How Does Solar Energy Work?

On a basic level

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Create electricity with solar panels

Solar panels are comprised of smaller solar cells which are made of the element Silicon. Whenever sunlight hits the the element silicon it creates electricity.
Fun Fact: The name Silicon is derived from the Latin word 'silex' or 'silicis', which means flint. "Flint"stone is made of mostly silicon and has been used to create fire. Now it's helping us generate electricity from the sun!

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Convert the electricity with solar inverters

Solar panels produce direct current (DC) power while we use alternating current (AC) electricity for our homes and businesses. We must convert this DC electricity to AC power with solar inverters.
Note: There are many high quality solar inverters on the market and it depends on the roof angles and shading situation of the home or business that ultimately determines which inverter we decide to install.

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Net metering and battery storage

Last step is to connect wires and circuits into the solar energy system and direct this electric current to power our electric powered appliances. In Texas, your solar system is grid tied so any excess power generated goes to the grid to power neighboring homes and businesses.
When your home or business consumes more electricity than your solar system is producing, your meter will run forward like normal. When your solar system produces more electricity than your home or business is using, your meter will run backwards. You will be charged the "net" of what is metered. With most utility providers, the extra electricity you send back to the grid will help pay your next electricity bill. This means that at times, you can end up with a "negative" electricity bill. This practice is called net metering.
Note: Although batteries are not required because of the net metering program, we can still add a battery to the home or business to take over if the grid were to go down.

Benefits of Solar

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Ownership of Power With Solar

Right now you're renting your power from the utility provider! You have nothing to show for all the money spent with your utility provider. When you finish paying off your solar power system, it still produces electricity! Request a quote to see what the return on investment for your home would be.

Federal Solar Tax Credits & Utility Provider Incentives

Homeowners may be eligible for a 26% Federal Solar Tax Credit. Utility providers will also credit you for all the electricity produced from your system.

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Increase Home Value With Solar

According to Zillow, homes with solar panels sell for 4.1% more on average than comparable homes without solar panels. That's right, you get increased home value for spending money on something you already have to purchase.

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Make The Switch To Solar.

1. You request an appointment with a Credible Solar representative and earn an opportunity to receive a solar energy proposal tailored specific to your home or business.
2. Our software accounts for the climate, shading conditions, and the roof space and angles of your property to more accurately access how much electricity your solar system can generate.
3. The proposal makes financial sense for your family or business and we get you approved for the solar program.
4. We conduct a site survey to ensure the system we design will actually fit on your roof and your custom solar design is shipped off to the city for permitting. With the COVID-19 pandemic this can be the longest part of the process. Don't worry and be patient, we will call you to schedule your installation as soon as we get permits back.
5. Your solar energy system is installed. This part of the process usually takes less than a day.
6. The city conducts an inspection to ensure the solar system is up to code. Afterwards the utility provider will schedule a time to actually activate your system. This part of the process can take a couple of weeks.
7. Download the Credible Solar app from the Apple App or Google Play Store for solar monitoring and to get paid for your referrals. We pay $1000 for every referral.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What happens at night?

    If power is needed at night time you would just draw from the energy credit you've accumulated with the utility grid since we're still hooked in with them. If you have not generated an energy credit with them yet you would be charged for your electricity like normal. There's no need to ever think your home will run out of power. This all falls under the net metering program that's available with your utility provider. There are also battery solutions that can be installed in case you still need electricity in the very rare instance that the grid went out.
  • How much will I save?

    Savings depend largely on the cost of your electricity, the available roof space and angles, and the shading situation of the home or business that's being installed. If you aren't moving soon it is always a good idea to request a free consultation.
  • Will I still get a bill from the utility?

    Unless your solar energy system includes battery storage and you are fully off the grid, you will still receive a bill from your utility. However, you can dramatically reduce your bill and even cut the amount you owe to $0 with a solar panel system that matches your energy use.
  • Will I need to let my homeowner's insurance know about solar?

    Most insurance companies work nationwide and have been dealing with solar clients for decades. You'll need to call your insurance provider and let them know you've added solar to your house at installation.
  • When it rains are the solar panels on my roof useless?

    During the daytime there's enough light for the solar technology to generate electricity, even when it rains. Homeowners can draw into their solar electricity credit from previous energy generated by the solar system. With the net metering program this all happens automatically without the need for a home battery.
  • How long will my solar power system last?

    Generally, solar panels are durable and capable of withstanding snow, wind, and hail. The various components of your solar power system will need to be replaced at different times but, your system should continue to generate electricity for 25 to 35 years.

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