Janice Vaughan Solar Consulting

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We are Independent Powur Consultants, dedicated to serving you. Our unique partnership with leading local installers via the Powur platform distinguishes us, empowering families in 23 states—and expanding—to gain exceptional energy independence and control.

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With solar energy, you take control, generating your own electricity. This shift to energy independence not only saves you money, but also provides a reassuring sense of security, knowing you have a reliable source of clean energy right in your own home.

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Frequently Asked Questions

So How Does the Solar Consulting Process Work?

If you’re interested in a free solar consultation and a customized quote, we’re here to help! So how does it work?
To begin, with your input and using your current electric bill, we’ll conduct an energy audit to answer important questions like:

1. How much electricity are you using now, and is it enough?
2. Are you downsizing? Upsizing?
3. Do you want to add electric vehicles?
4. If you have a pool, how is it heated?
5. What is the overall picture of how you want to power your life?

Then, we’ll design a solar system considering your lifestyle goals and plans for growth. Our team works with national brands to get you the best pricing on the industry’s leading equipment, backed by a 30-year warranty. If you want to finance with one of many zero-down options, we can help you with the quick and easy qualification process. Once approved, our team takes it from there, handling everything for you from permitting to completion.

All consultations are conducted over Zoom and usually take 30-45 minutes. Let us know if you’re interested in seeing what solar could do for you!

What are some benefits of going solar to me as a homeowner?

As a homeowner, there are several benefits of going solar, including:

Lower energy bills: One of the most significant benefits of going solar is saving money on your energy bills. By generating your own electricity with solar panels, you can reduce your reliance on traditional utility companies and potentially eliminate your monthly energy bills.

Increased home value: Installing a solar energy system can increase the value of your home. Studies have shown that homes with solar panels sell for more than those without, so investing in solar energy can be an intelligent financial decision.

Energy independence: With a solar energy system, you can generate your own electricity and become less dependent on the electrical grid. This can be especially beneficial in areas prone to power outages or in rural areas with limited access to traditional utility companies.

Tax incentives: Homeowners who install solar energy systems are eligible for federal tax incentives, such as the investment tax credit (ITC), which can reduce the overall cost of the system.

Long-term savings: Solar energy systems can last for 25 years or more, and the cost of solar panels has steadily declined in recent years. This means that homeowners who invest in solar energy can enjoy long-term savings on their energy bills.

How do I know if my home is a good candidate for solar?

Overall, if your roof has good sun exposure, is in good condition, and your household has high energy usage, your home could be a good candidate for solar.

Here are some other things to consider:

Check your roof: Your roof is the primary location for solar panels. Ensure your roof is in good condition and has enough space to accommodate solar panels. A south-facing roof is the best option for maximum sunlight exposure, but an east or west-facing roof can also work. A roof pitch (angle) of around 15 to 40 degrees is ideal for solar panels.

Determine your solar potential: You can use online tools like Google’s Project Sunroof to determine your home’s solar potential. These tools use satellite images to calculate how much sunlight your roof receives yearly.

Evaluate your energy usage: Look at your energy bills to determine your average energy usage. This will help you determine how many solar panels you need to install to meet your energy needs.

Check local regulations and incentives: Some areas have regulations limiting solar panel installation.

Additionally, incentives or rebates may be available to offset the cost of installing solar panels.

How can I tell if my roof is a good candidate for solar?

Factors to consider:

Roof orientation and pitch: A south-facing roof with an angle between 15 and 40 degrees is typically ideal for solar panels. However, east or west-facing roofs may also be suitable, depending on your location and the amount of sunlight you receive.

Roof size: You will need enough roof space to accommodate the number of solar panels required to generate the desired amount of electricity. A typical solar panel measures around three feet by five feet, so you will need several panels to meet your energy needs

Roof age and condition: Your roof should be in good condition before installing solar panels. If your roof is older or needs repair, it may not be a good candidate for solar. Solar panels can last for 25 to 30 years or more, so your roof must be in good shape to ensure the longevity of your solar system.

Shade: The amount of shade your roof receives can impact the efficiency of your solar panels. If trees, buildings, or other obstructions cast shade on your roof for a significant portion of the day, there may be better locations for solar panels.

Local regulations and zoning: Some local governments may have restrictions or zoning laws that affect solar panel installations. Check with your local authorities to ensure you comply with any regulations.
Energy consumption: Your energy consumption will impact the number of solar panels you need to install. If you have a high energy consumption, you may need more solar panels than someone with lower energy usage.

Does Solar Increase Home Value?

A study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that homes with solar panels sold for about 4% more on average than comparable homes without solar in the United States.

In addition to the increased home value, solar panels can also help reduce electricity bills and provide a clean, renewable energy source. As a result, this can be an attractive feature for potential buyers.

However, it’s important to note that the exact amount of value added by solar panels can vary depending on factors such as the size of the solar system, the age and condition of the panels, and the energy savings that the system provides. It’s always a good idea to do your own research and speak with a local real estate agent or appraiser to determine the potential impact of solar on your home’s value.

Should I get a solar loan or solar lease?

Getting a solar loan or a solar lease will depend on your financial situation, goals, and the specifics of your utility company.

A solar loan allows you to own the solar panels and finance the cost of the system over time with fixed payments. With a solar loan, you will own the system and be able to take advantage of any tax credits and incentives available.

On the other hand, a solar lease or a power purchase agreement (PPA) allows you to install solar panels on your property without owning them. You will typically pay a fixed monthly fee for the energy generated by the system, which can be less than your current utility rates. With a solar lease or PPA, you may not be eligible for tax credits and incentives. Still, you won’t have to worry about maintenance and repairs, as the solar company typically covers those.

In general, a solar loan may be a better option if you want to own the system and benefit from any tax credits and incentives, while a solar lease or PPA may be a better option if you want to avoid the maintenance responsibilities of owning the system.

Therefore, it’s essential to evaluate the terms and costs of each option and choose the one that makes the most sense for your financial situation and goals.

How do I know what solar panels are best?

There are many high-quality solar panels in the market. If you are comparing individual panels, you’ll be evaluating the following factors:

Efficiency: Solar panel efficiency refers to the amount of sunlight a panel can convert into usable electricity. Panels with higher efficiency will produce more power for your home.

Durability: Solar panels should be built to withstand harsh weather conditions, including rain, hail, and high winds. Panels with a higher durability rating will last longer and require less maintenance.

Warranty: Look for panels with a solid warranty covering both the panels and their performance over time. A strong warranty will give you peace of mind and protect your investment in solar.
Brand reputation: Choose solar panels from a reputable brand with a proven quality and reliability track record. Reading customer reviews and checking third-party ratings can help you evaluate different brands.

Cost: Solar panels can vary in price, and it’s important to consider your budget when selecting panels. Be sure to evaluate the cost of the panels alongside their efficiency, durability, and warranty to determine the best value for your investment.

Compatibility with your system: Make sure the panels you choose are compatible with your solar energy system and the inverter you selected.

Will going solar help reduce my electric bill?

Yes, going solar can help reduce your electric bill. When you install a solar energy system, the solar panels generate electricity from the sun, which can offset your reliance on traditional utility companies. This means that you may be able to reduce or even eliminate your monthly electricity bills.

The savings you can achieve by going solar will depend on several factors, including the size of your solar energy system, the amount of electricity you consume, and the cost of electricity in your area. In general, the more electricity your solar panels can generate, the more significant your potential savings on your electric bill.
Net metering programs are available for homeowners with solar energy systems in many areas. Net metering allows homeowners to earn credits for any excess electricity their solar panels generate and send back to the grid. These credits can then be used to offset the cost of electricity from the grid when the solar panels are not generating enough electricity to meet the home’s needs.
Overall, going solar is a smart way to reduce reliance on traditional utility companies and lower electric bills over time.

Will adding a battery to my solar system make me more energy independent?

Yes, adding a battery to your solar energy system can make you more energy independent. When you install a battery as part of your solar energy system, you can store excess electricity generated by your solar panels during the day and use it at night or during periods of low solar production. This can reduce your reliance on the electrical grid and help you to be more self-sufficient.

Without a battery, any excess electricity generated by the solar panels that you do not use immediately will be sent back to the grid. If your solar panels do not generate enough electricity to meet your needs, you will need to draw electricity from the grid.

Adding a battery to your solar energy system allows you to store excess electricity generated by your solar panels and use it when you need it, even when the sun isn’t shining. This can help you to reduce your reliance on traditional utility companies and be more energy independent.

Adding a battery to your solar energy system will increase the overall cost of the system. However, the potential benefits of increased energy independence and reduced reliance on traditional utility companies may outweigh the additional cost for many homeowners.

Solar Battery Backup vs Generator: Which is the Best for my home?

When it comes to choosing between a solar battery backup and a generator for your home, there are several factors to consider:

Reliability: A solar battery backup is generally considered more reliable than a generator, as it doesn’t rely on fuel or mechanical parts that can fail. A solar battery backup can provide continuous power if sufficient sunlight recharges the batteries.

Cost: Solar battery backups are typically more expensive upfront than generators, but they can save you money in the long run by reducing your dependence on the grid and reducing your energy bills.

Maintenance: Solar battery backups require minimal maintenance, while generators require regular maintenance and fueling.

Noise: Solar battery backups are quiet, while generators can be loud and disruptive.
Power output: Generators can produce more power than solar battery backups, making them better suited for large homes or homes with high energy demands.

Ultimately, the best choice for your home depends on your specific needs and preferences. For example, a generator may be a better choice if you live in an area with frequent power outages, have a large home, or have high energy demands.

However, a solar battery backup may be the better option if you prioritize reliability, sustainability, and long-term savings.

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