Frequently Asked Questions
Why would I want a solar-powered system?
When it comes to energy, we have no choice. We must have electricity to function in the modern world. So…
If you install solar in your home or business, you’ve create a revenue source for yourself, you’ve increased the equity of your home, and you help the environment with clean energy. When you buy energy from your power company, you’re making their stock holders rich instead.
Does solar work in NH?
YES! The solar industry grows twofold every year in NH. We get more sun than Germany (a nearly self-sufficient renewable energy country) and more than 35% of all homes in Germany are solar powered. We can make your home or business self-sufficient using the free space on your roof or property.
Can I sell the extra power I do not use?
Well, not exactly. Here is what happens: the extra power your system produces during the summer and on any super sunny days is “banked” by your power company into your account. Then, during the shorter days of winter, at night, or on rainy days, you use your credits. This is called net metering.
What is a REC?
RECs (Renewable Energy Certificates) are another revenue source, every Megawatt/Hour of energy you produce is equal to one REC these certificates are sold on a quarterly basis at an energy stock market and are purchased by "dirty" energy companies. You will receive quarterly cash dividends. For more information please visit our brokerage firm partner, Knollwood Energy, at https://www.knollwoodenergy.com/.
How much is it and can I afford it?
The short answer is yes, everyone can afford it. Between the state’s cash rebate and the federal tax incentives your system’s price is paid for up to 50% for residential systems and even more for commercial businesses.
The price depends on the size of the system you may need, as each system is tailored around your needs. However, our rates are very competitive. We can more accurately assess this over the phone or on-site with you.
Where are the materials made?
We only use North American-made products. All of our products come with a 25-30 year warranty. Included internet monitoring software will allow you to see your system production in real time anywhere at any time.
How much maintenance will my solar system require?
None – the snow and rain we experience here in New Hampshire will clean the panels. Nothing is required of you to ensure production.
Do I need to remove snow?
No. Because the panels are made of tempered glass, and therefore smooth, the snow slides right off, similar to a metal roof. When we experience a heavy snowfall (1’+) the snow may last a day or two, but your system size is designed to compensate for the minimal loss of production.
Could a solar system cause my roof to leak?
Short answer - No. Before installation, we will ensure that your roof is in good condition and can withstand the panels and installation techniques. The flashing we use is also weather-sealed. Whether your roof is metal or shingle, we take the utmost care to protect it. Additionally, the panels are now shielding your roof from the elements, and thereby extending its life. Additionally, we can also assess a ground mount option for you.
When the power goes out, do I lose power too?
Because your system is tied to the grid, the system will automatically shut off when the power goes out. This is an intentional safety feature to protect utility workers. However, incorporating a generator is an inexpensive and effective solution and we can also help with that. By tying a generator into your system, your home will never be without power again and you will continue to use the power you are producing during daylight hours.
How long will my solar PV system last?
Your solar panels come with a 25 year manufacturer warranty, but you can expect your system to produce for 35 to 40 years. Aditionally, we guarantee our workmanship for five years.
A few other benefits of owning a solar PV system:
The warranties are transferable to the new owner when you sell your home. There are also many towns in New Hampshire that offer property tax credits for going solar, thereby reducing your property taxes.
PURCHASING VS. LEASING
When you lease, the leasing company receives all the incentives for your system, including the 26% Federal Tax Credit, NH State rebate, and any renewable energy credits (REC) your system generates. Additionally:
You must sign a contract with the leasing company. They are usually 20 year lease agreements.
The leasing company owns your roof. Therefore, selling your home is very difficult.
Owning the equipment on your roof increases the value of your home – a leased system does not.
The price per kilowatt may be fixed, but the leasing company often builds in an annual price escalator. If the price of electricity goes down, you could actually end up paying more per kilowatt hour.