How much does a solar electric system cost?
The cost of your solar investment will vary greatly depending on the size of the system, your location, and available incentives. To find out how a system would effect your electric bill, schedule your free solar consultation with a Solar Solutions Designer.
What incentives are available to me?
Solar systems sold in the U.S. are currently eligible for a 30% federal tax credit. Additional state, local, and utility incentives exist in many areas, further lowering the net cost of your investment. Ask a Solar Solutions Designer about available incentives in your area.
Can my electric bill really be $0?
Some solar systems produce more electricity than is used each month, bringing net electricity costs to $0. However, there is still a minimal connection fee (typically about $100 per year) to remain connected to the electrical grid.
Do I get paid for my extra energy production?
Currently, most of America is under a system known as Net Metering, which allows your net electricity costs to be reduced to zero, but no further. In a select few places in the U.S., you can be paid for any excess electricity you create, in what is known as a Feed-In Tariff system.
Does a solar system require permits?
Yes. Your Solar Solutions designer will handle all the paperwork to make the process quick and easy.
Can I install solar panels myself?
It is not recommended. The process requires both licensed electrical and roofing skills to ensure the system is safe and optimally designed for 25+ years of production.
How much maintenance does a solar system need?
With no moving parts and at least a 25-year expected life-span, solar panels require very little maintenance. In fact, their design ensures that they remain relatively clean as long as they are exposed to rain or a quick rinse with a garden hose every few months.
Is solar a viable option in cold climates?
Yes. A general rule of thumb is that if you can clearly see your solar panels, they can produce electricity. In fact, given equal sunlight, a solar panel on a cold day will out-produce a solar panel on a hot day.
Can I take my home off the electrical grid?
Yes, provided you install optional battery-backup systems to provide power when your demands exceed your production, such as at night. While a Solar Solutions designer can help you install such a system, it is not typically recommended for several reasons. First, batteries add significant costs to your system, extending your payback period. Second, you may not be eligible for some incentives if you do not connect your system to your utility. Lastly, staying connected to the grid ensures you will rarely ever be without power, unlike batteries that have a limited lifespan and storage capacity.
I don’t plan on being in my home for 25 years. Why would I add solar?
People move more frequently now than ever before, but that shouldn’t impact your solar decision. A solar system can save you money today and even pay for itself in as little as five to seven years. Even if you move before your solar investment is paid off, studies show the cost will likely be returned in added value to your home. Plus, your home will most likely sell faster. Who doesn’t want a home with a guaranteed low electric bill? Our warranty is even transferable one time to a new owner.
Are there any fire, electrical, or other dangers from a solar system?
Similar to any other electrical component, proper installation will greatly limit any dangers. However, you should still take care to ensure your system is not easily accessible by children or animals, who could potentially damage the system and possibly injure themselves. If your system becomes damaged in any way, immediately seek assistance from a professional installer or electrician.
Can my HOA or neighbors prevent me from installing a solar system?
In most cases, no. Currently, 39 states have solar access laws that provide varying degrees of protection against restrictions that can be imposed on you.
Can solar panels heat my pool?
Most pools are heated by natural gas, so solar electric power will not be able to assist in heating outdoor swimming pools’. However, our solar panels do offset the power used by a pools electric pumps.