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4 Common Questions About Solar Energy

Solar Energy | 4 May 2023

Are you considering converting to solar energy? With all the interest in renewable energies these days, it is no wonder why so many homeowners are exploring ways to benefit from this powerful and sustainable energy source, but it can be intimidating for anyone trying to navigate through their options. To help make things easier for you, the team from BNR Electric has answered 4 common questions about solar energy so you can feel confident when making this important decision.

Find out 3 reasons why you should install solar panels.

1. Do Solar Panels Work During Winter or Cloudy Days?

This is probably the most common question about solar energy. Yes, solar panels can still generate electricity on cloudy days and during winter months, but their output may be reduced compared to sunny conditions.

Snow can temporarily obstruct sunlight, but panels are typically installed at an angle that helps snow slide off. As long as panels are not completely covered, they can still generate electricity. It is always a good idea to install them somewhere accessible where you can clear off the blockage if it occurs.

2. Is Solar Energy Clean?

Solar energy offers many benefits, but the most important one revolves around positive environmental impact. It is a clean and renewable energy source that, compared to other sources like coal, oil, and natural gas, does not contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. Solar energy helps to mitigate the overall carbon footprint and, in that manner, helps fight climate change.

3. How Efficient is Solar Energy?

Photovoltaic (PV) solar panel efficiency usually ranges between 15% to 22%, which means that is the percentage of sunlight that’s converted into electricity. You can increase your solar energy efficiency by installing a battery that will store the energy surplus for later use. Overall, many Canadians choose to still be connected to the grid.

In general, solar panels are enough for a typical Canadian household, but it always depends on household consumption, the size of the solar system, available roof space, and weather conditions.

4. Can Solar Energy Help You Save Money?

Yes. All excess power that you make can be sold back to the grid (BC Hydro). You can either reduce your electricity bill or offset the costs entirely and even make some money. It is also important to mention that solar energy can increase your property value.

Read here to learn more about how to save money with solar energy.

If you have any more questions about solar energy or solar panels, get in touch with our experts at BNR Electric. We can be reached by phone at 778-704-0312 or through our online contact form.

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