Through the power of the sun’s rays, solar panels can generate electricity for your home. The panels go through the following process to produce energy:
- When sunlight hits the panels, photons and electrons interact, creating an electrical current.
- The current flows from your solar panels to the solar inverter, which converts the current into energy that is usable in your home.
- From the inverter, this energy travels to your breaker box, where it is circulated in the rest of your home.
- Excess energy goes back to your utility meter, ready for later consumption. This energy can often be used for net metering purposes if offered in your area, where the excess energy can be sent back to the grid for credits on your next utility bill.
Benefits Of Solar In Cleveland
There are plenty of reasons to consider solar panels for your Cleveland-area home. Beyond the potential financial benefits, there are environmental factors and the potential for a major return on your investment.
- Own Your Power — Protect your household from continually heightened electricity costs by owning your power. By producing your own power, you’ll be less reliant on the grid, meaning fewer worries about rising electric costs.
- Potentially Reduce Your Electric Bill — Your solar panels, in generating your own power, can potentially save you thousands of dollars in electric bills over time.
- Qualify For Federal Tax Credit — Homeowners can currently claim a federal tax credit of up to 26% for installing solar panels on their property.5
- Potentially Increase Your Property’s Value — With more people choosing solar energy, you may see an increased return on your investment should you sell your home. Studies show that solar panels could raise your home’s value.
- Reduce Your Carbon Footprint — Solar energy, as a clean alternative to fossil fuels, allows you to help create a greener world by reducing your carbon footprint.
What Happens To Excess Solar Energy?
Your solar panels may generate more energy than your home needs at certain times of the day. If you don’t end up using all the energy produced, it can still be put to use in a couple of ways.
Store excess energy in a backup battery.3
If your panels produce excess energy, the extra power can be stored in your Generac battery backup to be used in the event of a grid power outage or at night when your panels are not producing any electricity. In addition, the stored energy can fill the gaps when your home’s solar panels are not producing at full capacity.
Use excess energy via net metering.
Net metering is the process of sending extra energy that your solar panels produce back to the grid in exchange for credits on future electric bills. If your panels produce extra energy, you can be credited for the energy you sell back (often at a 1-to-1 ratio), meaning that you sell it back at the same price you would buy it. This is a great incentive for using solar energy, but it’s important to note that some utility companies do not offer net metering. Availability, excess credits and other requirements vary by area and utility providers.
Solar Panel Installation In Cleveland
- Complete an online form for a free quote to get started. A solar representative will reach out to you to discuss your solar options. We’ll discuss your property, ensure solar energy is a good fit for your needs and schedule a free in-home consultation.
- Our solar consultant will travel to your home to evaluate your property further. From this and your electric bills, we can determine what size solar system will be a good fit for you. We’ll create a custom proposal designed to meet your home’s unique needs. After you’ve signed your contract, it’s time for us to get to work preparing for installation.
- We’ll arrive promptly at your home on installation day and install your solar panels, ensuring there is no damage to your roof or home in the process. This should take just a day or two. Once we’re finished, we’ll test out your system and clean our workspace before heading out.
Cost Of Solar
Adding solar energy to your Cleveland home is easier than ever! However, how much a solar system cost depends on your home, energy use and your energy goals. Our solar experts can develop a custom solution for your home, down to how many solar panels are required for your needs.
The cost of solar panels is calculated based on dollars per watt. We calculate the number of panels you need based on the number of watts your home typically uses. Once we have that number, we can effectively design a custom solar solution for your home.
Your Cleveland Solar Panel Installation Cost Includes The Following:
This includes the solar panels, inverters, wiring, conduit, mounting racks and mounting hardware.
A Custom Solar System
Once you sign the contract, our team begins designing a system, filing the relevant permits and proceeding with the setup for your installation.
A Time And Date For Your Installation
On the day of installation, our team carefully installs and tests your system to ensure that it’s working properly, then cleans up your property as though we were never there!