Getting access to solar energy

Have you been considering solar energy for your home?

At Arbor Builders they have invested in a great page as a real resource to people. Thought it was worth sharing.

They have solar panels for their office and were eager to tell you what we’ve learned!

Solararbor builders has solar panels on their office and offers solar installs plus education. power is a renewable source of energy and has many benefits including: Emission-free energy Efficiency Cost effective electricity It can even add market value to your home!

With the help of Joe Mazzarella, System Design and Sales, of Sunlight Solar Energy, Inc., all of our questions were answered and we gained a greater understanding of solar energy.

Here are some questions we considered before making our decision to go green:

HOW DOES SOLAR POWER WORK?

Solar power is a renewable source of energy that harnesses the energy from the sun to power your home. Sunlight hits the PV (Photovoltaics) panels and creates direct current electricity. An inverter is installed (typically in your garage or basement, nearest to your circuit breaker panel) to convert the direct current electricity to alternating current electricity.

TheArbor Builders solar install inverter inverter is wired to a new breaker in the panel so it does not pull from the grid. The system covers close to 100% of your electric use. During the day your utility meter will slow down or spin backwards, which indicates the solar panels are supplying your house with electricity. You only use the electricity pulled from the grid at night if it’s more than what the solar panels produced during the day.

WHO DO I CONTACT?

SunlightArbor Builders photo of electric meter from solar installation Solar will set up a free site survey to determine if your home qualifies for solar energy. Then they will custom design a premium solar system for your home. Sunlight Solar keeps things effortless by taking care of all the paperwork, permitting, and inspections, while answering any questions you may have.

WHAT IS THE COST?

There are three different payment routes you can take depending on what is best for you. Purchase the system directly: which means you own the system. State and federal tax credits are currently available and can cover up to 80% of the system cost. Sunrun Prepaid Power Purchase Agreement: This is one, upfront payment with a 20 year warranty with no additional costs. All electricity the system produces is yours for 20 years. State tax credits are available up to $6000. Sunnova Zero Down Power Purchase Agreement: a contract to purchase solar power at a pre-established rate per kilowatt that is locked in for 25 years. You do not pay anything upfront and you buy your own solar power. Most residential customers will realize their return on investment through energy savings and tax credits between 4 and 7 years, depending on their specific situation. Depending on the size of your system you can save from $538 to $1076 in annual electric savings!

HOW EFFECTIVE IS SOLAR ENERGY?

Solar energy is very effective. Sunlight Solar conducts a site survey where they do a detailed solar access study to determine the tilt, orientation, and shading of the solar array. They are then able to estimate your yearly power production of the system and savings on your electrical bill.

WHAT KIND OF ROOF DO I NEED? The most common roofs to install solar systems on are asphalt shingle or metal roofs. Solar panels can be installed on cedar shingle and tile roofs with enough advanced notice, as it is more difficult to install on these types of roofs. Slate roofs are practically impossible to install a solar system on and it is not recommended. Consider a ground mounted solar system if your new construction home includes a slate roof. Click here to learn more about roof considerations.

IS THE INTEGRITY OF ROOF COMPROMISED AT ALL? All penetrations into the roof are flashed and sealed similar to a plumbing vent or other roof penetration. Sunlight Solar covers all roof penetrations leaks for 10 years under their standard installation warranty. For TPO roofing, the roofer will seal all penetrations – covered under the roofing warranty. For a standing seam metal roof, the racking is clamped on to the metal seams leaving no roof penetrations aside from the conduit run for the wiring?

IF I MOVE CAN I TAKE THE EQUIPMENT WITH ME? If you stay with the same utility company you can take the equipment with you. However, it is typically not cost effective. Also, homes with solar systems tend to sell quicker and for a higher price than those that do not, so homeowners generally will sell their home and add a new set of equipment to their new home!

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    Solar panels are a great way of reducing your electricity bills, as well as getting money back. You’re also doing your bit to combat global warming — solar power is the cleanest, most renewable source of energy there is, producing nothing in the way of emissions. No wonder solar panels are proving so popular!

    Solar panel electricity systems, also known as solar photo-voltaics (Solar PV), capture the sun’s energy using photo-voltaic cells. The cells convert the daylight into electricity, which can be used to run household appliances and lighting, saving you money. Any excess electricity produced by your Solar PV System is then exported to the National Grid — earning you money.

    EEC uses the most up-to-date photo-voltaic modules, which means they’re highly efficient. As the Solar PV Panels depend on light intensity, not heat or direct sunlight, they work even on overcast days.

    You can also trust us to deliver — we’re a fully MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) accredited company, meaning we use the most efficient solar technology available. Plus, we’re members of the RECC Renewable Energy Consumer Code set up by the Renewable Energy Association Consumer Code to deliver high quality service to consumers.

    But if you think your property won’t be suitable for a Solar PV System, think again. The majority of properties we survey are suitable, and a Solar PV installation typically takes as little as one day, with minimum disturbance and wiring.

    If for any reason your roof is unsuitable for solar PV panels, do not worry, EEC Home Improvements have an alternative. A-Frame and pergola mounting systems are the perfect solution for small, shaded or badly positioned roofs.

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