Solar Energy FAQs
Get your questions answered and learn the facts about Solar Energy
Read on for Solar Energy Facts & Questions
Can I Put Solar On My Roof?
Yes, solar panels can be installed on nearly any roof. House, Condo, or an office building. But even though your roof might be made out of the right material to support solar panels, those materials must have structural integrity and not be in need of repair. Another exception is if your roof is thatched, which is a traditional roofing method that uses dry vegetation such as water reed, straw, sedge, or rushes for the roof covering. Though we are fairly certain your roof isn’t thatched if you’ve come this far in your solar panel research.
Roofs that are made with asphalt shingles, or clay, metal, slate, and tile are all adequate surfaces on which to place your solar panels.
Other types of roofs appropriate for solar panels are industrial, and rubber roofs.
When considering the installation of solar panels for your roof, consider the following:
- How is your sun exposure?
- What direction can panels face on your roof?
- What is your roof material?
- Is your roof material right for solar and is it viable to add solar panels?
We provide a roof inspection by qualified professionals to determine the structural integrity of your roof.
You can schedule an inspection by completing the form above or simply call us at 239-880-2585 to schedule an appointment.
Can I Get a Solar Warranty?
With SW Solar Power, the answer is yes you can get a solar warranty. You will want to protect your solar investment and it’s important to understand exactly what these warrantees cover.
There are a few different kinds of warranties that keep your panels covered. Understanding the differences between them and learning what products highlight the best warranties will help you to get the best deal for your solar energy system. Two factors to consider are:
- Product (or materials) warranty
- The performance warranty
Let’s discuss the product warranty first. This part of the warranty covers the stability of the panel itself and will protect you if you have problems such as manufacturing defects, environmental issues, premature wear, and tear. If you own your solar power system, and many homeowners do, it is recommended that you choose a longer period for the warranty to be in effect.
The next part of the warranty involves the performance and equipment.
An equipment warranty will typically guarantee 10-12 years without failing. A solar panel’s performance warranty will typically guarantee 90% production at 10 years and 80% at 25 years.
We partnered with top manufacturers, industry-leading finance companies, and premium-rated expert installers to offer you the best value, performance, and optional 30-year end-to-end warranty at wholesale pricing.
For additional information go to Why Solar Power?
What Equipment Do I Need?
If your desire is to be completely off the grid, you will need a battery that is able to store a lot of energy when you are in a high-sun season (think summer) for use in the upcoming low-sun season (think winter). Solar Panels produce more electricity during the longer days of summer than in the shorter days of winter.
There are many brands on the market, including off brands like kits sold on E-Bay and Amazon, that promise great performance. We strongly urge you to go with trusted brands that have a good history of producing high-quality, affordable solar panels and inverters.
While there may be one or two good ones, when it comes to a project as large as powering your entire home with solar it is always recommended to go with a trusted brand and company that has been producing high quality yet affordable solar panels and inverters. Mission Solar, LG, Panasonic, Hanwah, Jinko, Enphase and Solaredge offer the highest quality and most efficient options.