Do you have questions about solar?
Here are some frequently asked questions when installing solar systems.
What makes up a solar system?
Panels, inverters, and meters are the three main parts of a solar system. Solar panels are made up of solar cells, also call photovoltaic (PV) cells. These cells are usually made of silicone and convert the sun’s energy into electricity. Solar panels generate Direct Current (DC), but most appliances in your home runs on Alternating Current (AC). Because of this, solar systems require an inverter to convert DC power into AC power. Solar systems use two types of meters. The first is a solar revenue meter to collect and report your system’s energy. The utility company then installs a bi directional net meter, which will measure the difference between the energy you consume and the energy your produce and send back to the electric grid. This give-and-take relationship between your solar system and the utility grid is called net metering.
Will I save money?
Over time, based on your specific electricity bill and solar panel system, you’ll see cost-savings with your electricity bill, even after using a loan to finance the solar system.
Can I get tax credits?
There are many different ways to finance the development of your solar panel system. In Massachusetts you have direct ownership, option to get a solar lease, or a power purchase agreement (PPA) contract. There are many federal and state incentives that you can take advantage of when building your solar panel system. You can get up a 30% federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for qualified residential and commercial projects. In Massachusetts, you can recieve a Personal Income Tax Credit, which is the lesser of 15% of the total cost of the solar electric system or $1,000, for qualified clean energy projects. Lastly, business owners can depreciate solar electric systems over a five-year schedule with the Five-year Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS).
What’s the process to get solar panels installed?
Consultation - We'll set up an in-person meeting or get on the phone to address some initial questions
Design and Agreement - After reviewing your specific needs, we'll design a plan to best fit your home or business
Utility and Permitting - We'll finalize the design and procure the appropriate approvals to construct your system.
Installation and Inspection - Our team integrates your system with inspections during and post construction.
Net Meter - We'll work with your utility company to get your bi directional installed to track your production vs consumption.
Savings - Since your system is now generating power, you can enjoy the savings that comes with it!
How long do solar panels last for?
Most solar panels have a 25-year power warranty. They are designed to withstand the harshest weather conditions, and can even provide additional protection of your roof from every day wear and tear.
Do I have to clean the solar panels?
Solar panels are very durable and do not need to be washed or cleaned regularly, barring the occasional bird migration. Often a good rainstorm will do the job to maintain power estimates. If you find they do require a clean, follow the same procedure as you would washing the windows in your house using non abrasive cleaners to prevent any scratching of the tempered glass.