Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can power companies prevent me from installing and operating my own solar power generation system?
A: No. In fact some may offer incentives to encourage installation of solar systems. Programs vary among different power companies, so we will check with your local provider for exact details.
Q: Do power companies purchase excess electricity generated by privately owned solar power systems?
A: Yes. Requirements vary by locale. Many power companies offer interconnection agreements that allow for excess energy to be routed onto their grid and for which the owner of the solar system is paid.
Q: Will a solar energy system cause the roof to leak on a business’s building?
A: Almost all commercial solar energy systems are designed with non-penetrating ballasted mounting systems that do not anchor into the roof of a building. Therefore, the solar energy system should not cause your businesses roof to leak. We take care in our design and installation to maintain the integrity of your roof.
Q: How much does a solar energy system cost?
A: The cost of a solar system varies depending on the customer, their solar needs, and financial objectives. There are both fixed and variable costs involved in designing a solar energy system. The engineers at Eagle Solar & Light design every solar energy system to create the most cost-effective system for each client individually.
Q: Will solar power work when the power goes out?
A: The majority of solar installations are grid-tied solar energy systems. When the power goes out utility companies must work on the power lines that are connected to your house. To insure the safety of the utility workers and to adhere to the National Electric Code, solar energy systems will not produce power during a power outage. A hybrid solar energy system is a system where a portion of your electricity is powered by the utility, and portion of your electricity is powered by solar energy and battery power. In this case during a power outage, the portion of electricity provided by your solar energy and battery power will continue to work during a power outage.
Q: Do we get enough sun to justify a solar power system?
A: Solar power is highly effective throughout the Southeast and all parts of the U.S. Just five solar hours per day provide enough power to make a significant energy contribution. Even on cloudy or rainy days, solar energy systems capture light and generate electricity.
Q: What good does a solar system do me at night?
A: While it is true that the sun’s power cannot be captured at night; after sundown, battery systems that were charged in daylight hours can supply power during the night.
Q: What are the limitations of installing a solar power system on my home or business?
A: Shading and limited roof space are typical settings we encounter and that may impact how a solar power system is designed. In such instances, we often use ground-mounted configurations and have other solutions that effectively address different needs. If you’re interested in learning how solar power might be installed on your home or business, give us a call. We would be happy to provide a free site survey.
Q: Are solar panels worth the expense?
A: Yes! Over the warranted life of the photovoltaic panels we install, the cost-savings realized by using solar electricity can pay for the installation many times over. Commercial solar systems often provide a payback in less than two years.
Q: Does solar power really help the environment?
A: Yes! Solar power systems get free, clean energy from the sun and turn that into electricity without producing greenhouse gases. Traditional electricity is generated using fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas. When fossil fuels are burned to produce electricity, they emit gases that are a primary cause of air pollution and have other negative impacts on public health and the environment.