Now is the perfect time to invest in solar energy. With the installation costs at an all time low and several incentives available, solar has never been so affordable. The local and federal incentives are limited and temporary so there is no reason to wait.
Since you will be connected to the utility grid, the excess power from your solar gets fed back into the grid. Your utility company then credits you for this extra power, which reflects on your bills.
Your home will still be connected to the utility grid. At night or during hours of limited sunlight, your home will be powered by the grid to ensure that you never “run out” of energy.
In a power outage, your system is designed to turn off. This allows utility company electricians to safely work with power lines. There are some new residential inverters that have a low capacity USB storage, in which you can plug an extension cord and power up some lights or low wattage appliances during a power outage.
The good thing is that power rarely gets interrupted here in Southern California. If your home is in an isolated or secluded area, then you might want to consider a generator or a battery back-up.
For every kilowatt in your system, most installations require about 55 to 75 square feet of unobstructed space. The amount of space required depends on the amount of power you want to offset and therefore the number of solar panels needed for your home as well as the power of each solar panel.