Erin Quinlan of Valley Energy Solar answers common questions about Solar Energy for residences, farms and businesses in Northeastern Ohio.

Dan Quinlan of Valley Energy Solar answers common questions about Solar Energy for residences, farms and businesses in Northeastern Ohio.

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Does solar really work in our area?

Yes! Solar PV panels use direct or indirect sunlight to generate power, meaning they still produce energy on a cloudy day. And when there are sunny days and the meter is spinning backwards, it will offset what you’re not producing at night or on cloudy days.

How many kwh of energy will my solar system produce on average where I live?

Production of solar energy varies based on the size and location of the home or business and placement of the system at that location. On average, a home in the Northeast sector of our country (i.e. Ohio) with an 8KW system will produce approximately 8,054 kwh per year, with an average savings of $966/year. [source. NREL, PV Watt]

How much does solar cost?

Several factors affect the up-front cost of a solar energy system, and some of them may not be apparent at first. For example, location options for placement of the system (roof or ground-mount) and size of the system will impact its cost.

But it’s important to be aware of the “big picture,” and that means taking a close look at the amount a solar energy system can pay you back.       For example, you’ll receive a 30% Tax Credit from the Federal government, from day one you’ll be saving on your electricity costs, and if you overproduce the utility company credits or pays you for that energy. In addition, state incentives and/or grants may be available, and if you’re a business you can depreciate this as an asset.

A Valley Energy Solar representative can help you take a comprehensive look at all of these factors and determine the solar energy system that will work best for you.

How long does a solar system last?

On average, a solar system’s life expectancy is 30 years. Most equipment comes with a manufacturer’s warranty of 20–30 years.

What size system will I need to power my business?

A small commercial building will need a 15–30kw solar system to produce enough solar energy to offset its energy usage. A larger industrial-size business will need on average a 125kw size system. The larger the business, the larger the solar system size needs to be to make an impact on the electrical consumption and realize greater savings.

Does solar increase my property value?

Yes! The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has found that for every $1 in electric bill savings annually, your home’s value will increase by $20.

How much maintenance does a system require?

Virtually none. In climates where there is frequent rain or snow, that is enough to clear any dirt or debris off the panels. You solar installer usually offers an annual maintenance program for equipment inspections that can be included in the up-front cost or on an as-needed basis.

How do I get started installing a Solar PV or Solar Thermal system for my home, business, government office or farm?

Contact the professionals at Valley Energy Solar. We’ll be happy to discuss the opportunities available to you based on your specific needs and then set up an appointment for an evaluation of your site. From that site evaluation, we’ll customize a more detailed proposal for you free of charge.

Are there financing options for Solar?

The most common option is a solar leasing program with your solar installer. Valley Energy Solar is able to offer our GreenLease program to you based on individual qualification and need. This is a program similar to those across the country through which your system is installed with little or no up-front costs.

The homeowner, business or farm then pays a nominal fee each month and immediately sees a reduction in their utility costs for the term of the lease. After the lease is complete, it can be renewed, or the system can removed from the roof. Other options include bank-financed home equity loans or energy loan funds that vary from state to state. Please speak with Valley Energy Solar about the option that best fits your needs.