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Why Universal Solar System?

Universal Solar System is over a decade old company with solid experience and expertise with solar panel installations. We have executed more than 500 commercial and residential solar projects in Texas. Our portfolio includes three solar farms that are owned and operated by Universal Solar system. We only use Tier 1 products that are superior, and we take pride in customizing each project based on client’s needs. Our local Texas presence allows us to provide superior service to our customers at competitive pricing.

Is solar power for me?

YES, solar power is for everyone! It is one the cleanest and sustainable forms of renewable energy! Solar power is a renewable form of energy that eliminates the need of burning of fossil fuels, which helps in reducing carbon emissions in our environment. Traditional sources like coal, oil and natural gas not only increase carbon emissions but can be expensive due to their depleting sources. Going solar helps our environment and saves us money on increasing energy costs.

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

The sooner the better!! Federal Tax incentives and local incentives are decreasing every year. Federal Tax Credit for year 2020 is 26% which drops to 22% in 2021. There are no plans yet on renewal of these incentives and they tremendously help bring down the cost of solar installs. So, don’t wait and Go solar NOW!!

What is Net Metering?

Net metering is a billing mechanism that utilizes a bi-directional meter. That meter records energy taken from the grid and then deducts the energy supplied to the grid by solar energy. This allows homeowners with solar to save money on their monthly electric bills, and in some cases, they can even get a credit for excess power generated!

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 approvals from utility companies and city on your behalf. Upon signing to move forward with us, it could take up to 60 – 120 days to obtain the approvals and complete the installation of your system.

What is my return on my investment?

Estimated returns on solar home improvement are higher than the average returns of the S&P 500 over the past 25 years. Typically, your system should pay for itself in about 6-8 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 that 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. It is a great home improvement that adds value in appraisal while saving money.

What if roof needs repairs after installing 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 and is usually covered by home insurance policy.

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 the loan option for solar panel system 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 upto15 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 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.
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