COMMON HOMEOWNER QUESTIONS
Compiled from hundreds of Solar Consultations in Maryland and Delaware
DO I HAVE A GOOD HOME OR ROOF FOR SOLAR?
More than 50% of homes do not have the opportunity to go solar due to trees, roof angles, and home position. In general, southern facing roofs are the most productive, with east and west a viable option. Never put solar on the north side of any roof!
WILL SOLAR PANELS DAMAGE MY ROOF OR VOID WARRANTIES?
If installed correctly, using proper flashing and racking systems, you should not experience any leaks or shingle damage. In fact, solar panels add a layer of protection for your roof against wear and heat absorption. Use a trusted local company and make sure they do not use subcontractors.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I MOVE?
By owning solar you increased the value of your home by 3.8% in Maryland. Be sure to educate your realtor on the rising utility costs and present your future buyer with a worry free investment for years to come. In fact, I have helped a few home owners go solar just for the purposes of selling their home!
MY ROOF IS 10 YEARS OLD, SHOULD I REPLACE IT BEFORE GOING SOLAR?
Depending on the condition of your roof, it may be wise to replace it before going solar, as both the new roof and solar panels will last for 30-40 years. If you have 15 years left on your current roof, you can install panels and remove them later for little or no fee.
IS SOLAR A SCAM?
Generating power from the sun is real! There are some unethical companies out there, though, so be aware and do your homework!
I'VE HEARD SOLAR IS EXPENSIVE. HOW CAN I AFFORD IT?
Investing in Solar is a big financial decision. Thankfully, there are low interest rate Solar lenders who allow you the flexibility to install solar for no upfront cost while shifting the money you are wasting on electric bills month after month to building equity in your home.
CAN I SELL MY ENERGY BACK TO THE UTILITY COMPANIES?
In Maryland and Delaware, most utility companies provide net metering which will track and credit your account with excess power generation. It is not advised to generate more than 110% of your annual usage.
DO I QUALIFY FOR FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL REBATES?
This is VERY important. Depending on your employment and personal tax situation, most qualify for the 26% tax credit. Talk with your tax professional or reach out to me before making a decision to invest in solar.