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Answers To All Your Solar Energy Questions

 

While we have been hearing about solar energy for some time, powering your home or business with it is still a fairly new concept with lots of questions towards determining if it is the right move for you. Below are a list of questions that we hope will answer your overall inquiries about making a decision towards solar energy. Click on any question to see the answer below and please call (774) 473-9339 during business hours or send us a note to call back if you need more details for any of the FAQ’s listed below.

 


Each house is somewhat unique. For rooftop solar, the roof surfaces that face more towards the south are considered in a first evaluation. But, it is important to first set a financial goal, and at least think about how much of your energy expense you want to offset and how much you want to spend. Then we can show you options.

Each house is somewhat unique. For rooftop solar, the roof surfaces that face more towards the south are considered in a first evaluation. But, it is important to first set a financial goal, and at least think about how much of your energy expense you want to offset and how much you want to spend. Then we can show you options.

Massachusetts’ solar resource is around 33% greater than the world leader in solar, Germany, and much less than 33% different from Miami, Florida. Cold, sunny winters actually help solar equipment perform better than it will under hot conditions.

Most every homeowner in Massachusetts can realize a return on their purchase in less than 10 years, and with proper design and conditions the return could be as low as 5 years or even less. Leases give immediate relief on energy costs.

Installing solar is like many other significant home improvement investments. Your decision is based on your needs and finances. Because residential solar has become so popular, there is evidence that an installed system increases both the sales price and the appraised value of your home. Costs are near an all-time low and not expected to drop a lot in the next year, or so. If there is a solution that fits financially, waiting only delays reducing your energy expenses and seeing your home value immediately increase. This is especially true in Massachusetts where energy costs are much higher than most other regions in the country.

Incentives and rebates vary, with some being offered for limited time. In general, the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) has been extended through 2019. Other credits such as the Mass. state managed SRECs and other purchase incentives such as Solarize programs are not as consistent. Look further through the links below for more current and up to date information:

Massachusetts
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Mass.Gov – Energy & Environmental Affairs
CleanEnergyAuthority.Com – Rebates & Incentives (MA)

Rhode Island
Rhode Island – Office of Energy Resources
CleanEnergyAuthority.Com – Rebates & Incentives (RI)

Overcast skies, rain, and snow and ice affect panel performance during a storm. By design, photovoltaics (PV) still generate electricity under cloudy conditions and even with a thin layer of snow or thin layer of ice. During snow storms, a well-designed installation can recover relatively quickly depending on how much snowfall was received and variations in ambient temperatures. When a portion of a panel is exposed, it generates power and causes the panel to begin to warm. This, plus the panel angles, speed up the process of accumulations gradually or quickly falling.

Overcast skies, rain, and snow and ice affect panel performance during a storm. By design, photovoltaics (PV) still generate electricity under cloudy conditions and even with a thin layer of snow or thin layer of ice. During snow storms, a well-designed installation can recover relatively quickly depending on how much snowfall was received and variations in ambient temperatures. When a portion of a panel is exposed, it generates power and causes the panel to begin to warm. This, plus the panel angles, speed up the process of accumulations gradually or quickly falling.

Overcast skies, rain, and snow and ice affect panel performance during a storm. By design, photovoltaics (PV) still generate electricity under cloudy conditions and even with a thin layer of snow or thin layer of ice. During snow storms, a well-designed installation can recover relatively quickly depending on how much snowfall was received and variations in ambient temperatures. When a portion of a panel is exposed, it generates power and causes the panel to begin to warm. This, plus the panel angles, speed up the process of accumulations gradually or quickly falling.

We provide a wide range of panels and hardware to fit most needs. Typically, only products that offer industry standard or better warranties and have also demonstrated satisfactory performance histories, are chosen. We will provide more detailed information with each proposed option for your home. The lifetime of a modern solar energy system is at least 25 years.

We provide a wide range of panels and hardware to fit most needs. Typically, only products that offer industry standard or better warranties and that also have demonstrated performance histories are chosen. We will provide more detailed information with each proposed option for your home. The lifetime of a modern solar energy system is at least 25 years.

We typically only select panels and associated hardware that offer industry standard or better warranties and that also have demonstrated performance histories. We will provide more detailed information with each proposed option for your home. The lifetime of a modern solar energy system is at least 25 years.

Wind energy in Massachusetts and Rhode Island is viable. However, for most towns and residential areas, the requirements and regulations are much more complex often necessitating a much longer period of time before actually producing power. And small scale wind is not yet as cost effective as residential rooftop solar.

We offer a wide range of ways to finance a system making it easy to find a suitable way to take advantage of all energy savings and home value benefits. We also offer leasing to those who may only need or be able to afford the path to lower monthly power bills.

We offer a wide range of ways to finance a system, making it easy to find a suitable way to take advantage of all energy savings and home value benefits. We also offer leasing to those who may only need or be able to afford the path to lower monthly power bills.

Every system we install includes the ability to monitor. Whether using your computer or other internet connected device, you are able to see real time activity and past history. This information can be crucial for us to help troubleshoot in those infrequent times when performance isn’t as expected.

We manage all of the necessary applications and permitting required of both the state and local jurisdictions. Contact us if you would like more details specific to your location.

The best way to know if a company will do the best job is to look at both their reviews and find out who does the installations. We only use our own union contractor. And we welcome you to visit reviews from our customers. See our review ratings in SolarReviews.Com. In addition, we only provide solar solutions and are not distracted by other services such as heating systems or roofing.

The process for permitting varies across Massachusetts and Rhode Island towns and communities. But, in general once we have needed approvals you can start generating your own power within a matter of weeks. The actual onsite work could be accomplished in as little as one day or a few days depending on your design and specific circumstances.  Contact Us Today to get a FREE QUOTE and get the process started!