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Solar FAQ

Solar power systems simply and with no moving parts convert sunlight into electricity for your home or business. Silicon wafers similarly embedded in your laptop or cell phone captures energy from sunlight and converts it into DC power. The secondary part of the non-moving system, inverters, then transfers 120 volt AC power and connected to your home’s or business’s existing electrical system, as well as your neighborhood’s electrical grid. When the sun is shining (generally 310 days a year in Arizona unless it’s raining), most homes are able to generate more power than you consume. This means your electrical meter will actually spin backward! Then, at night when your home or business is no longer generating power you’ll draw on utility company’s less expensive power, essentially using the electrical grid as a energy storage.
Solar installs are booming and they are going up everywhere. Going solar is great for customers as a solar energy system on your property, you save money on your electricity bills and protect yourself against rising electricity rates in the future. How much you can save depends on the utility rates and your peak energy usage, but going solar is a smart investment regardless of where you live.

Your home’s or business’s location, shading from parapet walls or trees, the square footage of your roof, the type of roof, and the electrical panel are all factors which need to be looked at while you consider solar for your home or business. Generally, you want to install a solar electric (PV) system in a location which is free from shading. Additionally, it is ideal if the roof itself is oriented south, west, or east. Our energy consultants will consider all of these factors, and assist will the best options that may affect the amount of power your solar power system is able to produce. This isn’t to say that if you have shading on your roof or if your roof isn’t facing the right direction you can’t qualify for the solar program. You will be able to choose from an array of products to still qualify for an efficient system. That is why we strongly urge anyone that is interested in solar to complete our online application which will Unleash Your Power To Save. Fill Out Our Application Form Now.

Usually, the amount of roof space is enough to generate a match to your energy usage. In some cases, your restriction starts from the shading on your roof or north facing rooftops. Most of the time we can set up a system to match your expectations.

A solar electric home-energy system can help the environment and reduce your energy costs over time, but it can cost thousands of dollars upfront. Although, like many of our PEP Solar customers, our customers will choose to obtain a solar loan (third party banks – specialize in solar lending). This is not to be confused with a solar lease, renting solar, power purchase agreement (PPA) or community solar as these are all very bad for consumers. PEP Solar only provides solar ownership methods so you get to own the system, federal & state tax credits, increased equity, etc

A solar loan is what it sounds like: a loan that allows you to purchase a solar-energy system and pay it off over time. Unlike with solar leasing or a PPA, you own the system outright, which can allow you to take advantage of tax incentives.

Monthly payments on a solar loan are often smaller than a typical energy bill (especially if you are a ‘high peak user of power’). The Department of Energy and U.S. Solar Energy Technologies Office do recommend if you get a bonus or have found money making a larger monthly payment and shortening the term of the loan may save even more in the long run. With PEP Solar’s low interest loans available to you, your system will be installed and saving in no time.

PEP Solar has what is called unsecured solar loans. Banks that specialize in solar lending provide a proven contractor check to make sure our company is on solid monetary footing. As long has you have good credit and in some cases explained slow credit, you may be able to get qualified with a favorable interest rate and repayment terms.

Like any decision, there are positives and negatives to taking out a solar loan.

A solar loan makes sense if any of these are true:

– You want to own the system but can’t afford to pay upfront
– You want a tax break for installing a solar-energy system
– You want better hardware than lease companies want you to own
– You want advanced capabilities to be available in the future or add a solar battery or solar air conditioner

Before you go for a solar loan though, remember to check your credit with your personal bank its free. Do not check your credit with “credit carrmas” or other online companies like these as they are not providing real fico scores. Also note this is smart debt and not like buying a car that loses half its value over night. This is a commodity that still has 80% of its value 20 years later. Its a purchase that is paying you back in savings, tax benefits, inflation abatement, equity increases, etc It is a loan that has to be repaid but its savings starts immediately. PEP Solar does all the modeling and demonstrates how solar makes sense. You are basically exchanging your electric bill for a solar loan (when you go 100% solar).

Only a few steps away, so might as well make it a sunny day!

HOA FAQ

New Laws allow homeowners who reside in an HOA to have solar installed on their roof. HOA must comply with Federal and State Laws to Allow for Solar. Home associations who continually delay meetings to approve solar are obstructing federal and state laws to allow for solar. Some homeowners’ private associations have tried to ban homeowners from installing solar panels for a variety of reasons. Arizona law now protects individual homeowners’ private property rights to solar access by dissolving any local covenant, restriction or condition attached to a property deed that restricts the use of solar energy. The following is a direct statement from the Arizona State Law: Solar Technology ruling.

A.R.S. § 33-1816 Solar energy devices; reasonable restrictions; fee and costs

ARS 33-1816

A. Notwithstanding any provision in the community documents, an association shall not prohibit the installation or use of a solar energy device as defined in section 44-1761.

B. An association may adopt reasonable rules regarding the placement of a solar energy device if those rules do not prevent the installation, impair the functioning of the device or restrict its use or adversely affect the cost or efficiency of the device.

C. Notwithstanding any provision of the community documents, the court shall award reasonable attorney fees and costs to any party who substantially prevails in an action against the board of directors of the association for a violation of this section.

“Collector” means a component of a solar energy device that is used to absorb solar radiation, convert it to heat or electricity, and transfer the heat to a heat transfer fluid or to storage. “Heat exchanger” means a component of a solar energy device that is used to transfer heat from one fluid to another. “Solar daylighting” means a device specifically designed to capture and redirect the visible portion of the solar beam spectrum, while controlling the infrared portion, for the use in illumination interior building spaces in lieu of artificial lighting. “Solar energy device” means a system or series of mechanisms designed primarily to provide heating, to provide heating, to provide cooling, to produce electrical power, to produce mechanical power, to provide solar daylighting, or to provide any combination of the foregoing by means of collecting and transferring solar-generated energy into such uses either by active or passive means. Such systems may also have the capability of storing such energy for future utilization. Passive system shall clearly be designed as a solar energy device such as a trombe wall and not merely a part of a normal structure such as a window. “Storage unit” means a component of a solar energy device that is used to store solar-generated electricity or heat for later use.

Installation & Design FAQ

The system is attached to the roof with city approved hardware for each specific roof type. Each penetration by PEP Solar is designed with several code-required fail safes ensuring your roof will not leak and the system is wind rated 120 miles per hour. All parts of a Solar Electric, Solar Water Heating, Solar Thermal Air Conditioning system, and so forth are UL listed and meet all standards.

Arizona, as well as the utility, does not allow homeowners (unless you are an engineer/electrician) to install the system and take advantage of the state rebates that equate to 10-50% of the system costs. PEP Solar is a certified QSI (Qualified Solar Installer) and will assist you in taking full advantage of all incentives and in most cases provide a better quality system than you can buy online.

No. Solar PV systems are unique in the renewable energy industry. In fact, it requires none or very little maintenance, as it has no moving parts. You may need a simple garden hose to spray them off once in awhile if they get dusty although we do highly recommend you treat your solar PV panels with Sparkle Clean Solar System a nano-dirt repellent.

Solar Panels are rated to survive a direct hit of 1” hailstone at wind speeds in access of 55 mph. Industry-wide there has been little report of failure due to hail storms. Panel replacement would be covered under most insurance policies.