Solar FAQs

Why should I switch to solar energy?

Solar can save you money. Traditional energy costs have gone up over 500% since 1971, and that trend is likely to continue. On the other hand, the cost of solar has dropped more than 250% in the last two decades.  Going solar is easy. You simply have a new, cheaper energy bill each month.

Solar is the cleanest, most abundant energy choice available. The current sources for the majority of electricity are coal-fired power plants, which emit approximately 40% of total U.S. energy-related pollution. On the flip side, the sun’s rays are free and limitless and the technology to harness solar power keeps getting more efficient. Most important, solar is clean energy… so when you go solar, you’ll be helping to create a sustainable future for life on this planet.

What does “net energy metering” mean?

Net energy metering means that your utility tracks both power you use and power you produce. Your new utility bill will be the net difference between the two. When you produce excess power during the day (in other words you are producing more energy than what is being consumed at the time it is produced), that power is banked with your utility as a credit. Any time you draw from utility power – such as during the nighttime – you will draw on your banked credits before drawing on billable utility power.

With net energy metering, you can be sure that you are getting the most out of your solar system and only drawing from your utility to fill in any gaps.

How will cloudy days affect my solar production?

Your solar PV panels are made to withstand year-round climates and conditions and your system is designed using historical climate data for your area. Solar panels produce power based on the amount of sunlight the panels are exposed to, and even on cloudy days panels can produce 10-25% of their rated capacity.

Will my solar panels power my home when the utility electricity is out?

Your solar system is connected to the utility grid and, unless you have batteries, is not a backup energy source. The system will turn off when utility power is out. This is for the safety of electrical workers who may be working on the grid near your home during an outage.

Will I need to replace my roof if I go solar?

If your roof is in good condition, it will be perfect for solar. If it is older than 15 years, it may need to be replaced. Your local installer will inspect your roof and advise you on this.

Will solar panels increase the value of my home?

According to a study done by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, homes with solar saw a $4/W-DC increase than homes without Solar. So not only are homes with solar selling faster, but also around 20% higher than their neighbors.