What is solar power?

Today we’re able to harness sunshine using technologies that either heat water or generate electricity. Solar thermal technology uses the sun’s energy to warm water through a variety of uniquely-designed solar panels. Solar electric technology uses photovoltaic panels to directly convert the sun’s light into electricity.

What is solar electricity (also called photovoltaic energy)?

Photovoltaic (PV) systems – also known as solar electric systems — convert sunlight directly into electricity that can be used to power your home, office or factory. Today’s solar electric technology can be harnessed to either augment power supplied by your utility company or to take you completely off-grid from the utility. Off-grid systems use battery back-up systems to store power that’s needed at night or on cloudy days. Missouri Solar Solutions can customize your solar electric system to supply as much solar energy you want or can afford.

What is a solar panel?

Solar water heating and solar electric (photovoltaic) systems receive solar energy in rectangular-shaped panels – also known as “collectors”. These solar collector panels are mounted on a building’s roof or ground-mounted in special situations. In solar water heating panels, water is heated by sun energy as it circulates through. Solar electric panels contain the materials that convert sunlight directly into electricity. Solar panels are engineered to operate in very high winds and withstand environmental damages.

How long does it take to install a solar energy system?

Most home systems can be installed by a Missouri Solar Solutions crew in 2 or 3 days. Installation follows a thorough site survey and engineering review. Larger commercial or business installations can take longer depending on size, complexity and special mounting.

Does a solar panel need to be on my roof?

For most home installations, that’s the optimum placement for solar panels. Unobstructed by trees or other shade-producing structures, facing toward the south and able to be securely attached. If the homeowner has adequate yard space and/or many panels to be installed, Missouri Solar Solutions can review the option of ground mounting. This technique includes a reinforced heavy-gauge rack for the panels that angles the panels to the most effective orientation, typically affixed to a concrete pad.

Do I have to angle solar panels at the sun all day long?

Solar panels are installed in a fixed arrangement. They typically don’t move to track the sun during its movement through the sky. Mounting the panels to face south at the proper angles enables them to capture and collect the optimum amount of solar energy during the day.

What happens if there is no sun that day?

Lack of sunshine limits the solar energy potential of any solar energy system. However, some of the sun’s solar radiation will penetrate clouds to heat water or generate electricity.

How much maintenance is required?

Missouri Solar Solutions solar energy systems require less maintenance and service if the owner strictly follows guidelines. In most cases, these guidelines require owners to not adjust, maintain or repair the systems themselves. Missouri Solar Solutions warranty programs provide for regular service visits, which should be all the maintenance a solar energy system needs. Of course, if a problem arises with a Missouri Solar Solutions system, call the service team immediately.

How long do solar panels last?

Missouri Solar Solution customers will benefit fully from solar panels installed on their property for several decades. While warranties last up to 25 years on some solar components, their practical use far exceeds that.

Can I upgrade a solar panel?

Solar panels themselves can be replaced with newer panels, different size panels or more energy efficient panels. Or a homeowner can add more panels to increase the solar energy potential of a system. However, the panel itself can’t be upgraded.