Solar companies are all equal, right?

Glad you asked! Solar companies are not all the same. In fact, choosing a solar panel company that installs the best quality solar panels will make a huge difference in how successful you are in reaching your goal of saving money on your electric bills.

Solar energy, of course, has been available since the beginning of the solar system. Inventors were intrigued by the idea of harnessing the sun’s powerful energy since the early 1800’s.

Along the way, there were some bumps and bruises. In the beginning, panels were less efficient so they required too much roof space for practical use.

Today, scientists and engineers have developed the technology to harness that amazing energy and use it to power our daily lives. In the past 10 years, the efficiency of solar cells has increased rapidly, and the cost of production has declined.

Three things that you want to look for in solar companies

There are significant differences in solar panels and the companies that install them. The best solar panel companies use cutting edge technology to create custom panels for each installation.

  • They work through a network of companies that depend on trained solar technicians for the design and installation of systems.
  • And, they back up their products and service with strong warranties to protect their customer’s investment.

If you think it sounds like this would cost more than buying “generic” panels that are frequently offered as part of a gimmicky sales pitch, just the opposite is true. While the initial cost is more, the performance of the system quickly makes up for the initial outlay. And, don’t forget that rebates and incentives and tax credits might be available to offset the investment you are making in your home.

As with any home improvement, the pain of a poorly done installation or even dangerous installation or a faulty product lingers long after the “savings” have been forgotten.

Here at Go Pro Solar, we only install the highest quality solar panels, custom designed and backed by the best warranty in the business. Our goal is not to install a solar system and move on. It’s to delight each of our customers so that they share the advantages of doing business with us around the community.

If you would like to find out how going solar can benefit you, give us a call to schedule your consultation.

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Solar Panels Keep Working

Solar panel maintenance will be one of the easiest routines on your end of summer checklist!  Did you know that solar panels are one of the most maintenance free assets in your home? After installation, solar panels keep working for years, even decades, almost maintenance free.

Even so, there are a few, easy tasks that need to be performed on a regular basis to keep the panels producing the maximum amount of clean energy. Most of these tasks can be incorporated into the routine seasonal chores you already perform to keep your home in good repair year-round.

Solar panels are virtually maintenance free because they have few working parts. When you work with a company that does a professional installation of top-quality panels, expect years of energy production from them.

The focus will be to help the panels produce the maximum amount they are capable of by keeping them free of dust, dirt and other debris that can accumulate during the normal course of the year. Spring may bring a heavy coating of pollen. Sometimes our central Texas summers can be dry, resulting in a layer of dust that can reduce solar panel productivity. This year, however, there was plenty of rainfall, so that’s not a concern.

As we move into fall however, leaves, pine needles and other plant material can find its way onto your roof and solar panels. If this sounds familiar, it’s the same list of “stuff” that can clog the gutter system around your home. The remedy is the same, and can be handled at the same time. Some homeowners enjoy the fall ritual of climbing a ladder and cleaning the gutters, others prefer to find reliable pros to do the job.

If you decide to tackle the job yourself, keep in mind that while solar panels are tough and durable, rakes and other sharp implements can cause damage. Do your research by consultant the materials you received from your installer before climbing up on the roof. Be sure you understand the tools and techniques for maintaining your investment. Or, ask your solar installer about the best way to handle the job. You will also want to get their recommendation about maintenance routines for the inverter, which is never a do it yourself job!

Start planning now, and adding these simple chores to your fall to do, or to hire, list will pay dividends as your solar panels provide low-cost, reliable energy for years to come.

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Solar best with backup

The drama that unfolded on the Texas Gulf coast late last week has many people looking for ways to prepare their home and family for a natural disaster. Here in Texas, installing solar panels is a great first step to take. Homes with solar panels are always among the first to have access to electricity when storm related damage causes disruption of service after a hurricane or other type of natural disaster.

Taking the simple step of adding a battery backup system can expand the benefit of solar even more in situations where electric service can be disrupted for an extended period.

It’s estimated that over 200,000 homes in Houston and surrounding areas are still without power one week after the storm made landfall. There have been extraordinary efforts to get electricity and other essential services restored but the damage effects a huge geographic area and resources are stretched thin.

For the individual home or business owner, having solar panels with battery back-up is about more than just keeping the lights on. A battery back-up system that avoids losing power can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars during an extended outage. Just think about all the ways we depend on electric power from charging our cell phones and other communication technologies to keeping our food at safe temperatures to powering medical devices like dialysis and breathing machines.

As with any solar project, the best way to get started is to schedule an appointment with a trained solar consultant to determine how much power you need to have access to during an extended disruption in the grid. While it may be comforting to imagine that your battery system will allow life to go on as usual, your battery system will be designed to keep your essential services operating.  This type of system is designed as a temporary back-up, not an off-grid solution.

After estimating the amount of power needed, your consultant will calculate the amount of battery storage needed and explain the different option available. Your specific needs with help your consultant determine which one to recommend for your project.

To get the most value from your solar panel system, it’s best to incorporate the battery back-up with the initial installation. Act now, and you will have your system in place when before fall and winter storms have you shivering in the dark!