A general rule of thumb for Florida is that if your roof doesn’t get much shade during the day and have an electric bill averages $150+ per month, solar energy will make financial sense for you – no matter if you pay upfront or finance the whole project.WHAT ARE THE BASIC PARTS OF SOLAR INSTALLATION ?
All grid tied PV systems will have the following basic components:
25-yr system warranty The beautiful thing about solar photovoltaic technology is that there are no moving parts. However, for extra peace of mind your system is under warranty for 25 years.
24/7 monitoring Transparency is key. That is why all our systems are equipped with real time tracking software. You can track your energy consumption vs. production and dive deeper to see how well each solar panel is producing.
20-year workmanship guarantee We are always there for you. That means if you have any questions, you notice something, or your energy needs change, we are always just a phone call away. For repairs or service issues, we will be at your home within 48 hours.
There is no “one size fits all”. When determining the size of your solar system, there are many factors at play. We perform a full analysis on your energy consumption and roof – from there, we design a solar system that matches your needs perfectly.
Typically, there are three factors that will determine the size and cost of a solar system:
Very little to no maintenance is required. Solar panels have no moving parts – they are extremely durable and should last around 25-30 years with no maintenance besides casual checkups and cleanings. With the said, our installations include a 20 year workmanship warranty so we are always there for you.
Depends on the size of your home. On average installation takes between 2 and 4 days.
All of our systems include 24/7 online monitoring so you can keep track of your real time energy production and consumption. Our monitoring systems have built-in alerts that will let both you and us know if there is something that need our attention.
You definitely can! We don’t really recommend it since it would mean you’d need to invest in a big battery system for your home in order to serve all your energy needs day and night. It’s better to invest in solar, stay connected to the electric grid, and take advantage of regulations like net metering.
Once you go solar, FP&L will come out to change your utility meter to a bi-directional meter (net meter). With a net meter in place, you’ll get a dollar for dollar credit for all the solar energy you send back into the grid. For instance, if during the day you produce 50kWh of energy yet consume only 25kWh in that time, the extra 25kWh your home generated will be available to use during nighttime for free.
As a safety mechanism, solar panels shut down during power outages. Otherwise utility field technicians would have no way to be sure when wires are live or dead when they’re making repairs.
There is a way around it – with a battery backup system and an automatic transfer switch, your home can continue to operate even during a power outage.
Yes. We offer Li-Ion, at a price that results affordable, in comparison to gas generators, to have a solution ready for power outages. There are others that charge excessive amounts for the batteries, and in this cases it does not make sence.
This is the time to go solar in South Florida. On top of the savings on your electric bills, you will also generate savings through tax credit, net metering and tax deductions.
Investment Tax Credit Whether you pay cash or finance your solar system, you are eligible for the 30% federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) until the end of 2019. After 2019, the tax credit will be stepping down to 26% in 2020, 22% in 2021, and eventually zero by 2022.
Tax Savings If you finance your system using a PACE program, the interest you pay on your loan is tax deductible.
Net Metering If you produce more energy than you consume during a particular month, FP&L will credit your account for the next billing cycle. Any extra credits you have at the end of the year, FP&L will credit to you at wholesale energy rates.
Yes! Most people finance their solar systems to make it easier on their wallet. With our financing, it’s very typical to pay no money up front and save money month to month compared to what households were used to paying in monthly electricity bills.
You need to do your research when choosing your solar installer. None of our work is sub-contracted. We streamlined the process so we could have the lowest possible prices, highest quality, and best-in-class warranties. We are endlessly passionate about renewable energy and making it financially attractive for you.
Once you partner with us, you join the Sprightful family for life. Anything we can do to enhance your solar experience, we are there. Our work doesn’t stop after installation. We monitor your system to make sure that your electric bills are correct each billing cycle, and our savings goals are being hit.
100% Customer Focused Transparency and communication is key. Whether it is during the installation or after, reaching out to us is as simple as a quick text or call. We believe our relationship with you is the best asset we could ever build – and we’ll go above and beyond to make sure it flourishes.
Fully Customizable Designs We want to maximize your return on investment. All our proposals are designed to match your energy consumption and lifestyle.
Cutting-Edge Technology We use the latest in solar technology to give you the most efficient system. We install smart technology with every system so you can keep an eye on every aspect of you solar system, as well as keep an eye on which appliances are using the most energy.
Aesthetics and Performance Driven Solar is the new black. We make sure all our systems meet our aesthetic standards. This means sleek, high performing systems that look beautiful on your roof while remaining financially smart.
Solar panels absorb the sun’s energy throughout the day and convert it into direct current (DC) electricity. Most homes and businesses run on alternating current (AC) electricity, so the DC electricity is then passed through an inverter to convert it to usable AC electricity. At that point, you either use the electricity in your house or send it back to the electric grid.
The amount of power your solar energy system can generate is dependent on sunlight. As a result, your solar panels will produce slightly less energy when the weather is cloudy, and no energy at night. However, because of high electricity costs and financial incentives, solar is a smart decision even if you live in a cloudy city.
Solar panels convert sunshine into power, so if your panels are covered in snow they can’t produce electricity. Snow generally isn’t heavy enough to cause structural issues with your panels, and since most panels are tilted at an angle the snow will slide off. If snow does accumulate, your panels are easy to clean.
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 of the power that 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.
Unless your solar energy system includes battery storage and you are fully off the grid, you will still receive a bill from your utility. However, you can dramatically reduce your bill, or even cut the amount you owe to $0, with a solar panel system that matches your energy use.
If your solar panel system is connected to the grid, it will shut off in the event of a blackout. This is to prevent emergency responders and electricity utility repair-people from being injured by your panels sending power back to the grid. However, there are certain inverters you can buy that provide backup power in a blackout when paired with a battery.
When you install a solar energy system on your property, you save money on your electricity bills and protect yourself against rising electricity rates in the future. How much you can save depends on the utility rates and solar policies in your area, but going solar is a smart investment regardless of where you live.
Solar power, like other renewable energy resources, has many environmental and health benefits. Going solar reduces greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to climate change, and also results in fewer air pollutants like sulfur dioxide and particulate matter, which can cause health problems.
The easiest way to find out how much you pay for electricity (and how much electricity you use per month) is to take a look at your utility electricity bill.
Solar panel systems are made of durable tempered glass and require little to no maintenance for the 25 to 35 years that they will generate power. In most cases, you don’t even need to clean your solar panels regularly. If something does happen, most equipment manufacturers include warranties, although warranty terms depend on the company.
Solar rebates and incentives vary depending on where you live. The most significant is the 30 percent federal investment tax credit (ITC), which allows you to deduct 30 percent of the cost of your solar energy system from your taxes. Some states offer additional tax credits, and certain municipalities and utilities also offer cash rebates or other incentives.
There are three solar financing options: you can purchase your system in cash, take out a solar loan to buy your system.
If you can afford to pay your electricity bill you can afford to go solar. $0-down solar financing options, including both solar loans and solar leases, make it easy for homeowners with good credit to start saving on their electricity bills by going solar.
The size of your solar energy system will depend on how much electricity you use on a monthly basis, as well as the weather conditions where you live.
In general, solar panels are very durable and capable of withstanding snow, wind, and hail. The various components of your solar power system will need to be replaced at different times, but your system should continue to generate electricity for 25 to 35 years.
If you own your solar energy system, your solar house will sell at a premium: studies have shown that solar increases property values. However, if you lease your system, that is not the case. You will need to either buy out your lease before you sell your home, or work with your leasing company to transfer the lease agreement to the home’s new owner.
We offer complimentary maintenance and monitoring so that we can identify issues and fix them accordingly is provided as part of many of our programs. We also offer real-time monitoring software to all of our customers that will allow you to track your energy usage from your smartphone or computer, so you’ll know if you are not producing as much as you should be.