Frequently Asked Questions about Solar
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?
What happens when it’s dark or cloudy?
Is switching to solar power difficult?
Nope. Sunworks handles everything. We take care of all permits, rebates, equipment, installation, and interconnection paperwork so you don’t have to worry about anything. Sunworks gets your solar system up and running as quickly and smoothly as possible allowing you to start saving money and using clean energy from day one. You won’t notice any changes inside your home, farm, or business besides your significantly reduced electric bill.
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 representative 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 Solar Specialist is out at your property prior to the installation they 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?
Solar is a wise financial investment for just about any property owner for various reasons. 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 strong Return-On-Investment (ROI) within 6-10 years. With some areas offering greater rebates and incentives you might even pay back your system even sooner.
With Sunworks offering many available financing options it is also possible to Go Solar with zero or minimal upfront costs, so that you can start saving right away.
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 cover nearly 50 percent 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 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 will 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?
Yes, Sunworks offers a variety of financing options to fit your specific needs and budget for your home or business. You can start experiencing the benefits of solar power immediately with Sunworks personal financing or PPA’s. And with “THEworks” package, we install and maintain the equipment on your site for just a low monthly payment.
What is included in “THEworks” Solar Package?
Your free Sunworks monitoring service will alert you and Sunworks of any changes in performance. If we see a problem, we will give you call to help diagnose the problem and dispatch a repair team to fix it if needed.
“THEworks” solar package includes an extended warranty on workmanship and hardware through the end of your lease. Sunworks will repair or replace broken components at no cost to you.