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Frequently Asked Questions

How much do Solar systems cost?
The cost for solar systems varies as greatly as the number of different uses that can be run on a solar system.

The easiest way to keep costs down on you solar system is to decrease your energy requirements by using energy efficient appliances and lights.

The next thing to remember when putting together a solar system is to purchase components that can be added onto later, when you want to upgrade your solar system, saving the cost of having to purchase larger versions of the same products later.

What is the life expectancy of the solar panels?
Solar panels are under warranty for 20 years but there are many panels still performing well after 20 years.

How much maintenance is there?
Since there are no moving parts on a solar system, there is very little to break down or maintain. The one exception that will need regular maintenance is your batteries, but with proper charging the maintenance will be minimal.

Why do I need an inverter?
If you plan to use any items that use 120V or 220V you will need to purchase an inverter. Inverters change the power from your DC battery bank to usable 120 Volt AC power.

Batteries - Which ones are right for me?
At the heart of all alternative energy systems is the batteries that power your loads. So selecting the correct batteries is very important.
Deep cycle batteries will out perform shallow cycle and SLI batteries and should be used exclusively for solar electric applications.

All batteries are made up of individual cells that produce two volts each. A twelve-volt battery would have six cells, a six-volt battery would have three cells and a two-volt battery would have one cell. The cells in 2 and 6-volt batteries are larger than cells in a 12-volt battery, which will provide the user with more capacity and a longer life span.

For most small to medium sized systems the use of six-volt batteries commonly referred to as golf cart batteries would be recommended.