Solar Panel Installation & Service
There is no doubt that converting your home energy system to solar power can have huge benefits for your family’s budget as well as the environment. Many people, however, do not fully understand that the benefits of solar are often quantified in national averages, and do not take into account California’s favorable conditions for solar. There are also a variety of programs, incentives, and tax credits that can make going solar even more attractive for California residents.
To truly understand the benefits and potential savings offered by going solar it is important to take all factors into account. The factors that can impact the potential savings of getting a new solar system includes the orientation of your home, surrounding trees, how often you utilize your HVAC system, etc. If you have ever wondered if solar power is right for your Southern California home, our team of solar technicians and consultants are here to answer all of your questions. To speak to a knowledgeable solar panel installation, service, and product expert, please feel free to call us at (888)971-3221.
We Care Solar Stats
- 567,372 Solar Projects in California
- 4,429 Megawatts Installed in California
- $5.32 avg cost/watt <10kW
- $4.35 avg cost/watt >10kW
Frequently Asked Questions About Residential Solar Panels
How do I know if solar is for me?
We are asked this question all the time, and while it takes a review of your current electric bill and output of existing systems to give a specific answer, it comes down to a couple of key elements:
What your current electric rate is where you live, and how many kilowatt hours you are currently using?
With these two key pieces of information, it becomes easy to calculate a reasonable expectation of return. In most states, it would be critical to also evaluate weather patterns to anticipate the solar panel’s exposure to the sun. But in Southern California, Solar Panels are exposed to usable levels of sunlight at rates that are envied nationwide.
Are solar incentives or tax credits available in California?
As a California resident, you have access to a wide variety of solar incentives and rebates.
The level and availability of these rebates depend on your utility company, the county in which you live, and the amount of funding left in federal programs. If you would like to explore your solar options one of our knowledgeable solar advisors can help identify all tax credits and incentives available to you, based on your location and utility provider. Call us today to make sure you don’t miss out on any tax credits or incentives.
Does adding solar increase my CA Property Taxes?
Adding solar panels to your California residence does not increase your property taxes but can have a significant positive impact on your home’s resale value.
In a competitive real estate market like California’s, it is great to have a selling feature like solar to help increase foot traffic and overall resale value when you are looking to sell. Many real estate agents have stated that having solar does for your home today, what having a pool did for your home’s resale value in the 90’s. Residential solar panels have almost all upside for California homeowners.
How much will residential solar cost?
At We Care, we take great pride in offering a variety of solar options that fit a variety of needs and budgets. We also offer complete financing options which eliminate your upfront cost entirely.
The overall cost of a new system will depend on factors that include your current energy usage, your available unshaded roof space, your utility’s net metering policy, and other factors.
Why is energy efficiency important?
This is a loaded question but as there are many benefits of becoming more energy efficient. It is very rare that any home improvement can be viewed as a true win-win proposition. Solar is the exception to this rule as it can help most homeowners to drastically reduce their energy bill while also increasing the value of their home. Other upgrades may be great while you are occupying your home, but it may be difficult to recoup your initial investment.
In addition to making fiscal sense, going solar is a huge win for the environment as well as our fellow Californians. It is no secret that our utility companies strain to meet the demands of a growing population at the same time that our weather is getting hotter. This can be seen with the issuance of flex-alerts, warnings about rolling blackouts, and power outages that impact millions of residents every year. By going solar you are reducing your energy consumption which saves you money and also helps alleviate some pressure on an already stressed energy grid.
For all of the reasons listed above and many that are not listed, going solar is an investment that can pay off financially while also promoting environmental responsibility for generations to come.
What exactly is net metering & how does it work?
Net metering is the part of your billing agreement between you (the homeowner) and your utility or electric service provider which allows you to track energy produced vs. energy being used.
In a home without solar your meter spins forward to track the amount of energy you are using and therefore pulling from the grid. This value is multiplied by the appropriate billing rate for when the energy usage based on the time of use (peak hours vs. standard hours).
When you make the jump to solar your Net Metering agreement can allow you to use the energy you produce first which allows you to reduce or in some cases eliminate your energy bill. In some areas, it is even possible to sell the excess energy your system produces and puts back out into the grid.
How is net metering billed?
This is a great question. In most cases, your utility company will conduct monthly meter readings and provide monthly statements. In most states on the anniversary of your Net Metering agreement, you will be billed for the electricity you consumed in throughout the 12 month period. Depending on your agreement and the type of system you are utilizing you may end up producing more electricity than you consume. In this case, your utility company is usually not required to pay you for energy put back out into the grid, but some may do this as an incentive.
It is always a good idea to contact your energy service provider to discuss options for selling back excess power produced by your system.
How much will solar reduce my energy bills?
While solar will definitely help reduce your energy costs, there are too many factors that impact your savings to give a definitive number without a solar site survey which we offer as a part of our We Care Solar Consultation. This site survey takes into account the surface area of your roof, shade conditions that are present based on the orientation of your home, and estimated usage based on your past energy bills.
We Care has always been dedicated to getting our customers only the best products for their particular situations.
For this reason, we offer complimentary consultations with our energy efficiency experts to help you determine if solar is a good fit for you.
What type of maintenance do solar panels / systems need?
Solar electric systems do not require much maintenance at all once properly installed.
It is a good idea to clean PV panels if there is visible buildup of anything that would impede the panel from gathering as much sunlight as possible, but this is not something that needs to be done often in most cases.
How much do solar panels cost?
Solar panels have come a long way in recent years making them very durable and very efficient. On average solar panels will last upwards of 25 years if cared for properly.