Solar 101

How Solar Works

Sunshine becomes electricity

When sunshine hits a solar panel, the solar cells that make up the panel transform light into direct current (DC) electricity. This is known as the photovoltaic effect.

Raw Electricity becomes energy you can use

An inverter turns direct current (DC) electricity made by the panels into the alternating current (AC) electricity that your home needs. We install the SolarEdge HD-Wave featuring the latest monitoring technology.

Your solar energy meets the grid

The solar energy your home creates powers your family’s electrical usage. When the sun isn’t providing any power for your panels (like at night), your utility provides you with electricity. During the day, if your system is creating more power than your home needs, the extra energy goes into your utility’s power grid.

Solar 101

How Solar Can Benefit you

Home Value

Solar installations immediately increase the value of your property! Systems are exempt from property tax, so it won’t increase your liability. Also, unlike renting your electricity from the utility company, you will own your energy production.

Energy Independence

Producing your own energy gives you control over your utility bill. You will be unaffected by energy rate inflation.​

Clean Energy

Going solar means having a durable, reliable, long lasting source of clean energy. You are helping to leave the world a better place for future generations.

Most frequent questions and answers


The amount of power your solar energy system can generate is dependent on sunlight. As a result, your solar panels will produce slightly less energy when the weather is cloudy, and no energy at night.

Panels are silent and inverters are relatively quiet – emitting about as much noise as a refrigerator. They are generally installed in garages, utility rooms, basements, or even outside.

Without battery backup, your system will shut off in the event of a blackout. This is to prevent emergency responders and utility repair-people from being injured by your panels sending power back to the grid.

Solar electricity is identical to grid power, so you will never notice that the house is running on solar power. What you will see, of course, is a smaller electric bill!

In most cases, natural rainfall will keep your panels free of dust, dirt and debris. If you notice an accumulation, a quick spray from a hose will replicate mother nature.

Since most panels are tilted at an angle the snow will slide off. If snow does accumulate, your panels warmth will expedite thawing and removal.

Solar panel manufacturers test their products to ensure that they are capable of withstanding hail storms. Panels are tested and certified to withstand hail of up to 1 inch falling at about 50mph.

In most cases, the solar power system will add an additional 3 lbs. per sq. ft. of weight to the roof. Virtually all modern construction is designed to support loads far greater than this.

A properly installed Shinnova system poses no threat to the durability and lifespan of your roof and will likely prolong its life due to the inherent shielding the panels provide.

With no moving parts, your system will require little to no maintenance over the next 25 years and beyond. It’s that simple.

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