Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the price for a solar system?Solar Energy Consumption

A: As with any home or business project, price ranges are dependent on the size of the structure. With solar, another variable is the incentives available in your area. Be sure to calculate the energy savings you’ll experience to offset the initial investment. Find estimated savings here.

Q: How low can my electric bill go?

A: If you produce more energy than you consume, your electric bill can actually be nothing – except the usual nominal fee to stay connected to the electrical grid (usually less than $10 dollars a month.)

Q: If I do produce more energy than I consume, can I earn money for my production?

A: Generally speaking, no. Most areas in the country use a system which will allow your net electric bill to go to zero but it stops there. In limited areas, there is a system called the Feed-In Tariff which does generate payments.

Q: Are there programs that will help off-set the cost of solar panel installation?

A: Each state, and even regions within states, has its own approaches. The federal also has an incentive for installations done before 2020. Search your state and area for incentive programs available.

Q: Are solar panels effective in regions with cold climates?

A: Yes, as long as the panels can be hit with sunlight, they will produce electricity. If the amount of sunlight is equal, the solar panel on cold day will produce more energy than the one on a hot day.

Q: How will snow impact the solar system?

A: Snow can impede the level of energy production while it’s on panels, but with proper installation and design, snow won’t damage the system. Because of the angle of the panels and their tendency to produce some heat, the snow won’t last as long as on a traditional roof and the system should be back up to full production relatively quickly.

Q: What happens to solar systems in power outages?

A: For safety reasons, systems connected to electrical grids are required by utility regulations to turn off during blackout conditions. Using back-up generators, as is recommended for all home-owners, is the suggested course of action in these situations.

Q: Can neighborhood or homeowner associations prevent me from installing solar panels?

A: In almost forty states, there are legal protections for people who want to install solar panels on their homes. Check your state and local ordinances.

Q: If I only plan in living in my house for a few years, will my savings offset the costs of solar installation?

A: Often, in five to seven years, the energy savings from a solar system can pay for the system. But another important factor to consider is the increase in your home valuation that a solar system will provide. People will also be more eager to purchase a home with lower utility bills.

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