Frequently Asked Questions

What does solar cost?

There are a number of variables that may impact price. However, one might expect a price of $2.50 to $4.00 per installed watt of solar power on a grid tied system.

Does solar work in Kentucky?

Yes, there is enough sun energy in this part of the country to financially justify installing solar.

What is the return on investment for solar?

Residential systems may see an average ROI of 10-14 years. Commercial projects may be as low as 8 yrs.

What is the warrenty on solar panels?

We only use panels that have a minimum performance warrantee of 25 yrs.

What is the life of solar panels?

One should expect a minimum of 30 years out of a panel. An average degradation of the panel performance of .05% per year should be assumed.

What's the difference between a Microinverter vs string inverter?

A micro inverter inverts the DC power from the panel to AC power at the array and typically has 1 to 4 panels connected to each inverter. A string inverter has all the panels connected in 1 to 3 strings and inverts the power from DC to AC away from the array.

Is there long term maintenance with solar panels?

Typically there is little needed maintenance for panels.However, there is some benefit to having your panels regularly checked by your installer or a service provider.

Is there a tax credit for solar?

There is a Federal Tax credit still available for solar.The residential credit is f5695 and the commercial is f3468.Commercial systems may also qualify for accelerated depreciation. Please consult for additional incentives.

Are there state incentives for solar?

Not in KY but, please consult for all available incentives.

How much do solar panels weigh?

Each panel weighs between 40 and 55 pounds.A typical complete system may add 2.5 to 5 lbs per square of load to a roof.

Do I need to replace my roof for solar?

It is advised that a client replace a roof that is approaching the end of its life prior to installing a system. It is a good idea to have a roof inspected prior to soliciting bids for solar.

What are the color options for solar panels?

Frames are available in black or mill finish aluminum (silver).Cells are black (monocrystalline) or dark blue (polycrystalline).

What are the permit requirements for solar?

Requirements vary from one county and state to another.We will make sure you have all the necessary permits for your area.

What are the different types of batteries for solar?

There are three primary types of batteries you may see on a system; lead-acid, sealed lead acid, and some lithium-based. We prefer to use Fortress Energy batteries which are lithium iron phosphate.

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