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Does the Efficiency of a solar panel matter?

The simple answer is not really. All a customer really should care about is can enough solar panels be placed own the roof to power the home completely for the entire year and does the panel manufacture have an industry standard warranty. If the less expensive, lower efficiency panels can not produce all the power [...]

By | April 11th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Can a solar system power my home’s Air-Conditioning

Yes, and since your home’s air-conditioner will consume on average $14 dollars of electricity for every hour the compressor runs you can be making that electricity all day with your Photovoltaic system while the sun shines. And one of the great side benefits of a solar system is your air-conditioner will not run as often [...]

By | April 10th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Is it best to own or lease a solar Photovoltaic system?

90% of the time ownership of a solar PV system is the best approach. By owning your own system you have the ability to get free electricity for decades after the pay-off period end that last between 8-11 years. Since the system should last 35-40 years, that is a long period of making money by [...]

By | April 10th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How large of a surface area do I need to put solar on a roof?

Solar Photovoltaic panels come in two basic dimension a 60 cell and 72 cell panels. The standard residential 60 cell panel is approx. 38” x 68” dimensionally, which equates to a surface area of 18 sq./ft. The typical 60 cell panel is rated at 320 watts, so assume 56sq/ft. for every 1000 watts (or 1kWatt) [...]

By | April 9th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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
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