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FAQs – Solar Installation and Use

Q: How long does solar power take to install on my house?
A: A typical residential solar installation can take anywhere from 2 to 10 days depending on the scope of work and the obstacles presented by your particular site. We will be happy to give you detailed timeline for your project during a free site visit.

Q: What changes will I have to make if I go solar?
A: None! Solar power is virtually maintenance free, and since you will still be connected to the grid, you will receive power even when the sun isn’t shining.

Q: Do I need to replace my roof before I put solar power on my house?
A: Your new solar array is guaranteed to be producing power on your roof for at least 25 years. That means, if you roof is old or in need of repair, it is probably best to fix it prior to installation. An inspection of your roof is part of your free site visit.

Q: What happens in winter or during cloudy weather?
A: Your solar system is designed to cover your electric bill over an entire year. So even though your panels may produce less electricity during winter months, or on cloudy days, it will compensate for this during the spring and summer.

Q: Does my solar power work if the power goes out?
A: Typically, a solar powered home loses electricity (just like any other house) during a power outage. For those that wish to access their solar energy during a grid failure, Autonomous Energies offers two options:
-Secure Power Supplies: We are proud to now offer secure power supplies. This new solar technology allows homeowners to access some of the power directly from their panels during a power outage, without the need for batteries, so long as the sun is shining. This option can be offered at no additional cost. You can learn more about secure power supplies here
-Battery Back-Up: Another option for accessing your solar energy when the grid is down is to install a battery back up system. Battery back up systems store excess energy that is used to power critical loads in your home until grid power returns.