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Is solar power for me?

YES, solar power is for everyone! It is one the best options available to reduce your own personal carbon footprint, and the benefits are plentiful. Solar power is a renewable form of energy that eliminates the need of burning of fossil fuels, which are directly responsible for global and environmental damage. There are no emissions during the production of solar power, and it is one of the cleanest forms of renewable energy known to mankind. In addition, a solar power system is basically maintenance free, which further reduces the carbon footprint of the solar power system. Traditional electric sources such as coal, oil and natural gas result in the emission of polluting gasses, some of which are toxic and extremely detrimental to the environment. Fossil fuels are and continue to be one of the largest causes of global warming. Depleting sources of fossil fuels also cause dramatic spikes in the cost of energy, which can be mitigated by implementing clean solar power energy.

When is a good time to get a solar power system?

The best time to get a solar power system is NOW. With federal, state and local incentives being some of the highest they have ever been, the financial benefits of implementing a solar power system create an extremely strong case to move forward. Also, 2019 is the final year the Federal Tax Credit will be at 30% – it drops to 26% in 2020.

What is Net Metering?

Here is the easiest way to define net metering: 1,200 kWh (units you consume) – 1,000kWh (units you generate through solar) = 200 kWh you will be billed for.

What is a Carbon Credit?

A carbon credit is value received by offsetting carbon emission in the environment. It is normally done for larger installations, i.e. utility scale or group of installations summing up to utility scale. These credits are sold by companies in alternate markets.

What is my return on my investment?

Typically, your system should pay for itself in about 6-8 years. Estimated returns on this type of home improvement are higher than the average returns of the S&P 500 over the past 25 years. Since individual circumstances vary greatly, we strongly recommend that you consider consulting with your financial advisor.

What if I move or sell my property?

You own the system. Unlike a solar lease or solar PPA option, there is no penalty if you sell your property and the system is transferrable to the new owner.

Will my property value increase if I install a solar power system?

Studies have been conducted which clearly indicate an increase in property value with the installation of a solar power system. This increase can be up to $20,000 for every $1,000 of savings in your electric bill.

What if my roof needs repairs after I've installed solar panels?

Ideally, you should install solar panels on a roof that is in good working condition. When a Universal Solar site auditor comes out to inspect your building prior to installation, they will check to make sure that your roof is suitable for a solar installation. Once the solar panels are installed, they help to protect your roof from the elements, including hail. If you should ever need to make repairs on the roof, the solar panels will need to be removed and re-installed. Universal Solar offers this service for a reasonable fee.

What happens to my property tax or insurance?

By state law, if your property value increases due to a renewable energy solution, your property taxes cannot increase.

How do solar panels hold up to hail?

Silicon solar cells are typically encased in high strength aluminum frames with 3 to 4 mm thick tempered glass and are about three times stronger than your normal composite shingle. Most solar panels have been designed and tested to withstand up to 1” diameter hail striking perpendicularly to the module at 60 mph. If solar panels are damaged by hail, they are typically covered under a home or building insurance policy.

How do I finance my solar power system?

There are several options to finance your solar power system. Please check with us for further details.

What warranties come with my system?

All system components are fully warranted by their respective manufacturer. Solar Panels: 25 year, Solar Inverter: At least 10 years (Option to buy additional 5+5 year warranty), Installation labor: 10 years.

Will I have to change my electric provider?

No – you can continue to use the electric provider of your choice, unless you are a customer of an electric cooperative. We can certainly suggest a few good options for you to get a better rate.

What kind of approvals are required to install a solar powered system? How long will it take?

Typically, in your area, distribution utility, city, and HOA (if applicable) approvals are required. We take care of obtaining those approvals on your behalf. Upon signing to move forward with us, it could take up to 90 days to obtain the approvals and complete the installation of your system.
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