FAQs

  1. How do solar panels generate energy?
  2. How does Hudson Energy Solar’s Program work?
  3. What is a PPA?
  4. How long will my solar power system last?
  5. Will I still receive an electricity bill from my utility?
  6. Who fixes the system if it is not working?
  7. How will a solar energy system affect my property’s resale value?
  8. How do I pay for the electricity produced by this system?
  9. What are the benefits of using solar energy?
  10. Are there any disadvantages of using solar energy?
  11. What else can I do to increase energy savings at my business?
  12. What can I do to increase energy savings at home?
  13. Who do I contact for more information?
  1. How do solar panels generate energy?

    Solar panels are made of silicone semiconductor material. The array of panels absorbs energy from the sun and the inverter turns it into an alternating current of energy. Click here for a more detailed explanation on solar power generation.

  2. How does Hudson Energy Solar’s Program work?

    Hudson Energy Solar will offer residential, commercial and municipal customers the benefits of solar electricity without the costs and risks usually associated with traditional solar PV installations. They will be installed on the customer’s property at no cost to the customer. We will maintain ownership of the arrays and responsibility for all maintenance and monitoring of the arrays for 15-20 years, after which the ownership of the system may transfer to the customer. Through the PPA, the electricity produced from the program will be sold to the customer at a significant savings versus the utility rates. Click here to find out more about our solar program.

  3. What is a PPA?

    A Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) is an agreement between a provider and a customer to purchase solar power at long-term rates. The provider is responsible for installation and maintenance over the term set on the PPA, and the customer simply pays for the electricity generated from the system. The PPA allows the customer to have the benefits of solar electricity, but without the steep upfront cost it would require to install. Click here to learn more about PPAs.

  4. How long will my solar power system last?

    Solar power solutions are designed to last well beyond our general PPA agreement of 15-20 years. They can withstand high wind, heavy rain and icy snow.

  5. Will I still receive an electricity bill from my utility?

    You may still receive a bill from your utility if the electricity that your site uses is more than your solar array generates. Any excess power used will be supplied and billed by your utility.

  6. Who fixes the system if it is not working?

    Hudson Energy Solar will be responsible for maintenance and monitoring of the system through the term of the PPA.

  7. How can a solar energy system affect my property’s resale value?

    Studies show that most Americans would pay more for a property with a solar array system already installed. As energy costs rise, anything that will lower that cost will add to a property's value.

  8. How do I pay for the electricity produced by this system?

    Hudson Energy Solar will bill you for the power generated by the system at the contracted price/kWh. Hudson Energy Solar will provide you with periodic accounting of all power produced and all transactions. The customer will be able to monitor their usage through an on-site meter or online.

  9. What are the benefits of using solar energy?

    Solar panels draw upon energy from the sun, a free and virtually unlimited source. Solar power creates no pollution and is odorless. It allows for remote regions that are not connected to the grid to receive electricity. It also provides long term savings on energy costs and adds value to the property it’s installed upon, whether it be a home or business facility. Click here to learn about some more benefits of solar power for your home, business and the environment.

  10. Are there any disadvantages of using solar energy?

    Solar energy programs are perceived to have a huge start-up cost, which they do in most cases. However, a PPA allows you to have the benefits of a solar program without having to spend tens of thousands of dollars on installation costs! Cloudy and stormy weather may interrupt energy generation for your home, meaning your utility will be providing electricity during those times.

  11. What else can I do to increase energy savings at my business?

    Some things you can do to increase your energy savings include: closing all windows and doors during off hours, reducing air conditioner usage, turning off all computer equipment at day end and using energy efficient lightbulbs, monitors and ventilation systems. Click here for some more energy saving tips for your business.

  12. What can I do to increase energy savings at home?

    To save energy at home: turn off all lights and electronics when you leave the room, use energy efficient bulbs and clean and replace furnace filters and your ducts. Click here for some more energy saving tips for your home.

  13. Who do I contact for more information?

    Click here to contact our Solar Program team. Whether it is sales, maintenance or support needs, Hudson is here to help!