This is the first post in our “FAQs About Solar” series. View other FAQs on our solar energy blog.
If you’ve heard great things about solar energy but have never looked into whether it can work for you, you’re in the right place. Many people hear about the financial and environmental benefits of solar first and get into the nitty-gritty details second. It’s understandable since solar energy has impressive savings and a positive environmental impact. But if you’re entertaining the possibility of installing solar on your property, you’ll want to know some basic details about how it works and whether you’re a good candidate for solar energy.
Do I have a good site for solar?
We can make most, if not all, sites work with solar. However, not all roofs are created equal, and some are better suited to solar than others. Solar panels work best with strong, durable roofing materials– think composite or asphalt shingle, concrete tile, or standing seam metal. If you aren’t sure whether your roof is ideal, we are happy to examine your roof. If you don’t think the roof of your property is a good fit for a roof-mounted solar system, we can also explore ground-mounted panels.
You don’t need to have 100% sun to make solar panels work for your home or business, but they should be located in a sunny area. If you’re serious about creating the best possible location for your new solar panels, consider trimming secondary tree branches and removing other obstacles that create shade.
Does a solar energy system work in the winter and on cloudy days?
We all know winters in Minnesota can be cold and snowy, but that does not mean Minnesota companies won’t benefit from their own solar energy array. When you keep your solar panels free of snow, they will actually perform better than on a hot day. That’s because solar components function better in cold conditions than in hot ones. Snow will melt off of your solar panels in the sun as well, creating their own built in clearing ability.
And what about clouds? Well, your energy system as a whole will still work on cloudy days, but your panels may not produce quite as much energy. You can use net metering to cover your energy needs on those overcast days. You can also use a solar battery to get you through less-than-ideal weather conditions; it stores excess energy from your system to be used whenever you need it. Cedar Creek Energy is a Tesla Powerwall certified installer.
What is net metering?
Net metering is a solar incentive offered by utility companies. It allows commercial solar users to sell the excess energy produced by their system to the grid. Then, when the solar user needs energy at night or on a rainy day, they can get that energy back from the grid at no charge. They will only pay for the net energy they draw from the grid each month. During summer months, net metering may completely relieve you of an electric bill!
How Do I Get Started with a Solar Energy System?
If you’re interested in solar energy, you can learn more about Cedar Creek Energy’s process on our website. We’re also available to answer any questions you may have over the phone or on a video call. Our team is working during the pandemic using best practices to keep our clients and employees safe.