FAQs

Faq‘s

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What incentives are available?
For residential homes, we offer $0 out of pocket up front so you can start receiving the benefits faster, with a fixed monthly payment with an end date. This way you can save $40k to 100k over a lifetime. We also have protection against inflation and power outages.
How is the energy stored when I’m not using it?
Solar energy isn’t stored unless you have the storage energy component, such as batteries. For example, during the day you use solar energy while at home and if you’re making more than you use, you can sell that power back to the grid. In return, you get “store credit.”
On the days you need more energy, such as the weather changes and it gets colder, you can buy that energy back. The benefit is the extra amount does carry over into the next month, if you produce more than average.
What is the cost estimate for solar power?
Compared to electricity or gas utilities, the power you’re currently using, solar power costs half for kWh. So let’s say you’re buying electricity at $0.12/kWh and you have to pay more at $0.20/kWh as electricity increases over time.
When you produce your own power with solar panels, you’re paying $0.08/kWh and you are not subject to inflation. With solar panels, your rate is locked forever!
What does 1 Stop Solar use to install solar panels?
Our equipment is the highest quality, and we chose from the best manufacturers. When we are in the process of selecting a panel or inverter, we look for warranty policies, technology, R&D, cost, financial backing, and how long they’ve been in business.
Will the solar panels last well in bad weather?
Against strong winds, we make sure our installation is engineered to withstand at least 170 mph. While this isn’t our only insurance, it’s also for Florida Building Code requirement. We make sure the panel is attached to the roof trusses for a long-term attachment.
What is the inverter, and how does it work?
Inverters are the piece of equipment that converts DC power to AC power. The appliances in your home use AC power, and most of the world is powered by AC (unless you’re on an island). Without the inverter, it only will power DC devices, which you cannot use. That’s why having one is necessary.
How do I maintain the panels? What is required?
Surprisingly, not much maintenance is required. You should at least rinse off any dust or grime a couple times a year, and the rain will do the work for you. But having clean panels will bring in the energy you need, and clearing off any debris birds like to collect. They are notorious for bringing items to your panels.
Do I need a new roof before I get new panels?
If you have solar panels added to your roof today, then in a few years something damages your roof, it’s not expensive to remove the panels. The amount of power you save is greater than the cost of removing and reinstalling the panels again. In essence, it costs you more to wait.
If you do plan to have a new roof installed this year, go ahead and do it at the same time. Our installation teams will work with your roofer contractor and make sure your roof warranty is preserved. It’s very common that both teams work together for these projects.
Will I still have power in the event of a power outage? Will I still have power in my solar panels?
More often than not, the solar power systems are directly linked to your home or business in the grid. Some systems have starge components which do provide backup during a power outage. If you have been without power, adding a storage component is critical. There are several options we can provide for backup power, including the Tesla Powerwall.
How does my solar power work with hot water systems?
If you like most residential homes, you’ll have the traditional water storage/heater with the big white cylindrical tank in the basement or closet. This tank uses the elements to heat your water for the shower, sink, washing machine, and other appliances. It does use a lot of power to heat the water.
While the traditional method uses electricity, the solar power uses the sun to heat your water, and reduces the cost of your gas bill. This will save you a lot of money in the future, as these systems last a long time.
I don’t think HOA will let me install solar panels.
Not true! In the state of Florida, they’ve passed the Solar Access Law. It states that no HOA can prevent you from installing solar panels on your roof, or how they look, or where they’re installed. You have the right to install panels and your HOA cannot tell you otherwise.
If anything, HOA can ask you for the layout of the panels on the roof.
How long will my solar panels last?
Solar panels have the potential to last 25 years or longer. It’s an investment that will produce electricity for the years to come. The microinverters will last for the duration of 25 years, but you may need to replace the central inverters after 15 years.
How do solar panels work?
The panels are made up of PV (photovoltaic) cells in the silicon. When the rays of the sun hit these cells, it converts the sunlight into electricity. The cells are wired together, individually, to form each solar panel. This is why each panel is within three by five feet. The tempered glass protects the cells from harsh weather.
If you were to have only one panel, it’s not enough to power a home or business. This is why you’re installed with several to create a solar system or array. It’s either installed on the roof commonly or on the ground.
As previously mentioned, the panels do take the form of DC current. This is where the inverter helps to apply the DC to AC.
Once the electricity is produced and converted from DC to AC, it will flow to your meter and into your home or business. It is used instantly on site the moment it’s created, and any excess wilf flow back through to your meter or local grid.
Are solar panels recyclable?
Yes, solar panels can be recycled! The Solar Energy Industries Association made sure that a list of companies are able to provide this service.
The options for recycling will increase in the coming years, but we have to overcome the obstacles first. The solar market is still young and small. The cost is high to recycle the materials and other components to form them. While the industry is applying better methods to make them less expensive, the challenge is still there.
The government and industry need to work tougher to make sure the manufacturing stream put the panel materials into recycling. A good example is that 99% of car batteries are recycled, we just need solar panels involved too.
How much space should I need to install storage components?
The amount depends on how much storage you want and can afford. Chemistry is also required to find the amount you need. Batteries come in either sealed lead acid, which do take up more space and will require a cabinet. Lithium ion batteries are pre-wired, and will come with either floor mounts or wall mounts.
The other critical component is the loads-subpanel and where it will be located. It contains all the circuits in your home to be powered by the battery bank when the power goes out.
Do I need a permit to have a battery?
Your local permitting office will have the requirements you need for how the battery should be installed. Your installer is responsible for reaching out to them and securing that information for you. Due to the systems still being fairly new, local jurisdictions may have updated their code to include a residential battery storage. If you run into any challenges of getting your permit, your installer should help navigate this process for you.
The approval for battery systems may be involved with interconnection review and local jurisdiction. This process is the approval for connection for the electrical resource to the electrical grid. It’s not quite clear how utilities will require the step when systems use the battery backup when the grid is out. Only due to the systems being uncommon and used for several different options.
This will include providing the service while the grid is working, and if you have any questions, work with your installer to identify your utility requirements. If you have additional questions, look for solar installers near me in Florida, we’ll help!

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