Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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There are many benefits to switching to solar energy. Aside from lowering your electricity bill, solar energy combats rising energy costs and prevents blackouts. Solar energy also increases the value of your home and reduces your carbon footprint. Still need another reason? Switching to solar qualifies you for a 26% credit on your taxes.

Sun, space, and location determine if your home can be updated with solar panels. A solar system needs unobstructed access to sunlight for most or all of the day. The best way to determine if your home is a candidate for solar is to request a solar consultation. You can also use Google’s Project Sunroof to see your solar potential.

There are many factors to consider when determining how many solar panels you will need for your home solar system. The biggest determining factor is the amount of energy (kWh) your home uses, which you can find on your utility bill. Equally as important is the amount of sunlight your home receives on a daily basis and the wattage of the panels you are purchasing. The best way to determine how many solar panels your home needs is to request a solar consultation.

The average annual electricity consumption for a U.S. household is 10,694 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year, which is an average of 877 per month. If you multiply that by the California average electricity rate of $0.2226 per kWh, you’ll find that the typical California family has electricity totalling around $2,380 per year. This means that if enough solar panels were installed to cover 100% of your electricity usage, the average Californian household would save $2,380 per year by switching to solar.

We have a 30 year production warranty and a 25 year warranty on inverters. The Sun Energy Complete Confidence Warranty is the only home solar warranty that covers your entire system, not just the panels, so you never have to wonder which company you can depend on.

Yes! However, each household is different and savings could vary depending upon the size of your solar battery, how many times the battery is charged and discharged each day, your energy rates, how much electricity you use, and when you use it.

If you paid cash for your entire solar system, then it is sold with your home. If you’ve used secure financing, the balance of your loan gets paid at closing through escrow. If you’ve used unsecured financing, you may need to pay off the balance due. Your mortgage lender can help clarify.

Yes! There are a couple of great incentives to go solar. The best incentive is the Federal Solar Investment Tax Credit, which will allow you to deduct 26% of the cost of installing a solar energy system from your federal taxes.

California also offers a Net Metering incentive, which allows homeowners who generate their own energy to receive a financial credit on their electric bills for any surplus energy fed back to their utility.

Make a return on your investment in 8-10 years, depending upon loan and size of your solar system.