Finding the right solar company for you can be a difficult task. Choosing the right installer is critical for the longevity of your solar system. You are not only choosing a company at the time of installation but also for the lifetime care of your solar system. Here are five things to look for when choosing a solar installer.
Although clean energy is becoming increasingly popular throughout the world, there are still a number of misconceptions about solar power. We are straightening out nine of the most common false impressions about solar energy, proving solar power is accessible to everyone and every home.
Clean, Accessible, and Local
It’s no secret that solar energy can reduce both your carbon footprint and your monthly energy bill. What you might not know is that these benefits aren’t limited to those who install solar panels on their property.
Should I Cut My Trees for Solar Power?
Should I Cut My Trees for Solar Power? When considering solar panels for your home many people look around their yard and consider cutting down trees to either reduce shading on their roof or prevent future potential shading. Is this really necessary? It depends. Sometimes really tall trees are far enough away or situated to the north so they won’t impact the solar access. Additionally, if a house is partially shaded they can still sometimes get enough sunlight on other parts of their roof that the shaded part won’t negatively impact production and the homeowner can still produce enough power to offset energy usage. Ultimately, it is best to wait for a professional solar access report to determine the need to cut down any trees.
For every customer, RevoluSun conducts a pre-inspection to determine a home’s solar viability. Our Project Manager will then make a recommendation regarding tree work and in our experience, only about 25% of people who would benefit from tree work actually take the advice. One of our most recent customers had very poor solar access, about 74%, because of excessive shading. He cut down 22 small pines himself and hired a contractor to remove 3 large oak trees for $1,000. After all of this work his solar access was up to 81%, enough to earn a CEC rebate of $3,250 and increase his solar electricity generation by 1,290 kWh/year! The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (CEC) is responsible for encouraging renewable energy production and, at the time this client purchased, also offered a rebate to residential solar systems producing above 81%.
The extra energy produced by this system saves an extra $300/year in avoided electricity costs, assuming the current rate of $0.23/kWh and another $330/year in SREC income. Combined with the CEC rebate, this customer saved an extra $3,880 in the first year alone. Over 25 years, this customer will save about $7,600 on avoided electricity while earning an extra $11,500 between the CEC and SRECs. That’s over $19,000!
Locally owned and operated RevoluSun (Burlington, MA) offers free energy evaluations for homes and businesses. We present you with a no obligation, comprehensive, solar project proposal that meets both your energy and financial needs. We then deliver and install only the most efficient and highest value solar components made by proven and reliable manufacturing partners, and backed by the best warranties in the business. Ask around and you will learn we are a completely different Solar Power installer. If you were thinking about going solar, Now Is The Time, Massachusetts!