SOlar FAQ

Currently, every month as a homeowner we pay to rent power that is delivered from a power plant anywhere up to 100 miles away. When the power companies raise their rates, the homeowner has no choice but to continue to pay for the same power at a more expensive price.  This is a forever donation to the greedy power companies. 

When a homeowner participates in the solar program with ZERO MONEY OUT OF POCKET, they are paying LESS monthly at a LOCKED IN 0% rate to own the same exact power for 20+ years (compared to FPL who raised electricity rates close to 15% just in 2022).  And then the electricity becomes FREE.  For most homes, a solar system creates instant positive cash flow YEAR 1 and turns a power expense into a home improvement asset that increases the home’s value by 4-5%. 

 

If you can afford to pay your electricity bill you can afford to go solar. $0-down solar financing options make it easy for homeowners with good credit to start saving on their electricity bill as soon as YEAR ONE by going solar.


Shade

If you’re surrounded by bigger homes, tall trees, or other obstacles that shade the roof for a good part of the day, your house might not be the best candidate for solar. 

Roof Orientation

What direction is your home’s orientation? Houses in North America will get the most sunlight on roofs with southern exposure, although east and west exposures also get great sunlight.

Roof Size

Is your roof big enough to support the amount of panels you need? The answer depends both on your electricity usage and the types of panels you might buy.

 

It doesn’t have to be completely sunny for your panels to produce electricity. In cloudy or overcast weather, your panel production won’t be 100%, but they will still be producing power. Just like it’s possible for your skin to pick up UV light on a cloudy day, it’s also possible for solar panels to generate electricity on cloudy days. Even though diffuse and reflected light is less powerful than direct sunlight, it provides ample energy to help power your home.  In addition, rain actually helps to keeps the panels operating efficiently by washing away any dust or dirt. 

 

Just like any upgrade, installing a home solar system can increase the value of your home and make it more appealing to potential buyers. A 2019 study showed that, on average, homes with solar panels sell on average 4.1% more than homes without solar panels.

(Source: https://www.zillow.com/research/solar-panels-house-sell-more-23798/)

 

Solar energy systems require virtually zero maintenance since there are no moving parts. The efficiency of your system may fluctuate slightly due to factors such as dust or pollen. To ensure your system runs at peak efficiency, we recommend simply rinsing your panels off with a garden hose whenever you’re able to see a change in panel color resulting from collection of dust or pollen. That’s pretty much all the maintenance that you can expect your system to require.

 

There are over 500 installers to choose from.  This can be overwhelming when 70% of the installers can be a bad choice for the homeowner. Not all solar installers use the same underlying assumptions and metrics when they provide equipment and financing options to homeowners.  At Happy Energy, we make sure the right custom solar solution is assigned to your home.  We do the leg work for you and provide the absolute best options.  A few factors we take into account are years of experience, company reviews, appropriate licenses, site location, highest quality product and coverages, and the best pricing/financing.  The better set you are from the start, the more you can start saving year 1 and reap bigger savings in the future without the headaches. 

 

Most solar arrays are grid-tied, meaning they are connected to the local power grid. This allows solar homeowners to use their solar electricity when the sun is shining, and to switch seamlessly over to utility electricity on cloudy days or at night. For grid-tied solar arrays, it’s important to understand how a power outage will affect your solar panels and your home. Firstly, when the power grid goes down, your solar panels will automatically stop producing electricity. This is a required safety feature, designed to prevent your panels from feeding electricity onto the grid and injuring the utility linesmen who are servicing the wires. As a result, when the grid is down and your solar panels stop producing electricity, your home will not have power (even if the sun is shining).

If you want your solar panels to continue producing electricity even when the grid goes down, you will need to pair your solar array with batteries. This pairing – called solar + storage – allows your panels to produce electricity while remaining isolated from the grid, avoiding any safety issues. Your solar electricity will be stored in the batteries and can be consumed by your home when the grid is down, allowing your home to remain powered during a grid outage.

Because grid-tied solar systems are still connected to the grid, states have a program called Net metering that requires power companies to buy back any excess solar energy that your solar system self-generates. This buyback program allows for KWH credits to be accumulated in your current electricity provider’s account.  These credits can be leveraged to offset any charges for pulling electricity overnight.  

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