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FAQ’s

FAQS

1. What is the Solar Investment Tax Credit?

2. How long does the solar system last?

3. How big of a system will I need?

4. With an electric car, will solar help?

5. Does solar work when it is cloudy?

6. Should I add a battery storage system?

7. Who does the installation?

8. Is Rise & Shine licensed?

1. What is the Solar Investment Tax Credit?

The ITC offers both residential and commercial installation a 26% tax credit applied when you file federal annual tax returns. The entire cost of the installation including labor and materials qualifies for the ITC. In essence, the IRS offsets 26% of the costs of solar, thereby increasing your return on investment. Please see IRS Form 5695.
(https://www.irs.gov/uac/form-5695-residential-energy-credits).

2. How long does the solar system last?

25 Years, at least. Modules are warrantied by the manufacturer to at least 80%-90% of its original power rating. Inverter manufacturer’s warranty is 12 years and has a typical lifetime of 12-15 years. Inverter extended warranty to match the 25 year module lifetime is available at a modest cost.

3. How big of a system will I need?

It depend on usage/conservation, the desired level of electric bill offset, and budget. A typical 1600 sq. ft. single family house in California uses about 600kWh per month. Depending on the desired level of electric bill offset, a solar system 5-7kW DC may be appropriate for the average house, and higher for larger properties. Of course every household has different usage patterns, e.g. electric car, AC, LED lighting, etc. Our consultation team will recommend the optimal system based on in-house modeling using industry standard software, Aurora.

4. I have an electric car, how will solar help my bill?

Solar greatly helps! An average electric car consumes ~30kWh per 100 miles, roughly 300kWh per month, which translates to approximately six additional panels. Utilities such as PG&E has rate plans specific only to EVs that offer time of use charges. In essence, a homeowner can receive upwards of 4x the credit by feeding the solar electricity back into the grid during peak times and then charging the car at night on off-peak hours. We can help you decide which rate plan is most appropriate for your situation.

5. Does solar work when it is cloudy? At night?

In an appropriately designed system, the inverter will turn on in low light situations such as cloudy days and early in the morning to maximize on energy generation. Unfortunately, solar does not work at night. But rest assured, you will still have electricity at night since our systems are “grid tied.”

6. Should I add a battery storage system?

The answer is it depends. Our systems can be designed with battery storage. For backing up your home during those dreaded multi-day PGE Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS), the answer is a definite yes!  And PGE currently offers rebates of $2500-$5000 to make it happen. However, a battery storage system adds roughly 20%-30% to the system costs. As such, the battery system may not make financial sense for some. If you are looking to go completely off grid in preparation for the zombie apocalypse, then we can work with you to design an appropriate stand-alone system.

7. Who does the installation?

Rise & Shine employs its own in-house installation crews to provide the best customer experience. Unlike some outfits who will sell you a system and outsources to a sub-contractor, we believe having our own crews helps us to maintain a high level of quality our clients expect.

8. Is Rise & Shine licensed?

Yes we are! CA License #970562. And we are fully bonded, insured, with workers comp for our employees.

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