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My solar was installed this summer yet I still have electricity bills. Is my system working properly?


Yes! It is likely working properly. In most cases, you have yet to build up enough solar energy credits. Briefly, here is how energy credits work. During the summer: Consumption > Production = using extra energy credits from the winter During the winter: Production > Consumption = generating energy credits to use next summer If you recently installed solar and it did not begin producing energy until the spring or summer months, you have not accumulated enough credits during those important winter months to cover your high summer energy consumption. Don't worry. Next summer you will start saving even more as you use the extra energy credits produced this upcoming winter to offset next summer's high energy consumption.





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What is Net Metering and how does it work?


A very important question! Net metering is what allows energy companies to count how much energy a residential solar system produces. The word 'net' in net metering comes from counting the difference between adding the energy you produce from solar and subtracting home energy consumption. For the rooftop solar to continue actively saving the homeowner money, this special meter is required.




What is the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC)?


The Solar Investment Tax Credit, ITC for short, is surprisingly pretty straight forward. When you go solar, the federal government gives you a tax credit worth 26% of the value of your solar system. A tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction in the income taxes that you would otherwise have to pay to the federal government. You actually see this credit when you include the cost of your solar system in your tax filings for that year. While in 2021 the ITC is 26% for residential systems, it will likely lower next year and in future years. That's why customers should go solar as soon as possible to maximize their ITC benefits if they are ready to go solar. The ITC applies to both the cash or finance purchased solar system and is an enourmous benefit of going solar. To show you the power of the ITC here is an example. Let's say your system costs $30,000. You would get a tax credit for 26% of $30,000 or ~$8,000. That's a huge discount and part of what makes solar so attractive. Even better, in the case where you financed your system, you would receive the ITC benefit without having to pay ANY money, $0 down for your system.




Is solar a good investment for me and my family?


The short answer is a resounding YES. You get benefit from solar today, for as many years as you are in your home, and even when you plan to sell your home. Solar gives you enourmous benefit today from both the 26% Solar Investment Tax Credit and the reduction in your electricity bills today. Solar saves you money on your electricity bills for as long as you live in your home with solar. Last but not least, solar increases the value of your home when you plan to sell it. The reason people pay more for a home with solar is because solar is constantly working for the homeowner. A solar system generates kilowatts (kW) of electricity which are bought by the electricity company. They pay you for the value (kW) that your system is generating regardless of who owns the home. Each kW you product is a kW you don't have to buy from the electricity company.




What is involved in going solar with SolarX?


Going solar is easy with SolarX. Our simplified process makes signing the solar agreement the most difficult part. After you have signed, our project managers begin working on your solar project and the following steps get kicked off right away. First, we conduct a home analysis. Our designers then use the information we have on your home's roof and electrical wiring to build a formal design to submit for permits. Permit approval times vary based on jurisdiction and city and can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. We don't sit still while your permit is being reviewed. We diligently prepare for the installation. Once the permit is approved, we schedule the installation day! Our installation experts place panels from the approved design and treat your roof like their own. The installation can take 1-3 days depending on the size of you solar system. After the installation, your jurisdiction and electricity provider conduct inspections. Your new energy meter, called your net meter, is installed to track how much energy you produce and use. Once the inspections pass we are given the green light to turn on your system or, technical terms, we have permission to operate (PTO). Once we have PTO, we turn your system on and your solar system starts working for you by generating solar energy. Let the savings begin! The entire process typically takes 30-60 days largely due to simply waiting on permits, inspectors, and approvals.





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