The cost of solar panel installation varies widely based on factors such as system size, location, equipment, and installation complexities. As of my last update in 2021, the average cost in the U.S. ranged from $2.50 to $3.50 per watt, but prices have likely changed since then.
Apart from the obvious hardware costs, homeowners should account for permitting fees, potential roof repair or upgrade costs, and any grid connection charges. It’s essential to discuss all potential expenses with the installer upfront.
There are several financing options available, including solar loans, solar leases, power purchase agreements (PPAs), and home equity loans. The best option varies based on individual financial situations and preferences.
In a solar lease, a third party owns the solar system installed on your property. You pay a monthly fee to lease the equipment and benefit from the electricity it produces.
A PPA is a contract where a third-party developer installs and maintains a solar system on your property. Instead of paying for the system, you pay for the electricity it produces, often at a reduced rate compared to your local utility.
Yes, in the U.S., homeowners can benefit from the federal solar tax credit, which allows them to deduct a percentage of the cost of installing a solar system from their federal taxes. However, the credit value and eligibility might change, so it’s essential to check current rates and terms.
Many states, municipalities, and utilities offer additional rebates, tax credits, or incentives to encourage solar adoption. These can vary widely and are subject to change, so it’s crucial to research local offers.
Solar installations typically increase property values as they lead to reduced energy costs for potential buyers. The exact value addition varies depending on the system size, energy prices in the area, and the age of the system.
Absolutely. Solar installations can significantly reduce or even eliminate your electricity bills, depending on the system size and your energy consumption. The exact savings will vary based on local electricity rates and solar production potential.
Solar panel financing can be an excellent way to enjoy the benefits of solar energy without the upfront capital expenditure. It’s important, however, to understand the terms of any financing agreement and compare it to potential energy savings and other financing options.
Solar installations in most US homes can be completed quickly. The actual installation of residential solar panels typically takes 1-3 days, performed by certified electricians. They not only adhere to safety protocols but also ensure optimal alignment for effective solar energy capture. Moreover, the solar panel materials used are durable and designed to cope with the US’s varied weather, guaranteeing long-term operation.
While the physical installation is quick, the comprehensive procedure from contract signing to system activation averages approximately 2 months. This period includes initial site evaluation, permit acquisition, equipment procurement, and grid connection. Our dedicated team strives for clear communication and efficient execution throughout, facilitating a smooth transition to renewable energy.
Installing solar panels allows you to generate your own electricity, leading to substantial cost savings over time. By producing your power, you can offset or even eliminate your reliance on grid electricity, which means lower monthly utility bills and potential financial incentives from your utility company or government.
Our experts will conduct a thorough assessment of your location to determine its solar potential. Factors like sun exposure, shading, and roof orientation will be considered to provide you with an accurate estimate of the energy your solar system can produce.
At Strive Solar, we offer various financing options, including solar loans, lease agreements, and power purchase agreements (PPAs). Our team will work closely with you to find the best financing solution that fits your budget and meets your energy needs.
Yes, we stand behind the quality of our solar products and installation services. We offer comprehensive warranties on both the solar panels and the installation workmanship. Additionally, we provide maintenance packages to ensure your solar system operates optimally for years to come.
Selecting an optimal solar company involves careful research into the company’s reputation, customer reviews, and longevity in the business, as these factors indicate reliability and expertise. The quality of solar panels and equipment is crucial, as they should be durable and efficient. It’s also important to review the company’s warranties and guarantees to ensure they stand behind their products. Cost and financing options should be competitive and flexible, but remember not to compromise quality for price. Lastly, choose a company that offers a full suite of services, including installation, maintenance, and support, to assist you throughout your solar journey.
Strive Solar takes care of the entire permitting process on your behalf. We handle all necessary paperwork, including obtaining permits and approvals from local authorities and utility companies. Our goal is to make the solar installation process as seamless and hassle-free as possible for you.
Solar energy is harnessed by photovoltaic (PV) cells in solar panels, which convert sunlight into electricity. This renewable energy source can significantly benefit your home or business by reducing your dependence on traditional electricity, leading to lower utility bills and a reduced carbon footprint.
We offer at minimum a comprehensive ten-year workmanship warranty for all installs to ensure your peace of mind. Our solar panel warranties are designed to protect you from panel damage and rapid degradation of your panel efficiency. We understand that not all solar panel warranties are created equal, so we strive to provide you with the best coverage in the industry.
Our warranties come in two main varieties—equipment warranties and production warranties. Our equipment warranties cover repair or replacement costs for panels that fail due to manufacturing defects. On average, panel replacement can cost around $1,064, but with our warranty, you won’t have to worry about these expenses after investing in your solar array.
Our solar energy power output warranties guarantee that your panels won’t rapidly lose efficiency, which could lead to lower energy savings over time. We ensure that your solar array pays for itself in around 12 years and provides energy savings of more than $22,000 over the next 13 years of expected panel life.
We also offer labor warranties, covering issues stemming from the installation process, as well as labor costs to correct the problem. This is common among companies like ours that manufacture and install panels.
In essence, our warranties are designed to save you money on repairs, replacements, and energy bills, and they enhance the value of your solar energy system overall. The peace of mind you get knowing your multi-thousand dollar renewable energy system is protected is priceless. Trust us to provide you with the best solar solutions and warranty coverage in the market.
Our team can drive out to your house and perform the installation of a solar battery system within 1 to 3 days depending on the complexity of the system.
How long a whole house battery lasts depends on the capacity of the backup batteries. For most houses, the batteries installed are typically between 10-15 kWh. If only the basic house appliances are used, a 10 kWh battery can usually provide power the house for at least 24 hours. Combining multiple batteries can increase this duration.
Yes, solar power can indeed power your air conditioner, but the size and efficiency of your solar panel system will determine its effectiveness and how many hours you can run it.
Your solar battery will generally be placed in a secure, well-ventilated area, either indoors or outdoors, depending on the battery type and local installation regulations.
If your solar batteries break or aren’t working as expected, it could range from a minor software glitch to a significant hardware failure that might require replacement. This is all covered by our best-in-industry parts and service warranty.
A solar battery generally lasts between 5 to 15 years, depending on the type of the battery, the usage, and maintenance.
While it’s technically possible to install a solar battery yourself, it’s generally not recommended due to the complexity and potential safety risks involved; it’s best to have a solar battery installed by a certified professional who is a licensed electrician.
Yes! you should clean your solar panels without a doubt–it’s essential! Solar panels that are covered in dirt or grime essentially function like shaded solar panels. Such shaded or dirty panels are less efficient in power production and are more prone to enduring long-term component degradation. Therefore, ensuring your solar panels are cleaned appropriately and regularly is a crucial step in maintaining their optimal performance and longevity. This practice not only boosts their energy output but also helps prevent premature wear and tear, thereby safeguarding your investment in the long run.
If your solar panels haven’t been subjected to a thorough cleaning in the past six months, it’s likely that they’re dirty and coated in dust and grime, which could be lowering their power output.
We advise that your solar panels be cleaned at least biannually. Our membership plans offers a convenient and cost-effective solution for this maintenance task.
Our cleaning process involves the use of water-fed, solar-specific cleaning brush on extension poles. A single or double pass with our specialized equipment is typically sufficient to restore your solar panels to a pristine state.
To ensure your solar system operates at peak efficiency and to prevent any significant issues from developing, regular cleanings and inspections are necessary. Our membership plans provide an easy way to manage these routine maintenance tasks.
Absolutely, while solar panels are built to withstand hail of average size, unusually large hailstones could potentially cause damage. We can conduct a thorough inspection of your panels to confirm their condition. If we find any damaged panels, we’ll promptly arrange for suitable replacements.
Our team can drive out to your house and perform the installation of a solar hot water system in your house within a few hours. The installation process may take a better part of a day if you have multiple water heaters to be installed, or if you have a unique home or are placing the water heater off-site and not directly on your roof.
The cost of a solar water heater can vary significantly depending on several key factors. A general range would be between $2,000 to $5,000 for the installation and the water heater itself. The key factors that can influence your cost are the solar water heater system type, capacity, installation complexity, component quality, local climate, and available incentives. Despite the initial investment, these systems can provide significant long-term energy savings and environmental benefits, offsetting the upfront costs.
Solar water heaters are not more popular primarily due to a combination of historical, political, and economic factors. Solar water heaters are extremely common throughout the world. However, in the U.S. the solar water heating industry suffered a significant setback when federal incentives for renewable energy lapsed under President Ronald Reagan’s administration. The tide is now turning, however.
Homeowners are realizing that it’s possible to harness the sun’s power to directly heat your water, reducing a household’s water heating energy consumption by 50% to 70%. While the initial cost may be higher than traditional water heaters, the long-term savings on energy bills make it a worthwhile investment. Solar water heaters also work in harmony with solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, offering a comprehensive renewable energy solution for your home.