Do I need a battery back-up system for my solar energy system?

You don’t necessarily need batteries for your solar energy system.

Depending on your goals for this project, we will help you evaluate the efficacy of a battery backup system. Do you want to have power when the utility grid goes out? Is your goal lowering your monthly bills? A backup battery bank can add as much as 25% in cost to a residential solar PV system. Also, it may will yield about 7–10% less energy if it’s battery-tied than its grid-tied counterpart. 

How much does a solar energy system cost, and how much will I save on utility bills?

Unfortunately, there is no single or simple answer. Solar tax incentives reduce the costs PV system design and installation.  These costs vary based on the size of the system, where its installed, how its integrated, and the components utilized. Your savings also vary based on what you use, how much you pay your utility for electricity or natural gas, and how much your utility will pay you for any excess power that you generate with your solar system.

Why should I purchase a PV system?

Solar systems often make financial and ecological sense for our clients.  In addition to acting as a guaranteed investment, solar energy creates electricity and heat and avoids pollution from conventional coal plants and nuclear plants.  Some individuals buy solar to preserve the Earth’s finite fossil-fuel resources and to reduce air pollution. Others make a strict evaluation of the net present value of the investment in solar.  Some customers would rather spend their money on an energy-producing improvement to their property than to send their money to a utility.

What size solar system do I need?

Every home and business is different, so the size of your system will depend on your energy needs, how much electricity or hot water or space heat you use, the size of your roof, how much you’re willing to invest, and what your goals are for your solar system. Do you to supply your complete energy usage or to offset a portion of your higher cost energy?  The way your utility compensates you for your energy produced also must be factored into your ideal size of system.  We will help you answer this question and many others as we discuss and learn more about your goals and objectives.

What is net metering? Is net metering available where I live and work?

Net metering is a policy that allows solar PV system owners to receive full credit for the clean energy they generate.  As the PV system produces electricity, the kilowatts are first used to meet their own demand. If the PV system produces more electricity than the owner needs, the extra kilowatts are fed into the utility grid and credited to the owner at their full retail value.

Does a solar system make financial sense for me?

Yes! Solar is cleaner and less expensive than power from the utility company. Solar is a smart financial investment because you will save money on electrical costs for years to come and increase your home value. Our customers who purchase their system typically see a strong internal rate of return (IRR) and expect to recoup their solar system investment (ROI) within 5-10 years. Depending on the rebates and incentives offered in your area, you may be able to pay back your system even sooner.

Will a solar installation work for my home or business?

The two biggest factors are the amount sunlight you get throughout the day and the amount of open roof space. We can give you a quick assessment by looking at satellite photos of your property and assessing your electrical bills. Then we will provide a detailed proposal including recommended system location, size, pricing and financial analysis. This analysis is contingent on your utility and how they agree to interconnect with a renewable energy system. How they compensate you and the size of system determines the system’s profitability.