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Solar panel efficiency

Do solar panels work at night?

Solar panels installed on your roof work best during daylight hours. When the sun is shining directly onto them, sunlight can be converted into electricity. Your solar panel efficiency drops at night because there is no sunlight to convert to electricity and solar panels can’t generate power in darkness. However, SolarCity has designed a solution to power your home in an affordable and environmentally friendly way, even at night. Your solar panels generate so much power during a sunny day that any excess power you don’t use immediately is conserved and put into the utility grid. The surplus power generated by your solar panels offsets the energy you use at night.

At night, you are using power from the utility grid, just as you normally would have before you installed solar panels. It’s possible that you won’t have to pay out of pocket for it. Utility companies appreciate excess solar energy, therefore most states have approved homeowners with solar panel systems to sell or receive a credit for the surplus power they produce.

How efficient are solar panels?

SolarCity’s panels are some of the most efficient in the industry. We will install a special utility meter and a PowerGuide energy monitoring system that measures your energy production and consumption. These numbers are delivered in real-time, so you can see exactly how much energy you are using when you turn on the TV, for example. The production and consumption numbers are weighed against each other. On days where your system produces more solar power than your home needs, you will add power to the utility grid. Some utility companies may even view this surplus energy as a credit toward your account. Rest assured, your solar panels will help offset costs at night.

Your efficient solar panels will continue to generate power whether you are home or not. You don’t have to “turn on” or “turn off” your solar panels depending on when you are in your home. It’s not like the kitchen light or the TV, which needs to be turned off to save electricity and money on the utility bill. Solar panels are highly efficient and are always working, generating power during hours of sunlight and during cloudy weather.

How can SolarCity help?

SolarCity delivers complete solar energy solutions from start to finish. We have helped tens of thousands of homeowners enjoy clean, affordable energy. We’re a full-service solar provider that handles every detail while our customers sit back, relax and watch everything come together seamlessly. We love getting customers connected to solar electricity and hearing how much they have saved on utility bills.

What truly sets the SolarCity team apart from our competitors is our company-wide dedication to customer service. Our customers rave about the professionalism of our efficient solar energy team. From our sales force and customer service representatives to our installation crew, our workers share the common goal of delivering professional customer service. Read through our customer reviews to see what they have to say.

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