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Solar Energy Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Understand how solar works and how it can benefit you today

Solar Frequently Asked Questions

How can solar save me money?

A solar system allows you to use solar energy, thus dispensing the need to buy electricity during daylight. It also allows you to enjoy a feed-in tariff for excess unconsumed solar-generated electricity. The bottom line is that the combination of not buying electricity from retailers during sunlight hours and a feed-in tariff equals lower electricity bills.

How does solar work?

Electrical currents are created by solar PV cells by using the absorbed energy from sunlight. The job of the installed solar inverter is to convert the created currents to electricity.

Can I increase the size of my system in the future?

You can only increase the size of your system if you have enough roof space and if the size of your inverter is adequate. Alternatively, you can add a second system to your roof.

It is worth noting that there is a limit on the system size on the Feed-in solar tariffs they apply. Which means adding to the size of an already installed solar power system can affect your qualification for a Feed-in Tariff. Kindly call us for more information.

How much roof space is required?

The required roof space depends majorly on the size of the solar system. For illustration purposes, a small 1.5KV solar system will require approximately 12m² of roof space. The system being modular means it can be arranged as the roof dictates. A solar system is usually installed on the un-shaded and north-facing section of the roof.

What are the financial benefits of solar energy?

Installing solar energy systems on your property allows you to save costs on electricity utility bills. It offers perfect protection against a rising electricity rate as they are certain to occur in the future.

The extent of cost-saving depends on the solar policies and the utility rates in your area. Irrespective of where you live, investing in a solar system is a smart investment.

Do solar panels work during blackout?

A blackout will cause your solar panel system to shut off if it is connected to the power grid. By not shutting off, it can injure repair technicians and emergency responders by returning power to the grid. This is the major reason for your solar system shutting off. The key to enjoying an uninterrupted power supply in case of a shutdown is to purchase inverters with backup power when a battery is paired.

How do I check the performance of my solar system?

It takes little effort to check your solar power system and it’s performance. A wi-fi-ready equipped solar inverter allows you to see your system performance through your phone. Most inverters will feature a built-in display that shows how much power your solar panel system generates.

How do I find out how much I pay for electricity?

Your electricity bill offers you an accurate reading of how much electricity your household consumes each month. Sams Solar will use these to ascertain your solar panel systems requirements.

How long does an average installation take?

The size of the solar power system determines the average installation time. The bigger the solar power system, the longer its installation will take. A 5kW solar system, for instance, takes about 3-5 hrs to install from start to finish.