Frequently Asked Questions About Solar Systems
Savings and Value
Are solar systems expensive?
The term “expensive” is relative which makes this difficult to answer. Solar energy systems are an investment for your future and will save you thousands of dollars throughout the life of the system. We keep our prices as affordable as possible by cutting out middlemen and working directly with our customers.
How much money can I save by going solar?
The exact amount varies for each home based on location, size and energy requirements. Most homeowners save hundreds of dollars each year.
I’ve heard there’s a federal tax credit for solar panels. Can you tell me more?
Visit our Savings page to learn more about the federal tax credit which expires in 2021.
Do I receive credit for my extra energy production?
When your solar panels produce more power than your home can use, the excess electricity is automatically sent back to the grid. Through net metering, you’ll earn credits with your utility company.
How does solar power impact my property value?
Studies have shown that homes with solar energy systems sell for more than homes without. In many parts of the country, going solar will actually increase your property value more than a kitchen renovation.
What comes with my solar energy system?
The main components of your solar energy system are solar panels, inverters, solar flashing, racking and mounting equipment, as well as production monitoring software.
What size solar energy system should I get?
The size of your solar energy system will depend on how much electricity you use on a monthly basis, as well as environmental conditions. Our team will evaluate your property and needs and design a custom solar solution for your property.
What kind of maintenance costs can I expect?
Solar panel systems are made of durable tempered glass and require little to no maintenance for 25 to 35 years. In most cases, you don’t even need to clean the panels regularly. A warranty is also likely to cover any issues that may arise.
How long will my solar power system last?
In general, solar panels are very durable and capable of withstanding inclement weather conditions. Various components of the system will need to be replaced at different times, but your system should continue to generate electricity for 25 to 35 years.
How Solar Works
How do my panels generate electricity?
Solar panels absorb sunlight and convert the light energy into usable electricity for your home. For more information on this process, click here.
What if it’s not sunny outside?
Solar panels can still generate electricity even when the sun is not at its brightest.
Will I have electricity if the power goes out in my area?
For the safety of the maintenance workers resolving any electrical issues during a power outage, your electricity would also be powered down. You would still be connected to your neighborhood’s grid to ensure you have a consistent flow of energy during normal hours, which is why you cannot keep using electricity when your power goes out.
What are the environmental benefits of solar energy?
Solar power, like other renewable energy resources, has many environmental and health benefits. It reduces greenhouse gas emissions which contribute to climate change and also results in fewer air pollutants like sulfur dioxide and particulate matter which can cause health problems.