If your current energy bill averages to about $125 per month, we highly suggest you think about going solar. With the rising costs of utilities, it only makes sense to invest and control your energy costs while the price of electricity continues to increase.
Converting to solar generates 10-20% return of investment (ROI), and increases the value of your home. In most cases, solar can cover all your annual electrical usage, depending on available roof space. Total usage varies month to month. Throughout the year, the net balances out to zero.
An ideal roof for solar has minimal to no shade, South-facing and in good condition. Obstructions on the roof such as skylights, vents, AC units, etc. can also inhibit how many panels we can fit on your roof. If your roof is due for an upgrade, you can apply the 30% Federal Tax Credit to your service. To find out how, ask one of our solar experts today!
Systems installed and in service by December 31, 2019 are eligible to receive a 30% Federal Tax Credit. You will acquire credit, meaning it will reduce your tax bill.You do not receive a check. If your annual tax bill is higher than the credit, it rolls over indefinitely to the next year. The credit received will drop to 22% by 2021.
In addition to the Federal Tax Credit, some utility companies offer Solar Rebate Programs for qualifying solar systems. A check is mailed to you once the solar system is installed. Most of these rebates are for a limited time and on a first-come first-serve basis. They are currently phasing these programs out. Contact one of our Product Specialists today to see if they are available in your area and whether or not your home qualifies.
Last year about 2/3s of solar clients decided to go with a leasing option; mostly fueled by big business leasing companies who spent a lot of money to attract clients with powerful marketing campaigns that focused on installations with $0 upfront cost. However, that “convenience” comes with a price...
When provided with a quote, solar companies mark up their purchase prices to make leasing more enticing. They purchase the systems for the homeowners to make a return from the tax credit and solar energy rebates. A client can end up paying more for the rental of the system and forfeit the 30% federal tax credit and any cash rebate that would've been earned by purchasing the system themselves.
Unsecured loans are increasing with many options on terms, such as 10, 20, and 30 years. A solar system can pay for itself in as little as 5 years, but can make you money for the rest of its life! With solar being more affordable and an accelerated payback, the cost to finance a system is still a better investment than leasing. Keep the full earnings in your pocket!
With solar financing on the rise, lenders are now providing marketable interest rates and the option of $0 upfront costs. In turn, installers can offer solar financing instead of waiting for a home loan approval, which can take time and cause inconvenience.
A new report from Lawrence Berkeley National Labs shows residential PV systems in California increased home sales prices to an average of a $17,000 premium on a home with a 3.1-kilowatt system. When you sell your home, you are improving the marketability and sale price when the system is part of the sale. Homeowners and real estate professionals struggle to sell a home with a lease agreement attached to it.
Think of solar panels as the new marble counter tops - the more marble counter tops you have the higher the house price will rise. The same applies for solar panels. Home shoppers will be drawn to a home with little or no electricity bill. Statistically, the selling price increases $4,000 for every 1 kilowatt of solar you have on your roof.
The Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MARCS) is the current tax depreciation system in the United States. Under the system, the capitalized cost (basis) of tangible property is recovered over a specified life by annual deductions for depreciation. Business that go solar can take advantage of MARCS to depreciated the commercial solar installation over a 5 year period.
Most of the systems being leased use cheaper panels with low cost components that can result in the necessity to upgrade, which can be difficult to do with a lease. Breaking a lease almost always comes with financial consequences.
When purchasing a system, you can pay the whole cost up front or choose a financing option that works best for you. Many customers find the best rates with Home Equity Loans (HELOCS) that also have tax-deductible interest. We can also help you secure a solar loan through Matadors, Energy Loan Net- works, HERO or Ygrene.
The word itself helps to explain how photovoltaic (PV) or solar electric technologies work. First used in about 1890, the word has two parts: photo, a stem derived from the Greek phos, which means light, and volt, a measurement unit named for Alessandro Volta (1745-1827), a pioneer in the study of electricity. Therefore, photovoltaic could literally be translated as light-electricity. And that's just what photovoltaic materials and devices do; they convert light energy to electricity, as Edmond Becquerel and others discovered in the 18th Century.
At any time of the day, a customer's solar system may produce more or less electricity than they need for their home or business. When the system's production exceeds the customer demand, the excess energy generation automatically goes through the electric meter into the utility grid, running the meter backwards to credit the customer account. At other times of the day (or at night), the customer's electric demand may be higher than the renewable energy system is producing, and the customer relies on additional power needs from the utility. Switching between solar system's power and the utility grid power is instantaneous customers never notice any interruption in the flow of power. Net Metering allows customers to zero-out their bills, credits customer accounts at full retail rates and accurately captures energy generated and consumed, providing customers with annual performance data.
Utility companies with massive overhead charge 12 cents to 24 cents (and higher) per watt while solar can make electricity for as low as 6 cents per watt on your roof. Once your system is paid off, most customers break even within 5-10 years. After that time, you will be producing free electricity. The fixed monthly price of a solar loan is usually less than what you are paying to the utility. KEYWORDS: Local Solar Installer, Solar Panels, Solar Company, Solar For Home, Solar Contractor, Solar Federal Tax Credit.
LIMITED WARRANTY: This limited warranty is transferable. There is no implied warranty or merchantability nor any implied warranty of fitness for any particular purpose. There are no warranties either expressed or implied which extend beyond the description section of this agreement. Limited warranty on installation and Use of Solar System: We warrant for 25 years that the Solar System is of good quality, is new when installed, and is constructed and installed in a good workmanlike manner according to Prudent Solar Practices. We also warrant the Solar System, under normal use and service conditions, against any defect or deficiency in workmanship.
LIMITED ROOFING PENETRATIONS FROM INSTALLATION: We warrant for 3 years each roofing penetration made in connection with installing the Solar System, and the surrounding area within a five (5) inch radius of each penetration, against damage to the roof and against water infiltration through the roof.
MANUFACTURES: Note that equipment, assemblies, or units purchased by the Contractor, included in our contract are sold and installed subject to the manufacturers or processors guarantee or warranties, and not the Contractor’s. To the extent permitted by applicable law, all warranties given by the manufacturers pertaining to materials used by the Contractor in connection with the project will be passed through and insure to the benefit of the Customer.
BREAKDOWN OF WARRANTIES:
25 Year Limited Warranty on Installation
25 Year Warranty on Performance of Solar Panels from Manufacture
25 Year Manufacture Warranty on Enphase Micro-Inverter
25 Year Manufacture Warranty on SolarEdge Power Optimizers
12-25 Year Manufacture Warranty on SolarEdge Inverter
12 Year Manufacture Warranty on Parts for LG Solar Panels
10 Year Manufacture Warranty on Parts for all other Solar Panels
3 Year Warranty on Roof Leakage from roof penetration
Make extra cash with every solar installation completed through your customers. We will provide you with marketing marterial and will do what we can to help. Contact [email protected] for more info!
You will receive $500 for each referral that installs a new solar system through us.
If your main electrical panel is outside and accessible for our site-inspector, we can inspect without your presence ; however that is certainly up to the customer.
Generally when adding a solar system, you increase the energy circulation in your home. An upgrade is needed in order for your solar system to be up-to-code and not put any excess strain on your main electrical panel. Overworking your lower AMP electrical panel could cause the main panel to trip, which is dangerous. A panel upgrade usually cost less when paired with a solar system purchase because you can apply the 30% Federal Tax Credit.
NO, we DO NOT USE subcontracted laborer to do our residential installations. We have several in-house teams of trained installers with extensive backgrounds in construction, electrical engineering and installation. Only for large commercial projects do we sometimes hire qualified subcontractors.
Once your system passes final inspection, the utility company will turn on your system. Afterwards, our Operations Team will come out and install your monitoring device. They will explain to you how to monitor your system production from a smart phone or a computer. You will also see your solar production on every utility bill.
Very minimal, if any at all. There are no moving parts with solar. And not much happens on your roof. Furthermore, the products and equipment we use are top-of-the-line and made to last 25 years and beyond. And rain is the best cleaning agent. If it doesn’t rain for long periods of time and your mains-supplied water is soft, you can hose off the panels from the ground. In the rare case that something with the system malfunctions, then call Green Conception and we will come out, assess what is happening and return the system to working order. However, we will probably know before you do because we are monitoring your system as well.
Photovoltaic solar panels will produce energy on cloudy days and will produce significant energy through the clouds. Although it might seem counter-intuitive, consider that solar panels on a rooftop in foggy San Francisco produce nearly the same as the ones in nearby sunny Sacramento. Consider too that Germany leads the world in residential solar right now, and it is generally an overcast climate.
We offer both options, but we always recommend the power optimizers. They are more efficient and almost never fail. The monitoring system for optimizers automatically reboots itself, while the micro inverter monitoring system must be rebooted manually, which can become an inconvenience.
Be cautious of installers that only offer one type of panel and do NOT overpay for “premium” panels. Keep in mind that the lower the wattage, the more panels you need on your roof to cover your electrical usage.
A good way to compare price per system would be by price per watt (ppw), similar to price per ounce at the grocery store.
Total System PriceTotal Kilowatts
=   Price Per Watt