Sun Energy Co.

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Making the decision to go Solar starts with many questions. We've done our best to provide you with Answers to questions that we receive the most.

Our typical residential solar power job takes us about 10 hours of installation time on the roof and about 1 hours inside the house. We typically send two technicians, so most jobs are completed in 1 day. That said, our installation queue is typically 1 week out, sometimes longer depending on the city in which your solar plans will need to be approved.
Many customers feel that the pride and peace of mind of solar “pays for itself” as soon as the system powers on. From a financial point of view, solar will recoup the outright cash investment in roughly 5 years in California. Solar PV provides an 8-10% IRR over 15 years or is immediately cash-flow positive (or neutral) if financed. The system also helps lift the grid overall by providing highly valuable “peak” electricity. With multi-billion dollar grid improvement projects already in place, the one certainty is that rates of grid electricity will go up. Local utility companies have raised rates at an average of 6% per year.
Solar offers a way to fix your electricity rate for more than 25 years. The maintanence-free panels come with a 25 year production warranty and the expected useful lifespan is up to 50 years (output starts to slow down over time but is still significant). A grid-tied PV system can protect you from electricity price increases for decades. That’s a feeling of energy security that is hard to duplicate.
It will be smaller! With solar, your inverter and your household loads are all “behind the meter”, meaning that if the sun is out and you are in your house and running loads – say a TV, dryer and electric stove – your solar-generated power will be consumed without it ever being registered by the utility company. So, at the end of the month, your electric bill will say you’ve exported fewer kWh to the grid than your inverter says you have generated. This is because your home consumed some solar power before it was ever sold to the utility. Though it can be a bit confusing, you can feel good about this situation because every kWh you didn’t export, is also a kWh you didn’t have to buy! That’s putting your solar photovoltaic system to work.

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