Q&A With California Solar Panel Installation Professionals
Making the switch to solar can be one the most rewarding decisions you make. Although going green is a great investment that offers an array of benefits for property owners and the planet, there is a lot to learn. At SunPower by Sea Bright Solar, we take the time to educate customers about solar power, our services and products, and why solar energy is the right choice.
Below are some of the most common questions we hear from customers:
What are solar panels?
Solar cells, or photovoltaic (PV) cells, work by converting sunlight into electricity. Each cell is made of high quality silicon specially treated to generate electricity flow whenever it is exposed to light. Solar panels are made from many solar cells wired together. The SunPower panels we use generate up to 50 percent more power than standard industry panels!
Why should I go solar?
By going solar, you can meet up to 100% of your home's electricity needs, virtually eliminating your electric bill. You can reduce your carbon footprint and dependence on harmful sources of energy that hurt our planet. You can also take advantage of federal, state, and local tax incentives, and protect yourself against utility rate hikes. Homes with solar panels also typically have a higher resale value.
How long will my solar system last?
Because we are committed to using only high-quality materials that last, we are a SunPower Premier Dealer. SunPower solar panels have a 25-year power output warranty, which is the best in the industry, and a 25-year warranty on solar racks and inverters. Our team at SunPower by Sea Bright Solar also offers a 10-year warranty on installation.
Do solar panels require maintenance?
SunPower solar panels have no moving parts, which allows the solar system to be nearly maintenance-free during its lifetime. An occasional cleaning can help ensure optimal performance.
How long does it take to complete an installation?
Our team is focused on helping customers make the solar switch as successfully and swiftly as possible. Typically, the installation process takes only a couple days, and will not inconvenience property owners or disrupt business for commercial customers. In cases where tax breaks or permitting are required, the timeline may be extended. Our professionals are skilled in expediting the process as much as possible.
How much does solar cost?
The cost of a solar system will vary from project to project. Our team is up-front and clear about all costs associated with our solar systems and installation, and we also help customers find relevant information about state and federal incentives or tax breaks that can help save them money. Additionally, we offer free consultations, zero-down options, and financing and purchasing options for qualified customers. We can also explain how the cost-savings of solar energy can pay off in the long-term!
What Happens When I Move?
Entering into a solar agreement doesn’t tie you down to your home permanently. When you choose to sell your home and move, you have the option of either assigning the lease on your panels to your home buyers, or the ability to buy out your lease outright and then transfer the title on your panels over to your buyers as part of the deal. You should negotiate the best possible agreement with your buyers ahead of time—buyers cannot cancel the lease or remove the equipment while the lease is active.
If your buyers agree to assume the lease, they’ll have to undergo a credit check from SunPower® in order to assume it. In the rare instance that they do not pass this credit check, we will work with you to do what we can in order to get the assignment approved, usually by getting specific documentation that reviews and demonstrates your buyer’s ability to take over the lease. If that still fails, you’ll have to buy out the lease and then transfer the title as part of your home sale.
You’ll need to submit a 30-day notice of home sale to SunPower® in order to transfer your lease. However, if you’re trying to close quickly, we will work with you to try to expedite the process and get an escrow package ready and over to your escrow company within 14 days of your buyer’s credit check being approved.
Buying out your lease is essentially paying the entire remaining balance on your lease in order to assume full ownership of your solar panel system outright. You are then given the title to your system, which you transfer to the new owners of your home as part of its sale. Buying out a lease requires a 30-day notice of home sale. This escrow package consists of several documents that are important for terminating your interest in the lease and assigning it to your buyer.
Moving Your Panels
Can I pack up my panels and move them with me to my new home? If you own your system outright, yes, you can, but all moving costs (including uninstalling, packing, transporting, and reinstalling) will be at your expense. If you are leasing your panels, you unfortunately cannot move your system due to both federal and local regulations—you’ll either have to assign the lease to your buyer, or buyout your lease first and then pay moving expenses to bring it with you. Furthermore, your panel system that’s perfect for your current home may not be ideal for your new one. Talk to a solar expert from SunPower by Sea Bright Solar before making this decision to figure out the best solution for your needs.
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