What is net metering?

Several US states have laws in place that require utility companies to track both the production and consumption of power at a customer’s home. When you install a solar power system on your rooftop or property, you will have a bidirectional meter installed to track the energy your system produces during the day, as well as any consumption of power from the grid that is used at night or when it’s cloudy. If your system overproduces, the excess power is sent back into the grid and builds credits on your utility account to use when your system isn’t producing as much. This process is called net metering.

When is my solar power system producing power and how reliable is it?

Solar power systems produce power when they are exposed to sunlight. Depending on how the system is engineered, it will start operating at sunrise and shut down at sunset. The intensity of the solar rays determines how much power is produced by the solar power system.

Solar power is an extremely reliable source of energy. The technology has been around for several decades, and there are installed systems that have been producing viable energy for over 25+ years.

Can I still go solar if I have trees shading parts of my roof?

Even if there is some shading on your roof, you still have options as long as your roof receives sunlight. We can install a system on the area of your roof that is not shaded, and you may also be able to trim the trees shading your roof to make more room. A system installed with micro inverters can also help reduce the effects of shading.

What size solar power system do I need?

Even if there is some shading on your roof, you still have options as long as your roof receives sunlight. We can install a system on the area of your roof that is not shaded, and you may also be able to trim the trees shading your roof to make more room. A system installed with micro inverters can also help reduce the effects of shading.

Can you guarantee my roof won’t leak when I install panels on it?

Our quality of products, types of flashing, and racking methods help prevent your roof from leaking as a result of solar system installation. SunSmart America also assesses the age and condition of your roof prior to scheduling an installation – so if you are in need of roof replacements or repairs, we will work with you on the logistics to ensure it is ready for solar panels. In the rare instance that your roof does leak due to our installation of the system, we have a workmanship warranty in place that is disclosed in your solar agreement. 

Do I need a new roof before I get a solar power system?

If your roof is over 10 years old, it’s wise to replace or repair it while preparing your home for a solar installation. This due diligence ensures that the roof will last as long as the solar system that is installed.

SunSmart America can assess the age and condition of your roof prior to installation and may be able to assist with some of the work. 

What are the advantages of installing a solar power system on the ground?

Ground-based solar power systems have several advantages over rooftop systems, including higher outputs, better tilt and orientation, and easier maintenance. The installation itself is a bit more invasive of your property, and not every homeowner has enough yard space ─ which is why the majority of solar customers choose to install panels on their rooftop.

I belong to a homeowners’ association. Can I still install a solar power system?

Most homeowners’ associations allow the installation of solar power systems, provided that certain requirements are met. Your solar representative should review these requirements carefully before installing a solar power system on your roof or property.

I own a townhome. Can I install a solar power system?

Most likely, yes. Most townhomes qualify for solar power system installation.

What kinds of performance guarantees are offered as part of the lease?

As part of our lease, we offer a system performance guarantee throughout the entire length of your solar agreement.  If the system does not perform as promised, we will compensate you for any electricity losses.

What happens to the solar power system after my solar lease agreement ends?

As part of our lease agreement, you retain the right to extend it or purchase the system. We can also remove the system when the lease term is complete, if preferred.

What happens if I decide to sell my house during the lease term?

Our leases, as well as our buyout option and production guarantees, are fully transferable to the new property owner. Solar can increase your home’s resale value by  3-10%, and the new owner will be inheriting monthly electricity savings.

Do my property taxes or property insurance rates change if I install a solar power system?

The increase in property value is due to a renewable energy solution, so your property taxes cannot increase ─ but your insurance will increase marginally to cover any losses that may occur due to your newly installed system. The increase is usually around $75-$100 per year for a typical residential system.

What kind of approvals do I need to use solar power?

Approvals required for the installation of a solar power system vary from state to state. In general, almost all territories require approvals from the state, utility and local municipality. The approvals are usually required both before and after the installation of the system.

What kind of maintenance is needed?

Solar power systems, if installed correctly, require minimal maintenance. There are no moving parts. Most high-quality panels and inverters have warranties of up to 25+ years.

What if I already have a system installed by another solar installer?

SunSmart America offers energy storage even if you already have a system installed. With storage as a service, you can increase your power savings while enjoying reliable, uninterrupted power despite any weather conditions. 

Contact your SunSmart America representative to explore your options in further detail. 

How is SunSmart America different from other installers?

Every SunSmart America system is customized and engineered for the needs of each homeowner. Our mission is to deliver the best quality products and services that maximize both solar output and electricity savings. Qualified homeowners typically save up to 30% or more every month with SunSmart America.

How does energy storage work?

Battery storage keeps your lights on when the power goes out, allowing your home to operate autonomously from the grid. It stores the energy your solar system overproduces so that you can have continuous, uninterrupted power when you need it. 

SunSmart America offers battery storage with $0 down solar enrollment as part of our Solar Storage Program. We also offer battery storage for homeowners that already have solar installed and homeowners that do not qualify for solar. Explore your options here: https://choosehomesolar.com/energy-storage