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10 Things You Should Know Before Going Solar

January 9, 2024 | Reading Time: 9 minutes

Switching to Solar

Making the switch to solar energy may seem overwhelming at first. We’ve compiled a list of ten things to know before going solar so you can get a better idea of what to expect.

1. How do solar panels work?

Solar panels are made of solar cells that absorb sunlight and create electric charges. This electricity is funneled into an inverter which converts the energy into usable, household electricity that is dispersed throughout your home and powers your electrical devices.

2. How long do solar panels work?

The industry standard is that solar panels work for 25 to 30 years after they have been installed. Over this lifespan, your solar panels will experience a very slow decrease in efficiency. With an average yearly decrease of efficiency of 0.3% to 0.8%, most panels are equipped with a 25 year warranty that guarantees at least 80% production efficiency within that time period.

Isaksen Solar Insider Knowledge: We provide a 25 Year worry-free warranty on materials, performance, and labor.

3. How do I know if solar panels are a good fit for my home?

Reach out to a solar company for a free evaluation. The company should perform a series of tests and surveys to decide if installing solar makes sense for your property.

Isaksen Solar Insider Knowledge: Before pairing you with a Project Manager, we’ll vet your property using satellite images and additional information to see if rooftop or ground-mounted solar panels are a good investment for you.

4. How many solar panels do I need for my house?

Your total energy requirement, the number of sunlight hours your panels will receive, and the size of your roof or ground mount area determine how many panels are necessary for your property.

Isaksen Solar Insider Knowledge: We strive to install the maximum amount of panels your roof or area can fit whenever possible. This will optimize your energy production and increase your savings in the long-run.

5. How do solar panels help the environment?

Solar panels are powered by renewable energy. Sunlight, a renewable resource, is the only requirement for the operation of solar panels. Therefore, cutting your reliance on the grid and switching to solar will reduce your carbon footprint and minimize your usage of fossil fuels.

Electricity from the grid is mainly powered by non-renewable sources like nuclear power plants and natural gas. These products cannot be replenished and will eventually run out. Utilizing sunlight instead, comes at no extra cost to us or the environment.

Overall, solar panels reduce air pollution, water pollution, and mitigate climate change.

6. How do I save money with solar panels?

If you are reading this, you have likely been the victim of spiking electric bills. By switching to solar panels, you’ll reduce your monthly electricity bill and in most cases, eliminate it.

There are many renewable energy programs that can decrease the initial cost of your system. Tax rebates and incentives could save you thousands of dollars, it’s just a matter of applying to them.

Iskasen Solar Insider Knowledge: To alleviate your stress, we apply for all incentive programs on your behalf and handle all the paperwork. Just let us know if there’s a program you’d like to opt-out of and we’ll plan accordingly.

Also, many homeowners often see an increase in their property value when adding solar panels to their roofs. However, you are not required to pay additional property tax after this value is added for the first twenty years of your solar installation.

7. How much do solar panels cost?

The average installation ranges from $20,000 to $40,000. But every installation is unique and costs will vary depending on system size, applied incentives, and materials.

Isaksen Solar Insider Knowledge: The best way to know how much solar could be for you is to get your free quote. We’ll assess your property and draw up a tentative design and payment plan.

8. Should I buy or lease solar panels?

The answer is unique to every homeowner as both methods provide advantages. The company installing your solar panels should be able to guide you to the option that fits your plans.

Isaksen Solar Insider Knowledge: Check out all our Solar Payment Plans.

9. How long will it take for solar panels to pay for themselves?

The industry average is 6-10 years. Which is a short amount of time compared to the 25 to 30 year lifespan of your solar panels. Your payback period will depend on the price of your system, average electricity usage, and energy production rate.

10. How long does it take to install solar panels?

In most cases, the actual installation process of your solar panels will take no more than two days. However, the full process from the day you sign, to the day your panels are activated may take a few months as your solar company will need to get permits and approvals.

We’re Here to Help You

If you are interested in learning more about Isaksen Solar and the advantages of going solar, give us a call, (508) 717-3820.