Switching to Solar
The decision to switch to solar and power your home with clean energy is a big one. Having a partner to guide you through the process can make all the difference. As part of our commitment to making the process of going solar simple and stress-free, we’ve answered your most frequently asked questions below.
All solar panels contain photovoltaic (PV) cells. PV cells absorb sun particles, or photons, and separate electrons from their atoms to produce direct current (DC) electricity. A solar inverter converts DC electricity into alternating current (AC) electricity, which can be used to power your home. This usable energy flows through your electrical panel and is distributed to where you need it. Unused electricity flows back to the grid through the utility meter, adding credit to your future bills.
Most homeowners find that buying a solar panel system is more beneficial than leasing. There are many financing options available, some of which offer $0 down just like a lease. Usually, the monthly payment on a loan is lower than the monthly payment on a lease. Plus, buying allows you to take advantage of the federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC), which is 30% until 2020. Buying can also increase the value of your home and simplify the sales process if you decide to move.
Yes, but they don’t have to produce all of the electricity for your home. Depending on how much usable roof space you have, you may still need to get some of your electricity from your utility company. If you make more solar energy than you need, you can sell excess power back to the grid for even more savings.
No, not usually. While your solar panels will continue to absorb sunlight and produce electricity, you will not be able to use that electricity during a power outage. That is, unless you have a battery backup system and are still connected to the power grid.
It’s easy. All of the solar energy systems we sell come with remote monitoring so both you and our installers can see how much energy your system is producing.
As a solar dealer, we work with all vendors to sell every solar panel on the market. Because of our unique business model, we have the ability to price match other retailers so you’re guaranteed to get the best value. Please note that we only sell black solar panels.
No. In fact, it’s rare for homeowners to purchase a battery back-up system due to the price. The average cost of a home battery system is about $9,500. However, if you decide to invest in a battery back up system with your solar panels, it is eligible for the 30% federal tax credit.
We stand behind our products and services and back your solar energy system with a 25-year warranty that covers everything from maintenance to installation.
There is little to no maintenance involved with solar panels. They are extremely durable and should last 25 to 30 years. The only thing you need to do is rinse your panels clean of dust and dirt with a garden hose a few times a year.
Yes. At Greenstar solar, we offer a 25-year warranty on all of our products and services to offer you peace of mind that if anything goes wrong with your solar energy system, we’ll take care of it.