Frequently Asked Questions

1. How does a solar system work?

A solar system works by harnessing the sun’s power and turning it into electricity. The technology used to convert solar energy into electricity is referred to as photovoltaics or PV. PV technology utilizes solar panels that absorb photons from sunlight to create electricity. Solar panels are typically placed on rooftops or fields where they can receive direct sunlight.

2. Will solar panels work in my home?

Solar panels are designed to work in all climates so any home can be fitted for solar energy. A solar energy expert will help you assess your home and find the most suitable position for solar panels. In cases where your rooftop is obstructed by trees or other shading structures, the solar expert will advise on an alternative solar panel location for your home.

3. How do I start the process of going solar?

Your journey to a cleaner and more cost-efficient energy source is as easy as contacting us for a quote. Our solar experts will assess your energy consumption and provide a quote for a system. You can also set up a site visit with our experts for a comprehensive assessment of your needs.

4. Is a solar quote free?

Yes, getting a solar quote for your home is free. Once you send your details to our team, they will be able to provide you with a free quote based on your property and how much energy you use.

5. How much do solar panels cost?

The cost for solar panels varies depending on the size of your home, how much roof space you have, and how much energy you currently use on a monthly basis. The best part about going solar with Vir is there is no up-front cost. This means that you can get solar for your home for $0 out of pocket. To get an exact cost for your home, click here and speak with one of our experts

6. Is solar installation time-consuming?

No, solar installation is a well-organized process from start to finish. The process starts with our solar experts coming up with a suitable design for your home. The design makes installation smooth and quick. Our professional installers at 1Solar ensure that the installation process is completed to the highest standard within the stipulated time frame.

7. Is solar installation invasive?

No, solar installation is not invasive. We understand that property owners do not want a disruptive process that will damage their property. This is why our experienced team at 1Solar ensures that the installation process is clean and tidy. We make sure they leave the site as pristine as they found it.

8. What are the components of a solar power system?

A solar system consists primarily of solar panels, inverters, and related components. Inverters convert the direct current to AC (alternating current) which enables the use of electricity from the solar panels in your home.

Each solar panel is connected to an optimizer which helps to ensure that each panel’s output is isolated and cannot be affected if another panel malfunctions.

9. Is solar safe?

Yes, solar is safe. Our solar panels meet the set regulatory standards and come with a safety guarantee. Our solar experts at 1Solar make sure that the solar system is installed in accordance with building, electrical, and fire codes. As part of the installation process, the solar system is tested by a certified electrician to ensure all safety standards are met.

10. Will installing solar reduce my electricity bills?

Yes, installing solar will make your home more energy-efficient and can help in keeping your electric costs down. Although other factors such as the size of your system and average consumption matter, overall, solar energy is cost and energy-efficient.

11. What kind of benefits do I receive from going solar?

Once you install a solar system in your home you can benefit from tax credits. The federal solar tax credit matches 26% of the cost of installing a solar system. Homes with solar energy also get net metering credits.

Aside from the financial benefits, solar energy is also beneficial to the environment. Solar energy helps to reduce carbon emissions and pollution. This makes solar an eco-friendly choice for environmentally conscious people.

12. How can I find state incentives and tax breaks that I am eligible for after installing solar?

Apart from federal tax rebates, some states offer incentives for homeowners going solar. To find incentives and regulatory policies on solar energy for your area, use the DSIRE site. DSIRE is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and provides comprehensive information on incentives and policies that support renewable energy in the United States.

You can access information relevant to your state on DSIRE by entering your zip code.  Our experts are also at hand to guide you through any state regulations and policies before installation.

13. Will installing solar impact the resale value of my home?

Yes, installing solar will likely increase the value of your home. A solar system is considered an upgrade just like any other renovation and therefore impacts positively on the resale value of your home. Studies have found that homes with energy-efficient upgrades like solar tend to be more attractive to buyers and sell faster on average.

14. Why should I consider buying over leasing my solar system?

When considering solar energy buying is more cost-effective in the long term compared to leasing. When you own a solar system, you are eligible for tax rebates and various state incentives which help to offset some of the initial cost of installation. In addition, a home with a solar system increases in value which benefits the homeowner when they want to sell their property.

Since solar systems come with long warranty periods of 25 years, you do not have to worry about maintenance costs for a long time.

15. Do I get support in case my solar system fails?

Yes, our team of experts is always available to address any issues with your system or questions that you may have. The solar panel warranty gives you access to our support team in case of any inverter failures or other issues with your system.

16. Can I install solar myself?

Installing solar energy requires the expertise of qualified accredited professionals certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). When your solar system is installed by a professional installer you can be sure that all safety guidelines and policies are adhered to. This ensures that your installation is done safely and that your system will work properly once installed.

To get started on your smart energy-efficient lifestyle, consult our team for a free quote today.