All your answers to the how’s, what’s, & when’s of solar power.
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.
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.
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.
Solar panels require no maintenance. If you have any issues with your system, contact us and we will correct it.
No, our systems use the existing electrical grid to manage the system, and net metering from the utility to buy and sell electricity.
Unless you have battery backup, your solar system will not produce power during a blackout for the safety of any line workers.
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.
We offer elite consumption monitoring through Enphase, in addition to our complimentary standard monitoring via the Sun Badger Solar App.
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.
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.
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.
Utilities in most states are required to Net Meter.
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.
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.
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.
We expect our systems to last 35 years or more.
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.
Yes, our racking system will withstand 160mph winds. Anything exceeding this would be covered under your homeowner’s insurance.
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.
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
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.
A 26% federal tax credit, 100% bonus depreciation and local incentives are available in most states.
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.
Most types of roofs can accommodate commercial solar installation. For a flat roof, we generally install systems using a blasted, non penetrative system.
If your business has a tax burden, commercial systems can have less than a 5 year ROI.
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