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From examining your current eletrical usage and costs to assisting with the correct financing plan, you will receive a custom designed solar energy plan which suits you and your family.

What Our Customers are Saying



"We found all of the employees with whom we in contact from the sales representative to the installers to be knowledgeable and professional. All our questions were answered satisfactorily which is why we decided panels installed. We were also impressed with the company’s A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau.” – Pat S. – Boston


"Our first two bills were approximately $300.00 less than before and our third bill, just received was down about $250.00 from what we were paying! We think it is fantastic!" - William R. - Waltham MA


"They did a wonderful job on my system and I would recommend them to my family and friends!" - Georg S. - Chicopee MA

I cannot express my gratitude for going forward with solar panels. From the initial meeting to discuss the possibility to the techs who eventually installed them. But most of all, it is the savings we have experienced. That first month was unbelievable. Solar plus our other electric source combined was less than our usual monthly expense. During the summer when our electric usage is higher because of the air conditioning, our monthly expense was still less than what we have paid with past summer usage. And if that’s not enough…our present electricity is primarily supplied by the solar panels. We have been building up a reserve with our other electricity source and will be able to draw from that all winter when our panels wont’t generate as much electricity. It’s a win-win situation that we’re just thrilled over. Having a fixed rate locked in is another great feature for savings.” – Virgil T. – Westport MA

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  • Fully licensed & insured installers
  • Custom tailored solutions
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  • Easy financing options
  • 20 year warranty
  • Transparent contracts
  • Eco-friendly
  • State and federal incentives
  • Roof repair if damaged during installation
  • Customer service is our top priority

About Solar Energy

Solar power is energy from the sun that is transformed into thermal or electrical energy.

Solar energy is the cleanest and most abundant renewable resource source available, and the United States has some of the richest solar resources worldwide. Modern innovation can harness this energy for a variety of usages, consisting of producing electricity, supplying light or a comfortable interior environment, and heating water for domestic, commercial, or industrial usage.

Solar Benefits

Solar power makes it possible for resident to utilize the sun to power daily life: running your air conditioner, washing clothing, watching TELEVISION, cooking supper. All while minimizing your carbon footprint, and without burning nonrenewable fuel sources or putting a pressure on the electrical grid. And while the ecological benefits of solar power are considerable, lots of residents find that the benefit, unique features, and expense savings of owning a solar power system are much more alluring.

Top 10 Advantages of Solar Energy

#1 Dramatically lower or perhaps remove your electrical bills

Whether you're a house owner, service, or nonprofit, electrical energy expenses can comprise a large portion of your regular monthly expenses. With a photovoltaic panel system, you'll create totally free power for your system's whole 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you do not produce One Hundred Percent of the energy you consume, solar will decrease your utility costs and you'll still conserve a lot of cash.

#2 Make a fantastic return on your investment

Solar panels aren't an expense-- they're one of the very best methods to invest, with returns matching those of more conventional financial investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to significant electricity costs cost savings, the typical American homeowner settles their photovoltaic panel system in 7 to eight years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.

#3 Safeguard against rising energy expenses

Among the most clear cut benefits of solar panels is the ability to hedge utility costs. In the past 10 years, property electricity prices have actually gone up by approximately three percent each year. By purchasing a solar energy system now, you can repair your electricity rate and protect versus unpredictable boosts in electrical power expenses. If you're a service or house owner with fluctuating money flow, going solar likewise assists you better projection and manage your expenses.

#4 Boost your house value

Multiple research studies have found that houses equipped with solar energy systems have greater property values and sell more quickly than non-solar homes. Appraisers are significantly taking solar setups into consideration as they value homes at the time of a sale, and as property buyers become more educated about solar, demand for homes geared up with photovoltaic panel systems will continue to grow.

#5 Boost U.S. energy self-reliance

The sun is a near-infinite source of energy and a crucial element of achieving energy self-reliance in the United States. By increasing our capability to produce electricity from the sun, we can also insulate our nation from cost fluctuations in worldwide energy markets.

#6 Develop jobs and help your local economy

Inning accordance with The Solar Structure, the solar industry added tasks at a rate almost 12 times faster than the overall U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all jobs in the nation. This development is expected to continue. Since solar-related tasks have the tendency to be greater paying and can not be outsourced, they are a considerable factor to the U.S. economy.

#7 Secure the environment

Solar is an excellent method to lower your carbon footprint. Buildings are accountable for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the United States, and going solar can considerably decrease that number. A common property photovoltaic panel system will eliminate three to 4 lots of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees each year.

#8 Show your commitment to sustainability

Sustainability and corporate social obligation are important elements of a company's culture and values. They also produce bottom line outcomes. Increasingly, customers and neighborhoods are recognizing and rewarding services that pick to run responsibly. Services are finding that "green" qualifications are a powerful chauffeur of customer getting choices, creating goodwill and enhancing company results.

#9 Start Conserving from Day 1

Solar purchase power contracts (PPAs) and solar leasing has made it possible for property owners to go solar for little or no cash down.

Many homeowners decide to fund their photovoltaic panels with among the "pay-as-you-go" financing options. This suggests that a third-party company-- the solar service provider-- owns the solar system and takes care of installation, upkeep, tracking and repair works. You merely pay the solar provider for electrical energy-- less than you would've paid the utility business.

Since June 2013, 75% of all American houses have access to pay-as-you-go solar.

#10. Solar is a Secure Financial investment

The energy business are notorious for their changing and unreliable electrical power costs. There is clearly an upward trend.

With photovoltaic panels and easy math, we can compute what does it cost? electrical power will be produced, and most notably, at what price, for a minimum of the next 20 years (fixed energy expenses).

Financing

What are the various payment options?

We have many flexible purchasing agreements for customers who would like to install a new home solar system. There are three different payment options, making them a viable choice for customers of all budgets. The payment options include Lease, PPA, and Purchase.

The Lease

  • Low, fixed payments each month
  • System insurance for 20 years, including maintenance
  • Flexible end-of-term options, including system upgrade, lease extension, and free panel removal

Power Purchase Agreement (PPA)

  • We own the solar panel system
  • $0 down for installation
  • Customers only pay for the solar energy that they use

Purchase

  • Customer pays for the system upfront and owns the system
  • System monitoring and maintenance for 20 years
  • Receive 30% federal tax credit
  • See a return on investment within 7-10 years

What happens when the contract for my lease is finished?

We provide our customers with a few different options for when their lease contract is up. Customers can upgrade their equipment to the newest solar technology available, extend the agreement, or have the panels removed at no cost.

What is the warranty?

The Lease and PPA include a 20-year warranty during the lifetime of the system. This warranty exceeds that of most other solar installers’ warranties.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Is Alternative Energy Not &Quot;Cost Effective&Quot;?
One Of My Friends Was Dismissing Alternative Energy Sources, Like Solar Panels On Houses, Because He Said They Were Not &Quot;Cost Effective&Quot;. Hmm...

Solar panels can only charge during the day, are VERY EXPENSIVE to install, and are just as expensive to replace in the case of a hailstorm or other damage. The power they generate is very limited and most people can't afford to install a battery to store additional power (that only store a limited amount of power, only last for a limited time and when the batteries die then become a source of pollution).

Most people cannot afford the upkeep and would not want to deal with the hassle. It is much more cost effective (cheaper) to just purchase regular electricity from the electric company.

The only viable "alternative" energy source at this time is nuclear - and that requires a huge starting investment that many communities are not willing to pay. The notion that if we just give it enough time, or steal enough tax dollars to fund the research that eventually solar or some other "alternative" energy source will become more cost effective is not based in reality. I could just as easily say that I should take your tax dollars to invest in clean coal research because one day we are certain to produce 100% clean coal power plants. That doesn't mean that advances can't be made, we just have to look at reality. Clean coal has a future, wind does not. Nuclear has a future, solar does not. The pinnacle of what you want inside of what I think can be achieved might be fusion power. Fusion is like nuclear but without the byproducts and could produce much more energy. Til then, we've got coal, nuclear and hydro (it doesn't get much greener than hydro) where available.

Haven't you noticed that on your electricity bill, if you want to choose to use the 'green' electricity sources - it costs you a significant amount more? It's not because the electric companies are mean, evil white people - it's because the other methods cost that much more to produce the electricity. In most cases, much more - you just don't see the entire cost because it's subsidized by tax dollars meaning that you pay for it whether you use it, whether you like it or not.

Do this; call your local solar panel people. Ask them what it'll cost to install enough panels to make your home as self-sufficient as possible. Next calculate how many (decades) of your regular monthly electricity bills you would have to spend just to cover the purchase and installation charges alone. Then you'll have your answer. In my case, if I bought my panels now and lived in the same house for the next 30 years and assuming that I didn't have to spend a cent on any repair, maintenance or replacement (a false assumption) in year 31 I'd begin to get a return on my investment. And that's with a cheaper model installation.

Research Paper On Solar Panels?
Ok So I'M Writing This Research Paper On Why Solar Panels Are The Best Way To &Quot;Go Green&Quot;. I Need At Least 5-7 Reasons Why They Are Good. And A Common Counterargument That I Could Defend. I'Ve Already Come Up With Incentives And Efficiency But I Need A Few More Please Help Its Very Important And Worth Half My Grade

I'm a big fan of solar panels, and we even have an array on our house, but I would have a hard time supporting the thesis that solar panels are the best way to go green. Conservation and efficiency are. Using less is better than making more.

If someone has the money for panels, but their house is poorly insulated, their money would be better spent on insulation. Pretty much anyone in the solar industry would agree.

And solar hot water makes sense over a much wider geographical range than solar electric.

But after someone has super-insulated their house and gotten efficient lighting and appliances, then you have an argument for solar you can defend. You'll have to limit yourself to sunny areas for now - solar payback is not good at high latitudes - although the line is moving higher each year as costs go down.

A common counterargument is that solar panels require more energy for their manufacture than they will ever produce in their lifetime. This may have been true in 1970, but has not been true for a long time. Take a look at this Department of Energy paper http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy04osti/35489.... to see the scientific reasoning.

A second common misconception is that one will need batteries for a solar electric system. While this is true for a standalone cabin in the wilderness, it is not true for houses that have access to normal grid electricity. Virtually everyone who is connected to the grid stays connected after getting solar panels. They simply pump the excess power into the grid during the day, getting a credit from the power company, and draw normal electricity from the grid at night.

A third argument is that financially, the electricity generated will never be worth what a person pays for their solar system. This is true in some places, false in others. Most of California can break even over the life of the system, while heavy users of electricity can break even in just 5 or 10 years, after which, the savings have already paid for their system. On the other hand, if someone lives right next to the coal-burning power plant in Kentucky, their power is already cheap, and solar will never pay back, not at today's prices.

Can Solar Panels Be Charged By Cfl Lights?
You Know How Those Little Calculator Solar Cells Cant Work When Its Dark? Well What If One Of Those Cells Could Power A Light That Would Keep It On To Power The Light. I Mean, Its A Perpetual Cycle That Would Never End. I'M Interested In Building A Solar System, But I'M Pretty Sure That I'Ll Need More Energy For A Longer Amount Of Time Than The Sun Can Give Me, So I Was Wondering: If I Built A Solar Generator That Powered Cfls (Compact Fluorescent Lights) And Had The Cfls Right On Top Of The Panels, Could I Power Other Electronics 24/7 From The Light'S Energy Going Into The Solar Panels?

Homebrewer isn't quite right. The figure given for the efficiency of solar panels is usually for the Sun's spectrum.

CFLs peak at a few specific wavelengths. Depending on the bandgap of the doped semiconductors used in the panel, it might be more or less efficient at converting CFL light into energy.


However, you can't run a CFL off a solar panel powered by the same CFL. Think of the energy flows - some of the light from the CFL goes into the panel. Some of this is converted to electricity*, then you lose some of the energy in the resistance of the wires. You'll get back less energy than you had to start with, but the panel will generate some electricity from the CFLs.

This is an example of the second law of thermodynamics.






*you lose some - if the photon doesn't have enough energy to excite an electron you won't get any electricity. If it has more than the bandgap, then you may create an exciton and phonons, and the phonons carry away energy you can't use. And there's always a chance you won't separate the charges in time to use them as current...

Are There Any Monthly Expenses When Purchasing Solar Panels For Your Home?
I Understand You Pay The Price For The Solar Panels Once And Then Use Them For Like 20 Years - But Are There Any Other Expenses? Such As...Charging The Battery, Maintanence, Etc.? 10X!

Most systems that solar installers design are grid-tied. That means they are connected directly into the grid and do not require a battery. Net metering is a special billing arrangement that allows customers to get credit for the full retail value of the electricity their photovoltaic (PV) system generates. Under this agreement, the customer’s electric meter tracks the surplus electricity generated by the solar electric system and the electricity that the customer consumes. The customer only has to pay for the net amount (consumption minus usage) of electricity they use.

In this scenario, there is virtually no maintenance for your solar installation. Dust and other debris settling on the modules will decrease their efficiency and power output. In most locations, rains are frequent and heavy enough to provide adequate washing. If rain isn’t coming often enough to keep them clean, or if bird droppings become a problem, modules can be washed down with a garden hose early in the morning or late at night.

Why Do People Use Solar Panels?
Why Would Someone Use A Solar Panel? Does It Have To Do With The Economy Right Now, Global Warming, Or What?

I doubt the immediate economy has much to do with it. Solar panels require long-term investment, so in hard times, someone having trouble making ends meet is not going to be buying solar panels, when they could be buying food. It's like if someone has a gas guzzler, if they get laid off, they're not going to spend their savings on a new, fuel efficient car, even if it saves money in the long term. However, it's generally the more wealthy that install solar, and they're not impacted as much by a slow economy.

Human nature being what it is, I doubt many people install solar to save the planet. There will be some, but I suspect most are interested in the long-term financial savings.

I'm kind of unusual, in that our panels are break-even financially at best. The main reason I put them up was for the fun of learning and doing it.

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