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All your answers to the how’s, what’s, & when’s of solar power.

Solar For My Home

HOW DOES SOLAR EFFECT MY PROPERTY VALUE?

Studies have shown that homes with solar energy systems sell for more than homes without them. However, your property value will only increase if you own, rather than lease, your solar panel system. In most parts of the country, adding solar panels for home use actually increases your home value more than a kitchen renovation. https://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/22/realestate/solar-panels-and-home-values.html

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A SECURED LOAN AND AN UNSECURED LOAN?

The primary difference between secured and unsecured loans is that secured solar loans require that you promise an asset, usually your home, as collateral for the money that you borrow. Unsecured solar loans do not, but their interest rates are generally higher to compensate for the increased risk taken on by the lender, but they also allow you 12 months with no interest or payments for the incentivized portion of your solar system.

How To Achieve Energy Independence with Solar in Florida

How To Achieve Energy Independence with Solar in Florida

What is Energy Independence? As you dive into your solar search, the phrase “gain energy independence” is a common slogan you’ll see slung out to the far corners of the internet. But what does that mean? Why does everyone tout this as one of the best aspects of going...

Refer Your Friends and Family to Sun Badger Solar

Refer Your Friends and Family to Sun Badger Solar

If you've experienced the amazing benefits of a Sun Badger® Solar solar panel system, then you know how wonderful it can be — the customer service, the cost savings, and the ease of having solar panels. We want you to know about our Sun Badger Advocate referral...

Solar For My Business

WHAT INCENTIVES ARE AVAILABLE FOR COMMERCIAL SOLAR?

A 26% federal tax credit, 100% bonus depreciation and local incentives are available in most states.

HOW MUCH CAN ELECTRICITY CAN YOU OFFSET WITH A COMMERCIAL INSTALLATION?

With some commercial tariffs, the delivery charges are separate to the electricity cost, but in most cases we can still offset at least 65% of your costs.

WHAT TYPE OF COMMERCIAL ROOFS ARE BEST FOR SOLAR?

Most types of roofs can accommodate commercial solar installation. For a flat roof, we generally install systems using a blasted, non penetrative system.

WHAT IS THE PAYBACK ON COMMERCIAL SYSTEMS?

If your business has a tax burden, commercial systems can have less than a 5 year ROI.

Tricklebee Café Makes News and Makes a Difference with Solar

Tricklebee Café Makes News and Makes a Difference with Solar

We get excited about all of our solar system installs here at Sun Badger Solar. But every once in a while, we help a customer harness the power of solar energy and it creates a little buzz. A few weeks ago, we wrote about our non-profit customer, Tricklebee Café going...

Helping Non-Profits Go Solar

Helping Non-Profits Go Solar

This week one of our not-for-profit clients, Tricklebee Café, a pay-what-you-can community café in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is going live with their new solar system. And it got us thinking about our extensive history to help non-profits go solar and become more...

Products & Materials

What panels do you offer? HOW BIG IS A SOLAR PANEL?

We offer a range of tier 1 level panels for both residential and commerical, but as an LG Platinum partner, we pride ourselves on offering LG premium panels at an affordable price. A 60 cell solar panel is approximately 3.5 x 5.5 Feet.

DO SOLAR PANELS REQUIRE MAINTENANCE?

Solar panels require no maintenance. If you have any issues with your system, contact us and we will correct it.

Does my system come with monitoring?

We offer elite consumption monitoring through Enphase, in addition to our complimentary standard monitoring via the Sun Badger Solar App.

WHAT ARE THE WARRANTIES?

Sun Badger® warranties our systems for 10 years. We only use panels which have a 25 year linear production warranty. And our Enphase inverters are warrantied for 25 years.

HOW LONG WILL MY SYSTEM LAST?

We expect our systems to last 35 years or more.

4 Ways Solar Panels Benefit Your Business

4 Ways Solar Panels Benefit Your Business

4 Ways Solar Panels Benefit Your Business There's no doubt that solar panels generate enough electricity to run your business's electrical needs and they are good for the environment. However, are solar panels worth the investment? Sun Badger® Solar offers...

How Sun Badger Helps to Alleviate Solar Supply Chain Concern

How Sun Badger Helps to Alleviate Solar Supply Chain Concern

How Sun Badger Helps to Alleviate Solar Supply Chain Concern It’s no surprise that nearly every industry is experiencing supply chain issues right now and for the foreseeable future. It’s been all over the media and you can experience it for yourself at any car...

Solar & Weather

DOES SOLAR WORK IN THE MIDWEST?

Yes! Wisconsin and Illinois can produce approximately the same amount of electricity as East Texas, and about 30% more than Germany, which produces more solar than any other country in the world.

CAN HAIL DAMAGE THE PANELS?

We have yet to see a panel damaged by hail as they are very robust, but your home owners insurance usually covers any damage due to extreme weather.

DOES SOLAR WORK IN A BLACKOUT?

Unless you have battery backup, your solar system will not produce power during a blackout for the safety of any line workers.

CAN SNOWFALL CAUSE ISSUES WITH PRODUCTION?

Solar panels are very slick and we only use black on black panels, which quickly absorb light from the sun and causes the snow to melt and slide off.

WHAT ABOUT LEAKS?

We use a detailed solar panel installation process which encompasses flashing, precise penetration and sealant. While we have yet to see a leak, we completely warranty against them.

Will my system withstand a hurricane?

Yes, our racking system will withstand 160mph winds. Anything exceeding this would be covered under your homeowner’s insurance.

The Advantages of the Enphase IQ8 Microinverter

The Advantages of the Enphase IQ8 Microinverter

Microinverters are inverters attached to one solar panel that converts DC power to AC power, which is the type we need for our homes and businesses. Sun Badger® Solar is a solar developer that serves Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, and Florida. We focus on offering...

Winter Solar Power Myths DEBUNKED

Winter Solar Power Myths DEBUNKED

Many people are under the impression that solar panels don't work as well during the winter, whether it's the lack of sunlight or the shorter days. However, the fact of the matter is that's just not true! Solar panels not working as well during the winter is just one...

Solar Installation Process

Who does your installations?

In IL and WI, we primarily use our own in-house installation teams, while in FL and MN we have certified installation partners that execute high quality installs for us. Sun Badger Solar is staffed by NABCEP certified crew members.

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Solar Panel Maintenance Tips

Solar Panel Maintenance Tips

Here at Sun Badger Solar, our customers are regularly asking us what they can do to both maintain their solar panels and help improve the efficiency of their home solar system. Thankfully there's a lot that solar-owners can do to keep up their panels and ensure...

What Are Solar Panels Made Of? A Look At Solar Panel Materials

What Are Solar Panels Made Of? A Look At Solar Panel Materials

At Sun Badger Solar, it's our goal to provide our customers with the best possible solar panels. Solar panels can be manufactured in a number of ways and are constructed of quite a few different material options. Some materials are better than...

Solar Cost & Financing

WHAT ARE THE FINANCIAL BENEFITS OF SOLAR?

When you install a solar system, you not only can save money on, or eliminate your electrical bills, but you are also protecting your property from rising electricity costs. Solar is a smart investment regardless of where you live. Learn more about the benefits of solar energy.

DOES THE UTILITY BUY BACK SOLAR?

Utilities in most states are required to Net Meter.

WHAT IS NET METERING?

Net Metering is the system that utilities use to credit solar energy system owners for the electricity produced by their solar panels. With net metering, you only pay for the electricity that you use beyond what your solar panels can generate. Net metering is slightly different in Wisconsin and Illinois. Ask your energy consultant for more details.

CAN I AFFORD SOLAR AND WHAT FINANCING OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE?

If you can afford to pay your electricity bill you can afford to go solar. We have both 0 down unsecured loans and secured loans.

Solar Incentives

WHAT INCENTIVES ARE AVAILABLE?

There is a 26% federal tax credit for all installations. Both Illinois and Wisconsin have individual incentives, and commercial projects qualify for 100% depreciation in the first year. Check out our Solar Panel INCENTIVES page for more information.

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The Inflation Reduction Act Passed: What That Means for Solar

The Inflation Reduction Act Passed: What That Means for Solar

Welcome to the IRA Deep Dive for Solar Geeks The news has been brimming with headlines like “The Senate just passed one of the biggest bills to fight climate change, ever”, “the boldest climate package in US history”, or this heavy-hitter, “Inflation Reduction Act...

Refer Your Friends and Family to Sun Badger Solar

Refer Your Friends and Family to Sun Badger Solar

If you've experienced the amazing benefits of a Sun Badger® Solar solar panel system, then you know how wonderful it can be — the customer service, the cost savings, and the ease of having solar panels. We want you to know about our Sun Badger Advocate referral...

Solar Batteries & Storage

DO SOLAR PANELS NEED BATTERIES?

No, our systems use the existing electrical grid to manage the system, and net metering from the utility to buy and sell electricity.

CAN I GO OFF GRID?

Yes, you can, but the system would involve redundancy such as generators, which can be very expensive. Grid tied systems are a fantastic return on investment and 99% of our work.

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The Advantages of the Enphase IQ8 Microinverter

The Advantages of the Enphase IQ8 Microinverter

Microinverters are inverters attached to one solar panel that converts DC power to AC power, which is the type we need for our homes and businesses. Sun Badger® Solar is a solar developer that serves Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, and Florida. We focus on offering...

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