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Solar 101: Get Started with Solar Energy in Arizona

Solar 101: Get Started with Solar Energy in Arizona

More and more home and business owners are making the switch to solar power – and PEP solar is proud to be a trusted provider and a leader in the solar energy industry.

Part of our mission is to help people make an informed and confident decision about solar energy solutions, so we’re deeply committed to solar energy education and resources. We’ve created a go-to guide that breaks down everything you need to know about solar energy, including how it works, the pros and cons, associated costs and tax credits, and more.

You can find answers to all your solar questions right here in our Solar 101 Guide, so let’s power up and dive right in.

Solar Energy: The Basics

What is solar power?

Solar power, or solar energy, is a form of energy generated via sunlight. Using solar energy technology, we can harness the power of sunlight using the photovoltaic cells in solar panels. Then, that sunlight is converted into usable electricity that can be used in both homes and businesses in a myriad of ways.
In order to generate solar energy for your home or business, you will need a solar energy system.

What are the basic parts of solar energy systems?

A solar energy system is made up of a few essential components:

  • Solar panels, which collect the energy from sunlight
  • An inverter to convert the energy into a usable format (electricity)
  • Racking, which is the foundation used to mount/secure the system

There will also need to be a way to store the energy being generated by the solar panels. In most cases, homes/businesses are “on the grid” and can use that as a method of storage. For “off the grid” locations, batteries and a charge controller (including connective components) are a must.

What are the pros and cons of solar energy?

Understandably, one of the most common questions about solar power is: what are the benefits of solar energy? Like any energy solution, solar power has both pros and cons – but for most people, the advantages far outweigh any minimal drawbacks.

Some of the many reasons that solar energy has become such a popular option include:

  • Solar power relies on a 100% renewable energy source, which means that the energy (from the sun) will never run out. This differs from oil, which is not an infinite resource.
  • Many people are able to dramatically reduce their electric bills, which adds up to significant savings very quickly. For some solar energy users, their electric bill ends up being $0 monthly.
  • Being able to achieve freedom from utility companies can be a major plus, especially because you won’t have to worry about rate increases and other unexpected changes.
  • In most cases, solar panels equate to increased property values, because they are considered an asset to the home/business.

There are a few cons to be aware of as well, like:

  • The initial cost of setting up solar can seem expensive, although it typically pays for itself over time.
  • Not every property is an ideal site for solar panels. For example, a property that doesn’t receive enough sun might not be able to produce enough energy to meet specific needs. However, in many situations, installation can be adapted as needed.

Designing & Installing a Solar Energy System for Your Home or Business

Can I install solar myself?

Unless you are a certified electrician/engineer, you are generally not permitted to install your own solar system (this is both state law and utility policy). It’s important that only a trained, certified installer like PEP Solar be entrusted with the task.

How are solar panels installed?

Each solar power system is secured using a specific design and hardware that is approved for the roof type. PEP Solar complies with all codes, making sure that our solar installations are secure, ready to withstand weather conditions, and do not damage your roof.

Does my HOA have to allow solar panels?

HOAs are required to comply with state and federal laws that allow homeowners to install solar panels on their roof. If you are dealing with an HOA that’s attempting to obstruct your right to solar energy, PEP Solar can help.

What kind of maintenance is required for solar panels?

There are no moving parts in a solar panel system, so virtually no maintenance is needed. We do recommend using our preferred nano-dirt repellent (a one-time treatment) to minimize any dust build-up that could affect performance.

The Cost of Solar Power & the Return on Your Investment

How much do solar panels cost?

There are many factors that affect the total cost of solar panels, and the expense generally includes both the system and installation. PEP Solar can give you a quote that helps you successfully budget for a system.

What credits/incentives can I get for switching to solar energy?

You may qualify for both federal and state tax credits for solar panels, which can make a big difference in reducing the cost of solar installation. Depending on where you live, you may also be able to receive various financial incentives as well.

Learn More about How to Get Solar Power in Arizona and Texas Now

Particularly in the sunny states of Arizona and Texas, solar energy can be one of the smartest investments you make for your home/business, budget, and environment. At PEP Solar, our experienced team is always here to answer any questions you may have about switching to solar energy. We’re one of the top solar installers in AZ and TX, and you can trust us to help you make a choice that’s right for you.

For more information about solar energy solutions that can suit you, contact PEP Solar today!

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