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A 100 kW solar installation will offset 4,170,000 pounds of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of taking 364 cars off the road or planting 7 acres of forest.

Our Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Ocean County Solar, Meridian Solar Services Ground Mount PanelHow does solar work?
  2. How long does solar last?
  3. How do I maintain my system?
  4. Will I produce enough energy for my facility/building/office/school?
  5. What if my system’s producing more electricity than the building is using?
  6. Will I have power during an outage?
  7. How does weather affect my system?
  8. How does net metering work?
  9. Where can I find information on grants, etc.?
  10. What warranty will my system have?
  11. Where can I mount my system?

How does solar work?

Solar power makes use of photovoltaic devices or, as they are commonly called, solar cells. These devices generate electricity directly from sunlight. The electrical energy from the solar cells can be used to power buildings and homes.

How long does solar last?

Generally a solar system will last for at least 20 years. However a basic system can easily last for 30 years, offering a great long term investment.

How do I maintain my system?

Meridian has a recommended maintenance program, which includes a site inspection and thorough panel cleaning annually. Rain generally keeps panels clean throughout the year, and typically few if any repairs are needed.

Will I produce enough energy for my facility/building/office/school?

Depending on your location, your energy usage and the size of your system you may produce enough energy to power your entire business or building. However, typically solar systems produce only a portion of a building’s electric needs. Meridian will come to your site for free to perform a survey and let you know how much power you could produce.

What if my system’s producing more electricity than the building is using?

Depending on your situation it is possible that there will be times when you system is producing more energy than you are currently using. When this happens, the excess electricity will be put back into the grid and you will be receiving a credit towards your future electric costs. In some cases, electric companies will provide a rebate on an annual basis if there is excess generation.

Will I have power during an outage?

During a power outage, your system will have to be shut down by law. Unless you have a backup generator you will have no power during this time. This is done to maintain the safety of the people who are working to try to restore the power.

How does weather affect my system?

Solar panels are designed to produce electricity in low light conditions when it is cloudy or foggy. However they will not be running at full potential unless they are in direct sunlight.

How does net metering work?

Net metering is when your system is producing more energy than you are currently using. In this case the excess electricity will be put back into the grid. Your meter will be running backwards during this time, in fact earning you credit, which you will then use to pay for future electricity expenses.

Where can I find information on grants, etc.?

Meridian will be more than glad to help you find any information on grants, tax incentives, loans or other financial matters regarding your property. Good resources include: NJ Clean Energy: http://njcleanenergy.com and The Database of State Incentives for Renewable and Efficiency: http://www.dsireusa.org

What warranty will my system have?

Depending on the components used in your system warranty will vary. However, most manufactures of photovoltaic solar products will offer a warranty of around 20 years and installers offer a limited warranty of 1–5 years.

Where can I mount my system?

You can mount your system on any flat or sloped surface or roof that has a southern or flat orientation. Meridian Solar Services will install systems on flat or tilted roofs and install systems on the ground.