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Is Rooftop Solar Right for You?

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Welcome to the future of energy independence!

With more than 90 million eligible to go solar for $0 out-of-pocket, more and more homeowners are seeing the benefits to owning their own electricity! Below are just a few benefits that some homeowners just like you have seen.

Benefits

Benefits to going solar!

Own your energy

By generating energy through solar panels, you are able to own your own electric power, and (in some cases) actually sell what you don't consume! 

Increased property value

With everything getting more expensive, isn't it equally important that we retain or grow our assets where we can? Our homes are our highest value purchase and adding solar can actually increase it's value 5-10%!

Reduce your bills

One of the biggest factors that keep homeowners tied down financially is their overhead! By reducing your electricity bill, you reduce your overhead & can become debt-free faster! 

Income tax credits

Did you know there is a 30% federal income tax credit on the table for new solar customers! (In addition to other various tax credits & rebates at the state level!)

Reduced carbon footprint

Can we agree that burning fuel is dirtier than generating electricity? Would you allow someone to burn coal in every room in your home to keep it warm? Didn't think so... so why are we letting the electric companies do it for us?

$0 upfront to install

Last, but certainly not least - you can get solar installed these days without paying a dime out of your own pocket! See how that's possible today!

Our Process

1.

Have a discovery call

We want to learn about you and your goals, why you're interested in going solar, and what problem(s) you are looking to solve!

2.

Send a utility bill

At the end of the discovery call, if you are ready to move forward to see what a solution could look like, we will simply get a few pieces of information about your house and ask you to send your last utility bill.

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Proposal presentation

After we get your utility bill and additional info, we will get started building a fully customized proposal that speaks to your goals, your interests and solving your problems!
(Don't worry! If during this or any prior phase, it is determined that you do not qualify or one of our solutions do not make sense for you, we will let you know & guide you in a path that will best benefit you!)

4.

Road to solution

After we review your proposal, make tweaks and mutually agree on your solution, the real fun begins! After agreements are signed & collected, the team will get started on confirming your solution's design. But don't worry! We will be here to answer any questions or concerns until after your installation is completed!

Process

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a residential solar energy system?
    A residential solar energy system is a setup where solar panels are installed on or near a home to convert sunlight into electricity. These systems allow homeowners to generate their own electricity, often reducing their energy bills and increasing their energy independence. They're an excellent way to utilize a clean, renewable energy source, which can also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • How much can I save by installing a solar energy system at my home?
    The savings from installing a solar energy system at home can vary significantly depending on several factors. These factors include the amount of sunlight your home receives, the cost of electricity in your area, the size of the system, and any local incentives or subsidies. However, many homeowners find that their systems pay for themselves in energy savings within 5-10 years. Some homeowners even generate excess electricity that they can sell back to the grid, further offsetting the cost.
  • What maintenance is required for a residential solar energy system?
    Solar energy systems generally require minimal maintenance. This is because they have no moving parts, making them very reliable and long-lasting. Regular cleaning to remove dust and debris is typically the only necessary routine maintenance. Additionally, it's important to periodically check the system’s performance to ensure it's operating efficiently. In case of any technical issues, it's best to contact a professional for inspection and repair.
  • How long does a residential solar energy system last?
    The lifespan of a solar energy system can depend on several factors, such as the quality of the installation and the panels' manufacturing. However, most solar panels are guaranteed to perform at a high efficiency for about 25-30 years. With proper maintenance, they can often last much longer, although their efficiency may gradually decrease over time.
  • What happens when it's cloudy or at night? Will my solar panels still work?
    Solar panels are most effective in direct sunlight, so their output is reduced on cloudy days and they do not produce electricity at night. However, many systems are connected to the local power grid and switch over to grid power when necessary. Alternatively, some homeowners use battery storage systems to store excess power produced during the day, which can then be used at night or during cloudy weather.
  • How much does a residential solar energy system cost?
    The cost of a residential solar energy system can vary widely based on the size of the system, your geographic location, and the specific equipment you choose. As of 2021, the average cost in the US ranged from $15,000 to $25,000 for a system before any incentives or rebates. However, costs have been decreasing over the years, so it's best to obtain a current quote from a reputable provider.
  • Are there financing options available for residential solar energy systems?
    Yes, there are several financing options available for residential solar energy systems. These can include solar loans, solar leases, or power purchase agreements (PPAs). With a solar loan, you borrow the money to pay for the system and pay it back over time. With a solar lease or PPA, a third party owns the system and you pay them a fixed rate for the electricity it produces.
  • What kind of savings can I expect on my electricity bill?
    The savings on your electricity bill will depend on several factors, including the size and efficiency of your solar system, the amount of sunlight your location receives, and the cost of electricity from your utility company. However, many homeowners find that their solar systems can reduce their electricity bills by 50% to 90%.
  • What are the maintenance costs for a residential solar energy system?
    Solar energy systems typically require minimal maintenance, which can lead to low ongoing costs. Routine cleaning to remove dirt and dust and occasional professional inspections are usually the main requirements. If your system is connected to the grid, there may also be minimal fees for grid maintenance and connection.
  • Are there any government incentives or rebates available?
    Yes, many countries and states offer incentives to encourage the adoption of solar energy. For example, there's a federal solar tax credit, known as the Investment Tax Credit (ITC), which allows homeowners to deduct a percentage of the cost of installing a solar energy system from their federal taxes. Additionally, many states, local governments, and utilities also offer rebates and incentives such as SREC's.
  • What is the payback period for a solar energy system?
    The payback period is the amount of time it takes for the savings from your solar system (in the form of lower electricity bills) to equal the total cost of the system. This typically ranges from 5 to 10 years but can vary based on local electricity rates, the cost of the system, and the amount of sunlight your system receives. After the payback period, the electricity generated by the solar system is essentially free.
  • Can a solar energy system increase the value of my home?
    Yes, research has shown that homes equipped with solar energy systems often have a higher resale value compared to homes without them. This is because prospective buyers are willing to pay a premium for a home with a solar system, knowing they will save on electricity costs in the future. However, the exact increase in home value can vary depending on the local real estate market and the size and age of the solar system.
  • How do I choose a reliable solar installation company?
    Look for companies with a strong track record, positive customer reviews, and relevant industry certifications. It's also important that the company offers a solid warranty and responsive customer service. Always get multiple quotes and ask plenty of questions about the equipment they use, their installation process, and their experience with permitting and local regulations.
  • What does the solar panel installation process look like?
    STEP 1: Savings Report In the first step, a detailed analysis of your current energy consumption is conducted, often using your past electricity bills. This report outlines the potential savings you can realize by switching to solar power. It will consider factors such as the amount of sunlight your location receives, the size and orientation of your roof, local electricity rates, and available incentives. This report helps you understand whether a solar energy system is a good financial decision for you. STEP 2: Approval Process After deciding to move forward based on the savings report, you will go through an approval process. This can involve multiple stages, including credit checks and approval from the homeowner's association if applicable. This step may also involve preliminary discussions with your local utility company about the possibility of connecting your solar energy system to the grid. STEP 3: Documents At this stage, you'll need to provide necessary documents and complete some paperwork. This can include signing a solar installation contract, which outlines the details of the project, including the cost, schedule, and equipment to be used. You may also need to provide documentation related to your property, like property deeds or blueprints. STEP 4: Site Survey A professional site survey is conducted to determine the best location for your solar panels. This involves assessing the condition of your roof, measuring the angle and orientation of the roof, checking for any potential obstructions to sunlight, and evaluating the electrical system of your home. The site survey ensures the system is designed to maximize energy production and ensure safety and aesthetic integration with your home. STEP 5: CAD/Permit Based on the results of the site survey, a Computer-Aided Design (CAD) of your solar energy system is created. This detailed drawing shows where the panels, inverters, and other components will be installed. After the design is finalized, the installer will apply for necessary permits from local authorities. This ensures the proposed system complies with all relevant building codes and regulations. STEP 6: Installation Once the necessary permits are obtained, the installation of your solar energy system can begin. This involves setting up the mounting system, installing the solar panels, and connecting the system to your home's electrical grid. The process typically involves professionals such as electricians and roofers, who ensure everything is installed safely and efficiently. STEP 7: System Activation After the installation is complete and inspected, the system can be activated. This involves a final inspection by a local official or your utility company to ensure everything is installed correctly and safely. Once approved, the system can be connected to the grid, and you can start generating your own solar power. You'll also learn how to monitor your system’s performance to ensure it’s operating as expected.
  • How long does it take to install a solar energy system?
    The physical installation of a solar system usually takes a few days to a week, depending on the size of the system and the complexity of the installation. However, the entire process, including the initial assessment, system design, permitting, and final inspection, can take several weeks to a few months.
  • What kind of physical modifications are needed for my home?
    Most installations involve mounting the solar panels on your roof, which requires a sturdy, properly angled mounting system. Installers also need to add electrical wiring to connect the panels to your home's electrical system and the grid. In some cases, you may need to upgrade your home's electrical panel. If your roof is old or in poor condition, it may need to be repaired or replaced before installation.
  • Can I install solar panels myself?
    While it's technically possible to install solar panels yourself, it's usually not recommended unless you have the necessary skills and experience. Professional installers are familiar with the electrical and structural requirements of a safe and efficient installation, and they're equipped to handle any issues that might arise. In addition, DIY installation can void the warranty of your solar panels and might not meet the qualifications for some financial incentives.
  • Do I need a permit to install a solar energy system?
    Yes, in most jurisdictions, you'll need one or more permits to install a solar energy system. This usually includes a building permit and an electrical permit. Your installer should be familiar with the permitting process in your area and should be able to handle this for you.
  • What happens if my roof needs repair or replacement after the solar panels are installed?
    If roof repairs are needed after the panels are installed, the panels will typically need to be removed and then reinstalled after the repairs are complete. This can add to the cost of the roof repair. To avoid this scenario, it's recommended to ensure your roof is in good condition before installing solar panels. If your roof is nearing the end of its life, consider replacing it before installing the panels. A roofing proposal can be requested and presented alongside the free energy savings report.
  • How do solar panels work?
    Solar panels work by allowing particles of light, or photons, to knock electrons free from atoms, generating a flow of electricity. They're composed of many smaller units called photovoltaic cells - the part that converts sunlight into electricity. Each photovoltaic cell is essentially a sandwich made up of two layers of semi-conducting material, usually silicon.
  • How much electricity can my solar system produce?
    The amount of electricity your solar system can produce depends on several factors, including the size and efficiency of your solar panels, the angle and orientation of the panels, and the amount of sunlight in your location. A system that's properly sized and installed in a location with good sunlight can often generate enough electricity to meet most, if not all, of your household's electricity needs.
  • What maintenance does a solar energy system require?
    Solar energy systems require relatively little maintenance. The most common requirement is to keep the panels clean, as dust and debris can reduce their efficiency. You'll also need to monitor the system's performance to ensure it's operating correctly. If you notice a significant drop in power output or other problems, you'll need to call a professional to diagnose and fix the problem.
  • Can a solar energy system work during a power outage?
    Whether a solar energy system can work during a power outage depends on the specific setup. If the system includes a battery storage system or is set up for 'islanding', then it can continue providing power during an outage. However, most grid-connected solar systems without batteries are designed to shut off during power outages for safety reasons.
  • How can I maximize the efficiency of my solar energy system?
    Maximizing the efficiency of your solar energy system primarily involves the correct installation and positioning of the solar panels to capture the maximum amount of sunlight. Regular cleaning and maintenance can also ensure they're working as efficiently as possible. Using energy-efficient appliances and conserving energy in your home can also help you get the most benefit from your solar system.
  • What should I do if my solar panels are not producing as much power as they should?
    If your solar panels are not producing as much power as they should, it could be due to a variety of issues. Common problems include shading, dirt or debris on the panels, a malfunctioning inverter, or a problem with the wiring. A professional should be able to diagnose and resolve the issue.
  • How long do solar panels last?
    Most solar panels are built to last and come with a warranty for 25-30 years. However, they can often continue producing electricity for years beyond this, although their efficiency may decrease gradually over time. Regular maintenance can help ensure your panels stay in good condition and last as long as possible. All of our installations also include a bumper-to-bumper 30-year warranty that covers glass to roof penetration. Ask us for more details on how it can affect your scenario.
  • What are the environmental benefits of solar energy?
    Solar energy is a renewable resource, meaning it doesn't deplete our planet's natural resources like fossil fuels. It also produces no harmful emissions during operation, which helps to mitigate climate change and reduce air pollution. Additionally, solar energy reduces our reliance on fossil fuels, which leads to a reduction in the negative environmental impacts associated with their extraction and use.
  • How does weather affect the efficiency of my solar panels?
    Solar panels are most effective in sunny conditions, but they still generate electricity in cloudy weather, albeit at a reduced rate. Rain can actually help solar panels by cleaning their surface and improving efficiency. Extreme heat can slightly decrease the efficiency of solar panels, but this impact is typically minimal.
  • How does the location of my home affect the efficiency of solar energy production?
    The location of your home can significantly affect the efficiency of solar energy production. Key factors include your latitude, the amount of sun your location receives, the orientation of your home, and local weather patterns. For example, a roof that faces south (in the Northern Hemisphere) will generally produce more solar energy than one that faces north.
  • What is the most efficient angle for solar panels?
    The most efficient angle for solar panels depends on your latitude. As a general rule, solar panels should be angled towards the equator at an angle approximately equal to the latitude. However, they can be adjusted to optimize performance during summer or winter months. An adjustable mount or tracking system can maximize solar energy production by following the sun's path across the sky.
  • Can I use solar panels with my energy-intensive appliances like electric heating or air conditioning?
    Yes, you can use solar panels with energy-intensive appliances. However, these appliances may require a larger solar system to provide enough electricity. When designing a solar energy system, it's important to take into account your energy use throughout the year, including the use of high-energy appliances, to ensure the system is adequately sized.
  • Does solar power contribute to a circular economy?
    Solar power can contribute to a circular economy, a system aimed at eliminating waste and the continual use of resources, in several ways. For example, the power generated from solar panels can be used and stored efficiently, reducing energy waste. As technology progresses, the recycling and repurposing of solar panels at the end of their life will also play a significant role in a circular economy.
  • How are solar panels made and are they environmentally friendly?
    Solar panels are made by embedding silicon cells with other materials that create a positive and negative charge. While the manufacturing process does use resources and energy, the panels generate far more energy over their lifetime than is used in their production. In addition, many manufacturers are taking steps to reduce their environmental impact by recycling and reusing materials. The net effect of using solar panels is a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to conventional energy sources.
  • What are the upfront costs for a residential solar energy system?
    The upfront costs for a solar energy system can vary widely depending on the size of the system, your location, the installer, and the specific equipment used. Costs typically include the solar panels, other system components like inverters and mounting hardware, installation labor, and permitting fees. As of 2021, a typical range might be from $15,000 to $25,000 before incentives for an average-sized residential system, but costs have likely changed since then.
  • What financing options are available for residential solar energy systems?
    There are several financing options available for solar energy systems, including solar loans, solar leases, and power purchase agreements (PPAs). Solar loans allow you to buy your system outright, while leases and PPAs allow you to use a system owned by a third party for a monthly fee or rate per kilowatt-hour. The best option for you depends on your financial situation and goals.
  • What incentives are available to help offset the cost of a solar energy system?
    There are numerous local, state, and federal incentives available to offset the cost of solar energy systems. These can include tax credits, rebates, and performance payments. For example, the federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) allows you to deduct a percentage of the cost of your solar system from your federal taxes. Your local utility company may also offer incentives.
  • How does a solar lease work?
    In a solar lease, a third party owns the solar energy system on your property and you pay a fixed monthly fee to use it. The monthly fee is typically less than what you would pay for electricity from the grid, allowing you to save money on your energy costs. The leasing company is usually responsible for maintenance and repairs.
  • How long does it take for a solar energy system to pay for itself?
    The time it takes for a solar energy system to "pay for itself" – that is, to generate enough savings in electricity costs to cover the initial investment – depends on several factors. These include the cost of the system, the cost of electricity from the grid, the amount of sunlight your system receives, and any financial incentives you're able to take advantage of. This "payback period" can range from a few years to over a decade.
  • Can I sell excess energy back to the grid?
    In many areas, you can sell excess energy back to the grid through a practice known as net metering. When your solar panels produce more electricity than you use, that electricity can be sent back to the grid in exchange for credits on your utility bill. The specifics of how this is implemented and compensated vary by utility and region.
  • Can I use solar energy to earn income?
    Some jurisdictions and utilities allow homeowners with solar panels to sell renewable energy certificates (RECs), also known as green tags or renewable energy credits. Each REC represents a specific amount of electricity produced by renewable energy. However, the market for RECs can be complex and is not available everywhere.
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