How long does the solar installation process take?
The project timeline for your solar installation begins with your Clean Solar contact signing and is completed when your utility company has given you Permission To Operate (PTO). This will take approximately 10-14 weeks. Throughout this process, Clean Solar takes care of all the design, permit and installation plans of your solar system.
How long does it take to interconnect if I am leasing my solar system?
Clean Solar facilitates all your leasing and PPA paperwork with the 3rd party provider. Every financing company has its own paperwork and procedures and all these details can push out getting interconnectivity by an additional 4-12 weeks.
How long does it take to interconnect if I pay cash and/or take a personal loan for my solar system?
When there is no 3rd party leasing company to submit paperwork, Clean Solar is able to expedite the entire process in 10-14 weeks.
What’s the best way to choose a solar installer?
Making an investment in solar is a major consideration; you want to have a positive experience and relationship with your solar installer. First you want work with someone who you can trust. Your solar installer should be someone who is clear and transparent in their quotes and communications. It’s good to know their track record too – verifying their quality standards and record is a good thing. See if they are Diamond Certified and look at review sites like YELP and Angie’s List. Clean Solar has over 50 5-Star YELP reviews, we are very proud of this. We have and “A” rating on Angie’s list and we are Diamond Certified.
What happens when the power goes out?
The majority of residential solar installations are grid-tied. This means that you are always connected to your local utility company so you always have access to power, as well as the ability to put power back on the grid. This means when the power goes out, so does the power produced by your solar system. When the power is restored, as long as your breaker is still on, your solar system will automatically begin working again.
Why would I want to do a pre-paid lease or PPA?
Many residential homeowners who do not wish to take ownership, nor apply for the 30% Federal Tax Credit, find the pre-paid lease or PPA an attractive offer. Depending on the 3rd party provider, the pre-paid lease and PPA programs can be $10-15,000 less than cash price for the exact same solar system configuration.
What’s an inverter and what is best for my house?
There are two types of solar system inverters on the market for residential installations, the single or central inverter and the microinverter.
The single inverter was the first inverter used for solar on residential homes and works very well in open, unshaded areas. The primary drawback is that the string of panels mirror each other, so the entire string can only perform as well as the lowest performing panel. When one panel is shaded, it pulls down production of every panel on that string. Also single inverters need to be replaced every 12-17 years.
Microinverters maximize your solar system output and are said to have a life in excess of 100 years. A microinverter is attached to each individual panel where each performs mutually exclusive of the one next to it. If there is shading on one or two of the panels, you could expect energy production to lower on those panels while shaded by a chimney or nearby tree, while still getting optimal performance from the remaining panels in your solar system. Microinverters were introduced in 2008.
What is the status of the California State Rebate?
There is currently no state solar rebate program. The California Solar Initiate (CSI) exhausted the allocated megawatts and the incentive budget for the PG&E territory. The CSI program started in 2007. It was to be a 10 year, $3.3 billion program with a goal of 3,000 MW of solar. It was exhausted in 6 years, in April 2013.
What is the status of the Federal Tax Credit?
The 30% Federal Investment Tax Credit is still available through December 31, 2016, with no maximum credit limit. If needed, there are carryover provisions if you have excess credit.
Will Clean Solar subcontract any part of the solar installation at my home?
Everyone who works for Clean Solar is an employee of the company. You will work directly with a Clean Solar team member throughout the entire process. We have extremely high quality standards and do not subcontract any of our work out.
Is Clean Solar licensed, insured and bonded?
We are licensed, insured and bonded to install residential solar in the state of California. Our CA contractor license number is #910849.
What does NABCEP certified mean?
NABCEP stands for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners – the standard bearer in the solar industry. Clean Solar is not your average installer. We are not only NABCEP certified, we are the only solar contractor in the Bay Area that has designed and written a curriculum, as well as taught classes to the next generation of solar installers through an accredited school, San Jose- MetroEd.
Will my appliances work any differently when I have solar? Will I need to replace my light bulbs?
The inverter you select will convert DC power produced from the solar modules, into the AC power used in your house. Everything in your home will continue to work and operate as it always has… you just won’t have to pay as much to use your appliances anymore!