Frequently Asked Questions

How does a solar PV system work?

Sunlight is converted into electricity through photovoltaic (PV) systems. Silicon PV cells are wired together in thin layers and a layer of glass protects the panels from weather, dirt, and animals. The PV cells are wired to a circuit. When the sun’s photons reach the cells, they can pass through or be absorbed. The photons that are absorbed generate electricity. The electricity is carried to your electric panels via wires. Solar PV systems need as much direct sunlight as possible for maximum energy generation.

How much does a solar PV system cost?

The answer to this varies and depends on several factors. Your location determines the rebates available and each roof has different solar potential. As soon as we determine your location, evaluate your roof, and assess your current electricity consumption, we can give you several options and let you choose the system size that meets your needs.

Will I stop receiving electricity bills if I have solar panels?

As a solar owner, you will still receive an electricity bill. The amount you save depends on the size of your system, your personal energy usage, and the amount of solar power generated each month. Some months, you might even have a credit from your energy provider if your energy usage is offset by the amount of energy generated by your system and the energy company buys the surplus amount.

How long does the solar equipment last?

We only recommend solar panels and inverters that have a 25-year warranty. While the solar system lacks moving parts, they still need annual inspections to make sure they are performing properly and the occasional cleaning.

How many panels should I get?

The best system size depends on your personal solar goals, the amount of energy you use every month, and the feasibility of solar energy generation on your roof. As soon as we review your roof and electric consumption, we will develop a preliminary layout of the system. Then we’ll know how many panels you’ll need.

How do I know that I’m getting a good deal?

Ask your utility company for the average price paid for residential or commercial solar. Judge solar as you would any other investment. Ask yourself “what are my project goals”, which may be financial, environmental or social. Measure financial goals with financial metrics like internal rate of return (IRR), return on investment (ROI) or payback. Environmental goals include carbon reduction and air quality. Some of our clients are interested in the social benefits of bringing solar technology to their community or introducing new technologies to friends and family.

Are we a solar installation company?

While we deliver solar to our customers, we’re more than an installation company. We are engineers and advocates who want to see solar panels on every roof that has the potential to generate solar energy. We can determine if your roof is a good candidate for solar and get the best quote that meets your needs. We work with prequalified, local installation companies and we offer you the knowledge to make the final choice for the company that will install your system.

Why are you doing this?

We want to see solar on every roof. In order to do that, we need to help lower the cost of solar and give the buying power and choices back to the homeowner. Also, some solar installation companies are taking advantage of our friends, either by installing substandard equipment, overcharging them, or installing the system in shaded areas. We want to protect our community from bad solar deals.

How do I know that my solar system is operating properly?

All of our customers receive free monitoring. We’ll track the daily production and give you access to our customer portal, which will give you insight into the system performance. Plus, we’ll send you a monthly update on your system performance and financial metrics.