How much of my home’s energy needs can be provided by a home solar power system? Solar customers typically generate 50 to 90% of the energy they use every year from solar power. Since solar power is more affordable than electricity from the utility company, that can lead to significant savings on your monthly power bill! It's also important to understand that solar power systems do not need to provide all of the electricity your home needs to still be a great value. A small system that covers an average of one-quarter to one-half of your power demands still reduces your electric bill, and provides a source of clean, renewable energy.
Is it possible to have a $0 electric bill? Yes. Some solar systems do produce more electricity than is used each month, bringing your net electricity costs to $0. Usually there is a small connection fee (typically about $240 per year) to remain connected to the electrical grid, but your monthly bill can be drastically reduced, and sometimes even reduced to $0.
What is a solar lease?
A solar lease is when you pay for your home solar power system over a period of years, rather than with a large up-front payment. Customers can often purchase solar for little or no money down, and start seeing energy savings immediately.
Are there solar installation options other than the roof? Yes. If a roof-mounted system won't work for your specific needs, there are also options for a ground-mount, car ports, trellis, awnings or pergola applications.
How much maintenance does a home solar power system require? Solar photovoltaic panels have no moving parts, and are designed to last 30-years or longer, so they require little maintenance. It’s recommended that the installer do a system check once a year, just to make sure everything is performing as it should, but many installers cover the cost of that visit. If convenient, you can also hose off the solar panels two or three times a year to make sure they’re performing at their best.
What happens if I decide to sell my house after having solar installed? A home solar power system can save you money today, and even pay for itself in as little as five to seven years. When you do decide to sell, having a home solar power system is a huge benefit. According to one study, homes with solar power systems command more at resale than homes without. Because of that, most customers simply transfer their solar agreement to the home’s new owner. You can also buy out the system ahead of time and include the cost in your home’s sale price. Homes with solar sell 20% faster than homes without.
Why is it important to get quotes from multiple solar companies? As with any major purchase, you want to compare costs, information, and other factors like timing and availability. Getting quotes from multiple solar companies provides you with more options, can help set realistic expectations, and helps you fine-tune the solar system that will work best for your needs.
What happens to my solar power system in extreme weather conditions? Solar panels are designed to withstand high winds, snow loads, and even hail. When properly installed, extreme weather does not pose a danger to your solar installation.
How many panels do I need for a home solar power system? The size of your photovoltaic system is dependent on your home’s energy needs, available space for a system, and overall costs for the system components and installation. To determine the best size for your home solar power system you need to have your annual electricity usage. By creating an online account you will have access under billing history.