Allow Super Solar to be your source of information for all things solar and energy efficiency-related! We’ve addressed some of our most frequently asked questions below, and our Tampa Bay solar experts are always happy to answer any other inquiries you may have. Give us a call today: (813) 867-2311.
- 1. What are solar panels?
- Solar panels allow us to create solar power – a renewable energy generated from the sun. They’re made up of photovoltaic cells, which convert sunlight to usable electricity for our homes and businesses. That’s why you may also see them called solar photovoltaic panels or solar PV panels. The word photovoltaic is simply derived from the words: “photo” meaning light, and “voltaic” meaning electricity producing.
- 2. How do solar panels work?
- Solar panels absorb radiation, and convert sunlight to direct current (DC) electricity. This electric current then flows from your rooftop solar panels to your inverter, which converts DC electricity into alternating current (AC) electricity. The AC electricity runs from your inverter to your electrical panel (breaker box) to power anything that uses energy in your home. (i.e. HVAC system, water heater, appliances, lighting, etc.). If your solar system produces more electricity than your home needs at a given time, your excess energy production will be sent to your utility company, and you’ll receive a credit on your next electric bill.
- 3. Can you power your whole home with solar energy?
- Yes, you can power your whole home with solar energy!
- 4. How long do solar panels last?
- Super Solar is proud to offer a minimum 25-year parts and labor warranty on all of our solar systems. And, while we warranty for at least 25 years, our solar systems are expected to last much longer than that.
- 5. Should I buy or lease my solar panel system?
- Without question, you should buy your solar system rather than lease it. One of the main reasons to purchase a solar system is the massive tax benefits you’ll receive, as well as gaining ownership of your power. When you own the system you are not subject to rate increases or inflation of electricity rates when you lease your system you are subject to rating creases from the solar company just like you are now with the power company.
- 6. What is the cost of solar panel installation?
- The cost of solar panel installation varies substantially based on each individual homeowner’s needs. Many factors go into determining the cost of solar, such as the size and efficiency of a home, number of people living in the home, and their lifestyle habits. While there’s no “ballpark“ price for solar, we have found that the majority of systems end up being equivalent or even lower than homeowners’ current monthly utility bills. As utility rates go up, solar homeowners have the benefit of locking in their price today.
Additionally, solar costs will vary based on whether you take advantage of current solar rebates and tax incentives. Visit our Cost of Solar page for a full breakdown of solar incentives and other factors that will play a role in determining your solar system pricing.
- 7. What is the process of solar system installation?
- The solar system installation process is fairly simple, but may vary somewhat from home to home. The standard milestones of every solar project include: site evaluation, solar engineering and design, permits and HOA approval, solar panel installation, and interconnection
To learn more about what you can expect when you partner with Super Solar in Tampa Bay, visit Our Process page.
- 8. What is included in a Super Solar home energy consultation?
- Our full home energy evaluation includes a prequalification to determine if your home is a good fit for solar panels, as well as a whole home energy audit, where we check your insulation, ventilation, windows, AC system, water heater, appliances, and your roof for any energy “leaks.” Our goal is to find any ways to make your home as efficient as possible before going solar, so that we build only the smallest, most efficient solar system to meet your needs, saving you the maximum amount of money.
- 9. What is the difference between on and off the grid solar systems?
- On grid solar systems use a technology called net metering which allows you to exchange energy with the power grid so that on days you over produce, you pump energy back into the grid and get paid by the utility company for your excess production. And, at nighttime or on days you under produce, you pull energy from the grid, creating a constant exchange with the utility company. You may also use batteries with a non-grid system to create a hybrid solar system. On the other hand, off grid solar systems utilize a battery only, and are really just for remote areas.
- 10. How much will a solar system save me on my electric bill?
- Your solar system will typically be sized to save you anywhere from 80 to 90% on your electric bill, but can be designed to under produce or over produce to meet your specific needs or goals.
- 11. What is the difference between solar shingles and solar panels?
- Solar shingles are an unproven and untested solar technology. What most people don’t realize is that to really benefit from solar shingles, the home must be initially designed for them. They’re not great at retrofitting, like solar panels are. Solar panels are extremely durable, and have a very long lifespan, and much higher energy production.
- 12. Is solar financing available?
- Absolutely. We offer the best solar financing in the industry, with amazing rates and higher approvals for our customers!
- 13. Will I be able to see how much energy my solar system produces?
- Definitely! Super Solar is proud to offer a system monitoring app that shows how much energy your solar system produces, 24/7. Our app is compatible with any computer or smart phone, and updates every 15 minutes for full-transparency monitoring of your solar production. It will alert you if anything goes wrong, and let you know how much money and energy you’ve saved over time.
So, not only do we back your solar system up with a 25-year guarantee, but we provide a tracking system so you can monitor your solar energy production for total peace of mind, knowing that you’re getting exactly what you paid for.
- 14. Will rooftop solar increase my home equity?
- Rooftop solar will increase the value of your home! The U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory conducted a six-state solar home analysis which found that home buyers were willing to pay a premium of $15,000 more, on average, for a home with solar panels, over a home without.
The greatest part about this though, is that rooftop solar will not increase your property taxes. Under tax code, rooftop solar is considered a solar electric property, and because you receive a tax credit, you cannot be charged additional property taxes on the amount of increase in home value.
- 15. Are there any incentives available for residential solar installation?
- There are currently a few great federal and state incentives for solar panel installation. In short, you can save up to 26% on solar panels if you purchase before December 31, 2021, and benefit from Florida solar tax exemptions as well. For a full description of the solar incentives you can take advantage of right now, be sure to visit our Cost of Solar page.
Additionally, we offer the Super Solar Referral Program, where you can earn $500 for every homeowner you refer to us who purchases a solar system. Or, take advantage of our Super Solar Ambassador Program, which allows up to $5,000 in cash rebate, depending on your area.