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Several US states have laws in place that require utility companies to track both the 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 to track the energy your system 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 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 leftover 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 fee that you are still responsible for paying.

Most high-quality solar panels are built to withstand snow piles and up to one inch of hail. You can confirm this with your solar representatives during the enrollment process to ensure you are receiving the best products the industry has to offer. With energy storage as a service, 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 excess power that was 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 the system isn’t producing.

For the safety of grid workers, your 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 battery backup 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 engineered, it will start operating at sunrise and shut down at sunset. The intensity of the solar rays determines 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 use can fulfill.

Even if there is some shading on your roof, you still have options as long as your roof receives 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 micro inverters can also help reduce the effects of shading.

Our quality of products, types of flashing, and racking methods help prevent your roof from leaking as a result of solar system installation. Suntuity Solar also assesses the age and condition of your roof prior to scheduling an installation – so if you are in need of roof replacements or repairs, we will work with you on the logistics to ensure it is ready for solar panels. In the rare instance that your roof does leak due to our installation of the system, we have a workmanship warranty in place that is disclosed in your solar agreement. 

If your roof is over 10 years old, it’s wise to replace or repair it while preparing your home for a solar installation. 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 of the work. 

Ground-based solar power systems have several advantages over rooftop 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 choose to install panels on their rooftop.

Most homeowners’ associations allow the installation of solar power systems, provided that certain requirements are met. Your solar representative should review these requirements carefully 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 offer a system performance guarantee throughout the entire length of your solar agreement.  If the system does not perform as promised, we will compensate you for any electricity losses.

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

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

Solar leasing offers a lower monthly electricity bill for $0 down. The rates are locked in 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 expires, 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 your monthly lease payments even more. 

Yes! In addition to the traditional $0 down solar leasing option, we also offer power purchase agreements (PPAs) for zero upfront costs. PPAs allow you to pay for the power your system produces every month, while leasing is a flat monthly rate that does not fluctuate. 

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 26% federal tax credit.

For more in-depth information, all of our financing options are outlined at the bottom of our services page:

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An average home consumes approximately 10,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year. Installing a solar power system that offsets the same amount of usage will reduce 15,000 pounds of CO2 each year. This is the equivalent of the carbon eliminated by 1.5 acres of forests. 

Solar power is a renewable form of energy that eliminates the need for the burning of fossil fuels, which are directly responsible for 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 worldwide. In addition, solar power systems are relatively maintenance-free, which further reduces the carbon footprint.

Traditional electric sources such as coal, oil, and natural gas result in the emission of harmful greenhouse gasses, some of which are toxic and extremely detrimental to the environment. Fossil fuels are, and continue to be, one of the largest causes of global warming. Depleting fossil fuel sources also cause dramatic spikes in the cost of energy, which can be mitigated by the implementation of clean solar 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 at some of the highest rates they have ever been, the financial benefits of implementing a solar power system is a no-brainer. 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.

The increase in property value is due to a renewable energy solution, so your property taxes cannot increase ─ but your insurance will increase marginally to cover any losses that may occur due to your newly installed system. The increase is usually around $75-$100 per year for a typical residential system.

Approvals required for the installation of a solar power system vary from state to state. In general, almost all territories require approvals from the state, utility and local municipality. The approvals are usually required both before and after the installation of the 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 in further detail. 

Every Suntuity Solar system is customized and engineered for the needs of each homeowner. Our mission is to deliver the best quality products and services that maximize both solar output and electricity savings. Qualified homeowners typically save up to 30% or more every month with Suntuity Solar. 

“EV” is an acronym for Electric Vehicles. These vehicles can either run on 100% electric power or function as hybrids that use a combination of gasoline and electricity.  With EV adoption on the rise across the US, many states have started offering incentives for EV purchases.

Suntuity offers affordable installation for charging stations in your garage or driveway. Visit https://suntuityhome.com/products/ev-charging-stations/ to get a free estimate.

Battery storage keeps your lights on when the power goes out, allowing your home to operate autonomously from the grid. It stores the energy your solar system overproduces so that you can have continuous, uninterrupted power when you need it. 

Suntuity Solar offers battery storage with $0 down solar enrollment as part of our Solar Storage Program. We also offer battery storage for homeowners that already have solar installed and homeowners that do not qualify for solar. Explore your options here: https://suntuitysolar.com/battery-storage

There are five main steps to how solar power works after your system is activated:

1) Sunlight hits the solar panels on your rooftop and creates DC (Direct Current) electricity.

2) Solar energy inverters convert DC power into useable AC (Alternating Current) electricity.

3) The electrical panel distributes clean power throughout your home that reduces harmful carbon emissions.

4) Any excess power produced is sent back to the electrical grid to build credits on your home’s utility account in a process called net metering.

5) Your utility company will power your home with the stored credits at night or during inclement weather ─ so there is never a gap in your energy usage.

Visit https://www.suntuitysolar.com/learn-about-solar/ for more in-depth information about solar.

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