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With the coming of a greener tomorrow, nonrenewable energy is slowly losing its foothold to its cleaner counterpart, renewable clean energy. Solar has climbed from producing under 1% of renewable power in 2010 to 7% in the beginning of 2020, and is growing even more...
Our Mission for Clean Energy Should Be Yours Too! With the coming of a greener tomorrow, nonrenewable energy is slowly losing its foothold to its cleaner counterpart, renewable energy. Solar has climbed from producing under 1% of renewable power in 2010 to 7% in the...
Virginia's Net Metering Program A lot of questions come up when it comes to one’s electricity usage on solar. What happens when you make more than you use is one of these commonly referred to as the process of “net metering”. This is something you may hear and not...
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What is net metering?
The term “net metering” refers to what happens when you are making more electricity than you use. When this excess energy pours over into the grid, it’s counted up, and after a certain amount of time, your power bill will quite literally be paying you. Before they pay you, though, you can use the power you put into the grid as excess at the wholesale price you put it in for.
Net metering is offered in the state of Virginia, so it’s best to take advantage of it while it’s there. Keep in mind that enrollment is open to a first-come, first-serve basis, so act quickly!
When will I start seeing my return on investment?
Depending on the size of your project and the initial investment, you could start seeing an ROI immediately. A return on investment in solar power is seen when the initial startup costs are paid for in energy savings created by the solar power generated by the system. This payback period depends on how much your initial costs were and how much energy your system can create. If you take advantage of the available credits, your actual investment can be made back in as little as four to six years in some cases and potentially less time if you install your own system.
Additionally, those concerned about selling their home prior to their solar system being paid off should be aware that solar panels actually increase a home’s value. According to the HUD, for every $1,000 a household saves on energy, the home’s value increases by $20,000.
Do I need a tracking system to follow the sun's pattern?
Solar panels are properly positioned to maximize the sun’s energy when they are first installed. Therefore, they don’t require an additional tracking system to follow the sun’s pattern.
Some systems can have additional components added that allow the panels to change position throughout the day as the sun moves. However, these rarely improve energy efficiency enough to justify the added expense.
Today, a more cost-effective solution is to add one or two additional solar panels instead, as an alternative to a tracking system. This will allow for increased energy production and benefit from financial rebates as well.
Can I still use my solar energy during a power outage?
Unless a home’s solar energy system is fully independent of the grid, a solar-powered home will still lose power in an outage. When a home’s solar production is tied to the grid, it is impacted by everything that happens to the grid. This includes power outages.
When the power goes out, the grid shuts down as a safety precaution to protect the workers who are fixing the lines from being harmed by any electrical pushback.
For households or buildings requiring 100% uptime, backup batteries are an option on a grid-tied system. By installing backup batteries, you can be certain that you will still have power, even during an outage.
Can I claim solar panels on my taxes?
Yes! When you install a solar system, 26% of your total project costs, including equipment, permitting and installation, can be claimed as a credit on your federal tax return. If you spend $10,000 on your system, you owe $2,600 less in taxes the following year.
You claim the credit in the year the installation is completed. Keep all your receipts. The more you spend on your solar conversion, the larger your tax credit.
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What is your installation process?
With Expert Solar, we comply with all state and city laws, certifications and restrictions. With our professional licensed installers & electricians, we make the solar panels installation process simple. You will never have to worry about code compliance with the local utility company.
We will design a grid-tied solar system for your home. During the free site assessment with one of our professional consultants, we will analyze your power bill and design an efficient solar system based on your monthly kWh usage.
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287 Independence Boulevard
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462
We Are Solar Panel Installers in:
Hampton Roads & Surrounding Areas
Currently Expanding To:
Richmond & Surrounding Areas
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sales & Consultations Available Weekends, Evenings, & After-Hours By Appointment Only
Available by phone:
Monday-Friday 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM
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