FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is my house right for solar?
All homes have a solar opportunity, though some are better than others.
How Long Should a Solar System Last?
A solar system properly designed and installed should last a very long time (minimum 25 years).
How long will the installation of my solar system take?
In most cases the work of installing a solar system will take around a week when accounting for weather. The design, permitting, inspection, and utility interconnection process takes longer. Most of our projects are completed and up and running within 6 to 8 week of contract signing.
What other incentives are available for Solar Installations?
It depends on where your home, business, or farm is located. Each customer situation is unique, and we tailor solutions to make the most of available incentives resulting in the best solar system with the best return on investment (ROI). Some popular incentives are:
1. The 5% property tax credit in Charlottesville
2. Charlottesville’s low or no interest loans for solar
3. Accelerated depreciation for income generating solar systems.
4. The REAP Grant which provides up to 25% of the system cost for businesses and agricultural producers in our area.
SHOULD I RE-ROOF BEFORE INSTALLING SOLAR?
If your roof is nearing the end of its life, it may be beneficial before installing solar panels designed to last 25+ years. Most of the time, however, re-roofing is not required. When we conduct a site visit, we will help you decide.
WILL I HAVE POWER WHEN THE GRID GOES DOWN?
Most Grid Tied solar systems are designed to stop working when the grid goes down. This helps to protect line workers. Battery backup systems are an exception to this rule.