The size of the system will depend on the amount of electrical consumption that you want to offset. Most households are capable of eliminating 100% of their usage based upon efficient system design and budget considerations.
Yes. You receive an increase of approximately $5.50 in value for every kilowatt of electricity that you offset through a PV solar power system. Best of all, your property taxes do not increase as a result of the increased value.
Generally, a roof-mounted system will require approximately 18 square feet per solar panel installed. So, a 3,000 watt (3kW) system would require approximately 230 square feet of unobstructed roof surface.
Solar systems can be ground mounted or roof mounted. Roof mounts also include patio cover and carport installations.
No. We provide mounting systems for all roof types and pitches. It is essential that solar installers use proper mounting hardware to ensure that all penetrations resist leaking and provide an effective barrier against water leaks and environmental degradation. Sealing compounds must always be applied to mounting fasteners and locations where cutting of roofing materials is required.
PV solar panels are warranted to perform for 25 years and frequently last well beyond. Many high-quality panels are still producing 40 years after installation, though at somewhat less efficiency.
DS Energy Solutions manages the rebate application process for you and ensures that you receive the incentives you were promised. From filing the paperwork to system start-up, DS Energy Solutions provides seamless coverage of all the details required to bring your system online and without any hassles.
We recommend cleaning the panels as needed which is often no more than hosing them off. Other than that, there are no moving parts or wear components.
During an electrical outage, your system will not produce electricity to your home unless a battery-storage unit has been installed to provide back-up generation. The Net-Metering agreement with your utility company prohibits introducing power back into the grid during outages.
Each panel exhibits unique performance, size, and cost characteristics. Considerations are made based upon which panel and associated components will perform best at meeting budgetary and space-allocation requirements. Consumers may be surprised to learn that some situations allow less efficient panels to be used that actually meet or exceed output requirements and provide greater cost savings over higher efficiency panels.
Your PV solar system continues to produce electricity at reduced output. Even though the system is producing less electricity during this period, the design and size of the system takes into consideration days of full, medium, and minimal output. Annually, the system produces the amount required to offset the utility bill.
No. Electricity coming from the panels is considered DC current and does not contain harmful radiation. Once the solar power reaches the inverter, it is converted to AC power and enters the home just as electricity does from the utility.
System component and installation costs are calculated at a cost-per-watt. For example, the price of a system sized at 4.5 KW (4,500 watts) is calculated by multiplying 4,500 X by the price-per-watt. If the price-per-watt is $4.90, then the total installed price is 4,500 X $4.90 = $22,050 before incentives.
No. Your system size cannot produce more electricity than was consumed in the past 12 months. Many homeowners perform energy audits and upgrades before buying a PV solar power system so their system size can be reduced thus saving thousands of dollars.
Creating and harnessing solar energy reduces the need for petroleum, natural gas, coal, and wood products that are presently used in abundance as energy sources. Solar energy is highly abundant and does not produce greenhouse gas emissions which are thought to contribute to global warming.
Many consider the installation of a PV solar power system to be an investment in reducing future rate and tariff increases. In most cases, a homeowner can obtain a loan that is equal to or less than the amount they are paying in annual electric costs. This actually increases their monthly cash-flow, eliminates or reduces their electric bill, and provides funding for a permanent solution to spiraling electric costs. And the best part, the system continues to provide a permanent solution for more than the 25 years for which it is warranted.
Yes. Consider that in a short period of time after the system is paid off, you will pay little or nothing for energy costs. Since financing most systems costs less or equal to the amount presently being paid to the utility company, you choose when to finally eliminate electric costs instead of letting the utility company decide how much to dominate you with ever-increasing rates hikes.