Solar FAQ

How will my solar system work?
With solar photovoltaic (PV), the sun’s light hits the panels and creates direct current (DC) electricity. Inverters then convert the direct current to alternate current (AC) which is used to power your home, business, farm, or sold to your local power company.

What kind of solar system do I need?
Depending on location, system size, and energy usage, we will install roof mounted, ground mounted, or solar tracker systems. Solar systems can be installed on both flat and pitched roofs. If roof space is limited, ground mounted and solar tracking systems can be installed.

What size system do I need?
System size is usually determined by available space and budget. We will conduct a free on site review and analysis of your available roof or land to verify space and shading. Another consideration is electric bill amount. Systems can eliminate electric costs or offset a significant portion. We will analyze your bills to determine the appropriate system size.

What maintenance is required?
Solar systems are low maintenance- requiring occasional cleaning (rinsing with a hose a few times a year) to maintain output. Hannah Solar will establish monitoring equipment to ensure ongoing solar production data. If any problems occur, Hannah Solar has a highly trained maintenance staff.

How durable are solar panels?
Solar panels are surprisingly strong and durable. They are covered by tempered glass similar to your windshield. Panels are guaranteed for 20-25 years and designed to withstand all the potential rigors of the environment including snow, strong winds, and hail. Solar panels are capable of withstanding 1 inch hailstones at 50 mph. Solar panels are tested to US-1703 standards. Panels are mounted on racking systems based on wind load calculations approved by the American Society of Civic Engineering (ASCE).

Will the system produce power on cloudy days?
Yes, the system will still generate electricity although production will be lower. Generally, the system will produce power from 8 am to 6 pm, reaching its maximum output between noon and 1 pm.

How will I know if the system is producing?
The inverter’s LED screen shows production data. You can compare your actual production to our estimates to ensure your system is on track. Production monitoring can also be accessed online.

How do I apply for solar incentive?
Hannah Solar makes filing of incentives paper work easy on you. We complete State and Federal paper work – all you do is approve, sign, and send.

What incentives are available?
In order to drive investment in renewable energy in the US, the Federal government established the “Investor Tax Credit” (ITC). The ITC is a 30% Federal tax credit. 30% of the total cost of a solar installation can be credited against your Federal taxes. Both businesses and individuals can take advantage of this credit.

State incentives are also available. Call us about any Southeastern state for specifics.

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is currently purchasing solar power and will pay the base rate plus 9 cents per kWh.

What is Georgia Power’s current solar program?
Georgia Power has announced perhaps the best solar program in the US. It is an innovative solar energy purchase program that encourages new opportunities for solar development in its coverage territory. During 2013 and 2014, Georgia Power will acquire 210 MW of solar capacity.

This year Hannah Solar is prepared to install several megawatts in conjunction with the Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative program. Contact us today to learn how you can take advantage of the Georgia Power buyback programĀ 404.609.7005 or visit Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative

When should I invest in solar?
Now is the best time to invest in solar based on the technology, low cost, and available incentives. The benefits of using solar power will continue as long as we use electricity to power homes and buildings.

The available government incentives are intended to reward early adopters of solar, the longer you wait the allotted funds become less available. The US is committed to reducing its dependence on foreign oil. Your investment now in renewable energy is important to our energy future.