Solar FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

Below is our Solar FAQ. A list of frequently-asked questions about solar energy, solar panels, equipment, procedures, costs, and much more. Are there other things you’d like to know about solar power? Send us an email and we’ll get back to you with an answer. We may even add it to our solar FAQ.

How much does solar energy cost?

Going Solar has never been easier or more affordable than right now. Solar power costs less than traditional electricity in most New Jersey markets, whether you choose to pay as you go or purchase the system upfront. We offer a wide range of financing options, which makes going solar simple and affordable. Each home’s solar plan is different and custom designed specifically for you so prices vary from house to house.

What locations does Hughes Solar serve?

Currently we service all of New Jersey.

Is solar right for my home?

We offer a no-pressure free in home consultation to help figure out if going solar is right for you. First, we’ll look at your utility bills to see how much you spend each month on electricity. Then we’ll design a custom solar system which is specifically designed to meet your energy needs and budget. By factoring in both the amount of power you use and the amount you can produce with solar we can figure out your cost/savings potential of going solar. We complete all of the design paperwork and handle all permitting required. And finally, we do all our own installations. We don’t use any subcontractor crews like the national solar providers. All work done on your home is done by Hughes Solar.

Should I re-roof my house before I install solar panels?

Solar panels are designed to last a very long time so it makes sense to avoid having to remove and reinstall them. We can inspect your roof and help you decide if you need to re-roof before installation.

If I have to re-roof my house can you handle it for me?

Yes. We can take care of re-roofing the house before we install any of the solar panels. We can either go over the existing shingles if able with new material or completely tear off the old roof and install all new.

How big a roof do I need?

This depends on the amount of solar energy you want to produce each month. During the free in home consultation we will look at your roof, take measurements and determine how many panels it can accommodate. In some cases you may be able to use a ground based system which isn’t put on the roof at all, this option would also be determined at your in home consultation.

Will I have power during a blackout?

With an on grid system, in the event of a blackout, your inverter will automatically shut down for safety reasons. You will not have electricity until power is restored to the grid. With an off grid system or with a home battery or generator setup you would continue to produce power in a blackout.

Do solar panels generate electricity in bad weather?

Solar panels need sun to generate electricity, the more sun you have the more power you will produce. However even in areas with bad or cloudy weather your system will still produce some power. Generally in New Jersey you will produce power throughout the entire year other than in times of heavy snow. Expected weather conditions will be factored into our estimates for your energy production.

How will solar panels look on my roof?

Modern solar panels look great. Our low-profile design and premium front trim integrate beautifully into your roof. Check out our gallery to see how other homes look with solar panels.

How does solar power work?

Basically our solar panels capture the sun’s energy and convert it to pure electricity, channel it through discreetly placed wires to an inverter, where it’s converted to electricity to power your home. When your solar power system produces more power than you need, it feeds the power back into the electricity grid and in some cases you can actually earn money each month. This is how solar farms work. If you have a home battery setup the battery’s store excess power for use when your not producing power for example at night or during bad weather.

What’s the environmental impact and benefit of solar energy?

Pretty big: the average Hughes solar power system will offset 178 tons of CO2 over 30 years. That’s like avoiding 390,300 miles driven, planting 10 football fields full of trees or eliminating 174,907 pounds of burned coal. All while saving an average of around $100,000 over the same 30 year period.

What if I want to sell my home after I go solar?

It’s totally fine. We understand most customers won’t stay in their home for the next 30 years. If you move, we’ll help transfer your solar power system’s contract to the new owners. We’ll also continue the warranty and support for the new homeowners.

What happens to solar panels when it’s cloudy or raining?

Photovoltaic panels can use direct or indirect sunlight to generate solar power, though they are most effective in direct sunlight. Solar panels will still work even when the light is reflected or partially blocked by clouds. Rain actually helps to keep your panels operating efficiently by washing away any dust or dirt. NJ has an incredible net metering policy, energy generated by your panels during sunny hours will offset energy that you use at night and other times when your system isn’t operating at full capacity and if you produce more energy in total than you use, your utility will pay you 100% of the value for that electricity.