Q: What does PV mean?
A: PV is another word for photovoltaic, which is a method of generating electricity by converting solar radiation into direct electrical current.
Q: What are the major components of a solar photovoltaic (PV) array?
A: A basic PV solar energy system is composed of solar or PV panels also knows as photovoltaic modules, a mounting system that which can vary by location and individual project requirements, to converts the DC power generated by the PV panels into AC power that the grid and your home meter will recognize and be able to use an inverter is also a main component. Design can also include a monitoring device that enables the customer to keep an eye on the efficiency of the system.
Q: What is the expected lifetime of a PV solar energy system?
A: Most panels have a 20 to 25 year warranty through the manufacturer. A basic PV panel does not have moving parts and will continue to provide the customer free energy for up 40 years.
Q: How much electricity will a PV solar energy system generate?
A: Your energy load may be displaced up to 100% depending on your energy needs and location.
Q: Are PV Solar installations efficient for businesses or commercial use?
A: Yes, Solar PV installations are efficient for businesses and commercial use. A PV system can be designed for virtually every conceivable situation and is custom tailored to your specific needs. Whether it be a pitched or flat roof for the more conventional roof arrays, an open area for a field array, or a large parking lot that has been proven to be ideally suited for solar canopies, together with our partners Amberjack Solar will custom design an energy efficient system with the potential to reduce or replace your utility load.
Q: Why purchase a Solar System?
A: The decision to invest in solar energy systems is made for many reasons. Having the security of knowing exactly what their energy costs will be for the next two decades and more becomes a driving force for many. Solar electricity continues to build a wedge against the rising costs of fossil fuel utility electricity. Having the knowledge that you are saving money on electricity, using clean, renewable energy that is not having a negative impact on the environment and not contributing to climate change is yet another reason to go solar. Having the peace of mind that as a homeowner you are spending hard earned money on an energy-producing improvement to their property rather than sending more money each month to the utility companies makes the decision for many to choose solar.
Q: How do I know if my property is right for Solar?
A: Amberjack Solar will provide an initial assessment of your solar potential via satellite imagery and then set up a personalized site visit if your pitched roof looks like a viable candidate for a solar installation. As a consumer you will need to know if you have a pitched or flat roof. If your roof is pitched, it should face south and be shade free between approximately 9:00am and 3:00pm. If your roof is facing east or west you may also be a good candidate depending on the pitch of the roof as well as several other factors. Flat roofs are usually very good candidates for a solar install. If the business has a shade-free parking lot, a solar canopy may be right for you. Canopies are nominally more expensive due to the need for a steel carport structure that supports the solar array. Solar canopies are a way to maximize the use of land that is already zoned as developed property, as well as keeping cars shaded and sheltered from the elements while reducing energy costs.
Q: How to select a company to design, install, and maintain a solar system?
A: Selecting a company with experience as well as a proven track record of successful PV installations, is the way to maximize the efficiency of your solar installation as well as ensure the successful installation and maintenance through the lifetime of your system. When purchasing your system it’s important to know that the system can last between 30 to 40 years. Look for a company with a solid foundation in construction and installation. Amberjack Solar and Kulick Development have been in business for ??? years, serving New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut Massachusetts and New York. At Amberjack Solar we use our own certified crews for solar installations and licensed Electricians to complete your solar project. Amberjack Solar prides itself on the full service team sent to each and every one of our installations as well as our internal staff available to answer all your questions and guide you thru the process form inception to commissioning.
Q: How do I find out about state and federal incentives?
A: Visit our financing and incentives section on our website or call at 877-901-7657 and one of our experienced representatives will answer any questions you may have.
Q: Will my solar take over if there is a power outage?
A: In the event of a power outage, the inverter is programmed to automatically shut down your system. This shut down is required by the Utilities and is done to ensure the safety of their workers. If a system is left live and not automatically shut down, electricity could back feed into the grid endangering workers trying to restore power in areas that were affected by the outage.
Q: What does net metering mean?
A: Net metering is a policy created that allows all solar installation owners the ability to receive the full retail value of the electricity in which their solar energy system is producing. When you hear the term net metering, it is referring to the method of accounting used for the (PV) photovoltaic system’s electricity production. As a consumer you would then pay utility the net difference between the amount of electricity you have produced and the amount of electricity used.
Q: How long does it take to break-even point for the purchase of a solar energy system?
A: A breakeven point varies depending on each individual system and as a well as the financing option chosen. With the Federal Incentive Tax Credit , SRECs, and the reduced cost of electricity, most commercial PV solar installations will recover their initial cost within 4 to 7 years. Your break-even point will be estimated in your custom proposal by one of our experienced Renewable Energy Consultants.
Q Is there sales tax on my solar installation?
A: New Jersey does not charge a sales tax on PV solar installations.
Q: Will I increase property values and taxes if I choose to install a solar powered PV system?
A: The National Association of Realtors (NAR) has determined that the installation of a PV solar system will increase the value of your property the equivalent of 20 times your annual electric bill
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