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Solar FAQs


How much does a solar system cost?

 Everyone’s price will depend on a home’s current energy usage and how much of their bill they want to offset. Residential installations in 2013 are typically between $10,000 and $20,000, and leasing options are available. To get a free accurate quote, please contact a local certified solar installer.



Do I need batteries?

 Grid connected systems do not need batteries unless you want to use your system for emergency back up power. Batteries can double the price of a solar system.



What’s a solar lease?

 With a solar lease, you do not own the solar system, you instead pay a monthly lease price for the system. (link to our solar leasing page)



What happens when it’s cloudy or raining or at night?

The system will produce less power when it is cloudy and none at night, but your home will still have power as long as it is connected to the electrical grid.



How old can my roof be to go solar?

The typical PV system will last 20 or more years, but will need to be removed and reinstalled when a now roof is installed. Therefore, it is best to place new systems on relatively new roofs.



How does solar work?

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How long does it take to install solar on my home?

Design, permitting, working with HOAs, installation, and interconnection approval can typically be completed in about 3 months.



How much space does the system need?

The space required for a solar electric systems will vary depending on your energy usage and needs. The installer will be able to customize a plan that is suitable for the space available.



Do the solar panels need to be mounted on my roof?

Panels are often mounted on the roof, but can also be mounted on the ground if the space is available. Keep in mind, wherever the panels are located needs to be free of shade. Roof mount systems are most common in residential installations.



Do the panels need to face south?

PV modules should be oriented to maximize the amount of solar energy that they receive. The optimum orientation for a PV module in the northern hemisphere is true south, but can face up to 45º east or west of true south with a slight decrease in performance.



How much power will the system produce?

Systems come in many sizes. The solar installer will review your current and average energy usage to design a system that will prContent...

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