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Everyday and everywhere, people are becoming more in tune with the environment and the steps they need to take in order to heal and preserve it. Utilizing the sun for renewable energy is a common way families and businesses are helping the planet, yet many people feel they don’t know enough about solar energy to take the plunge. This week we’re walking you through the most common questions we get about solar powered energy, and easing some of the apprehension some families might feel about solar panel installation in Lincoln Nebraska and beyond.

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What are the environmental benefits of solar energy?

Similar to other renewable energy resources, solar power has a running list of environmental and health benefits. The largest impact on the environment is that by utilizing solar energy, you can help reduce greenhouse emissions which contribute to climate change.

Can my solar panels produce power when the sun isn’t shining?

Solar panels draw their energy from the sun, so when it’s cloudy or night, your panels aren’t able to produce as much energy. That’s why solar panels have been constructed to be able to store energy they produce during sunny times so you’ll never find yourself without power. Chalk it up to a myth about residential solar panels.

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How will solar energy impact my property values?

Just like most home improvement projects, solar panels will vastly improve your property values. The numbers show that in many parts of the country, any amount of solar energy in a home will increase property values more than a kitchen renovation. (Remember that leasing your panels won’t increase your property value, only if you own them).

How do solar photovoltaic panels work?

Solar panels aren’t as complex and many people assume. They simply absorb the sun’s energy and convert it into direct current (DC) electricity. Right now, you’re using alternating current (AC) electricity. When going solar, you’ll use an inverter to convert the DC electricity to AC electricity. You can either use this organic electricity immediately or send it back to the electric grid.

Should I replace my roof prior to installing solar?

If you know your roof will need repair or replacement in the near future, consider pushing that project up on your priority list before installing your panels. It can get pricey to remove and reinstall panels, so it’s best to get your roof updated prior to solar panel installation. (Many companies will be able to tell you whether or not to replace your roof prior to installation).

Do solar panels work in snow?

While we recommend removing built up snow from your panels to help prevent structural issues and improve function, snow or rain won’t cause damage to your panels. In fact, it’s been suggested that solar panels work even better in cold weather. Because it’s sunlight, not heat, which powers each panel, the weather doesn’t really play a role. If you have solar panels: let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

What are the financial benefits of solar energy?

Ultimately, your financial benefit will vary depending on the utility rates and solar policies in your area. No matter what these rates or policies are, you’ll be saving money on monthly electricity bills today and protecting yourself against rising electricity rates tomorrow.

Will I still receive an electric bill if I have solar panels?

Unless you go fully off the grid, you’ll still receive a bill from your utility provider. However, many families are able to dramatically reduce their monthly bill with the correct solar panel system for their needs.

What are the maintenance costs of solar panels?

Solar panels are made to be durable and require little to no maintenance over their 25-35 year lifespan. Check with your solar provider on their warranties and what maintenance will be covered by the company.

Do the panels need to be installed on my roof?

If you’re installing residential panels, the roof is typically the best option for direct photovoltaic rays. However, shared solar options are a great way to buy into a community solar project. You won’t have to install a home solar panel system and can still enjoy most of the benefits.

How do I choose the best solar option for my family?

There are plenty of different solar energy options ranging in power, price, and longevity. The best way to choose the appropriate solar option is to speak directly with a solar panel installation service. Professionals in the renewable energy sphere spend their time studying, installing, and perfecting things like solar panel installation, so they’re the best source for guidance on the most affordable option to fit your specific needs.

If you have any solar questions that weren’t answered above, contact us today or write us a question via Facebook. We’re here to help you and your family not only help the environment, but help yourselves as you progress into a more sustainable lifestyle.