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Each customer receives a 25-year manufacturer warranty, which will cover issues related to the manufacturing itself. Routine maintenance, such as cleaning or snow removal, is provided by each homeowner.

After the term of your loan is complete you officially own the system and enjoy free power for the remaining life of the panels. For additional information Contact Us today.

Your home will continue to be connected to the electrical grid. Excess energy from your solar panels will return to the grid and you will receive that energy back at night at no cost.

The amount of savings when going solar varies from state-to-state in accordance with local utility costs. With Bello as your solar provider, you can be certain that your utility costs will be less than what you are currently paying for power. When you contact Bello Solar, a representative will help you understand what you can expect to save by going solar in your area.

You will receive one bill from your utility company. You will receive one bill for your solar panels. The total cost will be less than what you are currently paying for energy.

If the power goes out in your area, systems tied to the grid go out also. It is not safe to send power out to the grid where workers are attempting to fix a power outage problem.

Solar panels will still produce energy on a cloudy or foggy day. Rain and snow may affect production for your system.

Yes. As long as your roof has the room for additional panels. Simply contact a Bello Solar representative who will guide you through the process.

With Bello Solar, there are zero upfront purchase & installation costs. Visit Cost of Solar to learn more about your options for going solar.

You can either pay off the system when you sell the house, or you can transfer it to the new homeowner.

If your solar system is financed, transferring of the loan is subject to the lender’s terms of conditions.

A Bello Solar representative will visit your home to outline the benefits and savings you can expect by going solar. Our representative will help determine if going solar is right for your home. 1) A survey team will design a customized solar panel system just for your home. 2) A certified installation team will install your solar panel system. 3) You begin saving money immediately!

Would you like to say goodbye to high utility costs and help the environment at the same time? Then solar is right for you. Get in touch today to learn more or visit Cost of Solar.

After solar panels are installed on your home, you begin producing power. Any excess power your home doesn’t use will be sent back to your utility company. Your electric meter will run backwards. You will feed excess energy to the utility company during the day and then receive it back during the nighttime, at no cost.

Normally installation takes less than 1 day, occasionally it can take up to 2 days if it’s a very large system. Bello Solar takes care of everything involved in the installation of your system, including system design and all applicable permits and inspections.

Several studies have shown that installing solar panels immediately adds value to your home and can help it sell faster. Don’t take our word for it, read about it in this New York Times Article here.

No. Solar panel installations are property-tax exempt.

There are two primary technologies that can harness the sun’s power and turn it into electricity. The first is the one you’re likely most familiar with – photovoltaics, or PV. These are the panels you’ve seen on rooftops or in fields. When the sun shines onto a solar panel, photons from the sunlight are absorbed by the cells in the panel, which creates an electric field across the layers and causes electricity to flow. Learn more about how PV works. The second technology is concentrating solar power, or CSP. It is used primarily in very large power plants and is not appropriate for residential use. This technology uses mirrors to reflect and concentrate sunlight onto receivers that collect solar energy and convert it to heat, which can then be used to produce electricity. Learn more about how CSP works.
Solar panels are built to work in all climates, but in some cases, rooftops may not be suitable for solar systems due to age or tree cover. If there are trees near your home that create excessive shade on your roof, rooftop panels may not be the most ideal option. The size, shape, and slope of your roof are also important factors to consider. Typically, solar panels perform best on south-facing roofs with a slope between 15 and 40 degrees, though other roofs may be suitable too. You should also consider the age of your roof and how long until it will need replacement.
There are a number of mapping services that have been developed by SETO awardees that will help you determine if your roof is suitable for solar and can even provide you with quotes from pre-screened solar providers in your area. In addition to those resources, an internet search can help you find local companies that install solar panels. Because you will likely have many options to choose from, it’s important to thoroughly read reviews of solar companies to make sure you are selecting the best fit for you and your home. Solarize campaigns can also help you start the process of going solar. These programs work by allowing groups of homeowners to work together to collectively negotiate rates, select an installer, and create additional community interest in solar through a limited-time offer to join the campaign. Ultimately, as the number of residents who participate in the program increase, the cost of the installations will decrease.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory developed a tool called PVWatts for this purpose. It estimates the energy production and cost of energy of grid-connected PV energy systems for any address in the world. It allows homeowners, small building owners, installers, and manufacturers to easily develop estimates of the performance of potential PV installations, and can even compare solar’s cost to utility bills. These tools are great for getting started, but make sure to work with a solar installer for a custom estimate of how much power your solar energy system is likely to generate.
The amount of money you can save with solar depends upon how much electricity you consume, the size of your solar energy system, if you choose to buy or lease your system, and how much power it is able to generate given the direction your roof faces and how much sunlight hits it. Your savings also depend on the electricity rates set by your utility and how much the utility will compensate you for the excess solar energy you send back to the grid. Check the National Utility Rate Database to see current electricity rates in your area. In some cities around the country, solar is already cost competitive with the electricity sold by your local utility. The cost of going solar has dropped every year since 2009, a trend researchers expect to continue. Not only are the prices of panels dropping, so are the costs associated with installation, such as permitting and inspection—also known as “soft costs.” All of SETO’s funding programs are working toward improving the affordability of solar and making it easier for consumers to choose solar. It should also be noted that energy efficiency upgrades complement solar energy economically. By using Energy Star appliances and other products in your home, you’ll need less solar energy to power your home.
DSIRE is the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewable energy in the United States. It is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University and is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. By entering your zip code, DSIRE provides you with a comprehensive list of financial incentives and regulatory policies that apply to your home. Additionally, an experienced local installer should be able to assist you in claiming any state and local incentives, as well as the ITC.
Buying a solar energy system will likely increase your home’s value. A recent study found that solar panels are viewed as upgrades, just like a renovated kitchen or a finished basement, and home buyers across the country have been willing to pay a premium of about $15,000 for a home with an average-sized solar array. Additionally, there is evidence homes with solar panels sell faster than those without. In 2008, California homes with energy efficient features and PV were found to sell faster than homes that consume more energy. Keep in mind, these studies focused on homeowner-owned solar arrays.
Absolutely! All solar panels meet international inspection and testing standards, and a qualified installer will install them to meet local building, fire, and electrical codes. Also, your solar energy system will undergo a thorough inspection from a certified electrician as part of the installation process.
Using solar power instead of conventional forms of energy reduces the amount of carbon and other pollutants that are emitted into the environment. Reducing the amount of carbon in our atmosphere translates into less pollution and cleaner air and water.
Confused by insolation, inverter, and irradiance? Consider the solar energy glossary your handy guide to all the solar lingo.
Residential Consumer Guide to Solar Power – In an effort to make going solar as effortless and streamlined as possible, the Solar Energy Industries Association developed this guide to inform potential solar customers about the financing options available, contracting terms to be aware of, and other useful tips. A Homeowner’s Guide to Solar Financing: Leases, Loans and PPAs – This guide from the Clean Energy States Alliance helps homeowners navigate the complex landscape of residential solar system financing. It describes three popular residential solar financing choices and explains the advantages and disadvantages of each, as well as how they compare to a direct cash purchase. Solar PV Project Financing: Regulatory and Legislative Challenges for Third-Party PPA System Owners– Third-party owned solar arrays allow a developer to build and own a PV system on a customer’s property and sell the power back to the customer. While this can eliminate many of the up-front costs of going solar, third-party electricity sales face regulatory and legislative challenges in some states and jurisdictions. This report details the challenges and explains alternatives. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: Encouraging Solar Development through Community Association Policies and Processes– This guide, written for association boards of directors and architectural review committees, discusses the advantages of solar energy and examines the elements of state solar rights provisions designed to protect homeowner access to these benefits. It then presents a number of recommendations associations can use to help bring solar to their communities. Delaware Goes Solar: A Guide for Residential Customers – While you may not live in Delaware, this guide has practical information for people in all 50 states who would like to go solar. A Residential Customer Guide to Going Solar: Duke Energy Carolinas Version – This guide, intended for North Carolina residents, is designed to help people take a larger measure of control over their energy production and energy future through solar. Selling into the Sun: Price Premium Analysis of a Multi-State Dataset of Solar Homes – This report from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory finds that home buyers are consistently willing to pay premiums of approximately $15,000 for homes that have solar across various states, housing and PV markets, and home types. SEIA Residential Lease Disclosure Form – This form for solar energy leasing companies will help consumers better understand the terms and costs of their solar leases. The form is also designed to help consumers choose among competitive providers. Learn more about the solar office’s accomplishments.

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