Top Solar Panel FAQs

Top Solar Panel FAQs

2020 continues to be a strange year. As we move into the last month of the year, it seems like a good time to cover some of the frequently asked questions (FAQs) about solar panels. You can use the information to decide on the best gift this year for yourself and the world: conversion to solar power for your home and/or business.

Do Solar Panels work in Minnesota?

Solar Panels do work in Minnesota. They absorb more sunlight during longer summer days, but they do absorb light all winter long, as long as they are not covered. When extra power is generated, the excess power is sent back through the grid to other electric customers for use. The credit from the overage produced in summer can offset some of the additional power, if needed during the winter.

Will Solar Panels save me money?

The short answer is yes. There are significant up-front costs, and it will take a few years to before you recoup your investment. The plus here is that there will be years of return on your investment after the initial costs are recouped. The cost of solar panels and equipment today is significantly lower than those costs were a decade ago.
Still, unless you have healthy savings, you may want to consider financing to cover the costs. A home equity line of credit for this home improvement, or other type of financing is a popular choice. Visit to set up a free consultation appointment. Your Renewable Solar Resources professional can analyze your site, costs and savings and walk you through each step.

Will Solar Panels last?

Solar panels are rated to last 25 years, but research is revealing their true lifespan to be more like thirty to forty years. That is good news for those who want to enjoy the fruits of their investment for year. With little moving parts and electronics in them, you can expect little additional costs in repairs over the years.

Will Solar Panels Get Cheaper?

Solar panels are likely to continue to get cheaper. In the last decade alone prices have dropped over 80 percent. The soft costs, the installation and set up labor costs, are likely to rise over time. Since you begin to enjoy savings as soon as the panels are installed and functioning, it makes sense to act now, and stop putting off the conversion.

Will Solar Panels survive an EMP?

Today, people could be forgiven for feeling threatened, even paranoid, but this is a weirdly interesting question. According to Ben Zientara, solar policy analyst and researcher, there is both good and bad news. The bad news is that if solar panels are plugged into the grid and are working at the time of an electro-Magnetic Pulse, they will most likely be damaged. Because the solar panels themselves contain few electronics that could be affected by an EMP.

Now if it is a nuclear EMP… Sorry, any panels attached to the grid will almost certainly be affected by a nuclear EMP. Even if the pulse doesn’t totally zap them, it’s likely they will lose a large percentage of their functionality. Then again, in the case of a nuclear EMP, your biggest problem will not be your solar panels condition.

Who Can I Contact to learn more?

Renewable Solar Resources in Plymouth Minnesota has the experience, skill and drive to ensure a pleasant conversion experience. It is a family run renewable energy firm, who walks each prospective client through the pros and cons of converting to solar energy. Learn how you will save money while you save the world. And Renewable Solar Resources is available year round for free consultations. Visit http://www.renewable-solar.com/ to learn more.