Frequently Asked Questions

At SolPower, our commitment is unwavering: to deliver top-notch, utility-grade solar power systems to our members who choose solar energy.  Our sole purpose is to cater to the solar needs of Valley Electric members, placing our community and their requirements at the heart of everything we do.  We focus on building lasting relationships with our members, ensuring a seamless and professional experience.

We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions.

What is Net Metering?

Net Metering is a system utilities use to credit solar energy system owners for the electricity produced by their solar panels.  With net metering, you only pay for the electricity you use beyond what your solar panels can generate and are credited for what your solar panels over-generate.  you can use that credit later in the year.

Can I go off-grid with solar panels?

When you install solar panels on your property, you will still be connected to the grid.  This allows you to draw from the grid when your system is not producing all the power you need and send power back to the grid when you produce more than you use.  It is possible to go off the grid with a solar energy system that includes battery storage, but it will cost significantly more and is unnecessary for the majority of homeowners.

Does my roof need to face directly south to go solar?

While the south is the best, we can design a viable system on any roof orientation, especially with today’s technology.  SolPower systems utilize DC optimizers under each solar panel so that the highest efficiency can be achieved from the solar array.

How many panels do I need?

That varies from home to home based on energy usage, solar exposure, the size of the roof, and a few other factors.  We use the most advanced design software that considers all of these factors so that your custom solar electric system will make the most power.

Are there any additional costs for choosing solar?

This proposal includes all member owned equipment for your system (solar panels, inverter, optimizer, racking, wiring, electrical service panel, breakers, and disconnects).  Valley Electric Association will require additional charges (identified in their Net Meter policies) for utility owned meters and any upgrades to enable your system to interconnect with the electric grid, which costs are not included in the system costs.  We are happy to add any additional utility costs to your financing package upon request to enable you to begin enjoying lower energy costs.  Remember, when getting a solar proposal, always make sure that utility owned equipment costs are considered.

What are the financial benefits of going solar

The financial benefits of going solar are now well documented.  Solar panel systems actually function as investments with strong rates of return, and homeowners generating solar electricity can reduce their electricity bills.  The federal investment tax credit allows you to deduct 26% of the cost of your system from your taxes, if you qualify, dramatically reducing the amount of time it takes to recoup your investment.

How does solar impact my property values

According to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for the US Department of Energy, homes with solar energy systems sell for more than homes without them.  However, your property value will only increase if you own, rather than lease, your solar panel system.  In most parts of the country, going solar will actually increase your property value more than a kitchen renovation or swimming pool.

Can I finance my system with SolPower?

SolPower offers in-house financing.  As your energy experts, we will work with you to create a financing plan that makes the most sense for you, and your new solar system.