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Some Answers to Common Solar Energy Questions

If you don’t find your question listed here, we invite you to Contact Us to get quick answers. We strive to provide you with all the information you may need.

The best place to start your investigation is to determine your annual average electricity usage from your utility bills. This helps you set a ceiling for what a solar energy system may need to provide for you.

You next should determine how suitable your home may be for an appropriately designed and sized system. SunRa Solar offers free consultation to help you evaluate this.

Yes. The combination of steadily increasing power costs, state and federal incentives, and historically low hardware costs mean solar economics work better than ever. And because there is enough sunshine each year, many of our customers are covering all of their electricity needs. We are certain Massachusetts a great place for homeowners to save money provided by a well-engineered solar energy system.

We will gladly provide you with a quotation after a quick consult.

Yes. We view every home as a unique set of circumstances — both the family’s needs and the physical circumstances related to your home.

Solar panels continue to produce in winter months, although the time of exposure to sunlight is less. Lower temperatures make the panels slightly more efficient, as well.

Importantly, a well-designed solar energy systems will shed snow relatively quickly after a storm has passed.

Yes. Contact us to get more details about your hardware options, the associated warranties, and our workmanship guarantee.

After initial contact, SunRa Solar is committed to expedient consultation, design, procurement, permitting, and installation. Often we are able to help our customers realize their energy savings in weeks.

SunRa Solar is consistently shopping for the best financing options for our customers. Whether purchasing and financing or just leasing, we partner with some of the most reputable names in the industry. Our goal is to provide each customer with an affordable, turnkey system to meet their expectation and needs.

Buying a solar energy system gives you full ownership and access to full benefits:

  • You pay your electric utility only for the difference in what you generate and what you use. It is possible to design systems to minimize this to nearly zero.
  • With a cash purchase this is your total monthly cost for power.
  • When you finance, your combined loan payment and utility payment are designed to deliver significant savings for you from day 1. Contact us to see the many zero down options for financing, too.
  • Once loan payments are completed, your savings grow for years.

Leasing will provide you with predictable monthly payments and savings. Your savings will be less than either purchase option.

Yes. Between your homeowners insurance and our product and workmanship guarantees, every customer is well covered and has long term peace of mind. Contact us to learn more about our remote monitoring services to help us help you in the rare circumstances where there may be a performance issue.

Still Have Questions?

We recognize that every homeowner has options about how they spend hard earned dollars to improve their home. And the process of investigating can be intimidating and nerve wracking at times. That’s why SunRa Solar welcomes any question, large or small. The more inquisitive you are, the more we can share our enthusiasm with you! Simply click to Contact Us to share your questions or thoughts. Or, give us a call!

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SunRa Solar is consistently shopping for the best financing options for our customers. Some may choose to purchase their solar energy system in full. For others, whether you choose to borrow or lease, we partner with some of the most reputable names in the industry. Our goal is to provide each customer with an affordable, turnkey system to meet their expectation and needs.

To get the most up to date information on the latest and greatest financing programs to make solar power more affordable for you, Contact Us here.

The meter is a critical part of the solar energy system. In Massachusetts, net metering allows you to use your utility company to store your energy. Unlike a traditional power meter that spins in one direction, as you produce solar energy, your meter will literally spin backwards. Then, as you use electricity at night, the net meter allows you to pull energy from the grid so you always have power.

Whenever you are generating more power than you can use, the meter tracks the amount that you transmit to the utility grid. This is why a well designed solar system can produce enough power in a summer to help offset more power needed in winter months, when the sun shines less.

Here you can read a little more about net metering.

A solar panel is an assembly of individual solar “cells”, each almost always made from different forms of silicon. Each panel differs in the numbers of cells combined, from 60 to 72 per panel, and in the technology used in the manufacture of each cell and the assembly into a panel.

Because solar panel technology is constantly improving, there are a range of panel efficiency (%) and panel rating (kW) available for design. Not every installation calls for the newest and most expensive technology. Good system design is a balance between cost and performance, and often a well-established and earlier generation panel can deliver 25+ years of affordable, reliable service.

This is why SunRa Solar stays on top of developments and offers panels from a few manufacturers including LG Solar, one of the largest brands represented in Massachusetts, and others.

Every homeowner gets an immediate savings as soon as we flip the switch and you start to generate power. If you sign up to purchase, your agreement will spell out for you each monthly payment.

If you finance some or all of your solar energy system, your savings are easily calculated by comparing the sum of your new payments to your previous bills. If you purchase a system without financing, your monthly utility payments could be negligible.

The best news, whether you purchase outright, finance a purchase, or choose a lease you will be able to predictably bank your savings. Ask us to show you how in more detail by click to Contact Us. Or simply give us a call.

Whether paying cash or borrowing, a homeowner buying a solar energy system can take advantage of the Federal Income Tax Credit (ITC) of 30%.

Homeowners buying solar in Massachusetts are no longer able to accrue and trade Solar Renewable Energy Certificates under the new program program. The Solar Mass SMART. It was known as SREC 2 or SREC II. This program allows homeowners to sell the accrued credits to utilities in blocks of 1 MWh each. To learn more about this program and its current status, visit our Learning Center.

Massachusetts also allows Net Metering, which gives the solar system owner the ability to feed back to the utility grid through a special meter any momentarily generated solar power not needed by the home. Any extra is credited in kWh (kilowatt-hours), the same units you see on your power bill.