There are many incentives and benefits for purchasing a Solar Energy System. These vary from state-to-state. Some common incentives include:
- Net metering, which means that you can get paid by the utility company when you generate more power than you use
- Higher resale value for your property
- Federal tax credits
- State rebates
- Income from the sale of Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SREC)
- Very favorable depreciation schedules
While roof installations are most popular because they don’t require additional space, solar energy systems may also be installed on the ground if you have excess land on your property.
During the day your system is producing a lot of electricity, often more than you need. During the night when the sun isn’t out, your system is not producing any electricity; but a process called net metering makes it work. The extra electricity flows back into the power grid and your meter runs backwards. At night, the credit you generated during the day carries over and you take electricity back from the grid.
Net metering is the term given to a utility meter that will literally “turn backward”. This allows you to get credit for excess electricity produced that flows to the grid.
Most solar power systems are predicted to last between 25 and 40 years. Bay State Solar Solutions recommends solar panels and micro-inverters that come with a 25 year manufacturer’s warranty.
Micro-inverters produce 10% more electricity than other inverters. They come with a 25 year manufacturer’s warranty, so they last 2 times longer than standard inverters – reducing maintenance and replacement costs. Plus, monitoring at panel level allows for maximum performance and output.
All photovoltaic systems have a kilowatt-hour meter that shows how much the system is producing at that moment and also totals the kilowatts in memory storage. The owner can easily find out how much they have generated daily, monthly or annually and monitor their system’s performance.
A solar cell, also called a photovoltaic (PV) cell, is the smallest element that converts light into electrical energy. Each cell is made of silicon. The silicon is treated so that it generates a flow of electricity when light shines on it. Solar modules are series of solar cells wired together.
No. Modern solar cells with practical efficiency were invented in the early 1950s, and have been used to power satellites since 1959. They became popular for global applications in the mid-1970s, mostly for remote telecommunications, navigational aids and other rugged, remote industrial uses. They have been powering urban applications like roadside emergency telephones and traffic signboards since the mid-1980s. With increased demand, prices have dropped to where solar panels are now affordable for homes and businesses.
Yes, solar cells are mostly silicon, the primary component of sand. There is no exhaust and no toxic materials to leak out of the system. The electricity coming through the inverter is just like the electricity coming from household wall sockets. You should use the same care you would with utility power. All components are approved for utility interconnection and are installed according to standard construction practices.
Yes, energy created through our solar energy system produces no pollutants. In addition, solar panels are made from recyclable materials.
On-grid means the solar energy system is connected to the utility electrical power grid. Off-grid refers to systems that are not connected to the utility electrical grid. An off-grid system must be designed to function without the support of the utility grid and provide 100% of the needed electrical power.
Yes, the panels are supported by an engineer-designed mounting system that has been tested to withstand high winds and can work on almost every type of roofing material. The panels are made of tempered glass (the same as a modern car windshield), and are impact tested to withstand snow, ice, wind and hail storms. Panels generally have a 20 or 25-year warranty and are even installed in extreme Arctic locations.
Solar panels have no moving parts so they are not prone to failure. While most of the current designs have not been in service long enough to confirm this, it is commonly thought that panels should last for 40 years or more. Most panels have a 20 or 25 year power warranty from the manufacturer. Inverters typically have a 20 year warranty.
Most installations do not require a new roof prior to PV installation. Solar panels will last over 25 years. Because of this, it is ideal that your roof is in good condition, as working around the Solar Energy System will add complexity to a future roof replacement. However, after the panels are in place, they will greatly reduce the wear on the roof by blocking ultraviolet rays and by keeping most of the snow and ice off the roof.
Yes. Bay State Solar Solutions will obtain the necessary permits from your local government.
Yes, the local utility has rules and procedures that must be followed to connect any generator to the grid safely and legally. These rules are generally based on standards as detailed in the National Electrical Code which our systems must comply with. Bay State Solar Solutions will assist you with the connection.
Installing a solar energy system to your property can substantially increase its value and reduce the time it takes to sell the property. This increased value will only grow as utility costs increase over the years.