GETTING STARTED

In preparation for your free site visit, it is necessary to have a sense of your electricity needs. For a grid-tie solar system, it is helpful to pull together your electricity usage data in kilowatt-hours for the past 12 months. This information can be found on a years’ worth of monthly utility bill statements, or you can contact your utility directly for this data.

solar1If Xcel Energy is your electricity provider, you can acquire your annual electricity usage in kilowatt-hours online at http://www.xcelenergy.com or by calling 800.895.4999.

During your free site visit, we will:

    • discuss your annual electricity usage
    • check your solar access and the most ideal location for your solar system
    • evaluate your roofing material and roof tilt for a flush-mount system, or your available area for a pole-mount or ground-mount system
    • determine whether you want to produce all or part of your own electricity
    • analyze your appliances, energy use and opportunities for conservation

Shortly thereafter, we will provide you with a proposal and cost estimate, including:

    • in-depth analysis on the best options for your system’s design and location
    • computer-generated color photos and graphs illustrating your annual solar access
    • detailed breakdown of environmental benefits and pollution offsets
    • estimates for appropriate rebates and other financial incentives
    • description and illustration of proposed location of solar panels
    • comparison of multiple options for your solar system, if applicable

Scheduling a site visit is a risk-free, no-obligation way to see if a PV solar system is a good option for you.  Click here to schedule your free site visit now.

HOW PV SOLAR WORKS

“Photovoltaic” is a term used to describe the solar technology utilized to generate electricity. The abbreviation PV often is used to refer to solar electricity systems—in contrast to systems that heat water, which are called “solar thermal” systems.

When they are struck by energy from the sun’s rays, the panels’ photovoltaic technology generates electrical voltage and current. solar2This energy is measured in watts.

A solar electric system installed on a home or business and connected to the electrical utility company’s service at the same time is called a grid-tie solar system. A system like this uses net metering. When the solar system is producing more energy than you’re using—during the day—your electric meter spins backward, giving you credit for generating your own electricity.

When you start using energy in the evening your meter spins forward, drawing from the utility grid. Because the solar system produces some or all of your electrical power, you only pay the utility company for the net energy that you use from the grid.

With the Solar*Rewards program administered by Xcel Energy, regardless of whether you utilize the energy when it is produced or it rolls out to the utility grid, an additional production meter installed by the utility will ensure that you are paid for every kilowatt-hour produced by the solar system for the first 10 years, as part of your financial incentive package. This allows you to realize the benefits of net metering, as well as receiving a monthly Production-Based Incentive (PBI).