How much electricity can a residential solar system produce?
The amount of electricity a residential solar system can produce depends on the size of the system and the amount of sunlight it receives. Typically, a residential solar system can generate between 4-8 kWh per day per 1 kW of installed capacity.
How much of my electricity needs can a solar system cover?
The amount of electricity a solar system can cover depends on your home’s energy usage, the size of the system, and the amount of sunlight it receives. In California, a typical residential solar system can cover between 70-100% of a home’s electricity needs.
How do I determine the size of the solar system I need for my home?
The size of the solar system you need depends on your home’s energy usage, location, and the amount of sunlight your property receives. A professional solar installer can conduct a site assessment and help determine the appropriate size of the system for your specific needs.
Can I sell excess electricity generated by my solar system back to the grid?
Yes, California has a net metering policy that allows homeowners to sell excess electricity back to the grid. This can help offset the cost of your electricity bill and provide additional revenue.
Can I use solar power during a power outage?
During a power outage, your solar system will not generate electricity unless it has a battery backup system. Adding a battery backup system can provide you with power during an outage.
How can I make sure I am using solar power during peak times?
Using a time-of-use (TOU) rate plan can help you maximize your use of solar power during peak times. TOU plans charge more for electricity during peak hours and less during off-peak hours, so scheduling energy-intensive activities during off-peak hours can help reduce your electricity costs.
What are the cost differentials for a TOU rate plan?
The cost differentials for a TOU rate plan vary depending on the utility company and the specific plan you choose. In general, the cost per kWh is higher during peak hours and lower during off-peak hours. The difference in cost can range from a few cents to several dollars per kWh.
Is my home suitable for a solar system?
Most homes in California are suitable for a solar system, as long as they receive adequate sunlight and have a roof or ground area that can accommodate the solar panels. A professional solar installer can assess your property and determine if it is suitable for a solar system.
Can I install a solar system on a rented property?
It’s possible to install a solar system on a rented property, but you will need to get permission from your landlord. You may also want to consider a portable solar system that can be easily moved when you move out.
Can I finance my solar system?
Yes, there are various financing options available for residential solar systems in California, including solar loans, leases, and power purchase agreements (PPAs).