Local solar rebates Homeowners have access to rebate programs in many areas of the Golden State. These rebates can pay solar shoppers anywhere from $500 total to $0.95 per watt of installed capacity. PACE solar financing: a leading CA solar tax credit California has a great Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) offering in many cities [...]
Compared to the power you are buying right now from the electric utility, solar power can cost half as much per kWh. Example: Today you are buying electricity from the utility at an average of $.13/kWh and over time, you could be paying up to $.20/kWh as the cost of electricity increases over time (FACT: [...]
Homeowner’s policies typically cover damage to your solar power system for normal causes just as they would for any other item attached to your home. Please check with your homeowner’s insurance carrier about your plans to install a solar power system and be sure you are covered.
Manufacturers typically warranty their panels to produce at least 80% of their rated capacity for 25 years. There are many cases of panels installed for 30 or more years that are still producing at high efficiencies.
Shading can significantly reduce the efficiency of your solar array. Ideally, your site should allow full sun exposure to the system from at least 10am until 3pm, longer if possible. Though Switch never advocates the cutting of trees, sometimes minor pruning or thinning may be necessary. Some sites simply aren’t appropriate for solar.
When you contact Switch, our first step will be to look up a satellite photo of your property while we have you on the phone. Sometimes satellite photos are not up to date, but we can usually tell if your location is a good site for solar. If everything looks good, we’ll visit your home [...]
The microinverters used in most of our systems allow for online monitoring of the system for customers with internet access. For customers without internet access, simple monitoring equipment is available. Most inverter manufacturers these days offer internet connectivity features that allow ongoing monitoring.
Just like your home, solar panels are designed to handle a variety of environmental and weather conditions and continue operating at their designed capacity. Manufacturers subject their panels to industry standard minimum tests for loading, temperature cycling, and even hail impact to ensure their products will meet those standards. Some manufacturers take that standard minimum [...]
Solar energy is not stored unless you have an energy storage component such as batteries. During the day, you will use solar energy in your home. If you produce more than you are using, you will sell that power back to the grid in the form of “store credit.” Then you buy it back at [...]
We’ve hand-picked the highest quality equipment after combing through dozens of manufacturers. When we choose a panel or inverter manufacturer, we look for things like warranty terms, financial backing, years in business, technology, R&D, and of course cost. We have dozens of customers who are more than satisfied and we know you will be too.