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Solar FAQ

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It’s impossible to know everything that there is to know about solar energy just from reading our site. We understood that even before we started creating content for it. What we do want to do, though, is cover some of the more common myths about solar power. In the past, we’ve encountered clients who delayed their transition to solar power because of a few misconceptions. We want to make sure that we cover some of the main lies about solar power on this page.

Is There Enough Sunlight in Ogden, Utah to Go Solar?

You only need about 4 or 5 hours of sunlight a day to produce enough power for your home. December, which is one of the “darkest” months of the year in Ogden, typically gives us about 9 hours of sunlight a day. This is not going to be a major issue. Is it a good idea to clear the snow from the panels? Sure, that could be a good way to make sure that even through snowy days, the panels are still operating correctly.

How Long Until I See My Electric Bill Drop?

The drop in price on the electric bill can come as early as the next month after going fully solar. That’s why it can make a lot of sense to look into our financing options. If you’re able to lower the initial cost of installing solar panels, the monthly rates that you’d pay for financing may keep your electric bill at around its regular rate for a while. At the end of that period, you’ll see massive discounts on the bill. All without potentially even spending too much money on the front end, which, for many people, is the main reason why they don’t switch to solar energy.

What Happens If The Solar Panels Don’t Harvest Enough Energy?

We mentioned that you’ll usually be able to harvest enough sunlight to convert it into energy around here. What happens, though, if we have a really dark day? Most of these solar-powered systems are hooked up to the main electric grid. This is done so that homeowners won’t have to invest in expensive methods of storing the energy they generate. That means that if, for some reason, your panels are not harvesting enough sunlight, you’ll still be able to pull power from the electric grid. You don’t have to worry about going without power just because the day got dark.  

Does Going Solar Mean No More Power Outages?

Like we just explained, most of the solar-powered systems are still connected to the main power grid. That means that you will be without power if the grid goes dark. What you can do in that case is buy an external solar-powered battery. Some of the larger options are able to power a home for about 24 hours when fully charged. That, for now, is one of the best ways to ensure you’re never without power within your home. It does make too much sense to make a self-sustainable electric grid around a home with the current options.

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