QUESTION: How much electricity will my solar electric system produce?
ANSWER: The amount of electricity generated by a solar electric system depends on several factors, primarily system size, solar panel tilt angle and orientation, as well as your local geographic and environmental conditions. Generally in Arizona 1,000 watts of solar panels (approx. 5 solar panels) will generate 1,600 to 1,800 kWh of energy per year.
QUESTION: How does an American Solar & Roofing solar power system generate electricity?
ANSWER: When sunlight shines onto your solar panels, the photovoltaic effect transforms the light into direct current (DC) electricity. An inverter then converts the DC electricity to alternating current (AC) electricity that is used in your home.
QUESTION: How do I use the electricity from my solar electric system?
ANSWER: The electricity generated by an American Solar & Roofing solar power system works just like the electricity delivered by your local utility. The system connects directly to your utility panel or circuit breaker box, so it interfaces seamlessly with your utility power.
QUESTION: Will I still need a utility provider? Do I need to be connected to the grid?
ANSWER: You will still need to be connected to the grid through your local utility. While you generate the bulk of your own electricity during the peak hours of daylight and demand, your utility will seamlessly take over and continue to supply your electricity at night and on very cloudy days.
QUESTION: How much can I save?
ANSWER: It’s a fact that solar electric systems can save people money, with many customers cutting their energy use typically by 50% or more.
QUESTION: Who will help me apply for the available incentives?
ANSWER: At American Solar & Roofing, we will take care of the application process to secure the utility incentives for your project. Income tax credits, as available from the State of Arizona and the Federal Government, are filed by the system purchaser with American Solar & Roofing providing the necessary proof of qualifying technology.
QUESTION: How long will it take to install?
ANSWER: The process of installing a solar electric system generally requires 90 to 120 days to complete all activities, including system design, permitting, installation, and inspections. For most solar electric systems the physical construction for professional installation will typically take two to three business days.
QUESTION: What size system do I need?
ANSWER: The solar electric system size you need depends on how much electricity you use, the amount of energy you are looking to offset and the size and suitability of locations where the solar electric system will be installed.
QUESTION: How safe is an American Solar & Roofing solar power system?
ANSWER: Since solar electric systems are generally mounted in a low or no-traffic area, have no moving parts and are virtually maintenance free, they are very safe. American Solar & Roofing solar power system components carry all appropriate/recommended electrical certifications, including Underwriters Laboratory (UL listed) standards. As with any electrical appliance, you should always use proper care when handling solar electric system components.
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