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Solar: From Quote To Panels

You’ve done your research ~ you understand more about how a solar system works, if it is a good fit for your home, what rebates are available in your area, and how to pay for your system. You’ve decided solar meets your energy needs perfectly and you want to act before rebates disappear. But what happens after you submit your information for a quote? What is the installation process like? Let’s take a look:

QUOTE

You submit your basic information so a qualified installer can contact you with a free quote specific to your address

CONSULTATION

Within 24 hours, we will schedule a time to meet with you and to offer you a free comparison of your energy bills (with and without solar), help you find the right system size to meet your energy needs, and talk to you about the best options to pay for your new system (financing, lease, or cash purchase.)

ON-SITE VISIT

After you decide on the best way to save, we will complete an on-site visit to inspect your roof, locate the optimal placement for your panels, and confirm the specs of your new solar system.

CONTRACTS/PERMITTING

If have not already, at this state you will sign contracts as well as apply for permitting. This is usually where the longest delay happens so be sure to have a time cushion when finalizing your system.

INSTALL

Installation usually takes a single day. On your day of choice,  your installer will come out and get everything set up.

POWER ON

Once the system is set up and your utility provider confirms, you can power on your new solar system.

ENJOY YOUR CLEAN ENERGY

You’ll be generating your own clean, renewable energy and saving thousands.

Give us a call or CLICK HERE to schedule your FREE Solar Assessment today!

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Get Credit For Your Clean Energy Production!

Get credit for your clean energy production!

In some states, homeowners can participate in a net metering program with their utility. In this scenario, a net energy meter keeps track of the power your system produces. Any power you produce and do not use goes back into the grid and you receive a credit. You can then use grid power when your system doesn’t meet your energy needs (ex. at night or on a cloudy day) and your utility will bill you the “net” consumption (usage – credits).

Giving back to the grid

Even after using grid-power, most solar homeowners have a positive credit with their utility and are putting much more power into the grid than they are taking out.

Luckily net metering is available in South Carolina, so give us a call or CLICK HERE to schedule your FREE solar assessment today!

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How Exactly Do My Solar Panels Create Electricity?

Our customers often ask us “how exactly do my solar panels create electricity?” Here’s a simple explanation:

PV systems, simply

Solar electric systems, or photovoltaic (PV) systems, are extremely simple. The PV cells capture the sun’s particles of energy (photons) and converts them into electrons to create direct current (DC) electricity. The DC current travels from the PV cells into an inverter, which converts them into alternating current, or AC power–the same kind of power you buy from your utility provider. Sun > PV cells > Inverter > Your home.

When the sun doesn’t shine

We use very efficient panels that can even produce on cloudy days! Your production will go down and you will need some help from the grid, but luckily the sunny days far exceed the cloudy ones. For your peace of mind, we’ve included cloudy days in your Annual Production number.

Give us a call or CLICK HERE to schedule your FREE Solar Consultation today!

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How Do I Pay for My System?

So you’ve seen how much you can save with solar and you’re interested in energy independence. The biggest question you might have now is “how do I pay for my system?” Let’s take a look at the four ways you can put solar on your roof today.

CASH PURCHASE

The most simple: you pay the full system cost up front and get 25+ years of solar power. Every day you turn on the lights, you save. You own your system from Day one.

LEASE

Just like a standard lease, you rent the solar array from the installer and make a fixed lease payment each month. Unlike a PPA, you can use all the power you produce. The biggest drawback is that you do not own your system and most lease rates will increase with the cost of energy.

LOAN

This is the most popular option for homeowners right now because of the low-rate financing available in the solar space. If you qualify, we have great financing options that offer low interest rates and no money down. After paying your system off with fixed monthly payments, you own your solar system. Your solar payments will never  increase. You start saving on Day 1 and your savings grow larger each year as the price of energy continues to rise each year.

What makes the most sense for you?

Be sure to explore these options with an installer to find a plan that suits your needs and budget. Now that you know more about paying for your system, let’s see if solar is right for you.  Give us a call or click the link below to schedule your FREE Solar Consultation today!

Give us a call or CLICK HERE to schedule your FREE Solar Consultation today!

SuperGreen Solutions Preparing Your Solar System for a Hurricane

Preparing Your Solar System For A Hurricane

Before a hurricane, you might be worried about battening down the hatches and waterproofing everything in sight.
But for regular homeowners, there isn’t much to do.

Your solar panels and racks are built strong, and the mounts should be watertight for decades, storms or no. Don’t try to remove the panels yourself or try to cover them with anything.

Solar panels will not cause your roof to fly off your house.

Unless the roof itself was already going to fly off, either because of insane winds or poor building techniques. Your best bet is to keep your flashlight handy and prepare for the storm as normal.

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Solar Panels are tested by manufacturers to ensure that they can survive hurricanes.

Most solar panels are certified to withstand winds of up to 2,400 pascals, equivalent to approximately 140 mile-per-hour winds. The typical aluminum and glass casings that hold solar cells and constitute a solar panel are highly waterproof, even during extreme rain.

Tips for Preparing Your Solar System for a Hurricane

  1. Always heed the warnings issued by your local Government regarding evacuations and preparations.
  2. Your solar electric system has been designed to weather the storm. Do not, for any reason, attempt to get on your roof to make preparations. Do not attempt to remove your solar electric system.
  3. Following the storm take the same extreme caution as you would with downed power lines if in the unlikely event you have damage to your solar system. In the sun, electricity may be flowing through solar panels. Again, Do Not attempt to go on your roof to inspect or repair your solar system. Physically inspect your solar from the ground where it is safe.
  4. It is a good idea, to take photos of your solar system, just like you would your other significant investments in order to create a good inventory for your insurance company if you do experience damage. Unsure of how to create a good inventory, here is a blog post from Allstate on creating a home inventory that is helpful.
  5. Listen to your local utility company. Men and women are risking their lives to restore power. Do not operate a generator without the proper installation and ventilation.

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If your solar panel system becomes damaged by the storm, you’re in good hands. Homeowners’ insurance policies cover solar panels as a structural component of the home (though you may want to adjust your limits to account for the value they represent).

If utility power goes down as a result of the storm, most home solar systems will shut down as well. In the rare case that your system is damaged, it can most likely be repaired or replaced quickly, and again, you’re probably covered by your homeowners’ insurance policy. Contact us or your installation company right away.

Stay informed: visit scemd.org for up to date information on South Carolina weather, news, and emergency preparation.

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Think Solar Panels May Be Right For You? Tips To Help You Decide

Solar is getting cheaper

Every year panels are becoming more and more efficient, decreasing the average system size, and driving the total cost down. They are also becoming cheaper to mass produce and readily available at a consumer level.

Don’t forget the tax credits!!!

The US federal government offers a tax credit to both home and business owners who install solar power. A tax credit worth 30% of the total system cost and installation is available (more about Federal Solar Tax Credit here). If the federal tax credit exceeds tax liability, the excess amount may be carried forward to the succeeding taxable year for up to 6 years if needed.

The state of South Carolina offers an additional tax credit for home and business owners who go solar. The South Carolina solar tax credit is worth 25% of the total cost including installation. The maximum amount of the SC state tax credit you can take yearly is $3,500, or 50% of taxpayer’s tax liability for that taxable year, whichever is less. This credit can expire anytime but customers who get installed will be grandfathered in. (more about SC Solar Tax Credit here).

With the help of the federal and state tax credits, your solar system is very affordable.

Now that you have a better idea of the cost of solar, let’s take a look and see if your home qualifies for solar.

Give us a call or CLICK HERE to schedule your FREE Solar Consultation today!

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Do I Buy US-Made Or Foreign Made Solar Panel Equipment?

Well, the first problem is that’s a loaded question because any American would love to have their first choice saying go American made, that’s the best and that’s the best for us and our economy. Well, the problem lies in pricing.

In the last 10 years (since 2008) pricing for overall systems has come way down to the point where it’s even begin to make financial sense for the masses. The big help is thanking our friends out west who have been going Solar extremely heavily since the 2013 terror crisis on the grid which drove rates up and Solar down as the masses jumped on board.

With Solar, let’s face it, it’s not like a car where no matter the price you have an immediate benefit of driving the thing, looking at it and smelling it or maybe a new RV, favorite new gadget or boat, ext…. Whereas with Solar, the benefit is Energy but if the cost is huge compared to when you actually see a benefit of use then that has to be talked about.

Of the U.S.-headquartered solar companies, 90 percent of the manufacturing is done outside of the United States, according to a report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Here’s a look at some U.S. solar panel manufacturers:

  • 1SolTech: Established 2008. Headquarters and manufacturing in Farmers Branch, Texas.
  • Auxin Solar: Established 2008. Headquarters and solar panel factory in San Jose, California.
  • Itek: Established 2009. Headquarters and manufacturing in Bellingham, Washington. Serves Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Minnesota.
  • Suniva: Established 2008. Headquarters in Norcross, Georgia; manufacturing in Georgia and Michigan.
  • SunPower: Established 1985. Headquarters in San Jose, California. Manufacturing in both United States and Philippines.
  • REC Solar: Established 1996. Headquarters in San Luis Obispos, California. Manufacturing in Singapore.
  • Solar World: Established 1988. Headquarters in Germany; Manufacturing in Eugene, Oregon, and Germany.
  • Sharp Solar: Established 1959. Headquarters in Japan; manufacturing plant in Memphis, Tennessee.
  • Kyocera Solar: Established 1971. Headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona. Manufacturing in California and Mexico.
  • Now pricing in the US is coming down and manufacturing up, which is all good and all what we want and support but at the end of the day if we cannot propose you a way to either A. go into savings immediately or B. Go into savings within a nominal timeframe, then your simply not going to do it.
  • There are plenty of extremely reputable and high quality companies oversees who we buy from and use everyday. They can be up to 30% less in some cases which can make or break whether you go Solar or not.  
  • Currently the top 3 solar manufacturers in the world are Trina Solar, JinkoSolar and Canadian Solar (respectively) determined by market share among panel manufacturing companies.

Give us a call or CLICK HERE to schedule your FREE Solar Consultation today!

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Answers To Homeowner’s Biggest Questions About Going Solar

  1. Roof- where is it going to go and how is it going to do for leaks?

Well, glad you asked, the best place for Solar is on a south facing roof then East to west. As far as the mounting goes, we always ensure everything including your roof against leaks and the bracketing system actually goes under the shingle and attaches to the rafters. Everything is sealed tight and we have a 3 year penetration warranty.

  1. What about damage or hurricane?

Good question! You will notify your insurance company that you have added solar to your home. If your rate increases it will be a very small increase of on average $5-$10. This will add your panels as a part of the home plus there is a monitoring system we install at no additional charge that monitors the system 24/7/365 for you and us. If the panels or they stop working correctly within the warranty period, we will be there to assist you in fulfilling the panels warranty.

  1. How much does it cost?

The cost is different for each person as it depends on your needs.

Your system cost is $0 Down, $0 Out of pocket for full installation and start up, and $0 monthly or yearly for monitoring.

  1. Do HOAs allow solar?

I have a Homeowners Association, I don’t think I can go solar? Oh boy, we get this one all the time but here is the fix to this. #1 We handle the HOA and ARB boards for communication, applications and reviews and we will help get this approved for you. If your HOA denies the solar system, we will not hold you accountable. If they say you can only do the side or back of your roof and the back of your roof is north facing then you will NOT be able to do it, unless you can do a ground mount. We have found that 80%+ of HOA will allow a ground mount and we have very little problems.

Give us a call or CLICK HERE to schedule your FREE Solar Consultation today!

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Solar Vs. Utility Companies

There’s a battle going on between some utility companies, with their dependence on fossil fuels, and the new, sustainable energy upstarts.

The reality is that consumers in many states have suffered huge increases to their electricity bills over the last decade or so due to a variety of reasons including new federal regulations on emissions, rules on greenhouse gasses, renewable energy state mandates and fluctuating oil, coal and natural gas prices. We don’t see an end in sight to these changes. The combination of past increases in electricity costs and uncertainty of where those costs are headed has convinced many homeowners to take another look at investing in a home solar system. It just makes sense!

With an abundance of sunshine and incentives programs, South Carolina is home to an expanding solar power industry.

S.C is eighth in the country for electricity sales, largely to meet air conditioning needs during our hot summers! However, that South Carolina sun and heat can result in huge energy bill savings with the help of solar energy systems.

To go solar and save even more green, or for more info click here

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Does Solar Improve the Resale Value Of A Home?

A major factor in solar’s rising popularity is the dramatic decrease costs over the last 10 years. More recently, homeowners have had increasing options for financing that include zero-down purchase deals.

Homeowners go solar to save green by going green! But this raises a question: Does solar improve the resale value of a home? A 2014 study by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory shows that homebuyers are consistently willing to pay a premium of some $15,000 for a solar home and that a solar home sells 20 percent faster than non-solar homes. The U.S. Department of Energy states that a solar electric system raises a home’s property value by $20 for every $1 in utility savings per year.

To go solar and save even more green, or for more info click here