Q: How long will it take to install my solar system?
A: Typically, if the product is in supply, the entire process takes about six weeks to complete. That includes the pre-site inspection, design, analysis, planning, material ordering, installation permit finals and processing of all necessary PG&E applications. Leased systems can take anywhere from three to six months to install because most of them need to be audited and require permissions.
Q: Are permits required for my solar installation?
A: Yes. Every project requires the local municipality to inspect and improve the permit in order to get a net energy meter. We’re a full-service company, which means we handle the permit applications, processing and approvals. We also have an in-house engineer who drafts all our plans.
Q: How long should I expect my solar system to last?
A: The state of California mandates a 25-year warranty on solar modules. However, the modules we install have a useable life expectancy of 40 years at a degradation rate of about .04 percent per year, which means they’ll still be putting out 80 to 90 percent of their production value in their 40th year of operation.
Q: Will installing solar panels increase the value of my home?
A: Recent studies have shown that for every kilowatt of solar power system installed, California homeowners have seen an increased value of about $5,500 (based on the size capacity of their systems).
Q: Is it better to buy or rent a solar power system?
A: That really depends on your situation. How long are you planning to live in your home? What are your current utility bills? If your bill is extremely high, purchasing a solar system might not offer the same benefits as leasing, so it depends on where you’re at financially and what you want out of your system. You should also consider if you feel comfortable dealing with such a large system and significant investment. Many times, a solar electric system is the second largest purchase a person makes in their life (next to a house), so you should make your decision very carefully and prudently. We help our clients through that process in any way we can.
Q: What’s the best way to clean my solar panels?
A: The best way to clean solar panels is with non-mineralized water that has been treated. Simply spraying the panels will only clean the surface dust, so you should have a professional come scrub them. For safety purposes, we don’t recommend cleaning the solar panels yourself.
Q: Can I monitor the efficiency of my solar system?
A: Yes. Nearly every system that we install has built-in monitoring, which allows us to sidestep issues before they occur and provide analysis without sending a crew to your property.
Q: Are tax credits, rebates or other money-saving options available to me?
A: We can help you find out if you qualify for any grants, subsidies, tax credits or rebates. Some companies simply overlook these options, but we have dedicated staff members who look for the best deals and help our clients get the most for their money.
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