Frequently Asked Questions
How much does Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Electric System
A: Generally, the cost of purchasing the solar electric system is based on the size of system you require, the financial incentives that are available in your area, and the specific details of the layout of your home. Mendoza Solar makes it easy and affordable for you to own a solar energy system and enjoy energy independence, while saving the environment and help reduce our dependency from nuclear energy. Please refer to the rest of this website, WWW.MENDOZASOLAR.COM for more information and to submit your inquiry to Mendoza Solar. Your property will gain $6,000 value for each 1,000 watt and is exempt from property tax increase.
How does a PV Solar Electric System generate electricity?
A: Invented in 1903, Photovoltaic (PV) Solar electric system generates clean solar electricity through the use of PV panel, which turns the sun's light radiance directly into Direct Current (DC) electric energy. The total amount of energy irradiated from the sun to the earth’s surface is enough to provide for annual global energy consumption 10,000 times over.
What government incentives are available that will lower the price of the PV Solar Electric System? Who will help me apply for the available government and utility company incentives?
A: There are many different financial incentives, or energy tax credits, available for solar electric systems both residential and commercial. Mendoza Solar will fill out all forms from city permits, rebate reservation and inter-connection with the utility company.
What is Net Energy Metering (NEM)?
A: Net energy metering is a result of regulations that obligate utilities to allow excess electricity generated by solar electric systems to be sent to the GRID, thus spinning the meter backward. This arrangement allows all electricity produced by your PV Solar Electric System to be used to offset your utility bill. When your PV Solar Electric System produces more electricity than you consume, your meter will spin backwards. The results will reduce your bill by lowering your tier billing, normally eliminating tier 3,4 & 5.
How do I use the electricity from my Photovoltaic (PV) Electric System?
A: The electricity generated by PV Solar Electric System purchased from Mendoza Solar works just like the electricity delivered by your local utility. After passing through a component called an inverter, the direct current (DC) electricity generated by photovoltaic panels is converted to alternating current (AC), the type of electricity that you normally access through the outlets in your home or business facility.
Will PV Solar Electric System produce enough solar electricity to handle my entire home or business electricity needs?
A: Providing you have enough roof space or other areas around the property, and depending on your electrical consumption, a PV Solar Electric System purchased from Mendoza Solar can be appropriately sized to meet all of your ordinary electricity needs. In most cases, however it is not necessary for a system to cover all of your needs in order to be cost-effective. For instance, if your utility charges are based on a tiered rate structure, you pay an incrementally higher rate for each Kilo-Watt Hour (KWh) that you use; in this case, simply eliminating the most expensive portion of your consumption has a noticeable effect on your monthly utility bills. Your PV Solar representative will assist you in deciding what size system is best for your home. Email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or for International installations email@example.com or Call (714) 741-3977 or FAX: 714.784.7617 for a site evaluation and a quick estimate.
How much electricity will my PV Solar System produce?
A: The amount of electricity generated by PV Solar Energy System purchased from Mendoza Solar is dependent upon several factors, primarily site compatibility and your local geographic and environmental conditions. However, in optimal conditions your PV Solar Electric System is designed to produce its rated quantity of electricity. A quick estimate will determine the size of a system that fits your need.
Will my home/business/Homeowner Association (HOA) still need a utility provider? Do I need to be connected to the GRID?
A: Yes, you will still need to be connected to the GRID through your local utility. While you generate the bulk of your own electricity during the peak hours of daylight and demand, your utility will seamlessly take over and continue to supply your electricity at night, rainy and on very cloudy days.
How safe is PV Solar Electric System?
A: Since solar electric systems are generally mounted in a low or non-traffic area, are virtually maintenance free, and have no moving parts, they are very safe, covered by glass. Your PV Solar Electric System carries all electrical certifications, including Underwriters Laboratory (UL listed) and IEC. Mendoza Solar will install your system to your satisfaction. Please remember, as with any electrical appliance, you should always use proper care when handling solar power system components.
How durable is PV Solar Electric System?
A: Your PV Solar Electric System purchased from Mendoza Solar is very durable. We only supply the finest Solar PV panels. All Solar panels supplied by Mendoza Solar have passed a standard battery of tests and are built to withstand winds of up to 125 miles per hour and 1-inch hail and carries a 25-year warranty. The inverters, racking, wiring and hardware supplied through Mendoza Solar are all top quality products as well and have a 10-year warranty including labor.
How long does PV Solar Energy System last?
A: The heart of the PV Solar Electric System is the high quality solar panel, made to typically last for more than 30 years, 80% efficient after 40 years.
What is the warranty on PV Solar Electric System?
A: All Solar modules carry the manufacturers' limited warranty covering them ordinarily for up to 25 years. Inverters carry the manufacturer's limited warranty covering them for 10 years. The installation company warrants the system for 10 years.
What happens at night?
A: Since solar or PV panel technology requires sunlight to produce electricity, your system will not produce electricity during the dark hours of the night. Your local utility will continue to supply your electricity at night by using up the electrical credit your PV system has built up on the meter.
What happens on cloudy or rainy days?
A: Since solar or PV panel technology requires sunlight to produce electricity, the bulk of your electricity production will take place in sunny conditions. Output is directly proportionate to the amount of sunlight radiance available at any given moment, so systems can generate 50 – 70% of their typical output under bright overcast conditions but production will continue to diminish as less light reaches the surface of the solar panel modules.
In what temperatures will PV Electric System operate?
A: PV Solar Electric System will operate efficiently in temperatures ranging from -13 to 122 degrees F (-25 to 50 degrees C). Since PV panels are electronic devices that generate electricity directly from light, not heat, solar panels actually work better in cooler temperature.
What happens during a power outage?
A: Your PV System is designed to shut down during a power outage to prevent possible injury to those working to restore power.
What size electric system is right for my home or business?
A: The size you chose is a trade-off between the amount of money you want to invest and the amount of electricity you want to produce. A typical US home uses approximately 13,000 Kilowatt hour (KWh) per year, which is equal to a 7,000 WATT system. You can ask your utility provider or you can look at your old electricity bill to calculate how much electricity your home typically uses. But remember, you do not need to cover all your electricity needs with a solar system to save money and add value to your home or business. Under the tiered rate structure used by most utilities, the solar electricity generated by PV Solar Electric System can remove you from a higher charge bracket.
How Solar PV impact home sales
A: Research finds strong evidence that homes with PV systems sell for a premium over homes without solar systems. The finding corresponds to an average home sales price premium of approximately $ 17,000 for a relatively new typical-sized PV system. Installing solar reduces ownership cost and increase resale value. Homes with solar system sell faster than those without it.
How do I purchase PV Solar Electric System?
A: Simple. Contact Mendoza Solar.
Call your representative at: (714) 741-3977 or cell (714) 299-7204
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Winston@mendozasolar.com
Can I increase the size of the PV Solar Electric System panels at a later date?
A: Yes, provided you have the available roof space or open area at your location.
Will I need approval from my homeowners association (HOA) for a residential Solar Electric System?
A: Normally you will need approval from your architectural committee (consult your CC&R's and Association By-Laws). However, in the State of California any covenant or restriction that effectively prohibits or restricts the installation or use of a solar electric system is void and unenforceable as a matter of law. California Civil Code 714.
Can I add battery back up at a later date?
A: If you start out with a system that utilizes battery backup, it is easy to add more. However, if you start without backup, it will be rather expensive to add batteries due to the high cost of adding a different type of inverter. A system without battery backup uses a different inverter than those with battery backup. A PV Solar Electric System available through Mendoza Solar is designed without battery backup. For more information on solar battery backup, call Mendoza Solar at: (714) 741-3977 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (714) 741-3977 FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting
How long will it take to install?
A: It typically takes 3-4 days for the professional installation of PV Solar Electric System. Mendoza Solar has a team of reputable, licensed and professional installers that will complete the job to your satisfaction. Mendoza Solar will assist you from the purchase of your system to the flick of the switch that turns it on.
What about the environment?
A: A PV Solar Electric System use fuel that is free, abundant and inexhaustible; no moving parts and produces no pollutants. Our smallest systems reduce greenhouse gas emissions as effectively as planting a grove of 50 to 60 mature trees.