Solar Power FAQS

Solar PV – Frequently Asked Questions

Financials
How much does a solar power system cost?

The cost of your solar investment will vary greatly depending on the size of the system, your location and available incentives. To find out what a SolarMaxx system will do to your electric bill schedule your free call back solar consultation with a SolarMaxx executive.

What incentives are available to me?
SolarMaxx solar systems sold in India are eligible for tax benefits for commercial users. Additional state, local and utility incentives exist in many areas, further lowering the net cost of your investment. Ask a SolarMaxx executive about available incentives for you, if any.

Can my electric bill really be Rs.0?
Some solar systems produce more electricity than is used each month, bringing net electricity costs to Rs. 0. However, there is still a minimal connection fee to remain connected to the electrical grid. Net metering policies differ state to state but in general, you will still have to pay a certain basic charge to the electricity department.

Installation
Can I install solar panels myself?

It is not recommended. The process requires both electrical and civil skills to ensure the system is safe and optimally designed for 25+ years of production.

Maintenance
How much maintenance does a solar system need?

With no moving parts and at least a 25-year expected life-span, SolarMaxx solar panels require very little maintenance. In fact, their design ensures that they remain relatively clean as long as they are exposed to rain or a quick rinse with water every few weeks. Your regional climate also plays an important role how regularly you must clean the panels.

Weather
Is solar a viable option in cold climates?

Yes. A general rule of thumb is that if you can clearly see the sun for most part of the year, you can produce electricity through solar panels. In fact, given equal sunlight, a solar panel on a cold day will out-produce a solar panel on a hot day.

How do solar systems fair in extreme weather conditions?
SolarMaxx Solar panels can withstand high wind and snow load.

How does snow affect a solar system’s performance?
While snow will decrease production while its on your panels, it should not damage your system when designed and installed properly. Given the angle of the panels and their tendency to produce some heat, the snow will fall off your panels faster than it would fall off your roof, quickly returning your system to its potential.

Off-grid systems
Can I take my home off the electrical grid?

Yes, provided you install optional battery-backup systems to provide power when your demands exceed your production, such as at night. While SolarMaxx can help you install such a system, it is not typically recommended. First, batteries add significant costs to your system, extending your payback period. Second, you may not be eligible for some incentives if you do not connect your system to your utility. Lastly, staying connected to the grid ensures you will rarely ever be without power, unlike batteries that have a limited lifespan and storage capacity.

Roof integrity
How does a solar system affect my roof integrity?

With proper design and installation following industry best practices, your roof should maintain all its pre-solar integrity.

Safety
Are there any fire, electrical or other dangers from a solar system?

Similar to any electrical component, proper installation will limit any dangers. However, you should still take care to ensure your system is not easily accessible by children or animals who could potentially damage the system and possibly injure themselves. If your system gets damaged in any way, immediately seek assistance from SolarMaxx or a trained electrician.