How Solar Works

• Will solar work on my home or business?

We hope so! The two biggest factors are the amount sunlight you get throughout the day and the amount of open roof space. We can give you a quick assessment by looking at satellite photos of your property. If your roof looks good, we will schedule a follow-up free solar consultation where one of our experts will t to evaluate if a solar power system will fit with your architecture and meet your energy needs. They will provide a detailed proposal including recommended system location, size, pricing and financial analysis.

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• Will I need to adapt my home or business to run on solar power?

No. Solar power electric systems fit seamlessly into your building. You won’t have to buy new appliances or change your electrical outlets; everything will work just the same as it did before. You should experience no practical changes except for one: you won’t have to pay a big utility bill every month!

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• No big utility bill? Really?

Really! When you begin to generate your own solar power, your utility bill will drop significantly. How much you can save will depend on the size of your solar system and your electricity usage. When your solar system generates more electricity than your building can immediately use, your excess power flows back to the utility grid and your meter literally spins backward! Learn more about utility billing and “net metering”.

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• Should I wait for new technology?

No, now is really the best time to invest in a solar system with the combination of technology and cost. The underling benefit of turning sunlight into electricity will not change for as long as we still use electricity to power our homes and businesses! Panatec offers multiple solar panel solutions to our customers. We continue to evaluate new technology and will offer it to our customers once it becomes a reliable and cost effective option.

The other key component in evaluating the right time to install solar is government incentives. Federal and state governments are currently offering generous incentives to go solar; however, these programs are designed to reward early adopters of solar power, so the rebate amount per project continues to drop as the allotted funds are consumed.

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• What size solar system do I need?

Every home and business is different, so the size of your system will depend on your energy needs, roof space and solar goals. Residential solar power systems are typically 3-10 kW and commercial solar power systems range from 50–500 kW for a medium sized business. Panatec will custom design a solar power system to meet your specific needs and offset as much of your utility bill as you desire.

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• What maintenance is required?

Your solar energy system requires very little maintenance, largely because it has no moving parts. All your system requires is minimal shade, occasional cleaning and inspection. We suggest that you keep an eye on trees that may shade your system and keep them trimmed. Using SolarGuard—the Panatec service team proactively monitors your system output to ensure that your system is performing as it should. In the unlikely event that your system underperforms, Panatec will alert you and help to remedy the situation. With our SolarLease, and SolarPPA energy plans, maintenance and warranty repairs are included as part of our service to you.

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• How reliable is solar power?

Solar systems built today are very reliable. They have proven to be dependable sources of energy for large office buildings, mass retailers and governmental agencies, supplying megawatts of energy. Some of the largest companies in the world have buildings powered by solar energy, including eBay,WalMart, and the US Air Force. Panatec has incredible high quality standards and only use best of breed equipment—we build our systems to last.

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• Do I need a battery back-up system?

No. All Panatec solar energy systems are connected to the utility grid so you always have access to a power source. You never have to worry about “running out” of power.

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• What happens at night, or when the weather turns cloudy?

Since the amount of power your solar system generates is a direct result of sunlight, it will produce slightly less energy when the weather is cloudy. Your system will not produce any energy at night. Your Panatec power system will be interconnected to your local utility grid, so that you can automatically begin to draw power from the grid whenever you need it. You won’t experience any power interruptions—the switch between solar system power and the utility grid happens seamlessly, with no effort on your part.

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• What happens if there is a black out?

In the event of a black out, your system is designed to turn off. This is a safety requirement by the utility company so that their technicians can safely repair down electrical lines.

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• How long will a solar system last?

Most of the parts on your solar system, such as solar panels, carry manufacturer’s warranties of 25 years; other parts, such as inverters, carry 10-year warranties. In addition, Panatec offers 20 years of included monitoring and repair service with our SolarLease or SolarPPA options. Most solar systems may far outlast their warranties; many of the first solar systems installed more than 30 years ago are still going strong.

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