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We assess your energy use, consult and help get you financed for energy-efficiency upgrades, get you rebates on energy-efficient upgrades and can possibly get your solar panels installed for FREE if you qualify like most people do. You eliminate your electric bill or make reduced payments over the years, and you own the system. $0 out-of-pocket!
 

HEATING AND COOLING ACCOUNTS FOR NEARLY HALF OF ALL HOME ENERGY BILLS.


Energy Upgrades can reduce heating and air-conditioning use by 20% to 60% by switching to high HVAC systems.
 
Energy upgrades of efficient windows, doors, and skylights can reduce heating and air-conditioning bills by 15%.
 
Energy upgrades with synthetic turf, homeowners can save about 50% of their water bills on average.
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These Energy Upgrades Qualify for Rebate & Incentive Programs

 

Our Energy Upgrades program partners with high-rated full service contractors in good standing in the State of California.

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1. Residential Energy Upgrades

  • Solar Energy & Storage Batteries

  • LED Lighting (e.g. light sources, fixtures, controls).

  • Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (e.g. ducts, motors, fans, rooftop units, indoor environmental).

  • Water Heating & Water Filtration.

  • Skylights & Ventilation.

  • Appliances, Equipment & Plug Loads (e.g. water heating, foodservice, electronics).

  • Whole Building and Envelope (e.g. fenestration, windows, doors, skylights, simulation).

  • Landscaping for Water Conservation, Shade, Windbreaks

 

2. Commercial Energy Upgrades

 

  • Everything available for residential customers including Solar, and...

  • Wind Power & Turbine Products

  • Energy Management Systems

  • Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

  • Community-Scale (e.g. heat islands, cool roofs, walkable communities, environmental impacts of building materials).

  • Demonstrations and Market Adoption.

  • Codes and Standards (e.g. Title 24 - Buildings, Title 20 - Appliances)

  • Demand Response (e.g. metering, pricing, end-use load management).

 

3. Municipal
  • Solar Power Products & Systems

  • Water Heating & Water Filtration

  • LED Lighting

  • Skylights & Ventilation

 

4. Industrial
  • Wind Power & Turbine Products

  • Energy Management Systems

  • Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

  • Solar Panel Products & Systems

REBATES AVAILABLE*

  • Insulation, Air Sealing, Duct Sealing, Heating & Cooling. Up to $6,500 available.

  • Water Heating. Up to $1,875 for a solar system.

  • Windows. Up to $2 per sq. ft.

  • ENERGY STAR® Appliances. Up to $150 per appliance.

  • Cool Roofs. Up to $.30 per sq. ft.

  • Pool Pumps. Up to $500.

  • WaterSense Water Fixtures & Toilets. Up to $125 per fixture.

  • WaterSense Irrigation Systems. 50% of cost up to $1,400; $150 for smart controllers.

  • Drought-­Resistant Plants. 50% of cost up to $1,400; up to $60 for each tree and $.30/sq. ft. for synthetic turf

  • Rain Gutters, Barrels and Cisterns. Up to $500 per item

  • *Rebates and Funding is available until depleted, on a first-come first-serve basis. Estimated to expire June 2016.

 

THE REAL BENEFITS OF SOLAR

  • Many homeowners save thousands of dollars each year.

  • Avoid ever-increasing electricity rates and peak hour rates.

  • Studies show that homes with solar sell more quickly, for more than non-solar homes.

  • Government incentives can cut 30% or more off the complete installation cost.

  • No moving parts means minimal maintenance.

  • Our 25-year warranty leaves you worry-free.

  • Feel good about reducing the country’s need for nonrenewable resources. 

  • Withstand extreme environmental conditions while maintaining the integrity of your roof.

  • Can be installed on nearly any roof—sloped or flat.

  • Helps keep your home cooler in the summer by providing shade from the sun and warmer in the winter by creating a heat barrier.

  • Can help to offset utility costs of an electric vehicle charger for a truly clean-powered vehicle.

Financing Eligibility criteria details

  • No current involuntary liens and/or judgments totaling more than $1,000 for all property Owners

  • Property owner(s) must be current on their property taxes for the prior 12 months

  • There must be no notices of default or foreclosure filed against the Property within the last 2 years

  • No bankruptcies (business or personal) in the last 2 years. The property must not be an asset in a bankruptcy proceeding

  • Energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water efficiency products; permanently fixed, new products; must meet minimum efficiency and/or other requirements for eligible products

  • All eligible products must be installed by a participating contractor

  • Minimum financing amount is $5,000

  • Maximum amount financed is the lesser of $200,000 or 15% of the value of the property and combined amount financed under the program plus mortgage-related debt cannot exceed 100% of the value of the property

  • Property owners should participate in available state and federal incentive and rebate programs and must declare any rebates received for the project

 

Financing a Solar Energy System

Solar customers have multiple options when financing their solar energy systems:

 

  • Home Equity Loans - Many customers go through their commercial lenders to finance their solar energy systems, and home equity loans have been the most common method for homeowners to purchase their solar systems.

  • Power Purchase Agreements - Under a "PPA," a third party owns and maintains the customer solar system, selling the kilowatt-hours back to the customer. Thus, customers who opt for a solar PPAtypically have low capital costs and pay only for the electricity their solar systems generate. 

  • Solar Leases - By leasing a solar system, customers can get the benefits of owning a solar system without the capital costs. Solar customers opting for solar leases simply rent the solar system from a company as they would any other home appliance while earning the benefits from the electricity the system produces. Solar leases are attractive options for home or business owners that plan to at their business or office for less than five years. For more reading,Mother Jones Magazine has an excellent February 2010 article titled: "If You Can't Afford to Buy a PV System, Consider Renting One".

  • Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)/(HERO) - Solar customers likewise may have the option to finance their solar systems through their local governments. Local governments can create property tax finance districts to issue loans for energy efficiency and renewable energy such as solar PV systems. PACE allows local governments to provide low-cost, 20-year loans to eligible property owners seeking to install these technologies. The solar customer then pays more on the annual property tax bill to repay the loan. The loans are permanently fixed to real property, so that residents need not worry about their system's break-even point and can pass the loan payments on to subsequent buyers of the property. Renewable Funding offers helpful additional information about PACE, and presently PACE programs are in place in the following communities:

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Financials

How much does a solar electric system cost?

The cost of your solar investment will vary greatly depending on the size of the system, your location and available incentives. To find out what a Solar system will do to your electric bill, go to solarworld.com and schedule your free solar consultation with a Solar installer.

 

What incentives are available to me?

Solar systems sold in the U.S. are eligible for a 30% federal tax credit. Additional state, local and utility

incentives exist in many areas, further lowering the net cost of your investment. Ask a Solar installer about

available incentives in your area.

 

Can my electric bill really be $0?

Some solar systems produce more electricity than is used each month, bringing net electricity costs to $0. However, there is still a minimal connection fee (typically about $100 per year) to remain connected to the electrical grid.

 

Do I get paid for my extra energy production?

Currently, most of America is under a system known as Net Metering, which allows your net electricity costs to

be reduced to zero, but no further. In a select few places in the U.S., you can be paid for any excess electricity you create, in what is known as a Feed-In Tariff system.

 

Installation

Does a solar system require permits?

Yes. Your Solar installer will handle all the paperwork to make the process quick and easy.

 

Can I install solar panels myself?

It is not recommended. The process requires both licensed electrical and roofing skills to ensure the system is safe and optimally designed for 25+ years of production.

 

Maintenance

How much maintenance does a solar system need?

With no moving parts and at least a 25-year expected life-span, Solar panels require very little maintenance. In fact, their design ensures that they remain relatively clean as long as they are exposed to rain or a quick rinse with a garden hose every few months.

 

Weather

Is solar a viable option in cold climates?

Yes. A general rule of thumb is that if you can clearly see your solar panels, they can produce electricity. In fact, given equal sunlight, a solar panel on a cold day will outproduce a solar panel on a hot day.

 

How do solar systems fair in extreme weather conditions?

Solar panels can withstand high wind and snow loads. In fact, they are rated higher than any other solar panels under UL standards.

 

How does snow affect a solar system’s performance?

While snow will decrease production while it is on your panels, it should not damage your system when designed and installed properly. Given the angle of the panels and their tendency to produce some heat, the snow will fall off your panels faster than it would fall off your roof, quickly returning your system to its full potential.

 

Blackouts

Will my system still generate power during a blackout?

For the safety of workers attempting to fix power outages, solar systems that are connected to the electrical grid are required by utility regulations to shut off during blackouts. Solar recommends battery backup or traditional generators in places where blackouts occur regularly.

 

Off-grid systems

Can I take my home off the electrical grid?

Yes, provided you install optional battery-backup systems to provide power when your demands exceed your

production, such as at night. While a Solar installer can help you install such a system, it is not typically

recommended for several reasons. First, batteries add significant costs to your system, extending your payback period. Second, you may not be eligible for some incentives if you do not connect your system to your utility. Lastly, staying connected to the grid ensures you will rarely ever be without power, unlike batteries that have a limited lifespan and storage capacity.

 

Selling your home

I don’t plan on being in my home for 25 years. Why would I add solar?

People move more frequently now than ever before, but that shouldn’t impact your solar decision. A solar system can save you money today and even pay for itself in as little as five to seven years. Even if you move before your solar investment is completely paid off, studies show the cost will likely be returned in added value to your home. Plus, your home will most likely sell faster. Who doesn’t want a home with a guaranteed low electric bill? Our warranty is even transferrable one time to a new owner.

 

Roof integrity

How does a solar system affect my roof integrity?

With proper design and installation following industry best practices, your roof should maintain all its pre-solar integrity. Solar audits and trains all our Authorized Installers on these best practices so that you can rest

easy knowing that your roof will be okay. Be sure to as your installer about any guarantees they offer on their

installation quality.

 

Safety

Are there any fire, electrical or other dangers from a solar system?

Similar to any other electrical component, proper installation will greatly limit any dangers. However, you

should still take care to ensure your system is not easily accessible by children or animals who could potentially damage the system and possibly injure themselves. If your system becomes damaged in any way, immediately seek assistance from a professional installer or electrician.

 

Insurance

Can a solar system be insured?

While SolarWorld does warranty solar panels for 10 years on workmanship and 25 years on energy production, we do not cover damage from external sources or theft. However, most homeowner insurance policies will cover your solar panels in these cases. Check with your insurance provider.

 

Homeowners Associations / Neighbors

Can my HOA or neighbors prevent me from installing a solar system?

In a lot of cases, no. Currently, 39 states have solar access laws that provide varying degrees of protection against restrictions that can be imposed on you. Your local Solar installer will be able to discuss the laws and

policies in your area.

 

Pools

Can solar panels heat my pool?

Most pools are heated by natural gas, so solar electric power will not be able to assist in heating outdoor

swimming pools. However, our solar panels do offset the power used by a pool’s electric pumps.

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