We encourage customers to buy solar for their home. The financial incentives are much better with a purchase and you can actually own your power. However, Sandbar Solar does have loan and leasing programs that we can provide if needed.
We wrote an article outlining the exact steps. Take a look at the article here.
Under normal situations without battery backup, your solar system will not be operational during a power outage. Safety requirements prohibit energy feeding back to the grid when the power is out. In this case, your system will automatically turn back on when power is restored. If you have a battery back-up however, (energy storage system), you can set up your solar system to remain operational, along with certain key loads, during a power outage.
You can only store energy with an energy storage system that we can provide and install for you. Sandbar Solar will work with you to see if a traditional grid tied solar system or one with energy storage is in your best interest. With energy storage battery back-up, you will have peace of mind that certain key loads, (lights, computers, refrigerator, etc…), will remain on during a power outage.
Most Sandbar Solar systems will provide you with a monitoring system where you can view your kilowatt hour production. You can also check the inverter. The inverter screen provides information about how much power the system is generating. It also has the ability to display historical generation data.
Yes, utilities typically have a service charge. Net metering insures you get credited for all the energy you produce. Solar will significantly reduce your bill, no matter how much power you use. Read more here.
Depending on your utility and agreement you may receive a bill monthly or an annual “true up” will occur 12 months after the homeowner solar system is interconnected. If you are “trued up” you will receive a monthly notice, but not be charged for consumption on a monthly basis.
The California state incentives have expired. However, there is still a federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) still available. The ITC is calculated at 30% of the net system cost. We recommend speaking with your tax attorney about the ITC.
Your solar system will qualify for a property tax exemption. The value of your solar is subtracted from the total property value. Sandbar recommends speaking with tax attorney.
Your solar panels are under warranty for 25 years. However, solar panels are expected to produce for well over 30 years.