Common Questions or Misconceptions about Solar Energy

Many people may think of solar as a new technology, when records of using the sun’s light dates back to ancient times!

Basic facts about solar energy:
•Solar energy reaches earth from the sun through its rays.
•Energy from the sun comes in the forms of light and heat.
•The term solar energy refers to the use of energy from the sun.
•Solar power more specifically refers to the utilization of the sun’s energy for electricity. 

“What should I do about the snow on my solar panels?” 

We suggest nothing, to be safe. While your solar panels are built to withstand the heavy snow-fall and icy conditions we get in New York we do not reccomend getting up on your roof, or raking snow off for extra production. The software we use to calculate your quotes takes the low sun hours you’ll receive in winter into consideration. Because of our awesome net metering laws in New York, you’ll produce plenty of energy during the longer, sunny hours of the summer months to carry you through those dreary winter months.  

“Will I still pay an electric bill?”

After your solar is installed, inspected, and your net meter is installed, your system will start producing energy. If you begin to over produce energy, it will be sent to your utility company, or battery, to be used at a later time. If you don’t have a battery back-up system, the utility will keep track of the excess generation hours for you. You will be able to see that each month on your electric bill. You will be charged each month for a service fee to be connected to the grid, which is generally $15-$19; depends on location. 

“Can I finance my solar panels?” 

Yes! Collegiate Solar offers many different types of loans. Some people may even chose to take out a second mortgage or Line of Home Equity to pay for their solar panels. Solar panel investments in New York state have an average payback of 5-7 years, and each year after that you can look forward to saving! Our solar loans are designed to eliminate your current electric charges and replace them with a lower payment to help you start saving from day one! They are the same each month, unlike the bills you receive from the utility company, which makes it easy to budget and plan for future purchases. 

Have a question about solar that isn’t listed here? Give us a call! We’d be happy to go over anything with you. 


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