Q: If I have solar, can the power company climb onto my roof any time they want?
A: No. You own your own solar panels just like you own your roof. No one can access your roof or your solar panels without your permission.
Q: What happens if my power company raises their rates? Will I still save money?
A: The average utility bill increases by 3.5% every year.* But homeowners with solar power systems are protected from rate increases, because they offset the electricity they use with electricity produced by the sun.
Q: I’ve heard some worrying things about solar companies. Is the whole industry bad news?
A: Some solar leasing companies’ aggressive tactics have given the industry a bad name. But many reputable solar companies do look out for their customers’ best interests.
Q: How can I choose a reliable solar provider?
A: When you’re choosing a solar company, use common sense. Consider how long they’ve been in business, the quality of the equipment they’re offering, and if what they’re providing sounds too good to be true. Another thing to consider is if your solar provider will service your manufacturer’s warranty.
Q: Will solar panels make my roof look ugly?
A: Solar has evolved over the years. New solar panel designs can harmonize with your roof and your home’s aesthetic.
Q: Will my solar panels work in the shade or on cloudy days?
A: Yes. Our solar power systems use microinverters, which have been proven to deliver great results with partial or even complete shading. Unlike string inverters, which can only deliver as much power as the least productive panel in the system, microinverters deliver all the power produced by all your panels, shaded or not.
Q: What does “photovoltaic” mean?
A: Photovoltaic (PV) materials convert sunlight into electrical energy. The Department of Energy has lots of helpful information on how PV technology works: https://www.energy.gov/eere/energybasics/articles/solar-photovoltaictechnology-basics.
*California Public Utilities Commission