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FAQs About Home Solar Energy Systems

  • Why do I need a personalized solar report?

  • Every homeowner that is considering solar power has many decisions to make. The problem is that every situation is unique and the answers vary depending on your answers. How much sun do you get? How many panels will you need? Will you buy or lease the panels? How long before you see a return on your investment? Your personalized solar report will analyze your responses and give you the details you need to make a well informed decision.

  • Should I buy or lease my panels?

  • This is a difficult question to answer because each situation is unique. There are actually four choices that are available to you: Ownership, Solar Loan, Solar Lease or a Power purchasing agreement (PPA). Having your personalized solar report will help you make the best decision.

  • Am I going to have two monthly bills for solar and electricity?

  • This depends on a lot of factors including how many panels, amount of sun and shade, etc. If you can generate 100% of your electricity from solar, you won't pay an electric bill per se but most likely there will still be a small service fee.

  • How much will it cost?

  • Again, every situation is different. It even matters what state you live in! The average solar panel cost is $3–$5 per watt, therefore a typical 5 kW system can cost between $15000–$20000. It’s important to note that cost is also dependent on other factors like panel quality. The equipment you choose has a big impact on your electricity production. You’ll want to find the most efficient solar panels that fit your budget.

  • What happens if my panels break or my roof leaks?

  • Another question that is based on the choices you make. If you choose ownership or a solar loan responsibly depends on the warranties issued by the company you hire (and you qualify for tax incentives). If you choose to lease or enter a Purchase Power agreement the solar company retains ownership of the equipment and is responsible for its upkeep (you will not qualify for tax incentives).

  • What happens if there's a power outage?

  • Many companies will offer you options for electric backups such as a battery backup or generator. This is another question you will want to ask each company you are considering.

a Few Benefits of Going Green with Solar

  • Monetary Reasons

  • Going solar can reduce your utility bills—especially if your electric consumption is high and you live in an area where solar panels are cheap.

  • Tax breaks are available on both the Federal and state level if you choose ownership or a solar loan. These incentives can significantly reduce installation costs.

  • Solar panels are cheaper than ever before. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, the cost to install solar panels has dropped more than 70% in the past decade.

    • Environmental Reasons

    • We all can do a little better to take care of our planet, going solar will help preserve the earth for future generations

    • Independance

    • Reduce your need to rely on the utility company to power your home. You are also insulated against rate increases.