I’ve heard that my bill is too small or too large. Will that prevent me from receiving the benefits of solar?
It’s true that depending on the size of your roof, the amount of electricity you can offset can be affected. That’s why it’s so important for us to design a preliminary system so we can see exactly how many panels we can fit on your roof, in relation to your usage. We can also assist you in ways of reducing energy costs before and after installing panels, which is always beneficial in the long run.
How can I find out my usage?
We can call Xcel for you as long as you are on the line to verify that we can access the information. Otherwise, you can call Xcel at 1-800-895-4999 and ask for your average monthly kilowatt usage over the last twelve months.
Can I afford to purchase the system?
Usually, the amount you pay for the loan to purchase the system is close to the amount you are currently paying for your electricity. Every home is different, but there are plenty of options to find the path that works best for you. It does not end up being a large up front cost.
What if I decide to move?
This is one of the reasons we think it’s best for our homeowners to purchase instead of lease. When you own the system, you sell it as part of the home. This means your asking price can increase, and the new owners benefit from the purchase as well, because they own it as soon as they buy the house. We go over the increased value of your home more specifically in our home visits.
Is the technology worth investing in now?
Solar is a proven technology and has been around for 60 years. Given the stable technology, it makes sense to take advantage of current tax incentives and rebates that may not be offered in the future.
Can I install it myself?
No. You would need to be a licensed electrician and have knowledge of current local building codes. We employ Master Electricians with NABCEP certifications among experienced installers. It’s important if you are going to go solar, you do it right!
Can I install solar panels on a tile or steel coated roof?
Yes. It’s more cost effective to install solar to coincide with tile or steel roof installation. Most homes in Colorado have asphalt shingles, which make for an easy retrofit or new installation.
Does it make sense to put solar on a rental property?
Solar systems stabilize your energy usage. This means you can wrap the cost of electricity in the monthly rent for your tenants. This is a huge incentive for families who are renting, because it means they can budget much more consistently. Homeowners benefit because the tenants are paying the cost of electricity directly to you, instead of to Xcel.
What is the Solar Investment Tax Credit?
The Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is a 30% federal tax credit for solar systems on residential and commercial properties that, under current law, remain in effect through December 31, 2016. The section 25D residential ITC is used for residential sized projects, and the homeowner applies this credit to his/her income taxes. This credit is used when homeowners purchase solar systems outright and have them installed on their homes.
Will my HOA allow it?
Yes. In November 2014, Colorado voters approved amendment 37, which requires that a percentage of retail sales be derived from renewable sources. This Colorado law addresses that HOAs are not permitted to prohibit the installation of solar panels on a unit or property of a member. Legally, HOAs cannot have rules against solar panels on your roof.
Does Vivax offer monitoring for the system?
Absolutely. We offer monitoring for all our installed systems. There are two reasons. One: so you can visually see what your system is producing. Two: We get updates from your inverter regarding any possible issues with your system so that we can fix them.
What kind of solar panels does Vivax use?
We prefer USA made modules to support our local economy. Each roof footprint is a different size and shape thus can warrant different panel brands and types. At your consultation we would discuss what would work best for you.
I need a new roof. Can I still get solar?
We want to make sure your system is as maintenance-free and efficient as possible. A roof in good condition is always in your best interest. There are financing options to wrap both projects together in a way that makes sense financially. Our project planners can go over the options with you in more detail at the home visit.
What about weather? Will solar panels hold up to Colorado conditions?
Solar panels are extremely resilient. They do not crack or shatter from hail, wind, rain, ice and other elements. Most are rated to withstand a 1-inch hail stone at 60MPH. In most cases, the roof will need to be replaced much sooner than the panels themselves.
What happens if my roof does need replaced?
If there is an insurance claim regarding your roof, we will work with your insurance company to ensure they pay to remove the solar panels from the old roof, and put them back up on the new roof.