How accurate is the Power Estimate tool?
The tool has been created to give a preliminary estimation of the potential power that can be generated in your business, home, municipality, or farm. This estimation is a good start for customers to make decisions since this takes into account the solar radiation in your property, typical losses for your location, current efficiency in solar panels and other equipment, and shade on your property. It must be taken into account that the accuracy of the results depends on the accuracy of the input data.
What are the benefits of solar power?
Using your Solar Power is a smart decision sooner or later and will give you several benefits:
• Help you to offset your electricity bills
• Protect yourself against electricity rates increases in the future
• Generate your power for self-consumption or selling it to the grid (if allowed)
• Use a clean, renewable source of energy and contribute to lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
Aren't solar panels expensive?
Not necessarily. The costs associated with solar panels have been decreasing steadily in the last ten years, making more feasible the use of Solar Power for your property. At Upgreen, we offer financial solutions that will help you to offset your cost between 5 to 10 years, typically. In the long term, by producing your own electricity you will end up paying a lower rate than from utility companies. Our alliances with distributors allow us to get competitive prices and transfer discounts to our customers.
How much money can I save on my property?
Several factors will affect how much money you can save using solar power:
1) Your potential solar power at your property
2) How much electricity is consumed
3) Your current utility rate
4) The solution you choose (self-consumption + storage, net metering, off-grid, backup)
Your money and CO2 savings depend on your location, utility rates and programs available in your area. The best way to evaluate your potential savings is by using our Power Estimate tool. After getting your results, you can book a visit here so that we conduct a site survey at your property.
Do I receive credit for my extra energy production?
Depending on the net metering programs in your area, excess energy generated may be either purchased by the Utility Company or turned into a credit for next months bills.
How do solar photovoltaic (PV) panels work?
Solar panels absorb the sun's energy throughout the day and convert it into direct current (DC) electricity. Most homes and businesses run on alternating current (AC) electricity, so the DC electricity is then passed through an inverter to convert it to usable AC electricity. At that point, you either use the electricity in your house or send it back to the electric grid.
What is net metering?
Net metering is the system that some Utility Companies use to credit solar energy system owners for the electricity produced by their solar panels. With net metering, you only pay for the electricity that you use beyond what your solar panels can generate. Net metering policies differ from Country to Country and state to state. Our Power Estimate Tool is an excellent tool to check out the availability of these programs.
What is off-grid?
An off-grid system is designed for businesses or homes to help owners become independent from an electrical grid. As power consumption is typically heaviest during the day when PV production is highest, the system is designed in such a way that if there is nighttime consumption, PV energy must be stored for later use.