How long does it take to install a solar power system?
It generally takes 1-2 days for the average rooftop system to be installed. From start to finish, the entire process takes around 6-8 weeks from the time you get an evaluation to the time your solar power is turned on. Our installation time depends on the electrical utility you are with. If you live in an HOA, it may take some additional time to process your solar design application as well. Our experts will guide you through the entire process, making it as smooth as possible.
Can my HOA ban solar panels on my home?
No! There are about 24 states, like yours, that have laws called solar access rights. These laws prohibit community associations from barring residents from placing solar panels on their homes. In these states, if your HOA flat out refused to allow owners to place solar panels on their homes, they are breaking state law.
How long will my system last?
All our solar panel products are backed by the 12-year product warranty and 25-year performance guarantee, though panels routinely outlast the warranty. All of our panel manufacturers are expected to last 40 years. Please call for warranty details.
I heard that solar is expensive to maintain.
Absolutely not. Our installations are warrantied for 10 years for any workmanship defect. As for the panels and inverters, they have a 25-year performance guarantee and a 10-year product defect warranty. If anything does go wrong your system monitoring system will notify you and we will send someone out to look at the system...free of charge.
I heard that solar installation will affect the integrity of my roof.
Solar installation has come a long way over the years. No longer is each panel actually attached to the roof. Your system will utilize a racking system which will have minimal penetration points on your roof. Each penetration point is sealed, epoxied, and waterproofed. After that, a metal flashing will be placed over the roof shingle and the rack is attached with the panels sliding into the racking system. In addition, we warranty the roof for 25 years after installation for extra peace of mind.
What happens if I use more energy than my system produces?
If you start using more energy than your system produces, i.e. hot tub, new additions to the home, or family size increases, you will have to pay the utility for the energy you use. Fortunately, since your usage is so low you will be charged the lowest rate available from the utility company.If you feel that you will need additional energy, we can easily install an extra panel or two to make up for added usage. Since your system is up, adding new panels is very inexpensive and easy for our installers if you have adequate roof space.
What if the system produces more energy than expected?
The amount of electricity produced by your photovoltaic (PV) system is tracked by your electric meter. For systems that are tied to the electrical grid, when PV panels produce more electricity than your house is currently using, the meter spins backward. This excess electricity will be credited to you on your monthly electric bill at the rate you would have been charged to use it. At the end of the year, if you have excess credits you have the choice to roll the credits over to the next year or receive a check for the credits.
How do I know if the panels are working?
You can check your meter as soon as the utility company has installed its net meter. In addition, Mountain Range solar sets you up with a monitoring system you can track using the internet and your computer. We also have access to the monitoring system and are here to help with any questions you have about how your system is working.
What happens to the panels in a hail storm?
In a solar power system, only the modules are typically exposed to hail. All other equipment should be tucked below the modules or mounted in less exposed locations. It is common for us to be contacted to remove a PV system so that the hail-damaged roof can be replaced.