What to ask before you go solar
So you’re thinking about going solar. Smart move. Thousands of solar panels are popping up on roofs across the country. Countless Texans are realizing the impact of powering their daily lives with solar power and seeing the savings in their monthly bills. And just like you each home is different and requires a custom-tailored solution. Your personalized solar system will not only save you money every month, but reduces the amount of carbon and other pollutants that are emitted through traditional forms of energy.
Harness the Sun. Save money. Save the planet. Seems easy enough, and the process to that point is simple if you have the right baseline of knowledge to get the most out of your solar experience. There is a lot on the internet that talks about the benefits of going solar, but not a lot that personalizes the experience to your home.We hope this document helps you fill in those empty blanks that you may have in mind. You deserve transparency, value, results, and answers.
Wells Solar is here to exceed your expectations in all aspects.
Do I have a roof that is ready for solar?
What type of service and labor warranty come with my system?
What are the financing options for solar?
Solar lending is designed to make the transition to solar easy. The programs are $0 down and your payments do not start until your system is on and operating, so you are seeing savings from the utility company before you make a payment. You have a lot of different options.
There are 10,12,15 20, and 25 year terms and the interest rates are incredibly low ranging from around 0% to 3.99 %. If you can afford to pay cash that is always an option but it is not necessary with the incredible financing options available.
Wells’ customer service team is available 24/7 to help answer your financial questions. We leave no customer in the dark and keep the lights on with 0 hassle through our solar financing options.
How many installations has the company completed?
How long does my installation take?
The actual installation of your project only takes a day or two. This usually depends on the size of your system, the roof’s size, obstacles in the way, trees that may need to be trimmed and a variety of other factors. The longest part of your solar project will be getting the system approved for installation through all of the entities that have a say in changes to your home.
This stage in the installation process takes place after agreements have been signed and your solar system has been designed. Moving your project through utility approval, permitting, and HOA can take up to 6 weeks after the design is completed and has received your approval.
At Wells Solar, we understand that you want to have your panels mounted as soon as possible to rake in the sun and the savings that go with it. We understand that the feeling of waiting can seem like an eternity and our dedicated customer service team is there to update you on the status of your project at any time.
After permitting and installation, one of our three master electricians will visit your home to perform a quality control check. Once we give the go-ahead, your utility company and city will do their inspection and issue permission to operate!
What system size should I choose for the highest savings?
Choosing a solar system’s size is more complex than matching one with your power bill that will produce the same amount of energy as your current electrical usage.
The solar energy consultant first needs to collect the following information:
- Your home energy usage patterns;
- The orientation and angle of your roof;
- The surplus amount of energy you’ll export to the grid; and
- Which utility you use, how much they charge for electricity, and their net metering rate. This is a utility rate structure that requires your utility to purchase the excess solar energy your solar panels produce at the full retail rate of electricity. This means when your solar energy system produces more electricity than your home needs, the excess power is sent to the power grid.
This data is necessary when it comes to first determining the ideal system size for your home, and then creating a financial forecast based on that. We recommend steering clear of installers who claim that sizing your system is just a simple calculation.