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What are the financial benefits of solar energy?
When you install a solar energy system on your property, you immediately increase the value of your home. You will also reduce your electric bill or eliminate it altogether. You will safeguard yourself from future rate increases from the utility company and you can qualify for federal,state and local tax incentives and in some instances, property tax reductions.
What are the environmental benefits of solar energy?
Solar power is a clean renewable resource that reduces greenhouse gas emissions which contribute to climate change. Transitioning to solar allows us to burn less fossil fuels which pollutes the atmosphere. The cleaner the air quality, the better our quality of life.
What is net metering?
Net metering is the system the utility company uses to apply solar credits on the bills of the homeowners for overproduction from their solar system. These credits offset dollar for dollar what the customer would have paid to the utility for energy supplied. With net metering, you only pay for electricity that you use above and beyond what your solar system generates.
How do I know what size solar electric system is needed for my home?
Each home’s energy usage is different, so in order to determine the size of the system required, we would need to evaluate the electric bill. Once we assess what your annual usage is, we then use satellite imagery to calculate the roof size. With this information, we are able to customize a system specifically for your home.
Can I afford to go solar?
Since you already pay an electric bill every single month, you can definitely afford to go solar. The new solar programs are all $0 out of pocket cost for the installation and will save you money immediately on your electric bills. Furthermore tax incentives and property tax abatements only help put more money in your pocket.
Should I buy or lease my solar panel system?
Both buying and leasing have benefits and will save you a ton of money. If you are interested in maximizing the financial returns of your solar energy system, buying the system is probably a better option for you. However, if your priority is an easy, maintenance-free way to reduce your energy bills and help the environment, you could consider a solar lease.
Will solar increase my property value?
Homes with solar are preferred because they are cleaner, cheaper, and more efficient to live in. A study was conducted by Berkeley National Labs for the U.S. Department of Energy. Over 200,000 homes across 8 states were examined, and it concluded that solar was proven to add real value (up to 20% increase) to the homes that chose to own their power. These homes were also able to sell faster than an equivalent home in the same area.
Will I still receive an electric bill from the utility company?
Unless you are fully off the grid, you will receive a basic service charge from the utility company. Typically, the cost varies based on the utility, but it’s usually between $10-$20. The reason for this is because:
1- If you are producing more power than you need, the extra power will be stored by the utility company on the grid and the meter keeps track of this.
2- If you need more power than your system generates, the grid will supply you with energy above and beyond what your system produces.
Do my solar panels produce power when the sun isn't shining?
Solar panels produce power based on how much sunlight they collect. Because of this, your solar panels will generate slightly less power on a cloudy day, and no energy at night. However, when we design your system,
we use up to date information to forecast exactly how much sun you will receive so you can rest assured knowing that even though it’s cloudy on some days, your system will still produce years of savings for you and your family powered by the sun.
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