FAQ

 

Home Owners

1What is the cost of going solar?

There are several factors that go into the cost of a solar array for your home, including the state you live in, the size of your electricity bill, size of your home, the direction your roof faces (South vs. North), and so on.

In most cases, it would be far more effective to speak directly with one of our solar professionals to get a better understanding of what it will cost you. Today, most anyone can go solar for $0 down. Contact ClaraSolé and find out how you can start saving on your monthly utility bill right away.

2Does ClaraSolé sell direct to homeowners?
Yes, ClaraSolé sells direct to homeowners. We have an extensive and exclusive Authorized Installer network, in local markets, that work with homeowners on the entire installation process.
3What areas does ClaraSolé currently provide service?
We provide service across the US.
4Will my solar PV system increase the value of my home?
Yes! The amount depends on the market conditions at the time you sell your home, the area of the country you live in and the amount of money you are saving. However, most homes will appraise anywhere from $15,000-$30,000 or more.
5Can I go solar for $0 down?
YES! By calling us at 833.My.ClaraSole (833.692.5272) or emailing us at ClaraSolé, one of our sales professionals will be happy to walk you through the process and explain financing options that are available to you.
6Will the utility pay me for surplus power?
Very likely they will, but it depends. Some utility companies will pay their customers for the extra power that is produced from the panels but it is dependent upon their company policies. To find out what the policy of your utility company is please contact ClaraSolé today.
7How long will it take to install a solar PV system on my rooftop?
In most circumstances, one of our authorized installers can install a new solar PV system on your rooftop in just one day. Please contact us to learn more.
8Will a new solar system affect the integrity of my roof?
It won’t affect it at all. We install the panels on the frame of your home and not directly on the roof itself. Before doing this, our certified installers will review the information our site surveyor retrieved from your home and after approval you can rest assured that it can handle the weight load of the panels.
9What size solar system do I need?
We will determine the final system size after one of our certified installers surveys your home.
10Do I need permission from the local utility to connect my solar system to the grid?
Yes. Our certified installers understand the process that is needed to get your solar PV system operating. We will work with you to make sure that all paperwork and permissions have been filed before you go solar.
11Will I have power during a blackout?
In order to satisfy safety regulations solar PV systems that are connected to the grid will automatically shut off during a power outage. The reason for this is to protect anyone working to get the power back on in your area. Since the panels are connected to the grid they would be back feeding power onto it and if someone down the road was working on the power lines he could potentially be electrocuted.
12What is net metering?
Net metering is a process that counts the amount of kilowatt hours that your solar PV system produces.
13Can my HOA or neighbors prevent me from installing a solar system?
Most states have laws protecting homeowners from their HOA declining them from installing a PV solar system. And in states that don’t have these laws in place, it is highly unlikely that an HOA will decline your home from going solar.
14Is solar a viable option in cold climates?
YES! As long as the sun shines, solar is a viable option, in any climate!
15What if I move or sell my house in the next few years?
Regardless of how long you’ll be in your home, it always makes sense to go solar. Financially, you will be saving money the first month you go solar and every month you are in the home. You’ll also be able to sell your home for more as a result because it is more energy efficient.
16What are the Solar Tax credits available?

Federal Tax Credits
The federal government provides tax credits that allow homeowners and businesses to subtract a portion of the cost of a solar energy system from the amount they owe in taxes. A tax credit is significantly better than a tax deduction because it is a dollar for dollar reduction in your tax bill whereas a tax deduction only reduces your taxable income. As a homeowner or a business, you will qualify for a federal tax credit equal to 30% of the net cost of your solar panel system. The net cost is what you actually pay for your system after deducting any cash rebates. For example, if the cost of your solar panel system is $10,000 after cash rebates, you will be able to deduct $3,000 from the amount you owe to the IRS (Federal taxes).

State Tax Credits
Some states offer tax credits for installing a solar panel system. As a homeowner, you will be able to deduct a portion of the cost of your solar panel system from your state tax bill. These amounts vary significantly by state. Contact us to learn more.

17What is the best way to pay for a new solar system?
Today, homeowners can pay for panels with a solar loan, solar power purchase agreement (PPA), solar lease, cash or as part of your mortgage, before you buy a new home. However, more and more homeowners are opting to pay for their systems by way of solar loans and/or cash . This allows them to own their system outright and realize incremental savings.
18What is the difference between a Solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) and Solar Lease?

A lease and a power purchase agreement are exactly the same except for one key difference. In both you get to keep a solar system for zero down, and both come with monthly repayments. However, while in a solar lease you have to pay a fixed amount every month regardless of how much energy the system produces, and in a PPA, you pay per kWh of power your system generates.

Benefits of a Solar PPA
A PPA is ideal for anyone who does not wish to tackle the heavy upfront cost of going solar, and those who do not want to, or cannot utilize state incentives such as the 30% Federal ITC (Income Tax Credit).

Benefits of a Solar Lease
You can enjoy a reduced and fixed electricity bill for the duration of the lease which is usually between 20 and 25 years, while the leasing company worries about keeping the system in good shape.

19Should I buy or borrow against a Solar Loan?

You can purchase your solar panel system outright if you have cash or can take out a personal or home equity loan.

Cash Purchase – Pay in full up front or finance it yourself using a personal or home equity line of credit. If eligible, you can apply for federal and state solar energy tax rebates. Solar Loan – CSLoan offers you the ability to own the solar system and pay for it over time. Get the most competitive rate you qualify for through our network of lending partners.

20Should I Buy or Lease Solar Panels?

To buy or lease solar panels, is a common question and there is no right or wrong answer to this. The answer on which option is better is often times - it depends. It depends entirely on where you live, as well as what your energy and financial requirements are. With that said, let’s look closer at each option and what they each offer:

Buying solar panels offers:

  • Access to all the state-sponsored rebates, incentives, 30% Solar Income Tax Credit, and Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs), which can save you a lot of money over the life of the solar panels,
  • No monthly payments for the solar, and a lock on long-term energy costs.
  • On the other hand, you can lease solar panels for little or even zero down, and since your lease repayment will most likely be less than what you pay to your power utility each month, you start saving money from the start.

Leasing solar panels offers:

  • Minimal money upfront or zero down (PPA),
  • A fixed monthly amount to company that owns and maintains your system, and the total of your lease payment plus remaining power bill could be less than your previous electric bill, depending on your energy usage.
  • Not to mention, the upkeep of the system becomes the company's responsibility in a lease. However, as you do not own the solar power system in a leasing agreement, the financial incentives get passed to the solar power company. These savings are ultimately passed through to the customer in the former of a lower rate (PPA), lease payment (Lease) or upfront cost (Pre-Paid lease).

21Are ClaraSolé systems covered under warranty?
YES! All ClaraSolé PV systems are warranted for 25 years under our linear performance warranty. Additionally, parts and labor are warranted, bumper to bumper, for 20 years by ClaraSolé.
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