After Installation

Because your system only requires a minimal amount of maintenance, you can count on it to operate at maximum efficiency for quite some time. Cleaning will vary based on various factors, such as the tilt of your roof, the amount of rain you get, and the amount of debris around your system. The best thing you can do is to contact the solar installer for a cleaning schedule. Annual servicing is typically all you need to maintain the cleanliness, tightness, and overall functionality of your new system.

Because the solar system is connected to the electrical grid, it is required to shut down during the event of a blackout. If you want your system to still generate power when there is a blackout, you need to purchase a traditional generator or a battery backup.

Before Installation

The size of the solar system will depend largely on a number of different factors, such as the size of your roof, the amount of hot water and electricity you use, and the amount of money you are willing to spend. It also depends on whether you want your solar system to supplement your current energy source or you want it to take the place of your energy system entirely. You can spend time discussing your needs with one of our solar installers to help you figure out which system is going to work best for your needs.

The amount of time to complete solar installation will vary from one home to the next. Design and engineering plans are customized to help ensure the process is as smooth as possible. It can take three months to obtain permits and metering depending on where you live. However, the vast majority of solar panel installations are completed within just one to two weeks, if not sooner.


Net metering allows homeowners to receive money for the excess electricity their home is producing. The term refers to the method of accounting for the photovoltaic or PV system production. This is what allows homeowners to offset their electric bill. The kilowatts generated are first applied to the home, then the excess is fed into the utility grid.

Solar savings will vary greatly from person to person. In some cases, your utility provider may pay you for the excess energy your home is producing.

In some cases, parties with no federal tax liability can use a third-party system owner to take advantage of the ITC. The system passes the savings from installer to host customer.

Information on investment credits and current IRS federal tax Form 3268 can be found here.

Currently, tax credits for solar energy are available through December 31st, 2019. The tax credit is expected to decrease from 30 percent to 26 percent in 2020 and to 22 percent in 2021.

The solar ITC for residents is 30 percent of the system cost with no cap limits.

This credit is only available one time, but may be carried into a different year if not completely used. Discuss your eligibility with a tax consultant.

Customers with federal tax liability can obtain solar investment tax credits.

Solar panels come with a standard 10-year product warranty and 25-year linear production warranty. All warranties are by the manufacturer.

Our team can help you go through the various options to help make the process as simple and efficient as possible. Because there are an abundance of different solar financing options available, we can help you figure out the best one for your specific situation. Even those who have a previous bankruptcy can qualify for one of the solar financing options out there.

Many homeowners spend anywhere from $100 to $150 on their monthly energy bill. When you make the switch to renewable energy, you can start raking in the savings every month. Different homes require different systems, so there is no such thing as a low bill. It’s all about helping you save and cutting the cost of your monthly energy bill that matters.

All solar panels are sold to the homeowner. This allows you to take advantage of the various incentives and rebates that are available to you. No system will be leased.


Solar Earth Choice does not offer any solar water heating systems. However, we may offer this service in the future.

The ideal cool roof customer will be in a hot climate. Keep in mind that cooler areas may see reduced heat gains, which can raise heating costs. While the roof may be more susceptible to alge or mold growth in warmer climates, special coatings can prevent this for a few years. In colder climates, the technology can encourage condensation and moisture buildup.

A cool roof is designed to reflect sunlight and absorb less heat. They are an energy-efficient solution that uses reflective tiles, sheet coverings, or paint to reduce heat intake. Normal and dark roofs can reach high temperatures of over 150 degrees. Cool roofs reduce this amount by over 50 degrees, helping to conserve energy and reduce utility costs. Energy-efficient roofing can be easily identified by the Solar Reflective Index or SRI. This measures the material’s ability to absorb sunlight through reflection.

Photovoltaic (PV) systems are composed of various components. They include PV modules, one or more batteries, a controller for stand-alone systems or a charge regulator for electrical systems, an inverter for systems connected to the utility grid, wiring, and mounting hardware.

All panels are made in the USA. We use only top tier solar panels for our installations.

The purpose of an inverter is to invert the direct current output and turn it into an alternating current. Alternating currents are used in all commercial appliances, which is why solar panel systems are so popular today. The solar inverter helps provide your home with the power it needs.

There are various inverters available to accommodate your needs ranging from micro-inverters, central inverters and string inverters.

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The average California family will save nearly $30,000 over 20 years by using solar energy.