You’ll hear the same thing from every company you call, “it depends.” This isn’t just a ploy to get your personal information and bombard you with sales calls. The final price of a solar system really does depend on a number of factors, such as: the system’s size and orientation, equipment options, configuration, labor costs, and local permitting costs. The size of the solar system being the determinant factor in it all, a factor determined by your family’s individual needs.
Your Production Won’t Lose Value People often approach us with the question, “I work during the day, and I’m at home at night. What happens to the energy my system produces if I’m not at home?” Here’s our answer: You’re never going to lose the value of the power your solar system produces. The entire solar industry hinges on the ability to get full retail credit. What makes solar viable in the state of California is the fact that utility companies are mandated to compensate you for that power you produce.
The truth is, your next door neighbor is probably the one using the power your system produced while you’re at work.
Efficiency is Key Our sales consultants are qualified professionals, trained in system design. They are capable of choosing the size, direction and pitch to get you the most efficient system possible. A south-facing roof pitch will be most efficient, and west-facing is second, but often times a client’s roof space doesn’t allow for any or much of the system to be placed there. This is when we discuss multiple options for them, and manipulate the system size and quality (efficiency) of the panels to make sure their system will offset their energy needs. Here are some of the best choices regarding location of your solar system for home or business.
What’s Coming Every 6-12 months energy rates are slightly increased at our utility company’s discretion. This “super-user” charge is something entirely different; it is a big deal. A new state- mandated surcharge is being brought into effect to incentivize energy users to live conservatively when it comes to their power. Anyone who uses four-times more than their allowed baseline (designated by your utility provider) will be charged a tax on top of their normal energy rates. This tax is set at 40 cents per kW used, which is around double what most homeowners pay normally. In addition to what you’re normally paying, this new policy could have a major impact on residents of the Central Valley this summer.
Shading Shade is definitely an issue for solar panels. Your system’s production relies on the energy it gets from the sun’s rays. Anything obstructing its direct contact with the sun will cause it to be less efficient. Anyone who’s engineering or designing a system, should know not to put a system in an area where shading will be an issue. However, recent advancements in technology have enabled systems to keep producing normally if one or two panels are affected by shade.
What is a “Smart Home”? What better way to welcome in the new year than to review the top 3 coolest “smart” gadgets to date, made specifically to make your at-home life simpler. Home automation is the way of the future; Solar Negotiators has recently partnered with Flex, a company that brings solar power and home automation together to maximize your energy savings. Its ability to sync just about any of your home appliances to your mobile device is saving us big in terms of accessibility and convenience – and let’s face it, who couldn’t use more of that in their lives? Let’s look at some of the top-rated smart-home devices and what they can do for you.
We Want to Save You Money What you will pay in energy costs over the course of ten years will be much higher than the cost of financing a solar system. For example, if your average bill was $350 in ten years you will pay $42,000 (ignoring the annual rate increase). Our company can build you a system to offset 100% of your monthly power bill for much less than that.
Check It Regularly Failing to check your solar system inverter can have serious effects on your investment in a negative way. Since issues can arise with your production, it is recommended to check your inverter at least once a week. This can prevent costly consequences from under producing. Over the course of several months, small system malfunctions can really add up. Worst case scenario, your system could be completely shut down and you would have no knowledge if you aren’t regularly checking up on your system.
Indicators Your System Has Issues At the very least, you should be checking your monthly bill statements. A larger than normal bill could indicate that something is off with your system. If you spot any irregularities, an easy solution is to have a maintenance professional evaluate your system for you.
Picking Panels Advancements in technology have allowed the price of solar panels to drastically reduce. Homeowners everywhere have been quickly realizing that they need solar. Consequently, rising demand has caused many different companies to compete, offering a variety of panels. This can make the process of selecting panels very confusing and overwhelming. It is wise to think of this purchase decision as an investment into your home as well as your future. Potentially, choosing the right solar system could save you hundreds or even thousands in energy costs. Although price is a huge factor in selecting what type of panels to choose, it is hardly the only thing that needs to be taken into account.
Is It Really Necessary? Yes. With the excitement of a new addition to their home underway, people sometimes forget that their solar panels will eventually need maintenance. This includes regular cleanings and inspections to ensure optimum production levels. The difficult part of optimizing your investment into solar is figuring out when to get them cleaned.
Google actually did an experiment at their solar farm in Mountain View, CA, “They found that cleaning their solar panels was the number one way to maximize the energy they produce” (Maehlum, 2013). Dust, grime, dirt, and other debris can accumulate on the surface of your system and cause blockage.