1. Do you have a roof that can support solar panels?
There are two factors that determine whether your roof is suitable for solar. First, the amount of shading that covers your roof through the day and the age and quality of your roof. If your roof is covered by shade throughout the day you may have to small of a “solar window” to produce the power needed. If you are set on getting solar but have a shaded roof you may be required to trim or remove trees to create a better environment for solar production.
Secondly, if you have an aging roof that is in need of repair you will be required to repair the roof before the panels can be added. Encōr Solar has solar programs that can include part or all of the repair of a roof. If you are concerned about the condition of your roof be sure to ask our representatives about our Solar Roof Repair programs.
2. Can you improve the efficiency of your home?
The more power efficient your home, the quicker you will recoup your investment of solar panels. There are many ways to improve the power efficiency of your home. Many homes can see an impact from new windows or light bulbs. To help in this effort, we include a LED lights and smart thermostat with any purchase of solar panels. Our customers have experienced as much as a 15% increase in efficiency when adding those power saving additions.
3. What is net metering?
Net metering is a solar incentive that allows you to store energy in the electric grid. When your solar panels produce excess power, that energy is sent to your meter and then on to the grid. When the excess energy passes through your meter it spins backwards, giving you credits that can be used during the evening or cloudy days that you are producing minimal or no energy from your solar panels. This means you always have access to power as needed. A properly designed system produces enough power during peak times to cover power needs during both the evening and days you have limited solar window.
4. Lease or buy?
Encōr Solar offers PPA, loan, and purchase options. Each home is different but in most cases the highest savings come when choosing the purchase or loan options. Whether you choose PPA, loan, or purchase options you can expect both short and long term savings.
5. Get a custom solar proposal
One of best ones to determine if solar can save you money is by receiving a proposal that is custom to your home and energy usage. With Encōr Solar we factor in your square footage, historical energy usage, usable sunlight, and more to create your custom proposal. If you don’t consider all of the factors that go into a adding solar to your home you could up with an undersized or oversized system that minimizes your return on investment.
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6. Your solar tax incentive eligibility
The federal solar tax credit, also known as the investment tax credit (ITC), allows you to deduct 30 percent of the cost of installing a solar energy system from your federal taxes. The ITC applies to both residential and commercial systems, and there is no cap on its value. Thanks to the ITC, the average homeowner who purchased solar saved over $5,000 in 2017. To qualify for the solar tax credit you need to be paying income tax.