Frequently asked questions (FAQS)
This depends on several factors, including home location, roof angle, shading, and others.
If you’d like to see if your home is good for solar, get in touch with one of our Suntuity Advisors. They’ll give you a free consultation to see if solar is right for you and design a plan that best fits your needs.
We will only recommend solar if it’s the best fit for your preferences.
The amount of panels depends on energy consumption, your house’s location, and other factors. To get a specific solution, get in touch with one of our Suntuity advisors. At the end of your consultation you’ll know exactly how many panels you need.
This depends on how much energy you’re already consuming and how much sunlight your home gets during the day, among other factors. We will only recommend a solar plan if it fits your needs.
Our Suntuity solar panels last on average 25 years. This is why you’re protected with our 25-year, 80% function warranty.
After 25 years, your panels will still work but won’t generate as much energy as before.
If you qualify for a tax deduction, the amount you receive depends on your state and the situation and year in which your panels are installed.
Nevertheless, since 2006, the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) has offered tax reduction incentives for homeowners choosing to go solar.
With the ITC, if you choose to go solar, you can claim a federal tax credit equal to 30% of the cost of the system's components, installation, and associated fees.
If you want to learn more on how you can save on your tax bill, contact a Suntuity Advisor today.
If you have a solar lease, loan, or power purchase agreement (PPA) and you want to sell your house, you typically have a few options available to you. The specific details and available choices may depend on the terms and conditions of your particular agreement, so it's important to review your contract or consult with the company that provided the solar financing. However, here are some general options that homeowners commonly have:
1. Transfer the Agreement: Some solar agreements allow for the transfer of the lease, loan, or PPA to the new homeowner. This means that the new owner would assume the rights and obligations of the agreement, including continuing to make payments or receive the benefits of the solar system. This option requires the approval of the solar company, and they may have specific criteria or fees associated with the transfer process.
2. Prepay the Agreement: In some cases, you may have the option to prepay the remaining balance of your solar lease or loan before selling the house. This would allow you to fully own the solar system, which can be an attractive selling point for potential buyers.
3. Purchase the System: Another option is to buy the solar system outright from the financing company. This would involve paying off the remaining balance of the lease or loan, allowing you to own the system and include it as part of your property when you sell your house.
4. Negotiate with the Buyer: You can negotiate with potential buyers to either include the solar agreement as part of the house sale or arrange for them to assume the agreement. This can be a case-by-case basis negotiation, and the buyer would need to be willing to take on the financial and contractual obligations of the solar agreement.
5. Pay a Prepayment Penalty: Some solar agreements may have a prepayment penalty clause. If you choose to sell your house before the agreed-upon term, you may need to pay a penalty fee to terminate the agreement early. The penalty amount and terms should be outlined in your contract.
It's essential to contact the company that provided your solar financing to discuss the specific details of your agreement and understand the available options when selling your house. They will be able to guide you through the process and provide you with the necessary information to make an informed decision.
In the event of a house fire, the fate of the solar panels on your house can vary depending on the severity of the fire and the extent of the damage. Here are a few scenarios that can occur:
1. Minimal Damage: If the fire is contained and doesn't directly affect the area where the solar panels are installed, they may remain intact and undamaged. In this case, the solar panels can continue to function as normal after the fire is extinguished.
2. Partial Damage: If the fire causes partial damage to the solar panels or the mounting structure, it's possible that some panels may be salvageable while others may need repair or replacement. Factors such as heat, smoke, and water used to extinguish the fire can impact the condition of the panels. In such cases, it's recommended to have a professional assess the damage to determine if repairs are feasible or if replacement is necessary.
3. Complete Damage: In more severe cases where the fire significantly damages the solar panels, they may be destroyed beyond repair. The high temperatures and intensity of a house fire can cause irreparable damage to the panels, rendering them inoperable.
In any case, it's crucial to prioritize your safety and the safety of others during a house fire. Contact emergency services and follow their instructions to ensure everyone's well-being.
If you have homeowner's insurance, it's advisable to review your policy to understand the coverage for solar panels in the event of a fire or other damage. Insurance may help cover the cost of repairs or replacement, depending on the terms of your policy.
If you experience a house fire or have concerns about the impact of a fire on your solar panels, it's best to contact a professional solar installer or the company that installed your panels. They can assess the situation, provide guidance, and help you navigate any necessary repairs or replacements.
Our solar panel installation process is simple. After you’ve booked your consultation and decided that solar is the right choice for you, we design the plans for your home.
After you and your municipality have approved the design, our team will go to your home at a time that works for you and set up the panels so you can start saving.
We’re always on time. The process is organized. And when our team leaves, it’ll feel as if no one was there in the first place!
With the Suntuity Solar + Storage Plan, our battery stores the energy your panels collect. During a blackout, this energy can power your entire home. Without battery storage during a blackout, you will have no solar energy to pull from.
With Suntuity Renewables, you’re protected by our 25-year, 80% function warranty. You can rest assured that, if you qualify, your home will be powered with solar for the next quarter of a century. And you’ll pay the same utility bill–today and in twenty years.
We have a list of qualified manufacturers and partnership agreements. This gives us an advantage over solar manufacturers because we can suggest the most efficient equipment for your needs.
Manufacturers tend to use the same equipment for all states. But the needs of an Arizona family home in the summer are very different than those of a Minnesota apartment in the winter. With Suntuity, we can offer the most effective solar system based on your current needs and situation.
We’ve been selected as a top 10 Solar Company in the US.* Our sales reps are trained as consultants, so they can advise you on the best options for your needs—rather than hawk a sale. We take care of it all for you. Our installation process is seamless, quick, and by the time our team leaves your home, it’ll feel like no one was even there.
Suntuity Renewables has been proudly serving customers since 2008. Not many companies can boast that. We pride ourselves in providing excellent customer service (as you can see in our reviews), helping our customers save more, and being at the forefront of new advancements in the solar industry.
We do it all for you. Suntuity handles new installations with our simple, stress-free process.
Getting a free consultation is the first step. One of our Suntuity Advisors will help you determine if going solar is best for you, answer any questions you might have, and help you pick the right plans.
Net metering can increase your savings by allowing you to sell back excess energy, and you can make a profit through net metering rates, which are currently $0.30 per kWh under NEM 2.0 and vary under NEM 3.0.
With a solar system and net metering, homeowners are charged for the net energy that they use. You can earn credits from your utility by adding solar power to the grid.
An off-grid solar system cannot provide the benefits of net metering and will require larger storage capacity. Therefore, you will not be able to sell back excess energy, and you may not have a reliable backup system.
You don’t need a solar battery to participate in net metering. However, homeowners who install solar batteries will enjoy better NEM 3.0 rates by releasing stored energy into the grid at night.
NEM 3.0 will earn owners 0.08$ per kWh of energy produced. An interconnection application must be sent by April 14, 2023, to avoid losing out on 0.30$ per kWh under NEM 2.0.
While 41 states have mandatory net metering policies in place, not all states require you to participate if you would rather stay off the grid. Contact us to find out which policies apply.
You do not need to make any upfront payments. The monthly payments for your solar system will kick in only once it is fully installed and activated.
There are a few maintenance and usage-related costs that may arise. Most solar panels come with 25-year warranties that cover these charges.
Homes typically consume more energy than the solar system generates. Most customers rely on a utility for backup but pay a considerably lower bill.
There are many financing options, tax incentives and rebates that make going solar affordable. You can get a loan with low interest and manageable monthly payments to make the switch.
There are many zero-down payment options available. Loans come with an interest rate as low as 4%, a low payment amount and a manageable term to make financing even easier.
The warranty of the solar system will cover the cost of repairs if any equipment failure affects energy production. It also covers issues related to manufacturing or malfunctions.
It is highly unlikely that your roof will be damaged during the installation process. On the off chance that something happens, your warranty will cover the expense.
Your warranty will cover any damage sustained by the solar panels during the installation. The solar panel manufacturer or the installation company will be liable for such costs.
You should confirm that your warranty includes provisions for product shipping, handling and labor costs. Not doing so can result in liability for such hidden expenses.
Your solar panels will come with a warranty of at least 10-15 years, while some might last 25+ years. All manufacturing defects, solar equipment damage, and equipment failures will be covered.
You can either pay off the remaining balance or transfer the payments to the new owner if you move. The new owner will need to apply and get approved in order to make the transfer.
It is physically possible to move your solar panels, however, it is not recommended. High costs and registration-related issues make it impractical.
On the contrary, solar panels increase overall home value by 4%. Solar homes spend 13.3% less time on the market and are 24.7% more likely to get an offer above the asking price.
Once you pay off the remaining balance or transfer the payments to the new owner, you will have no liability. Any subsequent expenses will be covered by the new owner.
The initial warranty will be void when the solar panels are removed from the roof. Any subsequent damage will need to be taken care of by yourself, or by the moving company.