home?

Skymark makes sure to educate our customers on what they need to know before they install solar panels.

We usually inspect the roof to see if it is strong enough to hold the solar panels. If not, we will recommend reinforcement before proceeding with the installation.

In addition, we also help our customers determine how many solar panels they need and how to position them best for maximum sun exposure. We consider the amount of shade, the angle of the sun, and other factors to ensure that our customers get the most solar energy out of their solar panels.

Do Solar Panels Work Well In Overcast Seasons And Climates?

One common concern about solar panels is whether they are effective in overcast weather or colder climates.

The short answer is yes: solar panels can still produce electricity in these conditions. However, the output will be lower than in sunny weather. This is because solar panels rely on sunlight to generate electricity, and cloudy weather reduces the amount of sun that hits the panels.

Despite these challenges, solar panels are still viable for generating electricity in all types of weather and climates.

How Long Does It Take To Install A Solar Energy System?

The time it takes to install a solar energy system truly depends on the size and complexity of the system.

A trained team of professionals can install a typical residential solar panel system in one to three days. Skymark tries to make the process as quick and easy as possible for our customers, while ensuring high quality work.

What Is To Be Expected With A Free Home Assessment?

The team at Skymark makes it a priority to understand each customer’s unique needs and goals. We will come to your home and assess your energy usage, sunlight exposure, and roofing material to develop a customized solar plan for your home.

We also check out the attic, electrical panel, and any potential shading issues that could affect the performance of your solar panels. After the assessment, we will sit down with you and go over our findings and recommendations.

Our team also takes photos during the assessment to document the current condition of your home. These photos are used for our records and to help design your solar system.

How Long Does A Free Home Assessment Typically Take?

You can expect the home assessment to take about one hour to three hours. Our team will need access to your roof and attic so we can understand your home’s energy needs.

We also recommend that you be present during the assessment so that we can answer any questions you may have.

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