Everything You Need to Know Before Going Solar

If you’re thinking of going solar, there are a few things to know before you make the final decision, and we’re here to support you on that road. In this guide, we'll explain the basics of solar energy and give you a comprehensive overview of what it takes to install a solar power system, why you and everyone on this planet should do it, and how much it’ll cost you.Text

Solar Power Basics

Solar Power 101

A quick overview of solar system components, costs, government incentives, and installation options.

Solar System Types

Compare grid-tie, off-grid, and backup power systems to understand which is the right choice for your home.

Net Metering

Find out what Net Metering is, how it works, and how you can be credited for the energy you produce.

Why Go Solar?

Not only is solar energy great for the environment, but it also allows homeowners to save money on their monthly electric bills. Grid-connected solar homeowners can rack up (tens of) thousands in energy savings over the life of their solar panels. For those without grid access, an off-grid solar system can deliver power to remote locations, giving the people the freedom and independence to turn any property with sunshine into a place they can call home.

In this section, we outline the benefits of solar to help you decide whether solar is a good fit for you.

Is Solar Right For Me?

Solar comes with great benefits but it is not suitable for all properties. Learn how to evaluate your property to see if solar is a good fit for you.

Benefits of Solar

Besides being eco-friendly, solar power is more cost-effective than utility power. Discover the benefits that solar power has to offer.

Solar Tax Credit

The 26% solar tax credit offers a major financial incentive for going solar. If you owe taxes, you're probably eligible to claim the credit.

What Do You Need to Go Solar

For those seriously considering going solar, this section gives an overview of the entire process from start to finish. We'll walk you through everything step-by-step, from sizing and designing your system, to filing a permit and getting it installed.

If you're willing to invest the time and energy, you can save a tremendous amount of money taking charge of your own solar project (rather than hiring a full-service installer to do everything for you). This section gives a realistic overview of the process of going solar so you can see what kind of work is involved.

DIY Solar

Save money on your solar project by buying a DIY solar panel kit and installing it yourself or contracting a local installer. Find out what it takes to manage your own solar installation.

Solar Components

This buying guide will help you evaluate major components like solar panels, inverters, batteries, and racking materials. Learn how to compare products and shop for the best deal.

Solar System Sizing

There’s no one-size-fits-all solar power system. You’ll need to consider factors like your personal energy usage, roof facing, and sunlight availability during the sizing process.

Installing Solar Panels

Compare the costs of DIY vs. full-service installation to see which approach works best for you.

Getting Solar Permit

Every jurisdiction has a unique permitting process. This section explains how to navigate the permitting process smoothly and get your PTO.

Solar Costs & ROI

Learn how to estimate your cost of going solar based on your energy needs. We'll also help you calculate your payback period and potential energy savings over the lifespan of your solar panels.

If you're looking for a way to finance your solar project, we'll help you compare the most common financing options in the solar industry, including personal loans, solar leases, and PPAs (Power Purchase Agreements).

Cost of Solar Panels

The cost of solar varies depending on factors unique to your project, like personal energy usage and local sunlight availability. Our solar calculator can help you estimate how much it would cost to go solar.

Solar Payback Period & ROI

One of the reasons to go solar is the significant ROI in the long run. Not only you’ll be saving, but you can also turn profits from going solar. Learn how to calculate your potential ROI and payback period.

Solar Financing

Compare financing options to help you get started with solar power. This section outlines the pros and cons of solar loans, leases, and PPAs against the value of buying and owning your system outright.

Solar Calculator

How much do solar panels cost? Use our easy solar panel calculator to get a quick estimate of how many solar panels you’ll need for your home.
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