LEARN THE BASICS OF SOLAR
WHAT REBATES/INCENTIVES ARE AVAILABLE?
Right now you can take advantage of the 30% tax credit that is available to anyone who purchases solar power technology for their home or business. This tax credit does expire at the end of 2019, so you should act soon!
HOW MUCH DOES SOLAR POWER COST?
Compared to the power you are buying right now from the electric utility; solar power can cost half as much per kWh. Example: Today you are buying electricity from the utility at $.18/kWh and over time, you could be paying up to $.26/kWh as the cost of electricity increases over time (FACT: 4% annual increase in electricity costs based on historical data). When you produce your own power with solar, you could be paying $.08/kWh, and you would NOT be subject to any inflation. You can lock in your electricity rate forever! During the day, you will use the solar energy in your home. If you produce more than you are using, you will sell that power back to the grid, allowing for optimal solar energy efficiency.
HOW IS THE SOLAR ENERGY STORED?
Solar power is not stored unless you have an energy storage component such as batteries.
WILL THE SOLAR PANELS LAST IN STRONG WINDS?
Every solar installation we do is engineered to withstand 170+ mph winds. This is not only for our own insurance, but it is a California Building Code requirement.
WHAT MAINTENANCE IS REQUIRED?
Not much at all. You should rinse off dust and grime twice a year, but if you just let the rain do the work you might not even notice. If you do not want to deal with this, please ask Apec Solar about our solar maintenance program.
SHOULD I REROOF BEFORE INSTALLING SOLAR PANELS?
If you add solar to your roof today and then a few years later want to reroof, it’s not that expensive to quickly remove the panels from the roof, re-roof, and put them back on. In most cases, the amount of power that you would have saved by installing solar is greater than the cost to remove and reinstall the panels, so it would actually cost you more to wait.
If you plan on re-roofing this year, our solar contractors suggest you go ahead and do it at the same time as the solar installation. This way, our installation team can work with your roofer, and we can make sure that your roof warranty is preserved. It’s extremely common for roofers and solar installers to work together on projects.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE POWER GOES OUT? WILL I STILL HAVE POWER FROM MY SOLAR PANELS?
Most solar power systems are connected directly to your home and the electrical grid. Some solar power systems have an energy storage component such as batteries which provides backup power during a power outage. If you have ever been without power, you may feel that adding energy storage is critical to your home.