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People in Massachusetts considering a solar energy system investment to offset some or all of their electricity costs soon realize there are a lot of things to consider. Some may choose to do independent research. Others may choose to first locate a contractor or two for advice. This is common and practical no matter what your home improvement may be. But as solar power has become more affordable, competition has stiffened. And many consumer advocates are suggesting that homeowners are best served by first finding and consulting an installer they feel they can trust.

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It may be intimidating to some to start a search using terms like “solar energy” or “solar photovoltaics”. And to be sure, those words cover a lot of ground with respect to the technology behind the products. For starters, there are multiple components, including a solar panel, a solar inverter, or some other safety equipment like an automatic disconnect. There are also long lists of rules, regulations, and best practices that are implied or mandated every time a solar energy system is designed. It only makes sense to reach out to professional installers to more quickly get informed. And this is where the separation of solar installation partners often begins.

Bigger is not always better.

Although cliche, this is true for solar. And the biggest installers don’t always score the highest or maintain top reputations. In fact, some  face national scrutiny at times. Installers may frequently change suppliers or product manufacturers, without necessarily informing their customers. Others, like SunRa Solar, Inc., chose to work with limited suppliers in an effort to establish robust and long term relationships for both price and quality. In our opinion, reputable solar installers should strive to do the following:

  • Stay current with advances in solar technology. An installer doesn't necessarily need to know what is happening at the research and development level. But we best serve customers by knowing what improvements have been made that deliver better performance AND value. Just being newer and more expensive is not always best.
  • Keep in touch with local and national regulations. Codes, rules, and requirements change with varying frequency.
  • Learn from experience. The longer we have been in practice, the more we learn. Installers should constantly refine practices from design to the smallest details during installation. The goal will always be to deliver the highest performance at the best value. And after years of serving the area, we still find ways to do the job better.
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A reputable solar installer does not necessarily do more work or know more than another installer. However, a local company must build upon reputation. Solar energy systems must be reliable and productive. Business practices must ensure that the product and workmanship are always approaching the highest quality possible. Local companies like SunRa Solar rely more on the satisfaction of each customer. Where larger regional or national solar installers might tolerate unhappy customers by simply selling more, a more focused and reputable firm will more often do what is in the best interest of each customer. Nothing or no one promotes a company better than its customers.

If you want to know more about how SunRa Solar can better serve customers in each Massachusetts town and city, simply click to Contact Us directly. 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.