COMMON QUESTIONS

I HAVE A 2,500 SQ FT HOUSE. HOW MANY SOLAR PANELS DO I NEED?

We get this question a lot. The size of your home has little to do with how much energy you use. We design solar PV systems around your annual energy consumption. If you can give us actual monthly kWh consumption for one year, we can tell you exactly how many solar panels you need as a starting point.

WHAT DO I DO ABOUT MY HOA?

Nothing- the state did it for you! It called HB362 and was passed in 2011. While there are certain guidelines that must be adhered to, solar is not something your HOA can prevent you from installing. There is a carve out in the law for new developments still under developer control, but if you have an HOA in place, you’re good to go.

HOW LONG DO SOLAR PANELS LAST?

What you’re probably wondering is how long your system will produce energy. We warranty our installations for 25 years, but most solar installations will last well into the 40-50 year range if properly maintained.

WILL MY SOLAR PANELS WORK DURING A POWER OUTAGE?

No. Grid-tied solar systems are required to shut down in the event of a power outage. This is a safety precaution put in place to protect utility personnel who might be working in your area from
the threat of electrocution. Your home's solar system produces a lot of electricity - electricity that will travel out onto the grid if your home does not need it. This energy could easily harm a utility
worker if they were working in close proximity to an active solar-powered home, if this safety measure were not in place.

SO YOU’RE SAYING SOLAR WILL INCREASE MY RESALE VALUE?

Yes! There is a approved tool on the market that appraisers are using to accurately and consistently assess the value of a rooftop solar PV system. You will see that in almost all cases, the added value you receive on Day 1 is more than your out-of-pocket cost.


Solar is exempt from property tax assessment (Texas Tax Code Section 11.27), meaning they can’t raise your property taxes because of your new solar system!

HOW LONG DOES YOUR REPAIR SERVICE TAKE?

Battery back for homes has become a hot topic in the last year or so. You might also hear it called an “AC Coupled System” or “Energy Storage Backup.” A battery backup system can be coupled with your new solar system to power your home during a power outage, or to provide power during higher cost "Time of Use" billing periods. TOU billing doesn't exist in Texas (yet), but it’s coming, and soon! Battery Backup is expensive, and that's why you don't know anyone who has it yet - but the technology is available today, and the pricing is dropping fast as more and more storage is deployed into the market.

As we all know, power outages happen. Emergency Backup
Generators are an economical and powerful alternative to battery storage/battery backup.