Frequently Asked Questions About Solar Power in Texas

How do solar panels and solar energy systems work?

The solar panels that are mounted on your building or roof are comprised of photovoltaic (“PV”) cells, which convert sunlight to electricity. Solar panels allow particles of light called photons to knock electrons free from atoms, which in turn generates a direct current (“DC” power) of electricity. These currents flow out of the solar panel and into an inverter, which converts the DC power into alternating current or “AC” power. AC power can then be used to power your home. Most homes in the Texas market choose to stay on the grid, meaning you will continue to get power at night from a local utility company. But with solar energy as your primary source of electricity during the day, you can reduce or completely eliminate your power bills! You can also benefit from significant rebate incentives by keeping your solar energy system tied to a utility grid.

How long does it take to install a solar panel system?

For residential solar installations, actually putting the solar power system on your home’s roof is a pretty fast process. Depending on the size of your house and the system, it can take less than a day or 2-3 days at the very most. Another fact to consider, however, is the time it takes to get the permit, based on your jurisdiction. Wells Solar’s solar power experts would be happy to walk you through the process from start to finish. We’ll even handle all the paperwork!

Learn more on our blog: How Long Does It Take To Install Solar Panels In Texas?

Will I be without electricity when it rains or when it’s cloudy?

Solar panels work just as well in ambient light and will produce a significant amount of energy in cloudy or overcast days. Don’t believe us? San Francisco is one of the most progressive solar energy using cities in the country.

Shouldn’t I wait until a newer solar energy system model comes out?

When was the last time you updated your current electricity source? Probably never. Solar panels have a lifespan of over 30 years with the correct maintenance and servicing approach. And no, a newer model won’t replace the functionality of the system you buy this year. While marketing and media would have you believe that there will always be a newer system around the corner, no emerging technology can make your solar energy system obsolete.

How do I know if solar panels will work on my house?

It’s simple. A Wells Solar home inspection can quickly determine whether your house is suitable for solar panels. We’ll check it out for you free of charge!

Is switching to a solar energy system really worth it?

Apart from the obvious benefits to the environment and your electric bills, switching to a solar energy system provides energy reliability and security. Additionally, did you know that a house with a solar energy system is appraised at a higher value than the house next door? According to a recent survey by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkley Laboratory, home buyers are willing to pay more for homes with solar photovoltaic PV energy systems, and a house with a PV system is valued at almost $15,000 more than those without a solar energy system. Purchasing a solar energy system for your home really is a solid investment!

Related Reading: The Average Texas Homeowner Will Spend $16,000 On Power Over 10 Years

How much money does going solar cost?

There’s a good chance you can trade your electricity payments for a solar power system to run all of your house. Your exact savings depends on your available roof space and the amount of energy used within the home.

Thanks to decreasing costs over the past 5 years, combined with available rebates, incentives and tax credits, most homeowners are able to realize savings from the very first day their solar power system is turned on.

Related Reading: Texas Solar Programs, Financing, Leases and PPAs

How do I maintain a solar system?

There’s a good chance you can trade your electricity payments for a solar power system to run all of your house. Your exact savings depends on your available roof space and the amount of energy used within the home.

Thanks to decreasing costs over the past 5 years, combined with available rebates, incentives and tax credits, most homeowners are able to realize savings from the very first day their solar power system is turned on.

Related Reading: Texas Solar Programs, Financing, Leases and PPAs

I just got my new system, how do I get the most out of it?

Congratulations on your new system and welcome to the world of solar savings. There are many ways to optimize your energy saving activity. Check out our blog entry for new solar owners; these simple yet effective tips go hand in hand with the solar lifestyle. In addition to optimizing your solar experience, you can also monitor your system remotely by using the mySolarEdge app. We also have a handy list of solar incentives that can make services easier for you depending on your area.