Solar is a mature technology. Improvements are evolutionary, not revolutionary. Going solar now enables you to start saving on your electric bill today. Waiting for improvements means delaying the savings you could already be enjoying.
Most solar systems are grid-tied solar systems. By code, they must shut down if the grid goes down. This prevents injuring utility workers or causing localized brown outs. In order for the solar system to work when the grid goes down, a battery back-up system is required.
Once installed, solar requires minimal to no maintenance. One item that can be done is to have the modules cleaned once during the summer. This is not required, but can increase performance by 5-10% if modules are dirty. Seasonal rains generally do a good job of keeping modules clean the rest of the year.
We offer a wide range of financing options: PACE, credit unions and solar loans. We do not try to force one solution like many competitors do. We simply try to find the best option for each customer’s unique needs.
We perform a detailed analysis to show your savings projections. If you have a good roof, savings over PG&E can be substantial. Cash customers often see 15% annual returns on their investment or more. Customers who finance typically save 25% or more over their PG&E bill.
We hear the ads on the radio too saying “act now before rebates are gone”. Unfortunately, these ads are misleading as the California Solar Initiative (CSI) rebate program funding has been exhausted for existing homes. There are still limited rebates available for new homes under construction.
You will continue to get a monthly bill from PG&E. However, once you go solar you will be on the Net Energy Metering (NEM) program. Once on NEM, you are only required to pay the minimum monthly fee for your electric bill (typically $5 to $12/month). You pay your gas bill as before. You will also have a statement that shows the running total of debits and credits resulting from your solar system generation and your usage each month. At the end of 12 months, PG&E will issue a true-up bill. If your debits exceed your credits, you will owe the balance.
Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) is a community choice aggregation (CCA) program that allows the County of Sonoma to sell power to customers in the County. PG&E is still responsible for maintaining, distributing, and billing for the power. If you elect to use SCP for power generation, the benefit is a $.01/kwhr additional credit for power sent to grid by your solar system, a few % savings on overall electric bill, and a larger % of your power coming from renewable resources. The downside with SCP is a more complicated bill to understand and further complications in true-up billing. https://sonomacleanpower.org/