Below you can find our answers to some of the most frequent questions we get from Homeowners. Thank you again for joining the Powur community, and for helping to accelerate the transition from dirty to clean, renewable energy.
Do my solar panels need to be maintained or cleaned?
Solar panels generally require very little maintenance to function. To maximize your solar production, it is generally recommended that you clean your panels between two and four times per year, depending on the climate where you live. Usually, rainfall will clear away debris; however, during the dry season or extended periods without rain, you may want to clean them manually to remove accumulated dust. The good news is that this doesn’t require much work. All you really need is a leaf blower and a quick spray with a garden hose, and your panels will be clean and performing in top condition.
What is net metering and how does it work?
Click here to view a video from our CEO describing net metering.
Net Metering is a policy that makes it possible to get the most out of your solar system. In most states, Net Metering policies ensure that for every kilowatt hour (each unit of electricity) that you deliver to the electric grid, you will receive a credit for that kilowatt hour (kWh). So, if your solar system produces 100 kWh of energy, and you only use 60 kWh, that extra 40 kWh is sent back to the grid to share with your neighbors. The next time you need more electricity than your solar system is generating, you can use the 40 kWh credits you have at no charge. That's Net Metering in a nutshell.
The reason why Net metering is so important is that solar systems produce energy during the daytime, but you use energy during the nighttime as well. When you’re out of the house during the day, you're banking all the credits your solar panels produce. Then at night or on a cloudy day, you can cash in on all that energy you delivered to the grid and use the credits you accumulated.
That's net metering. It's an amazing policy. One that has enabled the solar industry to grow and, in effect, gives you the ability to use the grid as your own battery, reducing the cost of electricity for you and your family.
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