Solar Panel Installation Services in Houston, Texas
Increase your Energy Independence with Solar Panels
Pickett Solar designs and installs electricity-generating solar panel systems for homes as well as commercial and industrial businesses. Solar panels convert the sun’s light energy into electricity.
Most commonly, a homeowner or business will install a solar system to generate some or all of their own electricity, while maintaining the connection to their utility – the grid. A grid-tied system balances the load demand of the property with the array’s generation capacity, drawing from the grid as needed, or putting excess solar-generated power back on… essentially ‘spinning’ the meter backward in the process.
Learn more about solar panel installation by accessing our solar panel installation frequently asked questions.
In most cases, we recommend customers ‘size’ their grid-tied system based on the amount of electricity they use during their average load months, typically March/ April for homes in Texas. This results in a system that usually covers about 60-70% of the property’s annual electricity usage, without generating net excess capacity over the course of the full year.
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Your Guide to Going Solar
Since 2008, solar panels have gained popularity as more Americans choose to harness the sun’s energy to power their daily lives. Now that the cost of going solar decreases every year, you might be considering solar panels for your home. The answers to these frequently asked questions may help you decide if going solar is right for you. Ready to learn more? Contact us today for a consultation!
WHAT IS SOLAR ENERGY?
Solar energy uses the sun’s rays to create electricity or heat. It’s an unlimited, renewable resource with the ability to generate energy in a clean, quiet, and reliable way.
Is My Home Suitable for Solar Panels?
The shape, slope, and size of your roof are important factors to consider when installing solar panels. Solar panels typically perform best on south-facing roofs with a slope between 15 and 40 degrees.
HOW DOES SOLAR WORK?
Photovoltaics, or PV, are used to harness the sun’s power and turn it into electricity. When the sun shines onto one of these solar panels, photons from the sunlight are absorbed by the panel cells – this creates an electric field across the layers and causes electricity to flow.
WILL I SAVE MONEY BY GOING SOLAR?
Yes! The amount of money you can save with solar depends on several factors. In general, you can expect to generate excess electricity in the winter when usage is lower – this can offset the energy you use from the grid in the summer.
How long does installation take?
Planning, arranging, and ordering materials for your solar system can take a few weeks but solar panel installation only takes a few days.
Do I need a building permit?
Yes, building permits are needed and Pickett Solar will help with this! However, residential solar power systems don’t use “radical” building techniques, and most areas have building codes that fully embrace solar energy technology.