Frequently Asked Questions.

Solar Energy

What are the environmental benefits of going solar?

Solar energy slows climate change, eliminates dependence on nonrenewable resources, saves water, reduces air pollution, decreases hazardous waste, and more!

How many panels do I need?

That varies from home to home based on energy usage, solar exposure, and the size of the home, alongside a few other factors. For a quick estimate of your particular need, check out our Online Estimate.

Why do I still have a bill after going solar?

Having solar panels on your home does not entirely get rid of your electric bill. Your home will still remain connected to the electric grid, and you will receive a monthly bill from your electric company. With most utilities, there is a fixed connection or service charge on your monthly statement that you will pay regardless of how little electricity you use. You will also be charged for any power pulled from the grid when your system is not producing.

If your solar system was recently installed, you may need to wait a few months to see the impact on your utility statement because utility bills are billed retroactively.

Can my HOA stop me from going solar?

Solar access laws prevent HOAs from prohibiting solar panel installations however, HOAs can make certain requests about a system design.

Why do you need my historical electricity usage?

Your actual usage allows us to design a custom solar system that is the right size for your unique energy needs. Electricity use varies from home to home. Energy usage can change with the seasons so we recommend sending us 12 months worth of data to best understand your home’s usage patterns and needs.

Why do premium products matter?

As with all technologies, you get what you pay for. When it comes to solar, reliable production in varying weather conditions is the most important consideration. Lower-tier panels, inverters, or solar batteries have a higher likelihood of continuous failure or underperformance that negates any meaningful savings.

Is the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) guaranteed?

The tax credit varies by person and is not guaranteed so we always recommend that you consult with a tax professional to verify all tax codes applicable to your unique situation.

How does the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) work?

By definition, a tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction in the income taxes that a person would typically pay the federal government in a given year. For qualifying customers, solar systems that begin construction (leasing and PPA do not qualify) by the end of the year 2021 are able to apply the 26% ITC on their overall system price.

How does solar lower my electric bill?

Your solar system will produce energy during the daylight hours and your home will then use this electricity instead of the energy provided by your utility company.

Will solar increase the value of my home?

Just like any major upgrade, installing a home solar system can increase the value of your home and make it more appealing to potential buyers. A 2019 study from Zillow showed that, on average, homes with solar panels sell for 4% more than homes without solar.

Is my home good for solar?

There are a lot of factors that affect how well-suited your home is for solar, including where your home is, the angle and material of your roof, how much shade your roof gets throughout the day, and the age of your home. Our Energy Consultants can help you determine if your home is a good fit for solar.

How does paying for solar help control my utility costs?

Electric prices in the United States have been steadily increasing over the past 20 years. By going solar, you protect yourself against rising electric prices and make your monthly bills more predictable. With solar you produce your own energy so it takes away the uncertainty of fluctuating energy prices.