As solar panel installation becomes more and more popular around the country, our team at GreenLife Technologies wants to make sure that homeowners in Lindale and around East Texas understand everything there is to know about solar energy and how it works. You probably know already that solar panels draw energy from the sun and that installing solar panels can help save you money on your energy bill, but what happens when there is a power outage? Will your solar panels act as an electricity backup? 

Keep reading to get all of your questions about solar panel systems and solar energy answered by our team at GreenLife Technologies, and call us today to schedule a consultation or to get solar panels installed on your home!

How Do Solar Panels Work?

As the rays of the sun hit your newly installed solar panels, the reaction of the highly-conductive materials creates direct current (DC) electricity. Most homes run on alternating current (AC) electricity, so the energy created by your solar panels will pass through an inverter that converts it from DC to AC electricity. As a homeowner in East Texas, you won’t even be able to tell the difference when you switch to solar-powered energy. It behaves just like the power you’ve been using your entire life. 

Will Solar Panels Generate Electricity When The Sun Isn’t Out?

Solar panels can only generate electricity when the sun is out. As long as they have direct access to the UV-rays produced by the sun, they can generate electricity. More electricity will be generated on sunny days where there are no obstructions, however, they can still produce energy on cloudy, snowy, or rainy days. 

After the sun goes down, your solar panels stop generating electricity. With a power grid, however, you’ll still have enough electricity to use throughout your home.

What is Net Metering?

All homes across the country have an electric meter on the property for the utility company to record how much energy your home is using every month. When you install solar panels, you’ll have a meter that records two things: 

  1. How much energy your home consumes when your panels aren’t generating electricity.
  2. How much energy your solar panels generate during the day.

Chances are high that your solar panels will generate more electricity than you need during the day. When this happens, excess energy will feed back to the grid and help supply power for the utility company. The company then gives you solar credits to lower your electricity bill, and at the end of the month, you will only pay for the net amount of electricity. 

What Happens With Solar Energy During a Power Outage?

Unfortunately, because solar energy is converted into AC electricity before it can power your home, in the event of an AC electricity power outage, solar panels cannot be used as a backup. It is possible to install a backup battery system so that your solar energy is still able to be converted and used throughout your home, but they can be high-maintenance and not necessarily worth the cost. 

Are Solar Panels Difficult to Maintain?

One of the greatest benefits of installing solar panels on your home in East Texas is that they are easier to maintain than your day-to-day appliances. With no moving parts, all you have to do is make sure that they stay free of dust and other debris like leaves and sticks. If you have tree branches that obstruct their access to the sun, you may want to trim those as well. Properly maintained solar panels can last anywhere from 20-30 years!

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Choose GreenLife Technologies to Install Your Solar Panel System Today

If you haven’t already made the environmentally-friendly decision to have solar panels installed for your home in Lindale or throughout East Texas, what are you waiting for? With so many benefits and money-saving perks, you’ll wonder what took you so long to make the switch. Get in touch with us at GreenLife Technologies with any questions you may have, or to schedule a consultation today!