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Going Solar - The Process Breakdown

February 28, 2018

Thinking about solar for your home, farm, or business? Solar energy is a great choice for energy independence, lowering bills, and making a positive impact on the world around you. Solar is affordable and reliable, and more and more people are choosing solar every year. But how do you go from thinking about solar to getting a system installed and living the solar life! Here is a quick explanation of the process of going from searching to solar!

 

Process:

  • Contact Baseline Solar for a satellite assessment – takes 15 minutes – Get a review of your site and have questions answered

  • Schedule a site visit – Schedule a time to meet with one of our team members at your property to review the site and take measurements

  • Get a proposal – Get a custom proposal with solar options, pricing, and system details

  • Ready to go solar? – Sign the proposal and get the process moving

  • File permits and approvals – We take care of all paperwork for you

  • Get the system installed – Our skilled team will see to it that everything is installed and working perfectly

  • Turn it on and start living the solar life!

 

FAQs about the process

Does solar work in Virginia?

  • Virginia gets plenty of sun, and we’ve installed hundreds of systems that meet or exceed our production estimates!

Does the utility buy power back? – Net metering explained

  • The utility does allow solar to be connected, and you get full credit for any electricity fed back into the grid! The system is called net metering, and the solar and the grid work together to supply all your electricity. You end up with lower bills because you are producing some or all of your electricity with solar.

What incentives are there for solar?

  • 30% Federal income tax credit – for homes or businesses

  • 25% grant for working farms and rural small businesses

  • Financing options available

Where are panels installed?  – roof-mounted or ground-mounted are both options

  • Roof-mounting

    • Makes use of available roof space/don’t have to tie up yard space

    • Panels can be installed on shingles or metal roof

    • Roof replacement requires removing solar, so it’s good to have a roof with years of life left

    • Less expensive and quicker install than ground-mounting

  • Ground-mounting

    • Great for sites when roof is not an option

    • Roof maintenance does not involve removing solar

    • Optimal production

    • Increased cost compared to roof-mounting

Do you have to have batteries?

  • No. Most systems we install do not have batteries, but batteries can be added for backup power to power loads like a refrigerator or freezer, a well-pump, or general lights and receptacles.

How much does solar cost?

  • Systems start around $10,000 depending on size and complexity

  • 30% tax credit is applied to total installed cost

Where is your equipment made?

  • We buy high quality equipment from companies who have excellent service. Much of what we buy is made in the US.

What warranties are there?

  • Panels typically have a 25 year warranty

  • Inverters typically have a 10 year warranty

  • 5 year craftsmanship warranty from Baseline

Over the years, we’ve guided hundreds of people through the process of going solar, and we are ready to help you! Get in touch to start the process with your free satellite assessment!

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