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Solar Questions

So, you've had too many door-to-door salesman on your porch. Believe me when I tell you, I understand. I can't stand it either. But you ARE a bit intrigued by the possibility of having no electric bill. Well, Instead of me going out there and preaching of how great solar can be (because it is), why not just start here? See something that peaks your interest or want to know more? Then go ahead and give us a call!  There are plenty of pros to going solar.

What Exactly IS Solar?

Alright so let's start with the absolute basics, shall we? Solar radiation is light – also known as electromagnetic radiation – that is emitted by the sun. While every location on Earth receives some sunlight over a year, the amount of solar radiation that reaches any one spot on the Earth’s surface varies. Solar technologies (Such as PV or Photovoltaics) capture this radiation and turn it into useful forms of energy.

What is Electrification?

Ok now we're getting more into the nitty gritty. Electrification means replacing technologies or processes that use fossil fuels, like internal combustion engines and gas boilers, with electrically-powered equivalents, such as Electric Vehicles, Heat Pump Water Heaters, Heat Pump HVAC Systems, Induction Stoves, and of course...Solar Power.

How do I know if I Need Solar?

Most people I've spoke with prefer to have solar because of several major components: Financial Savings, Return on Investment (ROI), Increased Property Value, and Environmental Benefit. Solar is not necessarily something you NEED, as much as it should be something you WANT.

Do I really "Cut Ties" with my Electric Company?

The short answer: It depends. The Longer version: A lot of solar salesman will bring up this "Cut Ties" right out the gate. A common misconception that if you have solar, you have no electric bill. This is entirely depend on whether or not you decide to purchase Battery Storage or not. And honestly, most people in Southern New Mexico opt-out of that purchase.

Will I be "Off-Grid"?

You absolutely can be! Again, there are plenty of factors to consider but if you truly want to "cut ties" with the electrical company, then yes. With the purchase of Battery Storage, you have the capability to be off grid.

What Happens at Night or when It's Cloudy?

Solar Panels on your roof depend entirely on how much direct Sunlight they are receiving. So, at night, when there is no sunlight, the solar system is not producing anything. This is when either A) Battery Storage is utilized, or B) your electrical company supplies your electrical consumption again. Equipment is put in place for this shift to happen every single day and night, and the equipment works so quickly that you literally will not notice the shift from solar power to grid power.

What Does the Installation Process Look Like?

Multiple steps along the way and typically several months from start to finish, the steps typically include Site Survey, System Design, Permitting, InstallationInspections, Utility Hookup, and the final Power Up.

What is My Role? What is Yours?

So, for the most part, everything should be on your Certified Electrician (Yours Truly). The only step you'll need to take with me is during the initial site survey. During this stage is when I determine exactly how much power you have consumed over the past year or two, Typically referred to as KWH on you Electric Bill. Using a computer program and some basic math I can determine the size of system you need.

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