Frequently asked questions
What tax credits and incentives are available?
The federal government offers a large tax credit for installing solar, which can be used to offset taxes you owe when you file. The credit is currently 22% of your total project costs, including installation.
Though solar has gotten cheaper and more efficient over the years, it still represents less than 2% of all electricity generated in the United States.
Because solar is cleaner and more sustainable than fossil fuels, there are several government incentives in place to encourage its adoption. These programs come in several forms, including solar rebates, tax credits, subsidies, and low-interest loans for renewable energy projects.
Can I Claim Incentives If I Sign a Solar Lease / PPA?
No. Under solar leases and PPAs, the solar installer owns the system, renting out the power it produces. As the owner of the system, the installer is entitled to claim any available solar incentives for themselves.
Missing out on solar tax credits and incentives puts a major dent in the ROI of your solar panel system. To maximize your energy savings, we recommend buying over leasing if the option is available to you.
Most homeowners find that buying a solar panel system is more beneficial than leasing. There are many financing options available, some of which offer $0 down just like a lease. Usually, the monthly payment on a loan is lower than the monthly payment on a lease. Plus, buying allows you to take advantage of the federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC), which is 30% until 2020. Buying can also increase the value of your home and simplify the sales process if you decide to move.
Will solar panels still provide power when the grid goes down?
No, not usually. While your solar panels will continue to absorb sunlight and produce electricity, you will not be able to use that electricity during a power outage. That is, unless you have a battery backup system and are still connected to the power grid.
What kind of solar panels do you sell?
As a solar dealer, we work with all vendors to sell every solar panel on the market. Because of our unique business model, we have the ability to price match other retailers so you’re guaranteed to get the best value.
Is there maintenance involved?
There is little to no maintenance involved with solar panels. They are extremely durable and should last 25 to 30 years. The only thing you need to do is rinse your panels clean of dust and dirt with a garden hose a few times a year.
*What are some of the advantages of solar power?
Avoid rising utility rates. One of the biggest benefits of going solar is that you can avoid rising utility rates. With solar, you buy a system that produces a certain amount of your power for the next 25 or 30 years.
That portion of your electric bill is eliminated, and you don’t have to worry about the utility company raising their rates every year anymore.
Tax benefits. Solar makes it possible for you to send less money to Uncle Sam in taxes. The biggest tax benefit of going solar is the 26% federal tax credit.
This allows you to take 26% of the cost of your solar system and claim it as a tax credit. In addition to the tax credit, businesses can also claim depreciation on the cost of their solar system.
Helping the environment. Solar is a clean and renewable energy source. Harvesting the sun’s rays to produce power doesn’t create any pollution or hurt the environment like some other sources of energy.
Independence. Getting a solar system installed is like creating your very own power plant. You make energy right on your own property instead of relying completely on the utility company to do it for you. While you can’t disconnect completely from the grid, you have the ability to generate your own power every time the sun comes up.
How Solar Power Works?
Solar panels make electricity from sunlight. The end.
Just kidding! It’s a little more complex than that.
Solar panels are comprised of solar cells. These cells collect sunlight, which makes electrons move inside them. This creates a DC electrical current.
The cells are wired together inside the panel and the current travels through the wires and out of the panel. All of the panels are connected together, and their collective energy produced travels down wiring to an inverter. The inverter is the brains of the operation and is what converts the DC electricity made by the panels into AC electricity.
From there, the AC power goes into the electrical system of your house or business and is used just like regular power from the utility. If your house has more power than it needs, the extra will be pumped onto the grid. In this case, it goes through a bidirectional meter that keeps track of power going both ways.
While there are more components than this in a solar system, this should give you a decent idea of how a solar system works in general. The important thing to know is that it works like a charm and it can offset your electric bill.
Will solar power save me money?
The short answer is, yes.
It will save you thousands of dollars that you are currently paying towards your electricity company.
The payment is typically cheaper than what you’re currently paying for electricity. This means that on a monthly basis, you may be able to start saving money right from the beginning.
We are a residential and commercial solar panel dealer, which means we work with multiple vendors to give homeowners and business owners a great choice when it comes to investing in renewable energy. Because we offer a wide selection of solar panels, we are able to guarantee the best value on our products.