Monthly Archives: March 2020


Does my house need to face a certain way for solar panels to be beneficial? / What direction is the best facing for solar panels?

Any structure has a roof that can be made to work with a solar Photovoltaic system. South is always best but east and west work fine. It is just the north face we do not use without adjusting the angle to the sun. For more info Since Colorado is in the northern hemisphere and not [...]

By | March 30th, 2020|Information|0 Comments

How many panels does it take to make it worth buying a solar system?

A typical solar PV panel is 320 watts and the smallest system I would recommit is about a 3000-watt system, so that is 9-10 panels. In reality we can build the system any size, but the infrastructure cost to install a PV system is fairly consistent up through 40 panels so with a very small [...]

By | March 27th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Should Covid-19 stop your search for a solar Photovoltaic provider?

Without any doubt it is incumbent on all Americans to take this pandemic seriously and limit exposure to other people, maintain social distancing, and practice good hygiene, but we at ARE Solar have instituted a policy that does all that and still allows us to help the community go green.   By using technology we [...]

By | March 23rd, 2020|Breaking News, Information, News|0 Comments

Do I need to clean the solar panels?

Now if we get one of the those periods of two months without any rain fall with a lot of pollen and dust you may want to hose off the solar panels but it really is not all that important. (I high pressure hose nozzle so you can do the washing from the ground and [...]

By | March 20th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What sort of maintenance is required after getting solar panels?

After a solar PV system is installed very very little is ever needed in maintenance. In fact if you have a grid tied system that has no batteries, you essentially have a system with no moving parts and no maintenance. If you have batteries then you add some maintenance expenses as batteries will need replacement [...]

By | March 18th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How long does it take to install a solar Photovoltaic system?

The installation time to install a typical residential solar PV system is 2-4 days. The permitting and design phase can take up to 4 weeks and getting the utility to install the meter(s) can take another 4 weeks.

By | March 15th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What’s in Store for Energy Storage in the 2020s?

Annual storage deployments expected to almost quadruple between 2019 and 2024. The global storage market is set to grow from approximately 4 GW in annual deployments in 2019 to more than 15 GW in 2024, according to new research from Wood Mackenzie. Based on analysis from its Foresight 20/20 series, the storage industry is in [...]

By | March 9th, 2020|Breaking News, Information, News|0 Comments

How much does solar power cost to install?

The cost of a solar PV system varies based on: the size of the installed system; is it on the roof or ground mounted; are any upgrades to the existing electrical system needed or not; local jurisdiction requirements and a variety of other variables all affect the price. But every system is custom designed to [...]

By | March 8th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What is the state energy credits for solar in Colorado?

In Colorado we are very lucky as we live in a state where the government has been proactive in stimulating the use of renewable energy sources. Along with the Federal energy credit of 26% on the total cost of the installation the State energy credit for solar installations exempts the 2.9% States based sales tax, [...]

By | March 7th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How long will it take to break even on my solar system investment? / How many years to break even? / How long does it take for solar to pay for itself?

The quintessential question of how long will it take to break even on the investment in a PV solar system varies, but it is typically in the range of 8-11 years for residential and 4-7 years for commercial. Some of the variable factors affecting the payback are: a larger system costs less per kilowatt installed [...]

By | March 5th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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