SOLAR PANELS IN SAN ANTONIO
String inverters are cheaper and a lot of companies will use these to lower the total cost of the system, the problem with string inverters is if one panel goes out or is shaded the entire system goes down. You may save money on the total cost using a string inverter but over the life of your system it is much better to spend a little more and go with a micro inverter. Micro Inverters are a much better choice, each panel gets its own inverter so if there is a problem with a panel or inverter only that one panel needs to be replaced and the rest of the system continues working efficiently. The biggest problem however with Micro inverters is that they sit under the panels themselves and in states like Texas where it gets really hot they have been know to overheat and fail. SolarEdge has combined the two technologies by putting a string inverter on the side of the house for easy service and Maintance and installing optimizers on each panel to act as micro inverters so if one panel goes down you don't lose your entire system. The next thing we highly recommend when choosing your inverter is monitoring. Many companies offer monitoring and have apps that will monitor your system but once again there are differences when it comes to how the monitoring connects to your internet. Most companies will just plug a cheap zigbee device into your modem which allows you to monitor your system remotely, however, if you ever need to change your modem or internet services, or even have to reset your modem for any reason you'll lose your monitoring and need to have someone come out to fix it. It is a good investment to spend a little more and get cellular monitoring this way your system has its own cellular monitoring system that is not connected to your internet, this service works whether you have internet in the home or not. The final and probably most important thing to look at when choosing an inverter is the warranty. Inverters cost thousands of dollars and can be the most expensive part of the system to replace. If your inverter is to go out, you need to ask who pays to replace it, and who provides the work. San Antonio Solar Pros offers every customer a 20 year workmanship warranty, If anything happens to your system rest assure we will be there to fix it at no extra cost to you. Full warranty details provided upon request.
The next thing to decide is what type of solar panel should you choose. Just like Inverters there are two different types of solar panels Polycrystalline and Monocrystalline. The most noticeable difference between these two materials is color. Poly's are blue and Mono's are black, however the differences go far beyond color and cosmetics. Mono's are made from a much more resilient material and will hold up much better in Hail Storms and other acts of God. In fact the huge hail storm that hit San Antonio actually destroyed most of the Poly systems which all had to be replaced while the Mono systems were unharmed and continued working at full power. Poly panels tend to be much more cost effective so a lot of companies will sell these and try and convince potential customers the only difference is color, please do your research before installing these panels. Solar is a big purchase and you should make sure you are making the correct decision. The next thing to consider when installing a system in size of your panels. There are two standard size panels in the solar industry 60 Cell residential and 72 cell commercial. This is another thing a lot of companies will do to cut cost and will make a huge difference to the total size of your system. You should always use a 60 cell panel in residential installs in fact cities like Austin have already started enforcing companies to only use these. The industry average right now for a 60 cell panel is 290W so you shouldn't settle for less. Here at San Antonio Solar Pros we have searched through the thousands of solar panel companies and done all the work for you to choose not only the highest quality best looking low profile panels, but we also got the panels with the longest warranties. If anything goes wrong you once again know you are taken care of.
CPS energy and The city of San Antonio only requires its solar contractors to offer a one year workmanship warranty and do not require them to offer any type of production warranty. Before starting our own company here at San Antonio Solar Pros we noticed a huge problem with this. After the hail storms we found our selves fixing everyones systems because the installing companies had no workmanship warranties in place. These fixes ended up costing customers thousands of dollars. When starting our company in 2014 the first thing we agreed on was that our customers needed to come first. We weren't just trying to install a system, get paid and never talk to our customer again. We are in it for the long haul and our customers problems are our problems. We offer all customers industry leading 20 year bumper to bumber workmanship warranties, 20 year manufacture panel warranties, and 25-30 year production warranties. We are so confident in our warranties that we encourage all our customers to try and find anyone offering something even close. Full Warranty details provided upon request.