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Equipment is Part of The Cost of Home Solar Energy

What You Need to Know Purchasing Solar Energy

2 Parts for Home Solar Energy

Home solar energy is unique from buying almost anything else because it requires two different things. Although home solar requires two parts, both parts are being purchased simultaneously. The first part of home solar is the equipment needed to produce solar energy. The second part is solar installation, which is construction. It’s easy for homeowners to price solar equipment but shopping the cost of solar installation construction is not so easy.

Equipment is Part of The Cost of Home Solar Energy
What You Need to Know Purchasing Solar Energy

The First Part of Home Solar Energy is Solar Panels and Related Equipment

A home solar system requires solar panels, inverters, Rails, Electrical wiring, and clamps. What frequently happens is homeowners considering solar panels go online and get the prices of these various products. They add up the cost of the solar products and determine the cost they were quoted for solar installation is ridiculously high. As a solar advocate, this is the number one complaint that I have heard from homeowners considering solar.

Who would buy all the pieces of a car without considering what it costs to put the car together? The interesting thing about solar energy is that men research it 75% versus women 25%, and generally men are more mechanically inclined. Men tend to think along the lines of doing it themself and go online and find the cost of the equipment. It doesn’t take long for a homeowner to figure out home solar is not a DIY project, because it involves a construction crew, engineered plans, and permitting. Anyone considering DIY might be disregarding what solar installation involves once you have the equipment.

The Second Part of Home Solar is Installation

Solar installation is completely different from solar equipment for so many reasons. Solar installation requires a General Contractor, who in turn hires sub-contractors to install solar energy systems. Anyone can buy solar panels and related equipment, but only a GC can install that equipment.

The cost of insurance, vehicles, travel, permitting, and engineered plans are all part of the equation for solar installation. Now, add in the cost of labor to do the installation, and you may have a better idea of what the installation side of home solar entails. The cost of solar installation is as great if not greater than the cost of solar panels and related equipment.

Equipment is Part of The Cost of Home Solar Energy
Solar Energy: Net Metering is Awesome for Homeowners

General Contractors Rule the Solar Industry

How you choose to buy solar is critical because a homeowner needs a licensed solar installation company that isn’t going to overcharge them. This is why Your Solar Advocate exists because far too many local solar installation companies have excessive overhead that inflates the cost of solar for their customers. 

Our National Brand partner has done over 25,000 solar installations and has exceeded 1 billion dollars in revenue. Our job is to provide homeowners with the soundest advice and transparency through the entire process of home solar installation. 

The problem with local solar companies is they handle a large amount of other people’s money for a relatively small profit. It doesn’t take much to go wrong for a solar company to start robbing Peter to pay Paul, and ultimately go out of business.

Your Solar Advocate does not handle one cent of your money, every penny goes to our National Installation partner. Our National Solar Installation Partner is a Licensed General Contractor company that brings brand-name solar panels and related equipment, solar installation sub-contractors, and solar advocates together on one platform. all members of the platform are certified experts in the solar field.

From the start, your money is secure because our National Solar Installation partner isn’t going to behave as many local solar companies have by mishandling other people’s money. Your Solar Advocate serves as a solution to the problems that have arisen from local solar companies going out of business because of mishandling other people’s money.

Equipment is Part of The Cost of Home Solar Energy

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Create a Home Solar Plan

Determine Your Primary Objective for Home Solar

I Want to Get the Maximum Financial Benefit from Solar

To achieve the maximum financial benefits from solar requires tier one solar panels and inverter without battery backup. Without question paying cash for a home solar system offers the greatest return on investment from it. Buying a basic no frill home solar system for cash is a ‘Free” investment because you’re using the power company’s money. Paying cash for a basic no frill home solar system is the ideal scenario for the greatest return on investment.

I Want Battery Backup to Have Power During Power Outages

Partial battery backup is a nice luxury to have but it comes at a price. Expect about 15% to 20% less return on investment than without battery backup. Partial battery backup is a necessity for anyone with medical devices and do not have the luxury of losing power during outages.

I Want Whole Home Battery Backup

Homeowners that purchase whole home solar frequently need additional power for charging EV’s. Whole home battery backup features state-of-the-art Tesla Powerwall 3, which doesn’t require an electrical panel upgrade. Whole home backup is ideal for higher income households that enjoy the finer things in life and can afford them. Make no mistake about it, the return on investment is diminished with whole home solar battery backup because they are expensive. Expect about 35% to 50% less return on investment.

The Condition of a Roof is Critical for Home Solar

New Home

New homes are perfect for solar energy for several reasons. New homes run at peak   efficiency which means a smaller solar system is required. In addition, the roof and solar panels will age simultaneously. The combination of peak efficiency and a new roof is the perfect scenario for home solar.

Recently Replaced Roofs

There’s no better time to go solar than when a new roof is installed. A new roof will age simultaneously with the solar panels. In some situations, doing solar and the new roof in one package can qualify for a greater ITC tax credit.

Roof Needs Replacing

It’s recommended to purchase a new roof and solar in one package to get the best cost possible. If you purchase a new roof and solar panels together as a package, you can apply the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for the entire combined system.   An older roof will not pass a solar installation contractors site inspection. Solar cannot be installed on an aging roof, and it must be replaced. It’s Imperative to consult with a tax professional or check the latest guidelines from the IRS

Determine Payment Method for Home Solar

I Want to Purchase Home Solar for Cash

Unlike the auto industry that makes huge profits from finance contracts the solar industry does not make additional income from financing. Because solar financing is a huge pain for everybody involved most solar companies prefer a cash sale. Homeowners reap greater financial benefits from paying cash for solar. Paying cash for solar energy by far, offers the greatest return on investment. 

I Want to Finance Home Solar

Financing solar is tricky because traditional banks don’t do solar loans. The solar industry includes finance companies that exclusively finance solar systems. These specialty finance companies have a high credit score requirements and include additional closing costs that run into thousands of dollars. 

Financed solar systems cost more per kilowatt compared to paying cash. Financing is tricky because anybody that has excellent credit can obtain their own loan for a much shorter term and without closing costs. Buying a home solar system with a credit card can benefit from perks as well. 

I Want to Lease Home Solar

Leasing home solar is great for the environmentally conscious homeowners that want solar but can’t afford to purchase it. It’s difficult to determine the real savings for homeowners from leasing a solar system because they are renting from the power company and leasing solar is the same thing. Leasing has additional challenges when you sell your home because it has to be transferred to the new homeowners. Paying cash and financing home solar systems is a straight-forward purchase agreement, leasing not so much. If you want to break away from dirty energy, then leasing a solar system is for you. Leasing home solar offers a percentage of monthly savings off what you presently pay the power company, but they are long term agreements.

Equipment is Part of The Cost of Home Solar Energy

Determine Kilowatt Hour Offset - Solar System Size

Partial Offset

Many homeowners choose to purchase a smaller home solar system to start out and expand it later. This option is quite popular with cash buyers because it’s less strain on the wallet. If a homeowner consumes 1000kW of power per month but their solar produces 60% of kilowatt consumption, that equals a 60% Offset. A 60% Offset means a homeowner will get a power bill for the 40% that’s not being Offset.

100% Offset

100% Offset means a solar system is designed and sized to cover an entire average monthly kilowatt consumption of a home. It’s not possible to get an exact 100% Offset because of different variables, the most important one being the fluctuating power consumption by a household. Places like Florida have extreme differences in kilowatt consumption due to heavy A/C usage during summer months. Most 100% home solar systems will produce 90% to 110% offset of monthly kilowatt usage.

130% Offset

130% Offset is popular with EV owners for obvious reasons, they have to charge their EV. Oversizing is also popular with growing families anticipating increased power consumption as their children grow. 130% Offset is also popular with homeowner’s solar systems designed with a whole home battery backup system that can store excess production.

Understanding the 30% Federal ITC Tax Credit is Important

Meet or Exceed Income to Qualify for Tax Credit

To meet or exceed the ITC Solar Tax Credit requirements means your annual income tax liability is much greater than the amount of your solar tax credit. If you owe $20000 in income taxes for the year you purchased home solar, and your tax credit is $5,000 you will then pay $15000 income taxes. The most important thing to do is consult with an income tax expert to be sure you qualify before buying home solar.

Do Not Qualify for Solar Tax Credit

Any homeowner who does not owe or pay annual federal income taxes does not qualify for the Solar ITC Tax Credit. The tax credit should not be calculated into any solar deal. 

Not Sure if You Qualify for Solar Tax Credit

Consult with an income tax expert to be sure you qualify before buying home solar. Tax professionals can help you to determine if you qualify for the ITC solar tax credit. It’s imperative to consult with a tax professional or check the latest guidelines from the IRS to be certain you qualify for the ITC solar tax credit.

Local Solar Company

  • Bloated with expenses from overhead and staff
  • Misrepresentation by Salespeople about what to expect
  • Warranties Local companies frequently go out of business
  • Tax Credit Misrepresentation

National Brand Solar Company

  • Misrepresentation about what to expect from home solar
  • Expensive
  • Long Distance relationship
  • Lack Flexibility

Your Solar Advocate and National Brand Solar Installation Company Combined

  • Your Solar Advocate is Partnered with a National Brand Solar Installation Company with Over 25,000 Installations
  • We are Partnered with a National Brand Solar Installation Company that has staying power for Warranties
  • Our National Brand Partner has Exceeded Over 1 Billion Dollars in Revenue Resulting in Buying Power for Solar Equipment
  • Your Solar Advocate represents the homeowner’s best interest exclusively

Equipment is Part of The Cost of Home Solar Energy

Equipment is Part of The Cost of Home Solar Energy

Instant Solar Proposal

Solar Wizard Calculates the Size and Cost Based on Your Monthly Power Bill

Icon

Fast & Easy Proposal

Icon

Indepth Proposal

Select Your State Of Residence or Service Area

Icon

FL

Icon

dukeenergy

Icon

fpl

Icon

teco

Hi ,
Besides saving money on your utility bill, what else motivates you to go solar?
(please choose one)

Icon

Be more Green

Icon

Use more Power
Guilt Free
(i.e. AC/Devices)

Icon

Fear of Outages
(i.e. Grid Down)

Icon

Cash in on 'Going
Solar' Incentives

What best describes you?

Icon

I’m retired or dreaming of retirement

Icon

I just bought my first home

Icon

I’m ready to start my career/family

Icon

My kids are in college

Fill in the blank. When picking a solar partner, getting the best            is most important to me.
(please choose one)

Icon

Warranty

Icon

Value

Icon

Technology

Icon

Company

I'm interested in (select one)...

Icon

Solar PV only

Icon

Solar PV

Icon

+ Storage

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Solar PV

Icon

+ EV

Icon

Solar PV

Icon

+ Storage

Icon

+ EV

What best describes you?

Icon

I have an EV

Icon

I want an EV

Thank You !
We're building your solar persona.

Now, it's time to calculate the perfect system size for your house and find out how much you can save when you go solar.

Solar Wizard

is calculating your system size

Here are your results!

Panel


Environmental Impact ( years)

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metric tons

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car miles driven

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Number of Trees Planted


# of Panels:

System size:

Battery:

How do you plan on aquiring your system?

# of Panels:

System size:

Battery:

Environmental Impact
( years)

Icon

metric tons

Icon

car miles driven

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Number of Trees Planted


# of Panels:

System size:

Battery:

Thank You !

Please schedule your no-obligation ‘going solar’ consultant so we can provide a detailed quote for your home. If possible, upload a copy of your utility bill so we can better assess your possibilities.

All personal information is confidential.

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FL

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dukeenergy

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fpl

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teco

I'm interested in (select one)...

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Solar PV only

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Solar PV

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+ Storage

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Solar PV

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+ EV

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Solar PV

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+ Storage

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+ EV

What best describes you?

Icon

I have an EV

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I want an EV

Thank You !
We're building your solar persona.

Now, it's time to calculate the perfect system size for your house and find out how much you can save when you go solar.

Solar Wizard

is calculating your system size

Here are your results!

Panel


Environmental Impact ( years)

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metric tons

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car miles driven

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Number of Trees Planted


# of Panels:

System size:

Battery:

How do you plan on aquiring your system?

# of Panels:

System size:

Battery:

Environmental Impact
( years)

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metric tons

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car miles driven

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Number of Trees Planted


# of Panels:

System size:

Battery:

Thank You !

Please schedule your no-obligation ‘going solar’ consultant so we can provide a detailed quote for your home. If possible, upload a copy of your utility bill so we can better assess your possibilities.

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