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- Eliminate monthly electricity bills
- Avoid rising costs of electricity
- Increase the value of your home
- Safe return on investment
- Live sustainably on renewable energy.
- Stand out as a leader in the community
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Simply put, a solar panel works by allowing photons, or particles of light, to knock electrons free from atoms, generating a flow of electricity. (Photovoltaic simply means they convert sunlight into electricity.) Many cells linked together make up a solar panel.
The biggest problem with solar is that the sun doesn’t shine 24/7. Without sunshine, the panels will not produce energy. A battery can be used to store energy for later use at night time or during power outages.
No, in fact we recommend you stay connected to the grid if possible, to take advantage of net-metering. Net-metering is when you send unused energy back to the power company, in exchange for credits on your power bill.
The short answer: Yes, but not everyone.
The long answer: It depends on the amount of sun exposure your property receives, the pitch of your roof, what climate you live in, and how much you pay for electricity, as well as any potential shading factors. This is why we offer each potential client a free solar assessment showing them their potential ROI on solar before asking for any investment.
Canada receives more sunlight than you might think. We get enough sunlight for solar to be cost effective throughout the country.
Electric bills typically fluctuate quite drastically from month to month, and include regular rate increases. Many people go solar in order to gain more control over their bills & avoid rising prices of power. When you pay cash or finance a solar system, it is a fixed cost that can be precisely budgeted around.
Solar panels are not difficult to maintain. They are specifically designed for outdoors and are made to withstand any type of weather. However they will need a clean every year because dust, bird feces, and leaves can get stuck on them which may affect its effectiveness.
Solar panels are typically designed to last 25+ years while maintaining 80% of their original rated output. Most brands provide a power output warranty for 25 years.
While solar panels shouldn’t damage your roof, they can in the very rare case that they’re installed incorrectly. Since well-installed solar panels should never cause a roof to leak, the culprit here is typically incorrect installation or shoddy workmanship.
A handyman with enough skills could design, size and install a residential solar system. However, connecting a solar system to the electrical grid must be done by a certified professional.
A typical solar installation will only take 2-3 days. First, there is the rough-in where the racking is laid down. Then the panels and lastly the inverter are installed. Projects take longer due to requiring approvals from the power company, as well as scheduling electrical inspections both before & after commissioning the system.
Depending on the amperage capacity of your current electrical panel, as well as how many slots you have available, you may need additional electrical work done in order to connect your solar panels. The more panels you want to install, the more capacity you will need.
Solar panels need sunlight to produce power, so if your solar panels are covered in snow, they will not generate electricity. Most panels are tilted at an angle & heat up while in operation, so snow will slide off on its own accord, but that can take time.
Solar panels may be already included in your existing home insurance, but it is likely that you will have to add them into your policy if you want coverage. Solar panel insurance coverage can range from $5 – $15 monthly.
Most research studies agree that having solar increases your property’s resale value. People are very likely to consider the utility bills when purchasing a new home, which makes a home with solar very attractive by comparison.
Yes, the new homeowner will be able to assume ownership of your system. The product warranties remain with the equipment, regardless of the owner. Depending on how you finance the system, you may want to settle the loan as part of the sale of your home.
Because you own the solar panels, you can freely transfer ownership of them as part of the sale of your home.
Check for snow, time of day, and cloudiness. It may be an obvious weather reason why they are not producing power. If it is sunny outside and your system monitoring still shows no production, the first step is to reset it. If they are still not producing power, contact us & we will troubleshoot your system monitoring with you. We will discover whether it is a software or hardware related issue & provide a solution.
Yes, we allow customers to cancel their investment within a 10 day grace period after signing a purchase agreement.
While we provide conservative ROI analysis & savings projections, we do not guarantee any savings. We rely on industry standard software that calculates savings by simulating your system specs combined with the sunlight data where you live. While we are very confident in the results of these savings projections, it is too easy for bad actors to artificially hinder the performance of their panels and take advantage of the guarantee.
If you are within your 10 days buyers remorse period, you can cancel without penalty. After the buyers remorse period, a cancellation will result in your deposit being forfeit. However, if you fail to qualify for any of the following reasons we will refund the deposit in full, even if you are past your buyers remorse window.
No, unlike some other solar companies Solar X does not apply a lien to the property. We are partnered with a finance brokerage that secures financing for our clients prior to installation.
Though we use experienced & skilled installers to avoid this issue entirely, Solar X & partnered contractors all carry installation liability insurance to guarantee that your property is in good hands.
This can happen, which is why Solar X includes a critter guard for each installation. A critter guard is a fence that blocks the gap between the panels and the roof, preventing animals from getting underneath.
Yes, panels are very light when laid flat on the roof. Each panel only weighs about 3 pounds per square foot.
This depends on the type of roofing material that your roof is made out of. Most roofing is compatible with solar, such as metal & asphalt. If you have slate tiles, you may be out of luck as the installation can damage the tiles. The good news is that we can also ground mount your panels or install them on a different structure such as a shed or garage.