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The Most Frequently Asked Solar Questions

Using solar energy for your home might seem pretty futuristic. Sure, most people understand the basic idea of solar panels, but a lot of people still have so many questions, and you’re probably missing quite a bit of information. Whether you’re a solar energy newbie or a curious solar supporter not quite sure if you’re ready to make the switch, today we will be covering the most frequently asked questions about solar energy to cover all the bases. When you’re an informed consumer about solar panels in Regina, it will be easier to discuss all your options for saving money with solar. This article will be your solar power cheat sheet.

  1. How Do Solar Panels Actually Work?

Solar panels are made of highly excitable, conductive materials. When the sun’s rays hit the solar panels, the reaction creates direct current electricity. Since most homes and businesses use alternating current electricity, your solar generated direct current energy will pass through an inverter to become alternating current electricity. Then it flows through your property’s wiring and behaves just like the power you’ve been using your whole life.

  1. Is Solar Energy Reliable and Powerful Enough for my Home or Business?

The only time that solar panels stop generating electricity is when the sun’s not out, that means at night and during eclipses, not cloudy days. The sun is constant, it rises and sets pretty routinely. It is more predictable than conventional power plants, which often experience outages. According to Solar Energy Industries Association, there are currently more than 1.5 million residential solar systems in the U.S, and one makes the switch every 90 seconds. Solar isn’t a passing fad, and will create enough power to power homes and businesses, tenfold.

  1. Will My Solar Panels Generate Electricity During Cloudy, Rainy, or Snowy Days? What About at Night?

Your solar panels don’t need sunshine per se, to generate electricity as much as they need direct, unobstructed access to the sun’s rays. Similar to how your skin still tans when it is overcast outside, your solar panels will still generate electricity during cloudy, rainy, or snowy days, they just won’t produce as much energy as they do on clear days.

Solar panels don’t generate electricity at night since the sun’s not out. This is when staying connected to the power grid comes in handy as you’ll still have electricity to Netflix and chill.


  1. Do I Have to Go Off the Gris When Using Solar Energy?

In reality, you probably won’t want to go off the grid. The practice is known as “islanding”, or when you connect your solar array to batteries so you’ll be able to power your home or business entirely on solar energy instead of using the utility company for power. The thing is, this practice is incredibly expensive and inefficient for most people. Batteries are not only expensive, they’re not technically developed as solar panels, so they slow down the operation. They also need to be maintained and replaced routinely. Most solar adopters choose to stay on the grid out of convenience and cost effectiveness.