SunGrid Solar FAQ
Solar Frequently Asked Questions
Solar for the Home
What are the financial benefits of solar energy ?
Installing solar energy on your home is one of the best financial decisions you can make. You will save money on your electric bill and not have to worry about rising rates from the utility company since you will be producing your own energy. You will also be eligible for a 26% federal tax credit and possibly other state or local rebates. This is an excellent motivator because you can get back thousands from your solar system as long as the tax credit is available.
What are the environmental benefits of solar energy ?
When it comes to solar energy and the benefits it has on our environment, we need to look at how fossil fuels such as natural gas and coal, when burned to produce energy, causes air pollution and global warming. Not only is it bad for the environment, but it is also controlled by large utility companies that can gradually increase rates over time. By switching to solar energy, you can produce your own energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions into our environment like sulfur dioxide and particulate matter, which are known to cause health problems.
Will solar reduce my electric bill ?
You can significantly reduce or eliminate your electricity bill by switching to solar. Depending on your system size and energy output of your solar panels is how much you can save. By not giving your money to the utility company and keeping it in your packet as rates continue to rise in the long term, savings are enormous.
Will solar pay for itself ?
Yes! This is why switching to solar makes a lot of sense for homeowners. When you look at your payback period, you have to see how the homeowner pays for the solar system, the utility company they are with, and how much of their electric bill is being offset. In Southern California, we typically see an average of 4-8 year payback period. This ROI is excellent, even if you finance the system. You can make your loan payment for the solar panels less then what you pay on your monthly electric bill and still see a return in as little as ten years.
What are the incentives for solar?
There is a federal tax credit of 26% available to anyone who purchases a solar system for their home through financing or if you decide to pay in full. This expires at the end of 2020 and goes down to 22% until the end of 2021.
How is solar energy stored?
The solar panels on your home do not store energy you must have a solar battery. If your system produces more then you use this energy will be stored first before being sent back to the grid in the form of credits.
How long does it take to install solar?
Solar panel installation for residential properties usually takes 1-3 days. Our installations are typically 4-6 weeks from signing your contract. In some circumstances, it may be longer due to the city's permitting office, HOA, or unpredictable delays.
Who actually install my solar system?
Will adding solar put holes in my roof, or be to heavy?
When solar panels are installed on your roof, we use an aluminum rail system that is secured about every four feet with small penetrations into the roof rafters that are sealed with waterproof tripolymer sealant that will last 50 + years. On metal roofs, the attachments are made to the standing seams with no roof penetrations. For asphalt roofs, the mounts are sealed with a tripolymer sealant built to last 50+ years. We guarantee all roofs will be leak-free. The weight of your solar system is less than 5 pounds per square foot.