Frequently Asked Questions

What does a solar system cost?

The end cost of a solar system is based on many factors. Obviously the cost per watt is a beginning point, but currently there are federal and local incentives that can pay for up to half, and sometimes even more, of a system. How quickly a solar system can pay for itself in saved energy expenses is dependent on the electrical rate for your area, and how the system is financed. Panelized Solar can run an accurate personalized pro forma of your potential system based on system performance, financing and local electrical rates.


How quickly can I expect a return on my investment?

Just like the question about cost of the system, this is based on many factors, but in our experience most commercial systems can pay for themselves in as little as 4 ½ years. This factor is based on a conservative estimate of rising energy costs, so it could be even quicker.


What are the incentives?

The federal government is currently paying for 30% of a qualifying solar system. Local incentives vary, but most are very attractive also. Some local incentives pay a lump sum based on what the system is expected to produce, and others are performance based. Panelized Solar can walk you through your particular situation and we take all this into account when we calculate your return on investment.


Is this a good time to go solar?

This is the best time to go solar. The incentives, state of the technology and positive atmosphere that surrounds solar currently is unheard of. Many companies can use their investment to show their customers they care about the environment, and they use this attitude to great advantage in marketing their products and services.


What size system do I need?

This is based primarily on two things: the amount of energy your company uses in a typical year, and the available space (whether roof mounted or ground based) that you have available. We can tailor the system to get as close as possible to your utilization. Many factors are involved in determining this and the experienced engineers and electricians at Panelized Solar take all these into account.


How is solar good for the environment?

By generating your own power in a clean, efficient manner you reduce the need to get electricity from utility companies. The majority of this energy is from ‘dirty’ sources such as coal and fossil fuels. Besides these sources having a limited supply (which will increase their price as they are depleted) they are also harmful to the environment and send pollutants and toxins into the air we all breathe. Most fossil fuels also come from countries that are enemies of our country, and this helps to fund them. Going solar shows everyone that your company cares about the planet and our resources.


What happens when the sun isn’t shining?

Obviously at night a solar system does not produce energy. On overcast or cloudy days most solar technologies will produce some amount of energy. During these periods your company will use power from the ‘grid’ or utility. During sunny days your solar system can produce more energy than your company will be using and this excess energy goes into the grid and you get credit for this. A technology called ‘net metering’ takes care of this.


What is net metering?

A special electrical system controls whether you need power from the grid, or are producing extra power, and deals with both situations. A meter measures how much power goes both directions so there is never an interruption in your power. By designing a system to match your power needs, this back-and-forth power sharing should equalize itself and result in a reduced electrical bill, or a very small one. This negates the need for large battery banks and controllers. This also makes your system as reliable or more so than traditional electrical service.


How do I know it’s working?

Systems are installed with monitoring services that show details about what your array is doing. Current production, production per day, month, year and life of the system are simple to calculate using any of these systems.


How long will my system last?

Most experts believe current solar systems will last more than forty years at least. Panels made through the 1960’s and 1970’s are still in use today. There are no moving parts in a solar panel, so there is nothing to wear out. Most manufacturers warranty the output of their panels for 20-25 years.


How do I know if I have the right roof or space for a solar system?

This is where Panelized Solar can guide you in selecting your system. We use virtually all brands of panels and technologies, from tracking systems, to roof-mounted and structures specifically designed to carry the panels (and create shade at the same time). We will analyze your location and buildings to install and design the best system for your needs.


 
Ground Mount – Roof Mount – Shade Structures – Flat Panel – Single and Dual Axis Tracking – Concentrating