- December 2, 2014
Frequently Asked Questions about Solar
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How does solar work?
Will a solar PV system work on my home, farm, or business?
How do I receive my credits for the solar energy produced?
Should I wait for new solar technology before I buy?
How do I know what size solar system I’ll need?
Is there maintenance required?
Is solar power reliable and how long will it last?
What solar panels do you offer?
optimize inverter loads and wire runs, and take advantage of design efficiencies. We will recommend components that are specific to your application needs to ensure maximum performance of your solar system. We have cultivated professional relationships with multiple manufacturers of panels, inverters and mounting systems. Through our extensive supply chain research, partner studies, and relationships with manufacturers, we will help you choose the products that will serve you best.
What happens when it’s dark or cloudy?
Is switching to solar power difficult?
Sunworks has designed, engineered and constructed over 7,000 solar projects. We understand the nature of utility integration and how it affects your long-term cost savings. Successful projects are dependent on coordination and connection with your local utility. We will determine when meter integrations or panel upgrades may be necessary, protecting you from costly surprises. We ensure maximum performance, a seamless interconnection process, and timely Permission to Operate (PTO). We will manage your solar project from beginning to end, including permitting, design, procurement, construction, operation and maintenance (O&M).
How long does it take to get a solar system up and running?
For a typical residential installation, it will take about 3-5 days and your typical agricultural and small commercial installation will take roughly 1-3 weeks from the day we begin the installation. The length of the projects time depends on the complexity of the property and the size of the system. Sunworks will include an estimated installation time in your custom designed Sunworks proposal.
What permits are needed?
As part of Sunworks service to you, we will obtain all building permits and design your system to meet required building codes. We will arrange for the electrical, building and utility inspections. Our project manager will be on-site to make sure that everything is up to code. Sunworks takes care of your project every step of the way so you don’t have to.
What if my roof is older and needs repairs?
It is ideal to install solar panels on a roof that is in good condition. While a Sunworks project developer is out at your property prior to the installation, he / she will check to make sure that your roof is structurally sound for a solar installation. Then once the solar panels are installed, they actually help to protect your roof from the elements.
I wonder if a solar system makes financial sense for me?
Sunworks will provide you with a set of financial solutions that establish the path toward long-term stability, predictability and cost savings. We work with design engineers to develop a financial model that considers all rebate programs and interconnection efficiency to achieve the highest returns possible. You will save money on electrical costs for years to come as well as increase the value of your home, farm, or commercial building. Typically our solar customers see a Return-On-Investment (ROI) within 3-8 years. With some areas offering greater rebates and incentives you might be able to pay back your system sooner.
When going solar, what rebates and incentives are available?
When someone decides to go solar, many times the fact that the incentives and rebates are both real and substantial is a large factor. Both the state and the federal government offer a combination of incentives and tax credits that offsets some of the total systems cost. These are tremendous financial incentives to homes, farms, or businesses that choose solar. An important thing to keep in mind is that these government programs are that most rebates decline over time. So now is the time to take advantage of these incentives while the rebates are still high.
Disclaimer: You should always confirm the availability of the incentives and consult your tax advisor about the eligible solar financial benefits.
When do I realize the Investment Tax Credit (ITC)?
The Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for solar electric systems is 30 percent of the cost, un-capped for both residential and commercial solar installations. You will realize the ITC tax credit when you file your tax returns.
Should I notify my home owner’s insurance if I go solar?
Sunworks recommends that homeowners contact their insurance carrier prior to installation to determine the impact solar might have on the yearly premium. Typically, a homeowner will see very little impact on their premium from the installation of a solar electric system; however it is still in your best interest that you ensure coverage at the start of your project. In addition, Sunworks recommends that even though solar systems come with a long term manufacturer and workmanship warranty, your homeowners or liability insurance should cover the cost of any unexpected accidents, or weather related issues.
Does Sunworks have financing options available?
Sunworks offers a variety of financing options to fit your specific needs and budget for your home or business. We recommend custom tailored solutions that are suitable for your unique cash flow and tax requirements considering various ownership models, including direct purchase, equipment lease, capital lease, debt financing and power purchase agreement (PPA). Our solar purchase and lease structures are designed to provide you with the most appropriate options and competitive rates available.
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