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Is Solar Power Right for Me?

Is solar energy the right choice for me and my home?

More and more homeowners are making the switch to clean energy every day. I’m sure you’ve seen your neighbor with solar panels down the street; keep an eye out if you haven’t. They are everywhere!

A Solar Solution AZ, we have helped over 2,000 Arizona homeowners make the switch to affordable, renewable energy. While helping these homeowners, we have developed a few questions to determine whether solar energy will be beneficial to you and your home:

Do you own your home?

Do you plan on staying in your home for the next few years?

Do you pay more than $50 a month in electricity bills?

Do you want to increase the value of your house?

Do you want to have more money every month than you do now?

Do you want to help our planet and local economy?

If you answered yes to these questions, then the power of the sun may be just what you are looking for to achieve your financial goals.

However, there is a bit more to look into to make sure that you and your house are ready for solar panels. This is where having an expert solar installer on your side is incredibly valuable. Your solar installer should help you evaluate these key items, your answers will help shape your consultant’s recommendation:

What direction does your roof face?

Does your roof receive any shade during the day?

What size is your main electrical service?

Is your roof in good condition?

Keep in mind that there is no right answer to these questions, but they are crucial to help your solar installation partner determine the best program for your needs. It may be helpful to write down your answers to these questions so that you can review them with your solar consultant.

The next step is the most important. To get the most accurate information applicable to your unique scenario, it is best to sit down with an energy consultant, get a personalized recommendation and review your options from there. Our energy experts are hand-picked by our family and have over 1,000 hours of experience on average in designing and consulting solar electric systems.

Call today to get your custom home energy analysis! (520) 858-0220

What to Expect From Your Home Solar Energy Analysis

Thank you for taking the next step in learning about home solar power and what it means for you, our Tucson economy, and our beautiful planet!

Why is a Home Solar Energy Analysis important?

There is an incredible variety of solar programs available; some are tailored for young homeowners looking to increase the value of their homes, others are geared towards helping families save as much money as possible over the long term, and even programs for retirees who don’t have the option to claim tax credits.

No matter where you are in your life, one of our Solar Energy Experts will be able to provide the answers to all your solar energy questions and help you determine which solar option is best suited to your individual needs.

We also love the opportunity this gives us to connect with the community face-to-face and be active in bettering our surroundings!

Who is a Solar Energy Expert?

Our Solar Energy Experts are hand-selected from the best, most knowledgeable home solar professionals available. The average expert has over 1,000 hours of real photovoltaic solar experience. Every single expert then goes through at least 40 full hours of extensive training to ensure the highest level of customer satisfaction and confidence. We understand that this is a big decision for you and your home, so we want to make sure you have the most accurate information possible!

Why is the Solar Power Analysis done in my home?

These consultations are in-home so that we can take a look at a few factors around your home to make sure that we provide the most accurate estimate possible, and find the program that best fits your needs.

Your Solar Energy Expert will thoroughly inspect your house’s:

Main Electrical Service

Meter placement

Roof Condition

Roof Shading

Roof Orientation

Appliances/Lighting/HVAC for Inefficiency

Electricity Bill

Can the Solar Expert help me understand the tax credit?

Every Solar Energy Expert is expertly trained to help evaluate your eligibility for the 30% Federal Investment Tax Credit, and other local rebates as well.

Will I have any information to look over afterward?

After inspecting your house, evaluating your tax status, and learning about your solar goals, your Solar Energy Expert will make a customized recommendation that will maximize your solar savings. He can print this out or provide it to you via email.

What happens next?

Once we have received your information, you will be contacted by a local Tucsonan with Solar Solution AZ to set up your Free in Home Energy Analysis.

Going solar is a smart choice when you have the right information! So call now, and join over 2,000 customers in the valley who are basking in the savings our own sun provides! Call (520) 858-0220 now!

Do Solar Panels Protect or Cool My Roof?

Anyone who lives in Arizona knows that the power of the sun is no joke!

From sunburns to faded car seats, the sun-rays seem to harm everything they touch. You can even fry an egg on the sidewalk in July for Pete’s sake!

Your house is no different. The hot summer sun leaves its mark on your house and your pocketbook every single year! Your roof and A/C system take the brunt of the beating; keeping the sun off of you and keeping you cool.

Most people know by now that solar panels can save you money on your electric bills. What most people don’t realize though is that a quality rooftop solar panel system can significantly extend the life of your A/C and roof! Especially in Arizona, where your roof can get to be over 170 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer!

This works because solar sits above your roof by about 6-8 inches. The solar panels cast shade over most of your roof and keep the direct sunlight off of the roof surface itself.

This shading effect can reduce surface roof temperatures by as much as 40 degrees and extend the life of your roof by up to 80%! The cooler roof temperatures also translate to being cooler inside your house, this can reduce the strain on your A/C system; making it last longer. This is one of the most overlooked benefits of rooftop solar power.

The benefits of solar just start with your electric bill, to find out more about how solar can benefit you, give us a call at (520) 858-0220 today!

Are Solar Panels Safe for my Roof?

“Are solar panels safe for my roof? Can solar damage my roof? Are there any risks to my roof with solar panels? Is there a safe way to install solar on my roof?”

You don’t need me to tell you that your roof is important, and I definitely don’t need to tell you that roofing work can be expensive. In fact, major roofing work can get into the tens of thousands.

What you may not realize though, is that there is a whole catalog of options when it comes to anchoring your home solar panels to your roof. There are so many options for roof anchoring because each offers a particular set of strengths and weaknesses. It is very important to choose the right roof anchor for your roof type/climate. A rood mount that works very well in the snows of Washington will not be very well suited for the heat of Arizona, and the same goes for the other way around.

Choosing the right roof anchoring equipment for yourself can be a daunting task; especially when most solar power installation companies are not transparent about the type of anchoring equipment/install procedure they use.

Arizona has one of the most unique and harsh climates in the United States. This means that our rooftop solar mounts have to be just as unique and rugged as the climate.

At Solar Solution AZ, we only focus our efforts in Tucson locally. We have over 1,500 rooftop solar installations in Southern Arizona, and we have developed a triple-sealed procedure around a top-of-the-line Unirac mounting system that we are proud to bring to the Tucson valley.

For Flat/Coated or Shingled roofs:

We start with an all-aluminum standoff, apply sealant to the bottom, and secure with two GRK studs into the truss.

Next, we apply sealant to the bottom of a metal flashing and install it over the top of the standoff.

After that, we nail the flashing to the roof, apply sealant around the edges and reinforce with fiberglass tape.

Lastly, we apply more sealant on top of that to ensure a tight seal.

On Shingle roofs, we then lay the shingles back on top of the flashing.

For Tile roofs:

We start with an all-aluminum standoff, apply sealant to the bottom, and secure with two GRK studs into the truss.

Next, we apply sealant to the bottom of a metal flashing and install it over the top of the standoff.

Then we lay the tiles back over top, maintaining the original design intent of the roof.

Please see these videos for more info:

This revolutionary procedure for Tucson homes has allowed us to offer a 25-year guarantee against leaking on all permanent style roofs (Tile, Shingle, etc…) and a 4-year guarantee on all maintained roofs (Rolled, elastomer coated, etc…) that can be extended up to 25 years so long as all proper maintenance has been performed. This is by far the longest guarantee available.

Make sure your rooftop solar installer offers a strong roof guarantee. Call us today to find out more at (520) 858-0220

Solar Panel System for Your Home

Noticed all the Solar Panels on homes around town? Or maybe just notice your electric bill going through the roof?

Arizona is the perfect place for Solar Energy! Over 300 days of sunshine each year and the most green-conscious residents in the world! Both for the planet and pocketbook.

A solar panel system for your home has many benefits, including:

  • Saving money every month, starting the first month (as much as 25%)
  • Long term electricity savings as high as 50%
  • Boost your home equity by as much as $20,000
  • Strengthen your credit and the local economy

If that sounds like something that would work for you, then you are already on the path toward owning your own renewable energy!

Owning your own solar panel system for your home is now easier than ever! There are just a few qualifying factors to make sure solar power is right for you:

  • You must be the homeowner
  • Your electric bill must be at least $80 a month
  • Our programs require at least a 640 credit score

That’s it, honestly. We guarantee we can save you (a lot of) money, or we won’t waste your time! Give us a call today to see if we have a program that works for you. 520-858-0220

That Dark Side of Solar is Pretty Sunny

10 September was the biggest month ever for Tucson Electric Power’s Renewable Energy Department. Over 500 applications for new solar connections came in and October seems to be keeping pace.
What’s driving this surge? Better financing options for consumers and better information results in an even broader range of customers.

Now Tucsonans are financing solar through leases, new 20-year solar loans, home refinancing, and other means. Recent neighborhood solar home tours showed off all these choices. The trend is also creating jobs (over 8,500 solar jobs in Arizona) while cleaning our air and saving water. What’s not to like?

Some complainers seem set on putting out false information to try and make solar look bad, so let’s set the record straight.

Do you have to be wealthy to get solar? No. TEP’s solar map shows solar installations in every Tucson ZIP code from the foothills to the far southside. And solar is happening in Sierra Vista, Nogales, and all over Southern Arizona.

Can businesses save by going solar? Yes. Businesses from hospitals to veterinarians to churches to bookstores have saved money and helped improve our air and water situation by going solar.

Can solar be installed on apartments? Yes. Many Tucson apartment owners have done just that. Take a look at La Mirada apartments on East Grant for example and there are many others.

Can solar be installed on subsidized housing? Yes. Check out the New Armory Park apartments on West Congress with their 125 kW solar array on the roof.

Are the tax credits helping people who own their solar panels? Yes. Many studies now show that homes with solar sell faster and for more than similar homes without solar. Owning the panels has some benefits over loans, too.

And what about net metering? This allows folks with solar to sell their excess power to the utility company and get a credit on their bill to offset the power they use when solar doesn’t meet all their needs. Some people call this “running the meter backward.”

Is this a scam that somehow forces non-solar ratepayers to subsidize those with solar? No. Studies in Nevada, Mississippi, and elsewhere now have shown that net metering actually helps all of us by delaying or preventing new power plants, reducing transmission costs, and helping meet peak power needs. Net metering encourages more solar and more solar helps everyone. Under current rules, net metering is limited so it’s not a way to get rich, just break even.

Could Arizona’s solar policy help more low-income people? Sure. Arizona could make it easier for low-income homeowners and businesses to go solar by adopting a PACE program where loans (for energy efficiency, water conservation, or solar) could be paid back with taxes. Community solar programs for neighborhoods could be made legal. And lots of other ideas could make solar even more available.

But let’s not complain about success now. Rather let’s help people get good solid information about Arizona’s best source of energy — our daily dose of sunshine!


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