Solar FAQs

Solar Costs

Aren’t solar power systems expensive?

Not anymore, and not with Ipsun Power. We make solar accessible to everyone regardless of income. But now, with advances in technology and the growth of the industry, as well as with with state and federal incentives and innovative financing programs, solar is not only a much more affordable energy option, it actually pays for itself through savings and the additional income your system will generate for you.

What is the average price of a solar array?

Answer: $3-$4/Watt

The cost for a customer to purchase a solar array is generally measured as a price per Watt, which represents the full cost of an installation including design, permitting, materials, and labor. We offer systems in the range of $2.50-$4.00/Watt depending on your specific situation. That means an average system size of 5 kiloWatts (or 5,000 Watts) would cost between $12,500 and $17,500. In most cases, the majority of that cost can be recovered in the very first year after an installation through federal tax incentives, as well as energy savings. We are as transparent as possible about pricing because we stand for empowering the customer, and while we have to make sure our business remains healthy and sound we strive to do our part to keep solar affordable for residents in our region.

Where do I find my electric bill?

Answer: Check out our tutorial

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Dominion – Tutorial to find your electric bill

Do you get paper bills in the mail? Scan it or take a picture with your phone and email or text it to your solar consultation representative

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Pepco – Tutorial to find your electric bill

Do you get paper bills in the mail? Scan it or take a picture with your phone and email or text it to your solar consultation representative

What kind of tax benefits are there for solar?

The tax benefits differ per state, but one of the biggest benefits is the Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC), which has been significant in the support for solar growth nationwide. The ITC is worth 30% of the system’s cost and can be claimed by the system’s owner. This credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction in the amount of federal taxes owed.

What is the difference between a tax deduction and a tax credit?

Tax deductions reduce taxpayer’s taxable income. Tax credits reduce owed taxes.

Should I buy or lease my solar system?

The decision to buy or lease depends largely on your personal preference. Each option provides differing benefits for short-term and long-term savings. Tax benefits, credit score and financial position are also important factors in determining which option works best for your situation and needs. Your solar assessment specialist will be able to better explain the benefits of each.

Do you offer financing?

Answer: Yes, multiple options.

We work with several banks that provide loan financing with competitive terms. We also partner with companies that can help you defray the upfront cost of a solar system by purchasing your Renewable Energy Credits upfront when you purchase a system. In some jurisdictions, you can pay for upwards of 80% of the cost of a system over the course of the first year with federal and local incentives and energy savings. This can even help to reduce the need for financing in some situations. Power Purchase Agreements are not offered; we encourage homeowners to enjoy the benefits of solar ownership.

What is your payment structure?

Answer: 65% upfront, 35% at completion.

Our contract is standard, easy to understand, and allows you to a choice of payment options. You can either pay:

65% upfront at contract signing, and

35% at completion of installation

or:

25% at contract signing,

50% at equipment order,

15% at completion of installation, and

10% at final interconnection.

These options are to provide you with maximum flexibility based on your financial needs. We look forward to earning your business and showing you the value of a solar installation purchase!

Do I get paid for my extra energy production?

Extra solar produced by your system is measured before being sent into the grid. Once sent in, it will offset your future electricity use and costs.

Solar Process and Function

What if I need a new roof?

Answer: We have roofing partners

The best time to install a new roof is when you install a solar system, as it allows you to receive the Federal Investment Tax Credit of 30% on both the roof and the solar system. That means that you receive a very large discount not just on your solar system, but on the substantial cost of your roof as well. We partner with Apex Roofing to offer roof services and installation.

Will a solar power system generate enough electricity for my home/business and does the electricity work differently?

After performing a free consultation, our solar assessment specialists will recommend a system that will function at the capacity you and your home require for complete efficiency. The electricity generated by your system is connected seamlessly into your existing electrical panel and is sent back to the utility grid when you generate more than you use. You will not be able to notice any difference.

How long does it take to get my system up and running?

Ipsun Power consistently beats the competition for speed of installation. Where many solar providers are 4-6 months out on their installations, Ipsun Power can schedule your installation within 1-2 months, while the actual installation typically takes 1-2 days.

How long does the whole process take?

Answer: 20 days from signing to installation followed by interconnection and activation.

From contract signing to system installation can take as little as 20 days during which time we will design your final system, process your permits, purchase the components, and get everything ready for the installation day. After installation, your system will typically take another 30-60 days for interconnection, which is the responsibility of your utility, so they control the speed of the process. Once the system is interconnected and turned on, you can begin using the system and realizing the benefits, as well as register for Renewable Energy Credits (RECs). We will help you register for the RECs, which generally take another 30-60 days for approval, and finally we will help you register those RECs with the appropriate database so that you can sell them off, if you choose. Simple as that!

Will I still need my utility?

Yes, typically. Your solar power system generates electricity when the sun is out, during the peak hours of demand. But your utility will continue to supply your electricity at night and at other times when you are using more electricity than you are generating.

Will you help me handle all the paperwork to register and permit the system?

Answer: Yes

We will manage all the paperwork to register a system with the utility and public service commission, in order to obtain your net meter and interconnect your system to the electricity grid. This means that you’ll be able to benefit from accruing credit on your utility account when your solar produces more energy than you can use, and get energy from the grid when you need it like at night. It also allows your system to generate Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) if applicable in your jurisdiction.

We will also process all permits and handle approval of your system from your city or county, and if necessary you homeowners’ association (HOA). If the thought of red-tape and bureaucracy bothers you, no worries! We handle it all so that within a few short weeks you’re on the path to a clean energy future.

Can I monitor how much electricity my system is producing? What if I don’t have an internet connection?

Answer: Yes – Cellular connectivity is possible

We offer monitoring for every single system that we install, and have options for monitoring with a cellular signal for those without a reliable broadband internet connection.

While there is always the potential for data lag from the solar data servers to impact your instantaneous solar production monitoring, production history is always available so that the customer can easily review record-setting energy generation on clear, sunny days and compare data from past months and even years.

How does snow or other weather affect my solar panels and power production?

It doesn’t have to be completely sunny for your panels to produce electricity. In bad weather, your panel production won’t be 100%, but they will still be producing power. The exception is a snowstorm. If it snows enough for there to be a significant accumulation on your panels, no energy will be produced. However, snow slides easily off the panels, and panels are typically located where your roof gets the most exposure. Snow days will be factored into your system’s projected production. In Utah, there is an average of 5.26 daylight hours. This factors in snow and cloudy days. Solar panels can handle some pretty tough weather. Most solar panels are guaranteed to withstand one-inch hail at 55 miles per hour. They are also built to withstand direct lightning strikes.

What happens if I need to remove my system?

Answer: Yes, we can remove it.

We are happy to give you a quote at any time showing the cost to remove and reinstall the system, should the need arise.

If moving the system to a different location, other charges would apply. Keep in mind that any estimate about energy production your solar system are location-specific, and so installing those panels in a different place, oriented a different way, at a different angle, under different conditions will likely impact the utility bill offset and environmental benefits of the solar energy system.

Solar Products and Warranty

What sort of solar systems do you offer? Can I upgrade my system?

Answer: Many brands including premium and All-American

We provide the option for American-made systems including manufacturers like Enphase. You can always upgrade your system if you would like panels that have a higher wattage capacity, backup battery storage, home energy monitoring and data collection, or other new technologies. We provide electric vehicle charger installations as well. Our electrical expertise allows us to be a one-stop-shop for your energy efficient solar and electric improvements.

What types product and workmanship warranties does Ipsun Power provide on solar?

Answer: 25 years on hardware, 10 years on labor

We offer a 25-year warranty on the solar panels and inverters, as well as a 10-year warranty on workmanship. That’s a longer warranty than you’ll find on just about anything you will ever purchase!

How long will my solar system last and what is the warranty?

The solar panel warranty is 25 years. Panels are projected to continue to work for up to 50 years with some loss in efficiency. The inverter warranty varies from 10 to 25 years, depending on the type needed for your installation.

How does it look aesthetically?

Our customers have fallen in love with the look of solar on their roof. The look of solar has changed over the last few years as the technology has advanced. Panels are thinner and lighter and are now available with a darker blue inner and a black frame. Once solar is on your roof, it will blend in as good or better when comparing with roof vents or a satellite dish. Some say, “it’s bling for your roof!” Ultimately, you should request to see photos of an installation or go see one in person. Ask us for a list of homes/businesses that you can view, or click on one of our galleries.

How much does a panel weigh? Size? Production?

The average panel used in our installations is 62 x 42 x 1.5 inches and weighs 41 pounds. This same panel produces over 325 watts, which means during perfect sunlight conditions, it will produce over 325 watts per hour.

If the power goes out, will my home solar power system keep producing electricity?

No. For safety reasons, your home solar power system will automatically shut off if the power goes out. This is to protect utility workers who might be working on power lines in the event of an outage. You will not have power during this time unless you were to have a battery backup system installed to support a small portion of your home’s electricity needs.

Do the solar panels degrade over time?

Yes. The crystalline silicon cells degrade slightly over time due to exposure of UV light. This happens at a rate of about .4% per year. Panels now carry a linear warranty, meaning they are guaranteed not to degrade more than this amount per year for 25 years. All of our financial models take this degradation into account. Plus, solar is still considered to be an appreciating asset of real property due to the average annual increase in national power rates of 5%.

Do you have a monitoring system?

Yes. We include lifetime monitoring with our Enphase microinverter system. This allows you to see live production of your system. Enphase also monitors your system and sends you monthly production reports. It also alerts you and us if there is a problem with your system.

Moving Home and HOAs

What if I sell my house or am planning to sell my house or move?

Reports show that solar often increases home values and transferring to a new owner is simple. Based on your purchase option, your solar assessment specialist can provide more information on the transfer process when selling a home with solar.

Can my homeowners association (HOA) stop me from installing solar on my home?

While most states have laws providing protection against restricting solar, there are rarely any issues with HOA or neighborhood organizations interfering with installation. Your HOA may ask you to modify the design and/or location for aesthetic reasons, as long as the changes don’t significantly impact electricity production (a decrease greater than 10%) or cost more than $2,000.

Questions? Contact Ipsun Power to get your solar questions answered.