Skyward Solar Power

Solar Electric

Solar electric systems—also called solar photovoltaic systems—use a set of panels to absorb sunlight and generate electricity. Built from durable, weather-resistant materials, these solar panels have no moving parts and require very little maintenance. In fact, many solar electric systems last 30 to 40 years.

Why It's Worthwhile
Coal-fired power plants are one of the largest contributors to the formation of ozone in our atmosphere. In North Carolina, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency consulting firm has estimated that high ozone levels—known as “code red” or “code orange” days—trigger 240,000 asthma attacks each summer.

Yet the sun remains an infinite, clean source of power. With a solar energy system, homeowners can make a powerful impact on an enormous ecological problem.

How It Works
A cost-effective, environmentally friendly system doesn't have to produce all the power a home needs. According to General Electric, providing 40 to 50 percent of your own electricity is typically the most cost-effective option.

Most homes with solar electric systems will use a combination of solar-generated power and electricity purchased from the utility company. During the day, the solar panels absorb sunlight and produce electricity, which the home uses. At night, the home draws power as needed from the utility company.

Net Metering
During peak times of day, many solar electric systems generate more electricity than a home needs, causing the electric meter to “spin backwards.” In North Carolina, homeowners can actually sell that surplus electricity to the power company by opting into a net metering program.

Battery Backup
Adding a backup battery to the system gives homeowners the option to store their surplus electricity for use at night or during utility power outages. In some cases, batteries can enable a home to produce and store enough power to be “off the grid”—entirely independent of the utility company.

Warranty
Skyward installations come with a full warranty that includes all system components, installation, and roof penetrations.

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