Solar PV Systems

sunmodule-solar-panels-silver-blackA solar system from Better Home Energy is a smart choice. Our no pressure, no hassle approach to solar makes your solar experience more easy and pleasant. We will sit down with you and go over your energy needs and explain ever exactly what you will be getting with your solar system. We choose only high quality solar panels and inverters made in the USA.

When a solar energy system is installed at your home, the savings start the moment you turn it on. Your savings will continue to grow every year even as utility rate continue to rise. The average rate increase by utilities for the past 3 decades is about 7% with no end in sight. A solar energy system will lock your energy rates, and in some cases you will produce more than you consume. Either way, this will put you on the path to energy independence and freedom from rising energy costs.

Call Better Home Energy for a free at home solar measurement and evaluation.

 Frequently Asked Questions

PV comes from the word photovoltaic, a method of converting solar energy into direct current electricity using semiconducting materials that exhibit the photovoltaic effect. A photovoltaic system (PV system) employs solar panels composed of a number of solar cells to supply usable solar power.
A PV system that is well designed, correctly installed, and properly maintained will operate for more than 20 years. Some can last for more than 30 years.
The solar system size you need depends on how much electricity you use on average annually and whether you want the system to supply the entire energy usage. There are other factors that may affect the system size you’d wish to get, such as the size of your roof, the shade issues, the fire code set by your state or even your city, and how much you’re willing to invest.
There is no single or simple answer to this question. The cost depends on the size of a system, a particular system manufacturer, retailer, and installer, what type of installation, a stand-alone system or roof mounted, and what kind of roof, etc. According to www.gosolarcalifornia.org, currently the average cost for a system is $5.57/watt <10 kw, and $5.07/watt >10 kw.
Solar consumers are eligible for federal tax incentives for the purchase and installation of eligible solar systems, including both solar PV systems, as well as other renewable energy investments, such as solar attic fans.

Solar tax credits were enacted in 2008 as part of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act. The 2008 legislation extended the solar investment tax credit (ITC) through December 31, 2016.

As of 2009, the solar ITC for residential system owners is 30% of the total system cost.

  • The federal tax credit is a one-time credit, but may be carried forward (and possibly back) if not completely useable in the system installation tax year.
  • Residential customers in higher income tax brackets see comparatively more value because residential electricity expenses are paid with after-tax dollars—they aren’t tax deductible.

A consumer must have a federal tax liability to take advantage of the solar investment tax credit. Please consult a tax professional for the current rules. It is not tax advice. Please seek professional advice from a qualified tax advisor to check the applicability and eligibility before claiming any tax benefits or exemptions.

According to www.gosolarcaligornia.org, you can expect rates of return between 9% and 14% on your PV installation based on your pre-installation electricity usage. Please see Calculators to estimate the full cost of your solar system. For example, using the Clean Power Estimator, a south-facing three-kilowatt system installed at a 30-degree angle on a single-family home with a utility bill of $180 per month in San Francisco would cost a customer an estimated $19,282 with a payback period of 12 years.
HERO is an acronym that stands for: Home Energy Renovation Opportunity.
HERO provides financing for approved energy efficient, water efficient, and renewable energy products. HERO finances 100% of the cost to purchase and install eligible products. It offers fixed interest rates, flexible payment terms including 5/10/15/20 years for most products. Repayments are made through your property taxes.
By leasing a solar system, customers can get the benefits of owning a solar system without the capital costs. Home owners who choose leasing solar systems would rent the systems from the companies that offer this program. Make sure you read very carefully about all the leasing terms and ask for explanation if there is anything you don’t quite understand before you sign the lease.