Frequently Asked Questions
Do solar panels generate electricity in cloudy weather?
Yes, solar systems continue to produce even when it’s cloudy. However they will produce less than they normally would. The good news is that even if you live in a cloudy area we can take this into account when building you a system to get you fully solar powered.
Will I have power during a power outage?
No, unfortunately if your system was turned on during a blackout than it could be fatal to someone working on the wires at that time. Your inverter will turn off the system automatically in this situation.
How will I get electricity at night?
At Sungrade we design your system to fit your total needs. Therefore, your solar panels will over generate so much power during the day that electricity will be sent back into the grid and credited back to you at night.
What is the lifespan of a solar panel?
Solar panels generally last for 40-50 years and require little to no maintenance other than occasionally being cleaned off. Higher quality solar panels will stay efficient longer and only lose less than half a percent efficiency per year on average. After 25 years your solar panels will still be operating around 90% efficiency.
What is the environmental impact and benefit of solar energy?
Each month you use a solar system it is as if you are saving 2 tanks of gas worth of money and emissions.
What if I want to sell my home with the PPA
We understand your concern, most of the people we work with are not planning on staying in their home for 20 years. If you move, we’ll be there to help transfer your solar power system’s contract to the new owner, just notify us. Since there are no liens put on the property, transferring a solar agreement is as simple as switching your name on the utility bill.
Who will pay to maintain the system
No matter which program you select with us, we will cover all maintenance costs towards your system for 20 years so that you have nothing to worry about once the panels are on your roof.
Who will get the credits from my utility company if I overproduce electricity?
It doesn’t matter what program you go with, if you go solar with Sungrade, you will get the credits.
Is there really no cost?
Yes, you can purely just save money when you switch to renewable energy. The fact of the matter is that the technology is here now! Utility companies are no longer a monopoly and the cost of fracking, refining oil, and transporting electricity hundreds of miles can not compete with converting energy directly from the sun and into your house via photovoltiac cells.
Who will install my system?
Depending on where you live in California, Sungrade’s certified install partners will do the installation. We partner city-by-city with local California installers. This allows us to work with people who know the ins and outs of installing in your neighborhood, and also allows us to keep thousands of jobs local. Contact us to know who your local California installer would be.
What if my roof is shaded?
Since our panels are some of the strongest in the industry, we are not limited to only a south facing roof. We can give you power on any roof as long as its not directly facing north. However, there is always a chance that a roof is too shaded for us to qualify.