FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

 

Does Solar Optimum offer a performance guarantee?

Yes, Solar Optimum does offer a Performance Guarantee. Click here for more information.
 

How does solar electricity help the environment?

This is one of the most asked questions.  Solar power is clean and does not release harmful chemicals into the atmosphere.  The sun is the ultimate source of energy.  Unlike traditional forms of fuels, solar energy does not take away from the Earth's scarce natural resources.
 

How much will the entire project cost?

No two projects are alike.  The best and most accurate estimate is determined during an on-site inspection.
 

What's the time duration for an average installation?

Depending on the size of the project, the average installation can take anywhere from 3 to 5 days.
 

Will my roof support the weight of the solar panels?

While an on-site inspection is the best way to make that determination, it is likely that your roof can support solar panels.  The light weight of solar systems (~ 4 ½ lbs / 2ft) add little to the actual roof load.

 

Will the entire cost of electricity be covered by going solar?

Maximum electric production depends on a number of factors. The layout of the roof, available space, and shading are a few of these factors.  In most cases, we are able to cover the entire cost of electricity.
 

How do I know if I have a solar friendly roof?

You will get the most out of your solar solution if your roof is facing south, and there are no objects or trees casting shadows over the roof area.  For more detailed information call us for an It is likely that your roof can support solar panels; however, an on-site appointment.

 

How do I know if I have enough space?

We have various types of mounting options that can help meet some of the most demanding goals.  For more accurate information, please call us for an on-site inspection.
 

Will going solar increase my property value?

Yes.  Although there is no exact formula to calculate property value increase, we believe for every $1 saved on electricity will increase your property value by up to $20.
 

From the time I decide to go solar, how soon will installation start?

Once all appropriate paperwork is complete, a desired date can be set for installation.
 

How many years are the solar panels under warranty?

The manufacturers in which we contract warrant their products for up to 25 years.
 

Must I be present during inspections?

It's up to the client whether they choose to be present during scheduled inspections.  However, a Solar Optimum representative will be present for all inspections.
 

Can I use my credit card to pay?

Yes.
 

How much maintenance is needed after the installation?

Solar systems are durable, long lasting and self sufficient. They require basic maintenance.
 

Are there any rebates?

Yes. Utility are offering major rebates for all solar work that is connected to the grid.
 

Are there any tax benefits?

Yes. The Federal Government is offering a 30% tax credit available to use by 2016.
 

Do I have to own my own property?

Yes.
 

Will I have any electrical shortage while switching from the solar panels to the grid?

No. The transition is smooth and performed by State codes.