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Several US states have laws in place that require the utility companies to track both production and consumption of power at a customer’s home. When you install a solar power system on your rooftop or property, you will have a bidirectional meter installed that tracks the energy your system may produces during the day, as well as any consumption of power from the grid that is used at night or when it’s cloudy. If your system overproduces, the excess power is sent back into the grid and builds credits on your utility account to use when your system isn’t producing as much. This crediting process is called net metering.

Once you go solar, you will have two bills: your new, dramatically reduced solar energy bill, and a smaller utility bill for any energy left that you need to use from the grid. Depending on the size of your system, your utility bill could be offset by up to 99% ─ but most utility companies charge a minimal rental fee that you are still responsible for paying.

Most high-quality solar panels are rated to withstand snow piles and up to one inch of hail. You can confirm this with your solar power representatives during your enrollment process to ensure you are receiving the best products the industry has to offer. With energy storage as a services, you’ll be able to control your home’s energy efficiency to further reduce your monthly electricity expenses.

Solar panels produce energy when the sun is shining. At night or when it’s cloudy, the system will use credits from any excess power overproduced from the system during the day. This is the primary reason that on-grid solar solutions rely on the utility grid and net metering laws to provide supplemental power when your system isn’t producing.

For the safety of grid workers, your on-grid system is required to turn itself off if you lose utility power. Once the power is restored, the system will automatically turn itself back on. An off-grid power system or one with a battery pack would continue to run during the day if you lost power.

Solar power systems produce power when they are exposed to sunlight. Depending on how the system is engineers, it will start operating at sunrise and shut down at sunset. The intensity of the solar rays that fall on the panels determine how much power is produced by the solar power system.

Solar power is an extremely reliable source of energy. The technology has been around for several decades, and there are installed systems that have been producing viable energy for over 25+ years.

The size of your solar power system is determined by your current electricity consumption and monthly budget. Additionally, the amount of roof space or ground space you have available for installation will also gauge the percentage of solar capacity your home’s energy usage can fulfill.

Even if there is some shading on your roof, you still have options as long as your roof does receive sunlight. We can install a system on the area of your roof that is not shaded, and you may also be able to trim the trees shading your roof to make more room. A system installed with microinverters can also help reduce the effects of shading.

Our quality of products, types of flashing, and racking methods ensure that your roof will not leak as a result of installing a solar power system. Your system will also come with insurance that covers any risk associated with roof leaks in the rare instance it may be caused by the installation. Suntuity Solar ensures your roof will be safe with us, and that your solar panels will actually serve as a protective layer for your home.

If your roof is over 10 years old, it’s wise to replace or repair while prepping your home for solar. This due diligence ensures that the roof will last as long as the solar system that is installed. Suntuity Solar can assess the age and condition of your roof prior to installation and may be able to assist with some or all of the work.

Ground-based solar power systems have several advantages over roof base systems, including higher outputs, better tilt and orientation, and easier maintenance. The installation itself is a bit more invasive of your property, and not every homeowner has enough yard space ─ which is why the majority of solar customers opt to install panels on their rooftop.

Most homeowners associations allow the installation of solar power systems provided that certain requirements are met. You should request that your solar power representative review these requirements before installing a solar power system on your roof or property.

Most likely, yes. Most townhomes qualify for solar power system installation.

As part of our lease, we guarantee the system will perform as per the specifications provided to you when the system was installed and will be guaranteed the entire length of the agreement. If the system does not perform as promised, we will compensate you for any electricity losses.

As part of our lease option, you retain the right to extend it or purchase the system. We can also remove the system once the lease term is complete.

Our leases, as well as our buyout option and production guarantees, are fully transferable to the new property owner. Solar is reported to increase your home’s resale value by up to $15,000, and the new owner will be inheriting monthly electricity savings.

Solar leases offer a lower monthly electricity bill for $0 down. The rates are locked and will never fluctuate, so you know what you’ll be paying today, tomorrow, and for the entire length of your solar agreement. Once the lease is up, you’ll have the option of purchasing the system, extending the lease, or removing it. You can also choose a prepayment option upfront which will reduce the monthly lease payments even further.

Yes!

We offer power purchase agreements (PPAs) which is another $0 down option. The difference with a PPA is that you pay solely for the solar power that your system produces and price predictability throughout the length of the agreement. The monthly rate will fluctuate, but it will not be drastic, so you’ll have a good idea of what your monthly payments will be.

If you’d like to own your solar system, we offer $0 down loan payment options which will allow you to take advantage of the 30% federal tax credit.

An average home consumes approximately 10,000 kWh per year. Installing a solar power system that offsets the same amount of usage would result in a reduction of about 15,000 pounds of CO2 each year. This is the equivalent of carbon eliminated by 1.5 acres of pine forests. For more information, please visit the United States Environmental Protection Agency site.

Looking at the big picture, solar power is a renewable form of energy that eliminates the need for the burning of fossil fuels (which are directly responsible for the global and environmental damage). There are no emissions during the production of solar power, and it is one of the cleanest forms of renewable energy known to mankind. In addition, a solar power system is relatively maintenance free which further reduces the carbon footprint of a solar power system.

Traditional electric sources such as coal, oil, and natural gas result in the emission of polluting gasses, some of which are toxic and extremely detrimental to the environment. Fossil fuels are and continue to be the one of the largest cause of global warming. Depleting sources of fossil fuels also cause dramatic spikes in the cost of energy which can be mitigated by the implementation of clean solar power energy. For more information, please visit the United States Environmental Protection Agency site.

The best time to get a solar power system is, simply put, as soon as possible. With federal, state and local solar incentives being some of the highest they have ever been, the financial benefits of implementing a solar power system create an extremely strong case to move forward. The federal ITC is set to expire at the end of 2021, so it makes sense for homeowners to make the switch now and get the most out of the financial benefit.

Approvals required for the installation of a solar power system vary from state to state. In general, almost all states require state, utility and local municipal approval. The approvals required usually occur both prior to and after the installation of a system.

Solar power systems, if installed correctly, require minimal maintenance. There are no moving parts. Most high-quality panels and inverters have warranties of up to 25 years.

Suntuity Solar offers energy storage even if you already have a system installed. With storage as a service, you can increase your power savings while enjoying reliable, uninterrupted power despite any weather conditions. 

Give us a shout at 855.SUNTUITY to explore your options further in detail.

Every Suntuity Solar system is custom engineered for the needs of each customer. Our mission is to deliver the best quality products and services that maximize the solar output and savings. Qualified homeowners typically save more with Suntuity Solar.

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