Solar Power FAQ

How do solar panels generate electricity?

Solar photovoltaic panels produce electricity when light photons from the sun strike a semiconductor material (usually silicon) in the solar cells of the panel, knocking loose their electrons and generating direct current (DC) electricity

What is a net meter?

A net meter is a utility meter that calculates the ‘net’ of the electricity that you use and the amount of electricity that you generate and feed into the utility grid. A net meter will spin forward when you are using more power than you are generating and backward when you are generating more power than you are using.

What size solar system do I need?

Every home and business is different, so the size of your system will depend on your energy needs, roof space and solar goals. Residential solar power systems are typically 3-10 kW and commercial solar power systems range from 50–500 kW for a medium sized business. Enver will custom design a solar power system to meet your specific needs and offset as much of your utility bill as you desire.

How am I compensated for power fed back in to the electricity grid?

Currently you receive a bill credit for any power fed back into the grid in excess of what you used over a twelve month period. Under AB 920, recently signed into law, you can receive a monetary payment for this excess electricity generated by solar energy homes.

What happens if I use more power than I generate?

You continue to receive electricity from the grid, so if you use more than you generate, you will pay your utility for that usage—at the tier rate associated with your usage (which could all be as low as tier one or two, when without solar you could have been using electricity at higher tier rates).

What happens if I generate more power than I use?

Once your solar power residential system is approved by the utility and turned on, excess electricity produced will feed into the ‘grid’ and your net meter will spin backward when you are producing more energy than is being consumed. The best part is: you get credit for it. You are entitled to be credited for the value of energy you feed in to the ‘grid’, up to your own annual usage. Excess beyond your annual usage may be compensated by your local utility.

What happens at night, or when the weather turns cloudy?

Since the amount of power your solar system generates is a direct result of sunlight, it will produce slightly less energy when the weather is cloudy. Your system will not produce any energy at night. Your Enver power system will be interconnected to your local utility grid, so that you can automatically begin to draw power from the grid whenever you need it. You won’t experience any power interruptions—the switch between solar system power and the utility grid happens seamlessly, with no effort on your part.

How long does it take to install solar power systems for homes?

The length of time it takes to install your solar roof depends on the size of your system, as well as the design of your roof. Most installations take between two and five days. We can provide you with an estimate of installation time for your particular installation at your in-home solar analysis.

Will I need to adapt my home or business to run on solar power?

No. Solar power electric systems fit seamlessly into your building. You won’t have to buy new appliances or change your electrical outlets; everything will work just the same as it did before.

What happens if there is a blackout?

In the event of a black out, your system is designed to turn off. This is a safety requirement by the utility company so that their technicians can safely repair down electrical lines.

What maintenance is required for a solar power system?

Your solar energy system requires very little maintenance, largely because it has no moving parts. All your system requires is minimal shade, occasional cleaning and inspection. We suggest that you keep an eye on trees that may shade your system and keep them trimmed.

What maintenance is required for a solar power system?

When I go solar, am I going ‘off-grid’? No. You will remain a customer of your current electricity provider, and the utility will continue to be responsible for maintaining power to your home. You’ll just need far less of the utility-delivered power, since you’ll be generating your own solar power energy.

Can I store electricity for my own use?

We don’t recommend battery back-up systems, as they can be expensive and inefficient. Instead, our systems connect you to the existing electricity grid, where you can continue to draw power when you need it, such as at times you are using a lot of power or at night.

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What Client’s Say

We had several solar companies give us a proposal for solar on our home but none of them were as informative as Jon! We felt so comfortable with him and his professionalism there was no question who to go with.

- Robert and Julie Harrison

Ron was helpful every step of the way. We were skeptical at first but he made us feel comfortable with his soft spoken way! We are not only excited about saving money with our new system (we got a new furnace and ductwork to go with our solar panels) but we made a friend.

- Greg and Sheri Goodman

Wife and I were really taken by surprise when we saw how much we would save on our electric bill by going solar. The whole house fan was a great addition to the system!

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