At HES Solar, our San Diego solar experts understand that you are likely to want to do a great deal of research before investing in solar technology for your home or business. Read on for answers to some of the most common questions we receive!
Yes, you will still have an energy bill when you add solar to your home. However, it won’t be anything like your current energy bill. Because you are still connected to the public utility grid, you will still utilize public energy when your solar panels can’t provide you with the energy you need (such as when the sun goes down each evening). The energy you use will be charged to you at retail rates.
However, there are two huge caveats to keep in mind. First, you won’t be using nearly as much retail power as you would without solar. During the day, your solar energy system should provide you more than enough power that you need zero public grid energy. Second, during these peak hours, your panels may produce more energy than you need, and you can send this energy back to the public grid for a credit, a practice known as “net metering.” This energy you send back to the grid also appears on your bill, reducing the amount of money you owe for the energy you do use.
Photovoltaic modules (PV): Photovoltaic modules are typically monocrystalline or polycrystalline, and use light to convert energy into direct current (DC) electricity.
Inverters: Inverters come in different sizes and models, and convert the direct current (DC) energy produced by the solar modules into alternating current (AC) that is used by household components.
The size of your system depends on many factors that will be determined during your free site evaluation by one of HES Solar’s highly trained solar consultants.
We will determine size based on:
Check out our savings calculator to find out what size system you will need and how much it can save you.
Your solar power system has virtually one moving part and that is found in the inverter, so the maintenance is very low. We recommend that you clean the modules once every three months to ensure maximum performance, but usually a light rain should suffice. No other routine maintenance is required. If you suspect an issue, feel free to let us know.
Yes! California Civil Code 2473, otherwise known as the Solar Rights Act, restricts HOAs and local governments from interfering with solar installations except for health and safety issues.
HES Solar will assist you in getting your solar system approved by your local HOA
HES Solar places safety as our highest priority, and that extends from our employees to our customers, to anyone else we may potentially be in contact with through the course of business. Along with the safety procedures we adhere to in the normal course of our work and projects, we have instituted several safety protocols for all of our employees during these times of vigilant public health precautions due to COVID-19.
Our employees are given temperature checks each time they enter the office, and office visits are only allowed when necessary.
We’ve instituted remote working for all of our employees who are able to perform their job duties at home. Meetings are done through virtual meeting rooms.
Field employees maintain a six-foot distance between themselves and fellow employees, customers, vendors, and all others unless unavoidable.
Masks are required whenever interacting with fellow employees, customers, or the public and whenever social distancing is not possible.
To ensure these procedures can be met, employees have been provided with face masks or face coverings, eye protection, gloves (as necessary), and foot coverings (as necessary).
To help ensure frequent sanitizing, employees have been provided sanitizers in the form of gel, liquid, and wipes, antibacterial soap, and paper products for cleaning such as tissues and paper towels.