A: In the state of California, Net Metering is a rule (R.20-08-020) that allows homeowners who generate their own electricity to receive a financial credit at full retail rates on their electric bills for any surplus energy they feedback to their utility company.
Homeowners must register with their utility company and pay a one-time interconnection fee between $75 to $145, depending on the utility company.
A: The investment tax credit (ITC), also known as the federal solar tax credit, allows you to deduct 26 percent of the cost of installing a solar energy system from your federal taxes. In some areas, this includes the cost of installing a new roof to support the solar system. However, the current 26 percent is only available this year, 2022. Next year, 2023, the tax credit is reduced to 22% and there is no indication that it will be extended beyond 2023. So now is the time to install a solar energy system and enjoy the higher ITC rate.
A: For homes built before 1998, there's usually a 1-2 week process for design and build. Homes built after 1998 have a 2-3 week process as a visual inspection is required.
A: It is well-documented that solar increases the value of your home. The reason for this is that it's a home investment that actually produces income. A solar system sits on your roof and generates electricity, and there is a value for each kilowatt of electricity your system produces.
In fact, each KW you produce is a KW that you don’t have to purchase from your electric company. Plus the future value of all of those savings is valuable to the next buyer of your home.
Another amazing reason to go solar today - get the economic benefits today, and get more for the sale of your home tomorrow.
A: Not every home is eligible for solar, so cross your fingers. Let's hope you're one of the lucky ones, and you can save money. There are three main factors:
Number one is called "sun exposure" - does your roof (or the location of your solar panels) get enough access to the sun? One of the things we'll do is analyze your sun exposure from satellite images and other technology to make sure that you've got what's called "proper solar access". There's a percentage we're looking for which, as long as you’ve got that, you're good to go.
Number two is orientation. What direction would your panels be facing? Ideally we would want the panels facing South or West, since that is where the most sunshine hits. So you're looking for the right sun exposure, you're looking for the right orientation.
And then there's just number three. Are there any structural issues with your house or roof that would make it difficult to mount solar panels? And if it turns out that it doesn't work for solar, no harm done, you got educated and you know it is what it is. But that's the reason why I encourage you to reach out and get a no-cost proposal from us so we can actually do the hard work of analyzing your property and show you exactly how much money you can save by going solar.