More Solar Panel FAQs
Common Solar Panel FAQ in Missouri
At Barrett Solar, we’ve heard it all. We’ve worked with countless homeowners in search of solar panels in Kansas City, St. Louis, and many other cities in Missouri. Here are some questions about solar panels we get on a daily basis.
If you still have other questions, feel free to give us a call!
Will my solar panels work without sunlight?
Your solar system can still draw power even on cloudy days. Depending on the level of cloudiness, your system can draw as much as 90% power or as little as 10%. At night, you won’t be generating very much power at all.
With that said, this is where your daily overages come in. During cloudy days and night time, your excess power saved or sold back to the utility company will kick in to provide your power until the sun comes back. Learn more about how solar panels work here.
Will the panels break down over time?
Like any outdoor equipment, they do break down over time. On average, most solar panels in Missouri will be still operate at around 80% efficiency after 25 years, so they have some staying power.
Considering the payoff for your system is less than ten years on average, your solar system will give you several years of free and clear savings.
With all of that said, replacement cost is significantly lower than a new insallation in Missouri. The majority of the cost is in the design and original installation. Learn more about the cost of solar panels here.
How do I maintain the solar panels?
You don’t need to do very much. The biggest issues are simply dust, debri, leaves etc covering the panels and reducing the power generated. This is obviously a simple fix of keeping the panels cleared.
Will the panels get damaged?
Your new solar panels are immune to water and almost all regular impact. They don’t have any moving parts so there isn’t much that can break. They’re also rust proof!
The panels are engineered to withstand winds and flying debri as well.
What is the grid?
Basically anyone connected to a utility company is using the grid.
The grid is the network of power lines provided by your utility company that connects you to their power systems. Without the grid, your house or business wouldn’t be able to get regular power.
Can I use solar as a back up when there's a power outage?
It can be. Even when using solar power, your house is still connected to the grid. When you generate more power than you use, the excess goes back through the grid, causing your meter to spin backwards. You can use this excess at a later time, or get money back from your utility company.
In addition to that, you can use your solar panels to power a battery back up. This backup can provide you power during outages.
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