Frequently Asked Questions
Below you'll find a list of our most commonly asked questions regarding solar power, solar energy storage, financing and more. If you don't see your question answered below or anywhere else on our website, please don't hesitate to contact us. We're happy to help provide all the information you need to make an educated decision.
Most common solar questions:
I heard solar is expensive. What's the catch?
Perhaps the single most well-known myth about solar power is that it is too expensive. The cost of solar power has dropped substantially over the last few years. Solar panel prices have fallen 80% since 2008. A solar PV system is one of the very few purchases that you can make for your home that will actually pay for itself. On top of that, installing a solar system increases the value of your home while giving you a competitive edge should you decide to sell as the new home owner is not susceptible to electricity price increases.
Does solar power require batteries?
Electricity generated from solar results in a credit to your account from the electric company. You still remain connected to the grid. On days when your solar PV system produces more electricity than your home is using, excess electricity will be deported to the grid. At night, on rainy/cloudy days, and on days when your home uses more electricity than your system is producing, you'll draw electricity from the grid.
In this way, the grid is effectively acting as a very large battery which 'stores' your excess electricity and then allows you to tap into it when needed.
Although not required in most situations, batteries are an option for those who would like them for increased independence from the grid or for a backup solution in the event of a power outage.
When the power goes out, is my home still powered?
When the power goes out, grid-tied systems go out too. Inverters in grid-tied systems are required to disconnect from the grid for safety reasons. It is not safe to send electricity back onto the grid while line workers are working to fix the problem. Once grid power is restored the inverter reconnects. ECS offers the finest battery backup solution for these situations.
Should I wait until solar panels become more efficient?
Although solar power is a technology it does not improve in the huge leaps and bounds that cell phones and computers do. Media likes to sensationalize new potential solar technology, however the fundamental technology is the same as it was in the 1960s. The incremental changes in efficiency have been slow and steady. As a result, there is more benefit in starting to save money on your electricity bill today than waiting; the time for solar power is now.
How does solar work when it's cloudy?
While solar panels operate most efficiently in direct sunlight, they still produce power on a cloudy day. Typically a system will produce about half as much energy on a cloudy day as on a regular sunny day.
Can I afford to go solar?
If you can afford to pay your electricity bill, you can afford to go solar. $0 down solar financing options make it easy for homeowners with good credit to start saving on their electricity bills by going solar..
What solar energy rebates and incentives are available?
Solar rebates and incentives vary depending on where you live. The most significant is the 30 percent federal investment tax credit (ITC), which allows you to deduct 30 percent of the cost of your solar energy system from your taxes. Some states offer additional tax credits, and certain municipalities and utilities also offer cash rebates or other incentives.
What are my solar purchasing options?
There are two solar purchasing options - you can purchase your system in cash, or you can finance with no interest, no payments for 18 months.
Do you offer a lease option?
If you are interested in maximizing the financial returns of your solar energy system, buying the system is the best decision. Also your property value only increases if you own, rather than lease, your solar system. For this reason we do not offer a lease option. The objective is for you to own your power production once and for all instead of paying for it indefinitely.
Are there any hidden costs?
Simply put - no. When you sign an agreement with ECS Solar, our no money down policy means zero up-front costs. During the free consultation, we'll outline exactly what you can expect to get from our relationship. And with no initial investment on your part, you'll be able to see immediate savings once your solar system is activated.
How can I get a quick estimate of my savings after going solar?
Easy - Simply contact us! We're happy to help.
Why is ECS Solar the company I should choose?
There are a few criteria that everyone should use when choosing a solar company. ECS Solar is certified, licensed and insured, is incredibly experienced, prioritizes the highest quality installation and support and can provide references. See our Job Map to view completed jobs.We also include industry leading warranties.
Who fixes the panels if there is an issue?
No need to worry if your panels need fixing. An industry-leading product warranty and worry-free maintenance is built into your solar agreement. We'll keep your system functioning optimally and will monitor it to detect and resolve any issues that may arise.
Will solar panels damage my roof?
The team at ECS Solar ensures that no damage will s be done to your roof during installation. The method in which we install our racking systems has been approved by all shingle manufacturers and will prevent water penetration into your home. Rain also helps keep your panels operating efficiently by washing away any dust or dirt.
What are the financial benefits of solar energy?
When you install a solar energy system on your property, you save money on your electricity bills and protect yourself against rising electricity rates in the future. How much you can save depends on the utility rates and solar policies in your area, but going solar is a smart investment regardless of where you live.
How does solar impact my property values?
Innumerable studies have shown that homes with solar energy systems sell for more than homes without them. In most parts of the country, going solar will actually increase your property value more than a kitchen renovation.
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