Why Go Solar? Frequently Asked Questions about Solar Energy
Solar and You
Q: Is solar power for everybody? What if I live up north?
A: Anybody who has a good site can benefit from a solar energy system. Once you get it installed, the power is free. And solar isn’t just for the sunny south – solar works in all areas with sunlight. Schüco systems are in use around the world, and we have long experience with all kinds of weather extremes. Our systems work efficiently in pretty much any climate.
Q: What’s the best place to mount solar panels?
A: Direct sunlight is the most important factor. For most people that means mounting the system on the roof, so we’ve devoted much time and effort to creating the best rooftop mounting system in the industry. It fits on shingle or pitched roofs and has many engineering features that make it intrinsically sturdy.
Q: What regular maintenance do I need to do?
A: With a Schüco system, very little. PV systems are inherently very low-maintenance, requiring the system owner only to wash the solar modules down with water when they get dirty so light can get through, and our special mounting hardware greatly reduces the need for periodic bolt-tightening. Conventional thermal solar systems require regular venting, but our third generation solar thermal systems don’t even need that. The circulation pump and valves are mechanical, so they will need replacing eventually, but here again, our systems are self lubricating so the service intervals are longer than with our competitors.
Q: How long will my system last?
A: If properly installed, it should last many years. Ours last a very long time. In fact, we guarantee the performance of our PV modules for 25 years, and our thermal collectors for 10 years.
Q: What technical knowledge do I need?
A: With a Schüco system, basically none. We’re always glad to supply any technical information you might want, but you definitely don’t have to become an expert. Most people enjoy monitoring their system to see what it’s doing, and we provide very convenient ways of doing this, but the fact is, our systems run just fine all by themselves.
Q: Can I install solar myself?
A: It is best to go with an experienced installer. Your certified Schüco installer/dealer can help you determine the right system for you, and make sure everything works properly. Schüco dealers are certified for our systems, assuring you of expert installation and service.
Q: How will a solar energy system affect my home’s resale value?
A: Studies show that most Americans would pay more for a home with a solar system already installed. And of course, as energy costs rise, anything that lowers those costs will add to a home’s value. In addition, our systems are designed specifically to be aesthetically pleasing – they look good on a roof.
Q: Are solar energy systems vulnerable to weather?
A: Our modules and collectors have tempered safety glass set deep into heavy-duty frames, and our mounting system is extraordinarily robust. If properly installed, our systems are at least as strong as the roof they are mounted on, if not stronger.