1. You keep $40,000 to $100,000 or more in your pocket instead of paying that to an electric company; pretty crazy numbers, right? You own a home instead of renting a home, so why continue to pay ever-increasing rates and fees to an electric company that acts like an electric landlord and thinks you have no choice but to pay their ever-increasing rates and fees.
2. You get thousands to tens of thousands of dollars in tax credits and rebates thanks to Federal, State, County and City government incentive programs for the products, parts and labor of a solar installation; once again, pretty crazy numbers, right?
3. You own an asset guaranteed to produce positive cash flow for decades in the form of kilowatts of electricity, which equates to US Dollars. That asset is a solar system with a 25-Year Production Guarantee.
4. You increase the value of your home because a solar system with a 25-year Production Guarantee is a "Transferrable Asset" compared to a regular solar system with a warranty is only a "fixture".
5. You help strengthen the economy by reducing our country's dependency on foreign energy..
6. You help improve the electric grid by reducing your home's demand on the grid.
7. You help save the planet for generations to come by reducing your carbon footprint.
8. Your efforts support non-profits. Together we make a bigger difference when you introduce us to a homeowner who becomes our client. When their solar system is installed and connected, Certainty Solar donates $200 to $800 to the non-profit chosen by that homeowner plus $200 to $800 to the non-profit chosen by you; the amount is dependent on the system size.
Solar companies say their solar system will produce X kilowatts of electricity.
Yet do they put their money where their mouth is?
What happens when the solar system they sold you produces less electricity than they estimated and said it would?
Warranties for equipment performance and workmanship of a solar installation do NOT compensate you when the solar system produces less kWh of electricity than it should have.
DON'T SIGN THAT CONTRACT for a solar system if that contract does not specify the following:
When you buy a solar system, what you're actually buying is a system estimated to produce "X" kilowatts of electricity per year; so you want the solar system you buy to be guaranteed to produce "X" kilowatts of electricity per year, correct?
Therefore, you want a solar company that guarantees the amount of electricity your solar system produces for 25 years – on TOP of the equipment warranty! Plus you want the 25-Year Production Guarantee specified in the contract you sign, not just words on a website or out of a person's mouth.
And when your solar system produces less electricity than specified in the contract, you want a solar company that will compensate you for the deficit in production.
A 25-Year Production Guarantee helps you to have Certainty about Production and thus Your Savings; which gives you peace of mind.
A solar system with Warranties is a Fixture with a value that is NOT simple to define. That is why Appraisers and Real Estate Agents are uncertain about how much a solar system with Warranties increases the market value of the home.
A Solar System with a Production Guarantee is a Transferable Asset with a value that is simple to define. That value is the kWh of electricity remaining in the Production Guarantee multiplied by the market cost per kWh of electricity. For example, if there are 200,000 kWh of electrciity remaining in the Production Guarantee and the market cost per kWh of electricity is $0.20, then 200,000 kWh X $0.20 per kWh = $40,000; so the value of that solar system with a Production Guarantee is $40,000.
Appraisers and Real Estate Agents are certain about how much a solar system with a Production Guarantee increases the market value of the home; because that Production Guarantee is a Transferrable Asset.
When you have a solar system connected to the grid, you will get a bill from your electric company for being able to send electricity to them and receive electricity from them. In other words, you are using the electric company as a virtual battery for a flat fee that ranges from $5 to $25 per month depending on the electric company.
For various reasons, sometimes it's in the homeowner's best interest to design a solar system that intentionally produces less than 100% of the electricity the home uses. Those reasons can include irradiance, roof layout, and an electric company's net metering or net billing policy. Net metering or net billing is how an electric company compensates the homeowner for electricity produced by the solar system and sent to the electric company. When this is the case, the homeowner will get a bill from their electric company for electricity delivered to the home by the electric company.
For the majority of homes, the total monthly cost for:
IS LESS THAN the total monthly cost for Doing Nothing, which includes:
Solar helps you reduce your financial exposure to an electric company (landlord) that continues to raise rates year after year after year.
Unfortunately, about half of all solar systems installed in the U.S. are orphaned; in other words, the company that installed the solar system is no longer in business.
Certainty Solar only works with installation companies in business for at least 5 years who have the financial strength and local staff to serve the homeowner for decades.
With Certainty Solar, the solar system is monitored remotely 24/7/365 for production and performance. We do a Solar Savings Review with our clients every 90 days on a video call.
For safety reasons, your solar system will not provide power to your home when the grid goes down unless you have a battery-backed solar system. It’s because of how a grid-tied solar system works. The sun shining on the panels generates electricity, which passes through the inverter and is used by your home. When your panels produce more electricity than you’re using, the extra electricity is sent to the electric grid.
If the electric grid is down and your solar system sends that extra electricity onto the grid, that’s a big problem. To protect the utility workers working on the grid and the grid itself, all grid-tied solar systems must shut down automatically when the grid goes down and the power goes off.
An option is to have a natural gas or propane powered generator in case there is a power outage, we recommend the brand, Generac, for that option.
Another option is batteries, see FAQ about batteries.
Contact your homeowner's insurance agent to add replacement cost coverage for the solar system. Some markets require more than replacement cost coverage, so ask your agent.
For various reasons, most of the time, it is NOT in the homeowner's best financial interest to have a solar system with batteries for storing excess power produced during the day and for providing the home with power at night and/or during a power outage.
For many homeowners the cost of batteries and the relatively short battery life make batteries cost prohibitive at this time. This should change in the coming years as battery technology improves and battery cost is reduced.
Usually, the answer is NO, you will not be off the grid; however, there are some exceptions.
The first of our CORE Values is we put the Homeowner First ALWAYS. You will experience this core value with our actions, not just our words., whether it is when you interact with us in-person or electronically, or with the work we do behind the scenes before, during, and after the solar installation.
This means no out-of-pocket cost at all. We are not going to come back and charge you $50 for this and $500 for that. Literally, there is no out-of-pocket cost to you for any of our financing programs. However, if you choose to pay CASH, then you pay only $1,000 as a deposit, then 80% of the total price at solar installation, and the remaining amount when the solar system is inspected and connected.
Our financing programs include a reduced payment for the first 17 months, which gives you time after the solar installation to collect the Federal Income Tax Credit from the IRS. For details about the Federal Income Tax Credit check out Energy.GOV website
Some states have a State Income Tax Credit, some states provide SREC (Solar Renewable Energy Credits), and some cities that provide electricity have a Solar Rebate program; so contact us to learn more about the tax incentives for your home.
After the first 17 months of lower payments, you continue to pay monthly for your solar system, so that is not going to change. In addition, you have more peace of mind thanks to the 25-year Production Guarantee in case after the solar installation, any products or parts need to be replaced or added due to a production deficit.
One simple monthly price for your solar system; you don't need a Ph.D. to understand the bill. :-)
Enjoy the feeling of certainty knowing the monthly payment for your solar system is consistent, even though your electricity usage goes up and down throughout the year.
Rest easy knowing the monthly payment for your solar system never goes up.. Over the past 10 years, how much have homeowner electric bills gone up across the U.S.? The short answer is way too much!!!
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