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  • Who is solar for?
    Solar is for any homeowner that wants to take control of their power. Wants to save money, and proactively create a better environment for our planet and generations to come. For those who would like a fixed electricity bill, and know exactly what your payments are every month. All programs through Rivus are $0 down and free installant for qualified homes.
  • How does a residential solar system work?
    The panels convert sunlight into DC power. A compnent called an inverter then converters the DC elctricity into AC, which is what we use to power the home. A residential or "PV" solar system is still connected to the local utulity company (the grid). During the day if your system produces more power than your home needs, your utility company may allow for net-metering, or crediting of your account for the excess power being retured to the grid.
  • Will my system work at night?
    No. Sunlight must be present for solar modules to produce power. At night when the sun is down, you will draw power from the utility company.
  • Will my system work on cloudy days?
    Yes, your system will still produce power on cloudy days, even rain, and snow. Just less than it would with a full sun.
  • What happens during a power outage?
    A solar system without a battery backup will not generate power during a power outage even on a sunny day. If your system does come with a battery backup it is designed to provide power during an outage day or night. We provide both options.
  • Is tree shade a problem?
    Yes. All of the individual solar cells on a module must recieve full sunlight for the module to work properly. If any portion of the module is shaded, even the portion with full sunlight, the output is lowered.
  • What if i need a new roof?
    Great time to go solar! Before laying the actual roof, you can install flashable mounting brackets that provide the highest level of protection from leakage.
  • How many panels do i need to produce enough to power my whole house?
    The system size (how many panels) depends on the average electrical usage, roof angle, shading, climate, and many other factors.
  • Will the system produce enough to cover all of my usage needs?
    It's important to understand that you do not need to have 100% of you energy usage offset by your solar system to recieve tremendous value from it. A starter system that replaces 25-50%, with battery backup that can deliver uninterrupted power to critical loads during utility outages for days and even weeks. We are happy to supply you with a system that meets 100% of your energy needs, however cutting your electricity needs by 40-50% is typically the most cost effecient approach for home solar.
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