Solar panels operate using the sun’s rays to produce energy to power your home. The panels follow this process to generate the electricity you need:
- Photons and electrons interact and create an electrical current when sunlight hits the panels.
- This current gets sent to your solar inverter from your panels, where it’s converted into usable energy for your home.
- The energy flows from the inverter to your breaker box, which circulates electricity throughout your home.
- Any excess electricity gets stored in your Generac battery backup to be used whenever you need it. This excess energy often also can be used for net metering purposes, meaning it can be sent back to the grid and used to earn energy credits on your next electric bill depending on your area.
Benefits Of Solar In Atlanta
There are multiple reasons to consider adding solar to your Atlanta home. Beyond the potential financial benefits, there are environmental factors and the potential for a major return on your investment.
- Own Your Power — Insulate yourself from rising energy costs by generating your own electricity and setting up your home to be less reliant on the grid.
- Potentially Reduce Your Electric Bill — You could save you thousands of dollars on your electric bills over the years with power generated by your panels.
- Qualify For Federal Tax Credit — Qualified homeowners can currently claim a federal tax credit of up to 26% for installing solar panels on their property.5
- Potentially Increase Your Property’s Value — Studies have shown that solar panel systems might increase your home’s value. This offers another potential return on your investment if you choose to sell your home.
- Reduce Your Carbon Footprint — Using a clean alternative to fossil fuels can reduce your carbon emissions and allow you to contribute to a more sustainable living standard.
What Happens To Excess Solar Energy?
There are times that it’s possible your solar panel system will generate more electricity than you need to keep your home running. If you don’t need the excess energy that your system produces, there are a couple of ways that you can use it.
Store excess energy in a backup battery.3
If your panels produce excess energy, the extra power can be stored in your Generac battery backup to be used in the event of a grid power outage or at night when your panels are not producing any electricity. In addition, the stored energy can fill the gaps when your home’s solar panels are not producing at full capacity.
Use excess energy via net metering.
Net metering is the process of sending extra energy that your solar panels produce back to the grid in exchange for credits on future electric bills. If your panels produce extra energy, you can be credited for the energy you sell back (often at a 1-to-1 ratio), meaning that you sell it back at the same price you would buy it. This is a great incentive for using solar energy, but it’s important to note that some utility companies do not offer net metering. Availability, excess credits and other requirements vary by area and utility providers.
Solar Panel Installation In Atlanta
- Begin with submitting our online form or calling our office. One of our solar representatives will be happy to reach out to you and discuss going solar. This conversation will include questions that help us ensure that solar panels are a good option for you. We’ll also schedule your free in-home consultation.
- A solar expert will evaluate your home and electric bills in person to put together an estimate of what size solar system will work best for your home. Based on this estimate, we’ll create a custom proposal that addresses your home’s unique energy needs. Once you’ve signed your contract, we’ll get to work on preparing for installation!
- On the day of your installation, our team will arrive on time at your home and start carefully installing your solar panels. Our process prevents damage to your roof or home while maximizing the potential for efficiency. This usually only takes a day or two. We’ll also carefully test your system and clean up our workspace after installation.
Cost Of Solar
Solar energy is more affordable than ever for Atlanta homeowners! However, the cost of a solar system varies depending on your home, your energy usage and your energy goals. With the help of our experts, we can develop a solution for your home that will include how many solar panels you need.
The cost of solar panels is calculated based on dollars per watt. We base the number of panels you need on the number of watts your home typically uses per month. Once we have that number, we can design an effective solar solution for your home.
Your Atlanta Solar Panel Installation Cost Includes The Following:
This includes the solar panels, inverters, wiring, conduit, mounting racks and mounting hardware.
A Custom Solar System
Once you sign the contract, our team begins designing a system, filing the relevant permits and proceeding with the setup for your installation.
A Time And Date For Your Installation
On the day of installation, our team carefully installs and tests your system to ensure that it’s working properly, then cleans up your property as though we were never there!