Why would I want a solar powered system?

When it comes to energy, we have no choice.  We must have energy.  So…

… If you install solar in your home or business, you’ve created a revenue source for yourself, you’ve increased the equity of your own home, and you’ve helped the environment with clean energy.  When you buy from your power company, you’re making their stock holders rich.  That’s the choice.

Does solar work in NH?

The solar industry grew over 350% last year in NH.  We get more sun than Germany (a nearly self-sufficient renewable energy country) and more than 35% of all homes in Germany are solar powered.  We can make your home or business self-sufficient using the free space on your roof almost exclusively.

Can I sell the extra power I do not use?

Well, no.  Here’s what happens.  The extra power your system produces during the summer and on any super sunny days is “banked” by your power company into your account.  Then, during the shorter days of winter, at night or on rainy days, you use your credits.  This is called net metering.  However, see below.

What is a REC?

RECs (Renewable Energy Credits) are another revenue source – this time in the form of cash, and produces quarterly dividends for you.  This would be in addition to your cost avoidance and the power you consume.  Basically, you are paid by a brokerage firm for producing the clean energy power companies are required, by law, to produce.  For more information please visit our brokerage firm partner, Knollwood Energy, at https://www.knollwoodenergy.com/.

How much is it and can I afford it?

The short answer is yes.  Most everybody can afford it. Between the state’s cash rebate and the federal tax incentives your system’s price is covered up to 50% for residential systems and even more for commercial businesses. 

The price depends on the size of the system you may need, as each system is tailored around your needs. However, our rates are very competitive Typical systems starts around $3.00 per watt for roof mounted and $3.50 for ground mounted systems.  We can more accurately assess this on the phone with you.

Where are the materials made?

We only use American made products. All of our products come with a 25-30 year warranty.  Included internet monitoring software will allow you to see your system production in real time anywhere at any time.

How much maintenance will my solar system require?

None – the snow and rain we experience in New Hampshire clean the panels for you.  Nothing is required of you to ensure production.

Do I need to remove snow?

No worries.  Because the panels are made of tempered glass, and therefore smooth, the snow slides right off, just like falling off a metal roof.  When we experience a heavy snowfall (1’+) the snow may last a day or two, but your system is designed to compensate for that minimal loss of production.

Could a solar system cause my roof to leak?

Before installation, we will ensure that your roof is in good condition and can withstand the panels and installation techniques.  Whether your roof is metal or shingle, we take the utmost care to protect it.  Additionally, the panels are now shielding your roof from the elements, thereby extending its life.  So the short answer is no.  Additionally, we can also assess a ground mount option for you.

When the power goes out, do I lose power too?

Because your system is tied to the grid, the system will automatically shut off when the power goes out.  This is intentional, to protect utility workers who work to repair broken lines.  However, a whole-house generator is an inexpensive and elegant solution – we can help.  By tying a generator into your system, you home will never be without power again and you will continue to use the power you are producing during power outages.

Will my new system look nice?

Our primary goal is to design a system that will produce the most power possible for you.  However, in the design process, Sundial Solar will work with you to create an aesthetically pleasing layout.

How long will my solar PV system last?

Your solar panels come with a 25 or 30 year warranty, but you can expect your system to last between 35 and 40 years.  Our work is warrantied for five full years.

A few other benefits of owning a solar PV system:

·       The warranties are transferable to the new owner when you sell your home.  This is a great selling point.

·       There are many towns that offer a property tax CREDIT for going solar, thereby reducing your property tax.  Yours may be one.


Purchasing vs. Leasing

When you lease, the leasing company receives all the incentives for your system, including the 30% Federal Tax Credit, $2,500 NH State rebate, and any renewable energy credits your system generates.  Additionally:

·       You must sign a contract with the leasing company.  They are usually 20 year lease agreements.

·       The leasing company owns your roof.  Therefore, selling your home is very difficult. 

·       Owning the equipment on your roof increases the value of your home – a leased system does not.

·       The price per kilowatt may be fixed, but the leasing company often builds in an annual price escalator. If the price of electricity goes down, you could actually end up paying more per kilowatt hour.