We know that switching to solar energy is a significant decision and that you probably have many questions. Please look at some of our customers’ most frequently asked questions.
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This is totally dependent on your utility company, solar system size, and electricity usage after going solar. In most cases, if your system is properly sized and your electricity usage remains the same post solar installation you should not have a utility bill on an annual basis.
When you install a solar energy system on your property, you save money on your electricity bills and lock in your rate protecting yourself against rising electricity rates in the future. Installing a solar system also increases the value of your home. Additionally, the Federal Government provides a tax credit of 30% of the total system cost.
Solar power, like other renewable energy resources, has many environmental benefits. Going solar reduces greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to climate change, and results in fewer air pollutants like sulfur dioxide and particulate matter, which can cause health problems.
On average, from the day you sign up to the day your system is turned on it’s about 90 days. However, certain cities and utilities may take more or less time to approve permits and interconnection applications. This can change the amount of time plus or minus 60 days from the average.
Generally, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to monitor their system via the provided app. However, we also offer proactive system monitoring to take the worry out of going solar.
All major system components are covered by manufacturers’ warranties that span from 20-30 years on solar panels and 12-25 years on inverters.
Studies have shown that homes with solar energy systems sell for more than homes without them. However, your property value will only increase if you own, rather than lease, your solar panel system. In most parts of the country, going solar will actually increase your property value more than a kitchen renovation.
Solar panels absorb the sun’s energy throughout the day and convert it into direct current (DC) electricity. Most homes and businesses run on alternating current (AC) electricity, so the DC electricity is then passed through an inverter to convert it to usable AC electricity. At that point, you either use the electricity in your house or send it back to the electric grid.
If you are interested in maximizing the financial returns of your solar energy system, buying the system is probably a better decision for you. However, if you are not able to take advantage of the tax credit, leasing may be a better option.
Net metering is the system that utilities use to credit solar energy system owners for the electricity produced by their solar panels. With net metering, you get credit for the excess energy you produce and send back to the grid. Net metering policies differ from state to state, and utility to utility.
The city will come inspect your new solar system followed by your utility company and grant Permission to Operate (PTO), then your system is turned on!
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