Providing solar installation and support to the entire hudson valley

FAQ's

Do I have to maintain my system?

Do I have to clean snow off of my system?

What do I do if I broke a panel?

How can I monitor my existing system?

How can I monitor my home energy usage?

Is there a risk of fire?

How do I label my solar system?

What is rapid shutdown?

What state or county regulations apply to solar systems?

What is the 2015 IBC?

My solar inverter stopped working/ Why is my solar inverter not working?

There are multiple reasons why your inverter has stopped operating, and can be fixed by something as simple as resetting the inverter,

My solar panel is broken/ How do I replace a broken solar panel?

Short answer: Call us! It is important that a panel be replaced with the same exact type of panel, and that it is reinstalled safely.  Our team of experts will ensure the panel is replaced in a timely and safe manner, and insure it meets manufacturers specifications.

I was cleaning snow from my solar panels and one broke, what do I do?

Be Careful! Cleaning snow off Solar panels is dangerous business, and will only give you marginally more overall power output.

The solar company that installed my system is out of business, how do I service my system?

How to identify a good solar contractor

What can solar panels power?

Solar energy can power anything in your home that runs on electricity, including appliances, electronic devices, lights, AC units, electric water heaters, heat pumps

How much can solar panels save me?

For example, the average Hudson Valley resident pays $170 per month for their monthly electric bill. If this resident installed a 5,000W Solar system (5kw), this would offset about 70% of the electric bill. This would decrease the monthly electric bill to $50 a month!

You can install a system that will offset up to 110% of your average yearly usage, so if you have the roof or yard space, you can virtually eliminate your electric bill.

How do I know if my home is a good candidate for solar?

If you own the home you live in, odds are you are a good candidate for solar. To qualify for an installation however, a few things must be in order. Your roof should be in good condition, having been installed within the past 10 years, have adequate space and be facing in a southerly direction.  If your roof is not suitable but you have acres of property, ground mounted solar panels may be your best option.

What tax incentives are available for solar panels?

The first financing option is to pay for your solar panel installation in NY outright. Ownership provides the greatest lifetime cost effectiveness and lets you take full advantage of federal and state tax incentives.

Federal tax credits cover 30% of the cost, including installation, with no upper limit. New and existing homes qualify, but leased homes don’t. Tax credits expire at the end of 2016.

New York State tax credits offer even more benefits:

An income tax credit covers 25% of the cost, up to $5,000.

Do I have to pay sales tax when purchasing a solar system?

You are exempt from paying state sales tax when you purchase solar panels.

Will my taxes go up if I install solar panels?

Your property taxes are exempt for 15 years, meaning even as your home value increases following a solar panel installation, your property taxes won’t go up.

How does the weather affect solar panel performance?

As you might expect, sunny days are optimal for producing the most electricity, but solar panels still work when it’s cloudy. This is possible because solar panels generate electricity, not just from visible light, but from infrared light as well, which filters through the clouds.

As for operating in the winter, you have nothing to worry about. The angle of the sun may be lower in the sky, but solar panels actually work better in the cold than in the heat. This means sunny winter days are some of the most efficient for generating electricity.

With the answers to these questions, you should feel more informed as you pursue a solar panel installation in NY!

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