The Number 1 reason most people go solar is to achieve a Net Zero on their bill like you see here on my bill. Most people want to save money. Solar can be the best experience of your life or the worst depending on who you choose to help with your installation, and the products that are used. The most important reason to go solar are your specific goals and desire though, everyone's are different, and none of them are wrong. Ask yourself some questions. Do you want to save money? Does this save you money? Is this something that could help you plan for retirement? Will this help your children if you intend on passing your home to them in the future? Does this help the environment? How much does this reduce your family's carbon footprint on the environment? Is slowing down climate change for future generations important to you? Would you like to have the ability to have power for your home during power outages? If any of these are questions you would like to have answered, click this link to have the answered by an expert, professional, and someone who is currently enjoying the benefits of solar. Click this link to get these and many other money saving questions answered http://bit.ly/CentralFLsaves
Learning about solar and your specific desires to have with it should be a pleasant experience with someone that wants to help you determine if it helps you achieve your goals, and what products could help you achieve your desired results. If you work with someone that has different motives, you may help them achieve their goal rather than your own. Living here since 1985, being a home owner in Central Florida, having a family and children of my own, and looking to achieve the same things that many of you are I want to be sure all of you are getting what you want and need. I want you to be able to achieve it whether it's with me or not, as long as you are working with someone reputable, honest, and that will be there for you.
Ideally when you go solar you should be achieving several things when things line up properly. You should see a bill that is at or below your current 12 month average electric bill. You are put in a position where your electric bill is stabilized, and for the most part immune to pricing increases from your provider. You are paying down principle on something you own, rather than paying a rising bill on something you do not. You are increasing the value and equity in your home. You are using products that will help you achieve your goals for 25 years or longer. You are eventually eliminating one of the largest utilities in your home. For the people that qualify when it lines up like this, it's normally a no brainer. It should be from some one you trust that is giving you facts. I've designed this checklist to make this process easier for you to start your exploration and discovery an easier process. I encourage you to proceed through the website to see what the difference looks like between a good and bad provider.
1st ask some questions about the company, and make sure you verify it.
Where are they located?
How long have you been in business?
How many successful installations has that company completed?
Are they an Enphase certified installer?
Are they a Tesla certified installer?
Are they a Home Depot certified adviser?
2nd find out a little bit about the Consultant. A good Consultant should be focused on helping you achieve your goals and desires. They should be looking around your home to find out if there are any other ways to improve energy efficiency in other areas of your home as well to potentially help reduce your system size. If they truly believe in what they are doing, they should be doing or have done the same things they will recommend to you, and have an explanation why.
Ask the Consultant how long they have lived here? (A lot guys coming in with out of state companies that you may not be able to reach in the future}
Do they rent or own their residence?
What kind of things have they done at their own home for energy efficiency, why, and what has it saved them?
Do they have solar? If so, can you see a bill.
3rd every Consultant will need to determine a system size based on what you are looking to accomplish.
Ask them how they came to that system size?
Will this reduce your electric bill, or will it bring you to Net Zero?
4th product recommendation should be made with pricing. Ideally you want to be at or below what you are currently paying normally for this to make sense, and be beneficial for you and your family. For some people lowest cost is the most important thing. For most people the best value is normally more important. That comes down to the types of products that are used, and making sure that you understand the pros or cons of them.
Are they using a mono or poly-crystalline solar panel. (I hope no one is still using poly. Mono-crystalline is the only thing you want to look at)
Which type of inverter would they be using? String or Micro and why?
What company makes the panels and inverters?
How long is the warranty on the panels, and the inverters?
How long is the companies workmanship warranty outside of the products warranty?
5th financing options. Florida just passed a law that has allowed some out of state companies come in to lease panels. If you plan on being in your home for more than 7 years it is not a good idea. We are able to lease as well, but in the long run I feel it defeats the purpose of ultimately trying to eliminate one of your largest utilities. Some of these leasing companies are telling people purposefully and inaccurately that the homeowner will not qualify for the expiring 30% Federal Solar Tax Credit. If you work you qualify. Depending on if you work for a company, or work for yourself will determine on how it can be used. If they attempt to run credit ask if it is a hard or soft pull? do not unnecessarily reduce your credit score during exploration. It could potentially reduce different lending you may be able to qualify for. If they cannot do a soft pull, just give them your Credit Karma score to give them something ballpark to work with. I can pre-qualify you with a soft pull before you speak with anyone over the phone if you'd like. Takes 3 minutes.
If they are recommending a lease ask why a lease rather than owning?
How long is the loan term?
What is the interest percent rate?
How much time do you have to reinvest your tax credit into the loan?
Are there any prepayment penalties?
Is the loan transferable in the case that you potentially sell your home some point in the future?