Frequently Asked Questions About Solar Energy

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Batteries provide stored energy to designated appliances/outlets in the event of a power outage or blackout (backup). In addition, the battery can be programmed to minimize the amount of electricity you pull from the grid during peak hours when utility rates are high (self-consumption).

Given that systems last 25 to 30+ years, we recommend having the roof repaired/remodeled along with going solar. Our roofing subcontractor coordinates with the install team to preserve the roof & solar panel warranties. Typically roof warranties are 10-12 years depending on subcontractor used. After the solar panels are installed, your roof is covered where the roof penetrations are made and 3ft surrounding your system for an additional 10 years.

Yes, the cost of the ENTIRE solar panel system is covered.

Yes, if purchased, there’s a 25-year manufactures’ warranty on the solar power system and a 10-year workmanship warranty that covers all workmanship defects related to installed work only. With a PPA, the installers maintain ownership of the panels during your agreement which also has a 20-year manufactures’ warranty throughout the lifetime of the PPA agreement.

The California Solar Rights Act restricts HOA’s from prohibiting solar to homeowners. We’ll work with your HOA on your behalf before, during, and after the entire installation process and provide them with whichever documents they require for a timely approval of your system. If need be, we can attend HOA meetings when you’re not available where your property(s) exists.

You have many options: (1) have the equipment removed at no cost to you (2) purchase the system at fair market value (3) renew for two five (5) year terms (4) upgrade to a new system with a new contract (5) have the equipment removed at no cost to you after two five-year terms expire.

Typical residential systems take 2-3 days to install, however, the size and complexity of the project will require more time. Permitting and city inspections make the overall project last approximately 8-12 weeks depending on your city, state, and installation size.

Currently our installers cover AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, ID, IL, MA, MD, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TX, UT, and VT. More to be added soon!!

No. A UCC-1 will be filed however that is applied to the solar panel system only and NOT the property. So, if ever an unfortunate reason that may fall upon you and missed payments accrue, the solar loan lender would come remove the solar panel system only.

Rates will undoubtedly rise for the next 25 years+ due to 3 factors: 1) Maintenance; when transmission lines or the grid goes down, they require repair, paid for by consumers. 2) Growth; when new home/buildings are constructed transmission lines need to be extended, also paid for by consumers. 3) Cost of Fuel; extracting finite resources is expensive so consequently energy costs will continue to rise as they are depleted.

No, due to safety concerns for utility workers, your system will automatically shut off during a blackout or power outage so long that you are connected to your utility provider (grid-tied). If you wish to have appliances running during a power outage (off-grid); let us know and we’ll assess whether battery backup is practical for you in your city or state.

Yes, but very little production on an overcast day; during this time, you draw on overproduction credits (net-metering) or from energy stored in a battery when the sun was shining down on a clear day. Yet if the sun is shining through the clouds even when it’s raining your panels are still producing power.

Yes. We can add more panels to your existing system. After a full 12 months of system production, we’ll analyze your usage to determine exactly how many more panels are needed.

Manufacturers design solar panels to withhold 20 to 40 pounds of weight per square foot, so snow generally isn’t heavy enough to be a risk. During manufacturing, all solar panels undergo pressure tests that assess quality and durability. Solar panels and the supporting equipment ratings vary to withstand temperature extremes within any environment.

Commercial & Industrial

There are many installation options for commercial solar projects, including various factory roofs, solar carports in & above parking lots, or large ground-mounted arrays. Commercial and industrial solar systems often include intricate racking systems to elevate and tilt the panels.

Batteries provide stored energy to designated equipment/outlets in the event of a power outage or blackout (backup). In addition, the battery can be programmed to minimize the amount of electricity you pull from the grid during peak hours when utility rates are high (self-consumption).

Commercial and industrial-scale installations use two primary types of solar panels: monocrystalline and polycrystalline. They are often larger than residential panels used by homeowners. Large-scale commercial solar installations often use 96-cell or greater solar panels, meaning each panel is comprised of 96 or more individual solar photovoltaic cells.

The average business will save $5,063 or more on electricity costs annually with commercial solar. If your business reinvests this money towards other business expenses, commercial solar is very profitable.

Multifamily Housing

More efficient buildings help renters avoid extra heating and cooling costs, and if paired with solar, those savings increase even more when electricity is factored into rent. Occupants also benefit from a more comfortable and healthy living space.

The cost of a multifamily solar project can vary depending on many factors like available roof space, your annual usage, the utility’s policies around solar, your energy goals, and more.

Yes. Batteries provide stored energy to designated common area and/or emergency outlets in the event of a power outage or blackout (backup). In addition, the battery can be programmed to minimize the amount of electricity pulled from the grid during peak hours when utility rates are high (self-consumption).

Similar to residential & commercial solar, there are several ways to finance a project such as cash payment milestones, solar loan from banks/lenders/credit unions/green banks, $0 money down PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) and various others.

For multifamily and mixed-used buildings, we typically see a 30-90% electricity offset. We’ll conduct a comprehensive needs analysis on each location and assess roof structure stability, how many meters available, energy offset goals, your building’s usage & structural history and several other factors.

Most definitely!!! Here’s how; as the owner, your financed solar system cost $500/mo for 25 years. You have 5 tenants all paying ~$200/mo annually. Now that their electricity bill has been eliminated, you can raise their rents by $100 each, paying off the loan with no costs to you. Raising the rent by $150 would pay off the loan even faster – your choice. It’s a win-win for you and your tenants!!

Nonprofit / Municipalities

Traditionally, nonprofits resisted going solar because as tax-exempt organizations, they were not able to take advantage of the 30% federal tax credit, which makes solar projects much more affordable. Thankfully, direct pay for nonprofits became a reality through the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 allowing all nonprofits to receive tax credits.

Yes. Batteries provide stored energy to designated appliances, common area or emergency outlets in the event of a power outage or blackout (backup). In addition, the battery can be programmed to minimize the amount of electricity pulled from the grid during peak hours when utility rates are high (self-consumption).

For various nonprofit buildings, we typically see a 30-90% electricity offset. We’ll conduct a comprehensive needs analysis on each location and assess roof structure stability, energy offset goals, your building’s usage & structural history as well as several other factors.

Absolutely; now that the Inflation Reduction Act passed, these organizations are now able to receive the full 30% federal tax credit, significantly reduce their electricity bill and realize HUGE savings over the lifetime of the system. Avoiding high demand charges when utilizing solar energy + battery storage lowers operational expenses leaving money available for expansion or growth that would otherwise be spent on utility costs.

Financially Related

Home/business owners, multifamily unit developers/owners and nonprofits receive a federal tax credit equal to 30% of the upfront cost of solar; including battery backup. It’s a credit, not a deduction, meaning if your project costs $100,000, the ITC reduces the amount owed to the federal government in taxes by $30,000. Consultation with your tax professional is always recommended.

The 30% Investment Tax Credit does not arrive as an actual check. The credit comes in the form of a tax refund from the government. It is claimed on your tax return in the year that the system was installed. Furthermore, you can carry forward unused solar tax credits until you use them.

Allows qualifying tax-exempt entities to receive a direct payment from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), in lieu of a tax credit. Similar to for-profit companies, state/local governments, nonprofits, rural electric cooperatives, houses of worship, schools, and tribal entities will be eligible for tax incentives of between 30 and 70 percent of the project's total cost – depending on the project's location and how much of the hardware content is produced domestically.

Initial deposits are optional, otherwise, there are No up-front costs or fees. We take care of all permitting and installation costs. Additionally, all performance & system analysis reports, as well as site measurements are included.

You lock in lower, fixed and predictable monthly payments for 8, 12, 15, 20 or 25 years (your choice). As opposed to the never-ending adjustable utility rates from your utility company that historically increases at an average of 4-12% annually (no choice).

With a solar lease, you pay a fixed amount every month for your solar panel system regardless of how much energy your system produces. Through a PPA, you pay a fixed rate in kWh’s for the electricity your system produces which is lower than your current utility rate. This often comes with a 2.99% per year escalator fee.

That won't be a problem. If you purchased the system, all you would do is roll the remaining balance into the selling price. Your property value increases due to the savings that adds up month after month and year after year, passing those savings on to the new property owner. Only now they don't have an electricity bill to pay just the fees and taxes charged from the utility company.

Yes, you will receive a fixed solar bill with an end date for your solar panel system and the other from your utility company that has been significantly reduced. Due to taxes & fees from your utility company such as transmission, generation, distribution, and meter service; these charges on your electric bill cannot be eliminated by solar.

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