Solar panels are an investment, but they quickly pay for themselves when you take into account the fact that the average person spends $1000 a year on their electricity bill. If you’re one of those people who is considering installing solar panels and want to know if they will be enough to charge your Tesla Powerwall 2, read this blog post!
The main factors to consider when installing solar panels are location latitude, annual potential in kilowatt hours per square meter of unobstructed roof space, and orientation of roof space.
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Consider these facts:
1. Solar Panels Are An Investment – But They Pay For Themselves Quickly When You Consider That Average Person Spends 1000 Dollars A Year On Their Electricity Bill.
2. Location Latitude Is Important To Determine How Many Solar Panels Will Be Needed At Any Given Time Of Day Or Seasonal Variations In Sunlight And Energy Usage.
3. Orientation Of Roof Space Is Also Very Important As It Can Affect Efficiency By Reducing Light Exposure From South Side Of House.
Technically, you could charge a Powerwall with 1 solar panel or even install it at your house and have it just trickle-charge an attached solar panel. The main factors to consider are location latitude (generally speaking the closer to the equator, the more sun), annual potential in kilowatt hours per square meter of unobstructed roof space (due to seasonal variations), orientation of roof space (south facing is best). Your installer will be able to dig into these details for you.
It requires about 7 complete solar panels if they are located at an equator-facing location that is unobstructed year-round, since they have unobstructed south-facing light. The amount of sunlight you receive can vary depending on where you live, how much sunlight there is each year as well as the time of year when you need it
What does it take to get started?
1. You Have To Know How Much Electricity Your Home Uses And If You Can Charge From The Sun Or Wind, Use Of Backup Storage Battery Units.
2. Determine How Many Solar Panels Are Needed For Site Location And Orientation Consider Latitude Location: The Closer To The Equator The More Sunlight That Is Available In The Northern Hemisphere, The Less Available In The Southern Hemisphere
3. Hire An Installer To Figure Out If A Solar Panel System Will Work At Your Home And What You’ll Pay For It Over Time.
4. Make Sure To Properly Place Your Installation In Line With South-Facing Exposure Or Wind (Solar).
5. Think About Adding An Automated Charge Controller To Your System.
6. Consider How Many Solar Panels Are Needed, And Make Sure You Have Enough Space On Your Roof For Them.
7. Plan To Open The Garage Door Or Move Valuables Before We Come.
Once installed, your home solar panels will work to collect energy from the sun and use it to power your home. Solar panels convert sunlight into energy, which can be used to operate the appliances in your home.
At night or during times when there is not much exposure to direct sun light, you need to store this energy for future use. The Powerwall 2 acts as a storage battery, collecting energy from solar panels during the day and discharging it for use at night.
The Powerwall 2 battery requires a Solar Frontier indoor or outdoor string inverter to convert DC to AC power. For homes that don’t already have an existing solar panel installation, Tesla offers two different systems: a ten-year warranty on hardware, with a five-year warranty against workmanship and defects.
Additionally, the Powerwall 2 includes a built-in DC disconnect to ensure a safe installation in your home.
The Powerwall 2 can be installed on solar panels or:
1. Connected directly to your existing outlet for backup power during an outage.
2. Used as supplemental battery storage while you’re at home or away.
3. Fully integrated with solar panels to create an off-grid system for your home or business.
Where do I start? You’ll first want to determine what type of solar array would fit your needs. There are three main types of arrays available today: monocrystalline, polycrystalline, and thin film. Each has its own pros and cons. Monocrystalline cells tend to produce more electricity than other options but cost significantly more per watt. Polycrystalline cells offer less efficiency but are cheaper per unit.
Do I really need a permit? Yes! All new installations require permits. This means that if you plan to install any kind of grid connected PV system, whether it’s residential or commercial, you must obtain a building permit before beginning construction. Building codes vary by state so check with local authorities about requirements. Some states also require inspections after completion. Check out our guide here to learn how to apply for a permit.
How long does it take to pay back my investment? That depends entirely on where you live and how many kilowatts of capacity you choose. If you go with one of our recommended models below, we estimate that you should see positive cash flow within 3 years. However, some customers may experience negative cash flow initially due to increased utility bills. Once you’ve reached break even, however, you’ll begin saving money every month on your electric bill.
How big of a difference can solar make? A lot!
Who installs my solar panels? We partner exclusively with top rated contractors across North America who specialize in renewable energy solutions like rooftop photovoltaic systems. Our partners include licensed professionals who will perform all aspects of the project including permitting, design, engineering, site preparation, labor, materials, equipment rental, financing, monitoring, maintenance, repair, and customer service.
What happens if something goes wrong? Your installer will provide 24/7 emergency response services through their network of authorized dealers located throughout the U.S
Should I buy from a company or go DIY? The choice is yours. With SolarCity, there are no upfront costs or hidden fees — only savings over time. And because SolarCity offers warranties on both products and installation, you have peace of mind knowing that everything is covered.*
*Warranty coverage varies based upon location. See store for details.
Which companies provide good customer service? Solar City provides exceptional customer care. In fact, 95% of our customers say they’d recommend us to friends and family. Learn why thousands of people trust us with their power.
Can I use tax credits when buying a solar panel system? Yes! Many homeowners qualify for federal and state government rebates and incentives to help offset the initial purchase price of a solar system. These programs typically range between 30%-40%, depending on which incentive program you participate in.
Does anyone sell used equipment? We do not currently offer used solar panels at this time.
Can I get an interest-free loan to finance my solar system? No. Financing options available today generally involve either paying up front or taking out a mortgage against your home. There are exceptions to these rules, but most loans come with high monthly payments and large balloon payments. You’ll be better off investing in clean energy than putting yourself into debt.
What kind of warranty do I get? SolarCity has two types of warranties: Product Warranty – covers parts and workmanship; and Installation Warranty – covers defects in installations performed by SolarCity installers. Both warranties apply regardless of whether you purchased your system directly from SolarCity or another retailer. For more information about each type of warranty visit www.solarcity.com/warranties.
Do I need permits for installing solar panels? Permits vary by city and county. Some require building permits while others may allow for self-certification. Check with your local Building Department before starting any construction projects.
How much does it cost to maintain my solar array? SolarPanelsSales.com comprehensive Maintenance Program includes regular inspections, cleaning, repairs, replacement of broken components, and other routine tasks. All maintenance is included as part of your lease agreement.
How many years before I see savings? It depends on how big your system gets. A typical residential system can generate electricity equivalent to what you would pay for grid electricity within 5–10 years. However, some systems take longer to produce significant amounts of electricity.
Am I going to save money? The answer is yes. When compared to traditional utility rates, solar electric costs less than 20 cents per kilowatt hour. That means that if you have a 1 kW system installed, you’ll reduce your annual electrical bill by $1,200 over 10 years. And because solar doesn’t depend on fossil fuels like coal or natural gas, you won’t face fuel surcharges or carbon taxes.
Will my neighbors complain? Most people don’t even notice them anymore.
Solar panels should be installed on top of an unobstructed roof top, which is important to consider when deciding where to place them. If any of these factors are not in your favor, don’t worry because there are other options for green energy available that might work better with your specific situation. We offer free consultations where we can help assess what type of system is best for you given all the variables involved. Contact us today!