Switching to solar is a big and exciting commitment, and you and your business partners must be full of questions. We’re here with the answers that will help you implement a solar solution for your project with confidence.
Right now you can take advantage of the 30% tax credit that is available to anyone who purchases solar technology for their home or business. This tax credit does expire at the end of 2016 so you should act soon!
Businesses can take advantage of MACRS depreciation as well as the 30% tax credit. The combination of these two incentives makes solar for business an unbelievable deal!( Close )
The solar tax credit is a tax credit that is used to reduce your tax liability. So at tax time when you owe money to the IRS, you would use your solar tax credit to cancel out your IRS bill by the value of your tax credit. The tax credit is NOT a deduction, it's a credit.
Example: You owe the IRS $10,000 in taxes, but you have a $10,000 tax credit from solar. So you would owe the IRS $0!( Close )
Urban Solar wants to save you 20% or more of your yearly electricity costs when you switch to solar. We want to make the switch simple for you and your business. Simple savings with no upfront investment.( Close )
When you work with Urban Solar, we bring solar financing to the table. This means that the switch to solar could cost you absolutely nothing! In most cases, customers switch to solar and put $0 down.( Close )
Compared to the power you are buying right now from the electric utility, solar power can cost half as much per kWh.
Example: Today you are buying electricity from the utility at $.10/kWh and over time, you could be paying up to $.20/kWh as the cost of electricity increases over time (FACT: 2-4% annual increase in electricity costs based on historical data). When you produce your own power with solar, you could be paying $.06/kWh and you would NOT be subject to any inflation. You can lock in your electricity rate forever!( Close )
Solar energy is not stored unless you have an energy storage component such as batteries. During the day, you will use the solar energy in your home. If you produce more than you are using, you will sell that power back to the grid in the form of “store credit.” Then you buy it back at night or on days when you use a lot of energy. If you produce more than you use on average for the month, the extra amount carries over to the next month.( Close )
We’ve hand picked the highest quality equipment after combing through dozens of manufacturers. When we choose a panel or inverter manufacturer, we look for things like warranty terms, financial backing, years in business, technology, R&D, and of course cost.
We decided to use QCELLS solar panels and Enphase microinverters based on their track record and industry presence. We have dozens of customers who are more than satisfied and we know you will be too.( Close )
Every solar project we do is engineered to withstand 170+ mph winds. This is not only for our own insurance, but it is a Florida Building Code requirement.( Close )
Solar power inverters convert DC power to AC power. All of the appliances in your home use AC power and most all of the world is powered by AC power (unless you live on an island). Without inverters, your solar panels will only produce DC power, which your home cannot use.( Close )
Not much at all. You should rinse off dust and grime twice a year, but if you just let the rain do the work you might not even notice. Clean the solar panels regularly if that area of your home or business is known to collect lots of big debris or is a popular bird hangout.( Close )
If you add solar to your roof today and then a few years later wanted to reroof, it’s not that expensive to quickly remove the panels from the roof, re-roof, and put them back on. In most cases, the amount of power that you would have saved by installing solar is greater than the cost to remove and reinstall the panels, so it would actually cost you more to wait.
If you plan on re-roofing this year, we suggest you go ahead and do it at the same time as the solar installation. This way, our installation team can work with your roofer and we can make sure that your roof warranty is preserved. It’s extremely common for roofers and solar installers to work together on projects.( Close )
Most solar power systems are connected directly to your home or business and the electrical grid. Some solar power systems have an energy storage component which provides backup power during a power outage. If you have ever been without power, you may feel that adding energy storage is critical to your home or business. Fortunately there are many options we can provide for backup power such as the Tesla Powerwall.( Close )
No! There is a state statute in Florida that we call the Solar Access Law. It basically states that no one can restrict you from installing solar panels on your roof based on where they’re installed or how they look.( Close )