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Do the panels need to face south?

South is best, but panels installed facing east or west still generate a very high percentage of possible power. It is usually more effective (and more attractive) to install the panels in the same plane as the roof direction, rather than build an awkward mount to angle them.

How long will the solar power system last?

The solar panels have a 15-25-year power warranty from the manufacturer. This is longer than almost anything else you can buy. The rest of the system has a 5- 10 year warranty in most areas. Inverters can have warranties up to 10 years.

If I sell my property, what effect does PV have on the sale price?

Energy conservation and renewable generation adds value to a home. Surveys have shown that for every $1,000.00 saved per year, $20,000.00 is added to a home's value. Solar energy can be one of the best home improvement investments you make.

Do panels need periodical cleaning?

YES, Here in Arizona panels do need to be cleaned due to dust and lack of rain unlike some areas of the country. Performance gains from cleaning the panels when needed will be notable in your annual audit. If necessary, a hose stream is usually sufficient for cleaning unless you have hard water. Do not walk on or over the panels to clean them. Do not use metal, hard, or abrasive methods for cleaning. Do not spray water on the panels when they are very hot.

Do I need batteries with the system?

Batteries are only required if you want backup power when the utility is out of service. Without batteries, the system has no way to store power, and for safety reasons cannot produce power without the utility in operation.

How much will I really save on my utility bills from a home electric solar power system?

Of course this is a relative question. It depends, in part, on how much electricity you use and how efficient the appliances are that you operate. That said expect to generate excess electricity in the summer (when days are long) which can potentially offset the energy you use from the grid in the winter. A combination of energy efficient appliances and light bulbs can help reduce your home’s energy bill by over two-thirds.

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