The Cost of Going Solar

Going Solar is an investment. These videos will help you understand the costs and incentives of installing a solar system.

What to expect on your PG&E bill after going solar

Your solar system is sized by how much electricity you already use. The goal after your installation is to reduce your electrical charges to zero or next to zero every month. This video will discuss how solar panels help save money.

Key Points:

  1. After installing an appropriately-sized solar system, most residential electricity bills will be reduced to zero, or next to zero.
  2. While still being connected to the electrical grid, however, homes will likely still see a delivery charge of around $10 to $15 each month. This is small compared to the cost solar reduces.

What is a solar “Energy Credit”?

Have you heard the term “Solar Energy Credit” being used by solar power companies? In this video, we cover what a solar energy credit is, and how you can best maximize your relationship with the electricity grid after going solar.

How many solar panels do you really need?

When it comes to installing solar panels, you want to size a system that is right for your home without increasing the solar cost by too much. It takes working with a company that sizes your system appropriately but leaves an opportunity for future solar panel additions.

Key Points:

  1. Your solar system size is based on your average home energy usage.
  2. Your solar provider’s goal should be to leave you with a system that can be added to in the future.

What is the difference between a solar lease and a solar loan?

Leasing solar panels is not what it is all cracked up to be. There are many hidden terms when it comes to a solar lease that makes it not a viable option. In this video, we will cover solar financing options, and selecting the best option for you!

How solar increases your home value

Solar energy is an instant home upgrade, especially in the state of California. Prospective home buyers are looking for homes with advancements in tech, like solar. The fact that solar panels save money is a plus. This will increase the likelihood that you are able to sell your home for a higher price point and faster. Watch this video to learn why and how solar energy is a good investment in your future.

The Cost of a Solar System

A number of factors will affect the cost of your install. These factors include; energy consumption, the type of installation you want/need, the difficulty of your roof, and the permits needed per your home’s location.

Key Points:

  1. Your energy consumption, the type of solar application, your roof type, and the permits you need will affect the cost of your solar installation!
  2. Common home additions that can impact your system size are (bullet this list) electric cars, electric appliances such as dryers, hot tubs and pools.

How to Compare Solar Bids

Comparing a number of solar energy bids can be a confusing process. When different companies tell you different things like differing solar costs, how do you know who to listen to? In this video, Jake shares some tips on what to expect in bids, and how to determine what is the best option for you.

Key Points:

  1. The prices you receive from companies should be based on a turnkey system installed on your roof. No hidden costs.
  2. Included in a bid should be Hardware, panels, labor, permitting, paperwork, and installers business expenses.
  3. Look at the price per watt, warranties, quality of equipment, and financing options

What is Net Energy Metering (NEM)?

There are going to be times when you collect more energy than you need! The electric companies need this energy, even though they hate to admit it. What this means is that they will actually purchase this power back from you, which could further reduce your solar cost. This buyback of a solar system’s energy can offset your total electric bill. More money in your pocket at the end of the day!

Key Points:

  1. California’s Net Energy Metering is a practice where you get credited for the excess energy generated by your system.
  2. The electric company NEEDS your excess power!
  3. You can use the extra energy you produce to offset your total electric bill.

Why it’s a Good Idea to Go Solar in California

  1. California has year-round sunshine making the weather ideal for collecting solar energy!
  2. Electricity is relatively more expensive in states like California and Hawaii.
  3. California’s Net Energy Metering program still has great solar cost benefits to home and business owners alike.

Choosing The Right Sized Solar System

When going solar, determining your system size is a huge step in making sure you have the energy output you need to power your home. Many customers have questions on how to size a solar system and there are a number of elements that go into this determination. Every home or business has different energy requirements, in this video, Jake discusses how to size your solar panels to save money, and ways to educate yourself before your initial solar consultation!

Key Points:

  1. Solar Cost Per Watt= Cost of your solar system / the size of your solar system
  2. System size = number of solar panels X Wattage of each solar panel
  3. Educate yourself so you know what you are getting when going solar. Don’t just base your decision simply on the price!

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