Frequently Asked Questions

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It’s completely up to you. Most customers benefit more from a solar lease than a purchase. It’s a great option if you want to start saving right away because there’s little to no upfront cost.

Purchasing the solar energy system may be a better option if you’re looking for an upfront investment with good returns. It requires more capital but the long-term returns are better, particularly if there are tax rebates involved.

We recommend investigating both options when you talk to a iSolarize certified provider.

Yes it is! While some people are motivated by environmental considerations, most families are motivated primarily by saving money when they convert to solar energy. The good news is that it’s gotten more affordable than ever. Since 2010, the price of a solar installation has declined by over 60%! It’s little wonder that solar installations in 2014 equal those made over the prior 20 years combined!

Many customers don’t expect to live in their homes for 20 years. According to a recent study from the US Department of Energy, adding solar can increase the value of an average home by about $20,000. That’s like making the panels free before taking into account all of those energy cost savings. When customers sell, they usually transfer their solar agreement to the home’s new owner.

Your home will look great, now more than ever. Panel frames are thin and very well designed. They are painted to blend in. We think you’ll agree that solar panels provide a great accent to your home!

You bet! Solar power costs less than traditional electricity in many states. No matter where you live, if iSolarize has a certified provider in your area, you will receive a quote that will tell you exactly how much you can expect to save by using solar electricity. And the best part is that you can lock in low rates for the long term, without the fluctuations associated with traditional electricity!

There are many factors that determine whether or not solar power will work for you. First, you must own the home or business where you want solar installed. Savings are largest for customers who typically spend over $100 per month on electricity.

Other things that could determine if solar is right for you include your roof type, your credit score and the shading on your home or business. Our certified providers have experts waiting to answer questions on these issues.

There are over 600,000 homes using solar energy. It is expected that in 2015 alone, another 300,000 homes will be added to the solar energy family. And there’s a ton of growth to come. In 2014, 36% of all new electric capacity was solar and a new Solar project is being installed every three minutes.

No. Sunlight must be present for your solar modules to produce power. At night, you draw power from your utility.

Yes, though they produce less electricity. Under a light overcast sky, panels might produce about half as much as under full sun.

There are systems available now that provide power to your home during daylight hours but also have a battery backup designed to provide power to your home’s critical loads during an outage, day or night. Many of our certified providers have such systems.

No. Solar modules convert sunlight into electric current to operate appliances, motors, pumps and other devices.

On-grid, grid-connected or grid-tied means connected to the utility electrical grid. Most solar electric systems are designed as on-grid systems, meaning that they interconnect with your existing utility service. Off-grid refers to systems that are not connected to the utility electrical grid.

Solar electric power works for most homes. iSolarize.com’s providers have systems engineered to work with most roofing materials, in most locations where direct sunlight is available, in almost every region of the United States. A south-facing roof area is optimal, but solar electric panels can be mounted on west- or east- facing roofs and still produce better than 90 percent of the power of a true south roof mounting.

Because of the wiring design of a solar module, all of the individual solar cells on a module must receive full sunlight for the module to work properly. If any portion of the module is shaded, the entire module power output-even those sections still exposed to sunlight-is lowered.

That is the perfect time to install solar. Before laying the roof, you can install flashable mounting brackets that provide the highest level of protection from leakage.

Solar provides great value even without covering all of your energy needs. Even a small system that displaces an average of one-quarter to one-half of your average demand reduces your electric bill. While a 100% coverage system is possible, our certified providers will recommend a system where you maximize your savings in relation to the cost of the system.

Net metering measures the difference between the electricity you buy from your utility and the electricity you produce with your solar energy system. Under net metering, any excess electricity produced by your solar energy system is delivered back into the utility grid, effectively spinning your meter backwards. Your meter spins forward when your solar energy system is not producing all of the electricity you are currently using. Your electric meter keeps track of this net difference as you generate electricity and take electricity from the utility grid.

Many, but not all, states require utilities to offer net metering, but the size and technology requirements vary. If your state does not provide for net metering, you can still use the electricity in your house and enjoy the benefits of clean reliable power from the sun. However, you must purchase a second meter to measure the amount of electricity your system produces and make special arrangements with the utility to receive credit for excess electricity produced by your solar electric system.

Yes. State agencies and municipal utilities offer rebate and incentive programs for homeowners and small businesses to promote the installation of renewable energy equipment such as ours. Incentives can cut the cost of your system in half, saving you thousands of dollars. Your certified iSolarize provider can tell you more about the incentives available in your area.

The panels are supported by certified provider designed mounting systems that have been tested typically to withstand 125 mph (200 kph) winds and can work on almost every type of roofing material. The fact is the solar panels can withstand wind and hail as well as roofing material can.

Most of the related system components should also last for many years without problems. The batteries in a residential system may need replacement in five to 10 years. Talk to your certified iSolarize provider for details.

Our certified providers provide a power meter with the system. Located in your home, your power meter tells you exactly how much electricity you generate and use, and when you send power back to the utility grid. You will be able to manage your household usage like never before.

You should not need a service contract. Some dealers will offer a service contract for regularly scheduled checks of the system output and wiring.

Since the maintenance required is very low, your cost should be minimal. Most of the related system components should last for many years without problems. The batteries in the residential system may need replacement every five to 10 years.

Yes. Your certified iSolarize installer knows how to obtain the necessary permits from your local government.

Yes. The local utility has rules and procedures that must be followed to connect any generator to the grid safely and legally. These rules are generally based on national standards with which our systems comply.

Yes. In fact, our systems are designed as on-grid systems, meaning they are designed to interconnect with utility power.

Most solar electric systems are designed to interconnect with existing utility service. Off-grid systems must be custom designed by a solar power expert.

In a lot of cases, no. Currently, 39 states have solar access laws that provide varying degrees of protection against restrictions that can be imposed on you. Your local installer will be able to discuss the laws and policies in your area.

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