Q: How do home solar systems work?
A photovoltaic (PV) solar energy system is composed of solar panels, racking for mounting the panels on the roof, electrical wiring, and an inverter. From sunrise to sunset, the solar panels generate direct current electricity (DC) which is sent to the inverter. The inverter converts the DC into alternating current (AC), the type of electricity required for household use. The AC power is delivered directly to your home's main electrical service panel for use by your family.
Q: How long will my installation take?
Installation timelines depend on the size of the system. Normally, an installation takes less than one day. A very large system can take up to two days.
Q: Can I add more panels later?
As long as your roof has room for additional panels.
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Q: How long will solar panels last?
The first solar cells were manufactured by Bell Laboratories in the late 1950s and are still functional today. Likewise, panels installed on homes in the 1970s and 80s continue to generate power. Most solar modules today have a 25-year power output warranty and may continue to produce power well beyond that point.
Q: What is the process to get started for going solar?
Sending in your power bill will help us to gauge your energy consumption and customize a solar quote for you. Once the proposal has been set up, we will contact you to set up a site visit to go over the information with you.
Q: How will having solar panels affect the value of my home?
Going solar will actually increase the value of your home, much like any home renovation.
Q: How much support will I receive if my system fails in any way?
Once you become an American Energy and Construction customer, you become a member of our family. We provide support for inverter failures, system anomalies, and general questions that you might have.
Q: Is a solar quote free?
Yes, solar quotes are free. We encourage people to do research and shop around for the best possible deal, much as you would when buying a car. There is no commitment should you decide to not go solar or with another company.