Solar panels capitalize on the power of the sun to produce electricity for your home. In order to generate the electricity you need, the panels follow this process:
- Photons and electrons interact when sunlight hits the panels, which creates an electrical current.
- The electrical current is sent from the panels to your solar inverter, where it’s transformed into usable energy for your home.
- The energy flows from the inverter to your breaker box, which circulates electricity throughout your home.
- Any unused electricity gets stored in your Generac battery backup for later use. Depending on your area, 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.
Benefits Of Solar In Indianapolis
There are plenty of reasons to consider solar panels for your Indianapolis home. Beyond the potential financial benefits, there are environmental factors and the potential for a major return on your investment.
- Own Your Power — Enjoy some protection 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 — With energy produced by your solar system, you could potentially save you thousands of dollars on your electric bills over the years.
- Qualify For Federal Tax Credit — Indianapolis 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, allowing you to potentially get an increased return on investment if you choose to sell your home.
- Reduce Your Carbon Footprint — Using a clean alternative to fossil fuels can easily reduce your carbon footprint and allow you to do your part to protect our planet.
What Happens To Excess Solar Energy?
At times, it’s possible that your solar panel system will generate more electricity than you need to keep your home running. If you don’t use all of the 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 Indianapolis
- Start by requesting a free quote. Our solar representatives will reach out to you to discuss going solar. During this conversation, we’ll ensure that you’re a good candidate for solar panels and schedule your free in-home consultation.
- One of our experienced solar consultants will evaluate your home and electric bills in-person to estimate what size solar system will work best for your home. This will result in 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, we’ll arrive on time at your home to 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 in the Indianapolis area! However, the cost of a solar system varies depending on the size of your Indiana home, energy usage and 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 calculate the number of panels you need based on the number of watts your Indianapolis home typically uses. Once we have that number, we can effectively design a custom solar solution for your home.
Your Indianapolis 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!
Solar Panel FAQs
Solar panels operate using the power of the sun. Once sunlight hits the panels, electrons come loose from their atoms, forming an electrical circuit with the conductors in solar cells. These electrons traveling through the circuit create electricity.
Typically, a solar panel’s lifetime is about 25 years with proper care and maintenance. POWERHOME SOLAR’s panels fall into this timeline; our panels last about 25 years.
How many solar panels are needed for your home depends on several factors: your electricity usage, how much shade your roof receives, your location, and the size of your home. Other factors may play a role in determining how many panels are necessary, but these are the most common.
Clouds do not stop sunlight from reaching your solar panels. Even if you live in one of the cloudiest parts of the country, you’ll be able to make use of solar panels. It is worth noting that solar panels will not produce the same amount of electricity as locations that receive mostly sunny days.
No, though that is the easiest way to generate electricity. As long as the sun is out, even if you can’t see it yourself, your solar panels will be working.
We recommend your solar panels face south or west, as those directions get the most direct sun exposure. If your roof does not face in that direction, though, you can still produce electricity with solar panels!
Simple is best when it comes to cleaning your solar panels. Some clean water and a sponge or small towel will work in most cases. Do not use pressure washers on solar panels, as this can damage them.
During an outage, you can make use of the energy from your solar panels by using a battery backup system. That will power up select portions of your home, enough to keep limited backup loads running for a limited amount of time.
There is no one true way to keep snow off your solar panels. However, since solar panels are installed where they will get the most sun, snow should melt off with time once the sun does its work.
Yes! POWERHOME SOLAR’s panels are protected with a sheet of glass. That glass covers up the delicate working parts that create the solar panels, so water is no trouble at all for your panels.