Solar FAQ’s

  1. What are the financial benefits of solar energy?

There are many financial benefits in today’s solar market that you can take advantage of. Going solar allows you to take control of your electricity prices and put your monthly payment for electricity into a value added asset on your home. Currently there are very attractive tax credits and incentives, on top of producing clean energy from your own home at a lower more predictable rate.

  1. What are the environmental benefits of solar energy?

Going solar is among the most impactful changes you can make to positively influence your carbon footprint. GreenMind Energy will prepare a custom proposal for your home with specific details on your system’s positive impact for you and the environment!

  1. How can I determine what I am currently paying for electricity?

You need to know what you currently pay for electricity with the utility in order to compare apples to apples with a solar proposal. Your utility bill is broken down into delivery services as well as supply or generation of electricity. You can determine your kWh rate (unit of measure for electricity used at your home) by adding up all of the delivery and supply charges, or get a good estimate by taking your total current charges and dividing by your kWh usage for the billing period.

  1. Do I still need the utility after I go solar?

Currently yes, you will still have the utility servicing your account to make sure your home receives the energy required when the panels aren’t producing power, at night for instance. Solar works through net metering with a bi-directional meter. This meter will record your home’s solar production as well as your home’s electricity consumption. You get a credit with the utility for any kWh produced by your solar panels that is sent to the utility grid, which will be used in the future.

  1. Will solar increase the value of my property?

GreenMind Energy provides competitively priced solar installations for customers purchasing or financing their solar panels. Both of these ownership options have shown to add significant value to a property’s value and improve the marketability when selling a home.

  1. How does solar work?

Photovoltaic (solar) panels are designed to attract and convert the sun’s energy into Direct Current electricity. This DC electricity is converted to Alternating Current electricity by solar electric inverters. AC electricity is what US homes and businesses run on. Any electricity generated, but not used right away will pass through your net meter to the utility grid to be used at night or at a later date.

7.How does winter weather impact rooftop solar?

Solar panels are primarily made of a highly durable tempered glass material and are made to withstand the harsh winter weather many of us are used to. Solar panels produce less power in the short daylight hours of winter and more power as the days become longer in the Spring and Summer. Snow covered panels don’t produce electricity, but as snow slides off the angled smooth panels, they will begin producing electricity as soon as the sun reaches the photovoltaic cells. Generally speaking, winter weather has a very minor impact on your solar panels.

  1. What happens if the power goes out, will my panels produce my power?

Currently, a grid electric outage will cause you to lose power as it always has, unless you have a back-up generator of your own. Battery back-up is the future of solar, and GreenMind Energy is going to make sure your system is installed with the ability to easily add a back-up battery system in the future!

  1. What is required to maintain my solar panels?

There is very little required to maintain a solar system as the panels are made of highly durable materials with minimal moving parts. GreenMind Energy uses the highest quality Tier 1 panels, which are anticipated to last 25-35 years and beyond. Manufacturer Warranties are provided to protect the customer against any component dysfunction anomalies.

  1. What solar energy rebates and incentives are available?

The federal government provides a 30% federal tax credit for systems installed in 2017. State incentives are very attractive as well and vary state to state. GreenMind Energy will be able to provide consultation and facilitation to help you take advantage of your State’s solar incentives.

  1. Is my house a good solar candidate?

Unfortunately not all homes are suitable to go solar. GreenMind Energy will provide you with a thorough evaluation to determine if you are one of the lucky homeowners who can benefit from the many advantages of becoming a solar homeowner. GreenMind Energy takes a customized approach to explore the potential of your entire property in terms of solar production. Schedule your appointment with GreenMind Energy today!

  1. What size solar energy system should I get?

GreenMind Energy takes a customized approach to explore the potential of your entire property in terms of solar production. Our goal is to design a solar system that will produce as much of the electricity you use in your home as is possible based on your property’s unique characteristics. We are excited to evaluate your home’s solar potential and provide you with a detailed proposal.

  1. Do I need to replace my roof before installing solar?

GreenMind Energy will evaluate and consult with you on your existing roof prior to solar installation, and will help you make an educated decision about the need for replacement or not.

  1. How long will my solar power system last?

The life expectancy of the Tier 1 solar panels used by GreenMind Energy is in the 25-30 year range based on manufacturer guarantees, and likely will be producing electricity well beyond that time.

  1. Are batteries a component of my solar installation?

GreenMind Energy understands that the future of solar lies with improvements in battery technology and affordability. GreenMind Energy has taken the initiative to make sure that all of our installed systems are battery compatible to make sure you can take advantage of the future of solar energy. Battery options are currently quite expensive, but will be offered as an add-on to your system as soon as the price of batteries becomes economically viable. Until that time, you will be able to benefit from the progressive net metering programs benefiting your solar home.