FAQs ON SOLAR ENERGY


 

Do you have US made panels?

Yes. SolarWorld panels are made in Oregon; Lumos is made in Colorado; and many others are assembled here and qualify for projects that use American Reinvestment and Recovery Act funds.

Will my electricity stay on when power from the utility company is cut?

The most common system is a grid-tied system – meaning it needs to sense the utility power in order to operate. In the event of an outage, your solar system will automatically turn off to protect the line workers that are fixing the problem. Once the repairs are complete and power is restored, your system will automatically turn back on. There are options to include a battery backup solution to your solar system so that you do have power during an outage. We will work with you to see if a battery based system suits your needs and goals.

Do I have to put the panels on my roof?

No. If you have ample property with limited shading we can certainly install a ground mount system. Check out our gallery for some ideas of what that looks like.

Do I need to have south facing exposure to have a solar energy system?

It is true that a south facing exposure will increase the effectiveness of a solar system, however, your property may still work for solar power. ENCON will be able to advise you whether or not solar makes sense for you.

I want to go solar, but don’t have money for it. Do you offer no money down plans?

Yes. There are a variety of financial tools to help you install solar for no money down. Our experts will work with you to analyze your goals and guide you to the appropriate program fitting your needs.

What if there is snow on the solar panels?

Solar panels will still operate under light snowfall; however, if the snow blocks the sunshine completely, the panels will no longer produce power. When the snow begins to melt, the snow will usually slide off the panels. Customers can choose to clean the panels of snow at their own discretion.

How much maintenance do solar energy panels require?

Solar panels actually require little to no maintenance. If the panels are subject to dust or fallen leaves, these should be cleaned off the panels. The customer can hose off the panels about one or two times a year if necessary.

How long do solar panels last?

Generally, a solar panel will last for about 30 years. As time passes however, the overall performance of the panel will decrease. Most high quality solar panels have a warranty stating that after 25 years, the panel will still be operating at almost 80% efficiency.

Can the panels withstand adverse weather?

The solar panels can withstand 1-inch hailstones at 52 mph.

How can I tell how my system is performing?

ENCON will not only install the solar panels, but also provides a web based power monitoring system. This system will tell you exactly how much power you are producing, generation history, and much more.

How do we apply for a rebate?

ENCON will take care of the rebate forms, permits, and other paperwork. We will work to make the process as easy as possible for you.