Get the answers to many of the solar questions our clients ask when considering solar power. From technical, tactical and even just a better understanding of the many amazing benefits of solar. Increase property values, decrease utility costs, protect against inflation…
Questions and Answers
- Will solar increase our home value?
- So, if it increases my home value, will it increase my property taxes!?
- Do I “have” to be connected to the grid?
- How do you determine how big of a system we need to install?
- What is better: Solar Lease or Solar Ownership?
- Why do you need to know my energy consumption over each of the last 12 months?
- How do I know when my system is producing energy and how much it is producing?
- Does it include a warranty?
- How reliable are your systems?
- Does my home need to meet any special requirements to install a solar system?
- I don’t plan on being in my home for 20 years, why would I add solar?
- Is solar a viable option in cold climates?
- Can my HOA or neighbors prevent me from installing a solar system?
- How does a solar system affect my roof integrity?
- How long is the process?
- Will the electric company pay me for surplus power I feed into the grid?
- What happens if there is no sun that day?
- What states does TriSMART currently service?
Will solar increase our home value?
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, for every one dollar you save on an annual basis from your utility bill, your home value rises by up to $20 per watt. Meaning that if you save $50 per month ($600/yr) on your electric bill due to solar, your property value would increase in value by $12,000. Keep in mind that the amount of value added to your home will vary from market to market as real estate appraisers better understand how to take in consideration how much value a solar system adds to your home.Back to Index
So, if it increases my home value, will it increase my property taxes!?
In most cases NO. You need to check with your local property tax office to ensure that will not.Back to Index
Do I “have” to be connected to the grid?
The most cost effective solutions will have to be connected to the grid. If you are interested in a “stand-alone” system with batteries to store excess power that your system generates during the day, then you have calculate that cost into your potential savings. Battery backup systems are still cost prohibitive for most families. But don’t worry, being connected to the grid is a great way to ensure you always have energy! Your solar system will generate electricity during the peak hours of daylight, your utility company will seamlessly take over to supply your electricity at night and on very cloudy days.Back to Index
How do you determine how big of a system we need to install?
There are many factors that decide this:
- How much can be placed in direct sun on your roof?
- What is your monthly average of electrical usage?
- What type of returns on your investment are you looking for?
Once we answer that, we can build the perfect system that will maximize your benefits.Back to Index
What is better: Solar Lease or Solar Ownership?
It depends, we found that most our clients in Texas, Arizona, and Utah benefits most from incentives and benefits of ownership. That is why we specialize in selling rather than leasing solar.Back to Index
Why do you need to know my energy consumption over each of the last 12 months?
We strive to design a system for your home that will not only produce an accurate amount of energy but save you the most amount of money possible. To do this we need to know what your consumption habits are by looking at your most recent utility bills. That will allow us to build the most efficient system for your home.Back to Index
How do I know when my system is producing energy and how much it is producing?
We have a customer portal that you can visit to monitor the production of your system. It shows, in real time, how much energy is being produced so you can rest assured that your system is producing optimally. Talk to your solar consultant or your account manager to receive instructions on how to login today!Back to Index
Does it include a warranty?
Yes. The system is warranted during our entire agreement with you.Back to Index
How reliable are your systems?
Very! We use the highest quality products to insure that your system is always working at its peak performance. Sometimes we do need to service the system to ensure that it is producing the amount of energy it is capable of. We monitor the system and know when that is needed so we will contact you if the occasion ever arrises.Back to Index
Does my home need to meet any special requirements to install a solar system?
Every home that goes solar needs to be surveyed by one of our trained professionals. During that inspection, they will look at your roof, the electrical system in your home, the frame of your home and lastly how much sun you get on your roof. Most homes will qualify as long they get enough sun. However, sometimes we discover small problems but we will always strive to deliver a solution so you can still enjoy the benefits of going solar at your home.Back to Index
I don’t plan on being in my home for 20 years, why would I add solar?
Regardless of how long you’ll be in your home it always makes sense to go solar for many reasons. Financially, you will be saving money the first month you go solar and every month you are in the home. You’ll also be able to sell your home for more as a result because it is a more energy efficient home. Lastly you’ll be reducing your carbon footprint by not using the dirty energy that the utility companies currently provide. An affect that will not only be felt by you but by your children and grandchildren.Back to Index
Is solar a viable option in cold climates?
Yes! As long as the sun shines, then your climate is a viable place for you to go solar!Back to Index
Can my HOA or neighbors prevent me from installing a solar system?
Typically no. Most states have laws protecting homeowners from their HOA declining them from installing a PV solar system. However it is rare in states that don’t have these laws for an HOA to decline your home from going solar.Back to Index
How does a solar system affect my roof integrity?
It won’t affect it at all. We install the panels on the frame of your home and not directly on the roof itself. Before doing this our engineers will review the information our site surveyor retrieved from your home and after approval you can rest assured that it can handle the weight load of the panels. If for any reason, during the course of our agreement with you, there is any problem then our insurance will cover the damage done at no cost to you.Back to Index
How long is the process?
In most cases, we can have clients quoted, signed and installed within 2 months. Most of the delays are from permits and local utilities wanting to ensure everything is just right. The actual install is only 2-4 days in which home owners are not usually required to be there during any of the steps. We work with you the whole time to communicate the steps.Back to Index
Will the electric company pay me for surplus power I feed into the grid?
In most cases – yes, some utility companies will pay their customers for the extra power that is produced from the panels but it is dependent upon their company policies. To find out what the policy of your utility company is please contact your solar consultant or your account administrator.Back to Index
What happens if there is no sun that day?
Your panels will take full advantage of a sunny day but don’t worry if the sun is not shining as bright as you would like. Even when there is a little cloud cover, or even a lot of cloud cover your TriSMART solar panels will still be producing some power. The great news is that you never have to worry about your home having electricity. Your home is always connected to the grid in case you need a little more power or if you have too much power being generated.Back to Index
What states does TriSMART currently service?
We are in 4 states and are expanding quickly! Here is a list of the states we currently service:
We are expanding fast. So if you need solar in a state that is not listed, please call us to check.Back to Index