Home Solar Frequently Asked Questions

If you are considering a Solar PV system for your home, you probably have some questions. Some of the more common ones are below. For any additional questions, please contact us and we’ll be happy to provide answers.

Q: How many solar panels will I need?

A: Sun-Wind Solutions will help you calculate the solar panel array size based on your annual usage, the available area and various other site conditions. Roof angle, compass orientation, and the amount of obstructions (trees, etc.) all contribute to the potential production.

Q: How much does a home solar panel installation cost?

A: There are many factors that determine the final cost of your home solar panel array. Site conditions specific to your property, quality and capacity of your current electric service, solar panel array hardware selection, state of CT and federal tax credits, incentives and various other dynamics all influence final value. The good news is, solar site evaluations, consultations and proposals are all FREE. It costs you absolutely nothing to find out if solar energy is right for you.

Q: What CT solar rebates and incentives are available and how do I take advantage of them?

A: Many states offer some sort of residential solar incentive program. These incentives come in various forms and dollar levels. Connecticut offers an up-front residential rebate based on the estimated annual production of the solar panel array we design for you. After netting out the state of CT rebate, you can receive a renewable energy federal tax credit for 30% of the remaining balance. Sun-Wind Solutions will make all arrangements to apply for and secure your CT state rebate. Your tax advisor can provide guidance toward securing your federal renewable energy tax credit.

Q: How much maintenance is required?

A: Solar panels are generally maintenance-free. If excessive dirt builds up, a light cleaning may be required every year or so.

Q: Will I have power during a service interruption from my utility provider?

A: Most typical solar panel systems, except in very rural areas, are grid-tied which allows you to net-meter. For safety reasons, all grid-tied solar panel systems shut down when service is interrupted. When service is restored, your solar panel system will automatically resume production. All inverters should have a UL listing and have a NEC 1741 certification. If you would like to have power during a service interruption, we can design a system that gives you that option.

Q: How does “grid-tied” and “net-metering” work?

A: Grid-tied means you are still connected to your local utility company which allows you to take advantage of net-metering. At times your solar system may produce an amount of electricity in excess of your current on-site needs. Net Metering allows this excess production to be “sold” back to your local electricity provider. Conversely, when you require an amount of electricity in excess of what is being produced by your system, your needs will be supplemented through the purchase of electricity from your provider. A revenue grade meter records all on the “ins” and “outs” and none of your array production goes to waste

Q: Will solar panels make my house look ugly?

A: Not at all! If aesthetics are a major concern, we have the solutions. Our team has worked long and hard to source a wide variety of premium materials that, used in a specific combination and custom designed for your home, creates an appearance that any homeowner will be proud of. Please visit our Solutions Gallery to see examples of past projects.

Q: How will the installation of a solar array affect the value of my property?

A: For every dollar you save on energy costs the first year, your home’s value increases by $20 (according to the Appraisers Association of America from a study funded by the United States EPA and HUD).