Frequently Asked Questions

We are always happy to answer any questions you have that are not on the list below...

Why is Buying Solar Panels Based on Price Per Watt the Incorrect Way to Shop for Solar?

Isn’t Solar Expensive?

Will the Solar Panels Affect My Roof?

Do We Get Enough Sun to Make Solar Worth it? (After All, this is New England)

Will Solar Affect the Value of my Home?

What Do I Have to Do to Go Solar?

What about the Maintenance Costs?

How does a Home or Property Qualify for Solar?

Does the Solar Panel Matter?

Financial Questions (Solar Incentives, ROI, Financing & Leasing)

ROI? What is the Typical Payback Period if I Purchase the Solar Panels?

What Solar Incentives are Available if I Own the Panels?

How do I get the Solar Incentives?

What are my Payment Options?

How Much Will I Save?

How Can a Solar Lease be Offered for Little or $0 down?

What if I Move?

​What happens at the end of the Lease term?

Will the Solar System Cause My Property Taxes to Increase?

SunPower Questions

​What does it mean that the SunPower Equinox is the “World’s First Comprehensive System”?

​What is the Difference Between the SunPower 25/25/25 Warranty, and a Typical 25-year Solar Panel Warranty?

​Why does Rayah Solar use SunPower Panels?

​What Else Makes SunPower Stand Out From the Crowd?

​​SunPower has the world’s most efficient solar panels, but does that mean more savings?

​​Why do SunPower Panels “Look Better” Than Other Panels?

​​What is Maxeon Cell Technology?​

​​Are SunPower Panels Really the Most Efficient Solar Panels on Earth?

​​I’ve Heard the Same Size KW SunPower System Will Produce More Power Than a Typical Solar​ Panel. Is That True?

​​Why do SunPower Panels Maintain Their High Efficiency Longer Than Other Solar Panels?

​​Is it True You Can Use Less Roof Space with a SunPower Panel?

​​How Do We Really Know that SunPower Panels are the Most Durable and Reliable Panels on Earth?

​​What do SunPower’s 450 patents mean to me as a consumer?

​​Why Do SunPower Systems Look like they are Floating on the Roof?

Technology Questions

Why is it That Solar Panels with the Same Watt Ratings Can Produce Different Amounts of Power?

What are the Three Major Equipment Components of a Solar Installation?

What are the Common Technological Differences Between Solar Panels?

What is a Solar Inverter?

Does it Matter What Type of Inverter I Use? And What’s the Difference?

What are the Common Technological Differences Between Racking Manufacturers?

Why Do Solar Panels Produce Less Power On a Hot Day?

Does electrical pipe have be be exposed on my house?

What is the Difference Between KW DC, KW AC and kWh?

How Often Does Solar Technology Change and How Should that Affect My Decision to Go Solar?

Comparing Solar Options

Is it Better to go Solar Now or Later?

Is it Better to Lease or Own?

Environmental Questions

How Does Solar Affect my Carbon Footprint?

Can Solar Panels be Recycled?

Are Some Solar Panels Better for the Environment than Others?

Solar 101 - The Basics

How Much of the Power Produced will Belong to my Home?

Will My Solar Panels Keep Producing Electricity During a Power Outage?

Will Solar Work on Cloudy, Rainy or Snowy Days?

Do Solar Panels Work Best on Hot Days?

Will the Solar Panels Produce More or Less Power Depending on the Season?

I have Some Shade on my House, Will Solar Still Work or be Worth It?

How is the Annual Production of a Solar System Determined?

How Does Solar Interact with the Grid?

Will My Utility Company Cut Me a Check?

What Should I Know About the Actual Solar Installation?

What are the Requirements for a ​Ground​Mounted Installation?

What are the Requirements for a ​Roof​ Mounted Installation?

What are the effects of a panel skirt to my solar installation?

What if I Have a Backup Generator?

Is a Solar Installation Complicated?​

Battery Backup and Energy Storage Questions

Do you recommend battery backup solutions?

What is the Difference Between a Battery Backup and Energy Storage?

Will the New SMART Program Offer a Battery Incentive?

Additional Information

The Rayah Blog is neatly organized with lots of blogs and articles diving deep into many of the topics discussed in this FAQ. Please feel free to browse our Rayah Blogs and search for a blog that piques your interests.

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