FAQs

Q: How does solar power work?

            Solar panels contain Photovoltaic cells that harvest and convert the abundant light and energy of the sun into usable electricity that you can immediately use in your home. You may either store your excess energy in your battery backed-up system or choose to send the extra energy, directly to your utility company for credits that you may use later at night or when necessary, which is also called Net Energy Metering (NEM).

Either way it will result in lower and more liable utility costs.

Q: What are the components of a solar panel system?

MUDUELS:

            This is the key component of any solar photovoltaic (PV) system, which consists of solar cells, also called photovoltaic cells, that harvests the sunlight and converts it into electrical direct current (DC). However, this energy needs to be converted to (AC) in order to be usable and that’s when invertors/ Micro-Invertors come in.

INVERTERS VS. MICRO-INVERTERS

            Inverters/ Micro-inverters act like the brain of the system which convert the (DC) Direct Current into (AC) Alternating current that is needed to power our appliances.

            Inverters are generally located near your main electrical panel in oppose to the Micro-Inverters that are smaller versions of the inverters which are installed underneath each solar panel and allows each individual module to perform separately. This will increase the performance and efficiency of the entire PV system. It also does not allow the deficiency caused by one of the panels to affect the efficiency of other modules connected to the same series. For instance, if there is any shade on one solar panel, it will not bring down the efficiency of the next panels connected to it.

            Another benefit of the Micro-Inverters is that it allows you to monitor the performance and production of your solar system at the tip of your finger.

MOUNTING SYSTEM

            Consists of railings, brackets and fasteners that are used to hold the solar panels in place in many different installation methods such as Roof-mounts, Ground-mounts, and many other procedures.

            Some solar installations may require the use of ballasted/weight mounting systems, which uses, rails, and heavy components such as concrete blocks to secure the solar panels on the roof. This type of installation typically is used on flat roof projects and does not require any penetration to the roof.

Q: How does going solar impact my utility bill?

            Installing solar panels on your roof allows you to generate your own electricity and pay less/ no money to your utility company. The first thing you will likely notice is the drastic decrease in your monthly electric bill. Your electricity costs after solar will depend on how much electricity your solar panels generate, how much electricity you use, and how much your utility charges for electricity.

Q: What to expect after I request a custom quote from Cyrus Contractors Inc.?

One of our expert will reach out to you to evaluate your residential/commercial property and confirm your eligibility. We will then gather the necessary information about your property in order to custom design a PV system and a detailed proposal. Upon your confirmation of the design, our installation crew will install your PV system within the specified time.

Our professionals will also interact with the local utility and City inspectors to perform the necessary inspection and to obtain an approval from all inspectors, until the system is turned on and working properly.

In addition, we will help you through the final step which is, Rebate application/documentation if applicable.

Q: How long does it take to go solar?

Since every solar system is uniquely customized, the time anticipated varies project to project. The typical solar project takes 2-3 months from order to installation.

Q: How do I get permits for solar panels?

Our experts are familiar with local and state requirements and regulations, and will obtain all permitting before, during, and after the solar installation.

Q: How many solar panels do I need to power my house?

This will depend on your property’s energy usage, your local climate, and the amount of space available on your roof. We will examine your past electric bills, sunlight patterns, your local weather data, and will custom design a system to fit your needs.

Q: How do I know how much solar energy my system generates and uses, after my installation?

You may monitor and control the performance of your solar system at the tip of your finger by using a monitoring app (available via smartphone, tablet or desktops) that gives you real time visibility which accurately calculates the amount of energy your system produces vs. the energy you use on the daily basis.

It is also the best way to determine if there is any shortage in the system and to help trouble-shoot your photovoltaic system more precisely.