Frequently Asked Questions
All answers are general and intended to be an example. Your solar professional will assess your particular situation. As always, seek professional tax advice to make sure rebates and credits etc. are applicable to your situation.
Why buy solar now?
Frankly the incentives and pricing have never been better. With no WA state sales tax, a 30% Federal Tax Credit on the installed costs and in many areas cash rebates. As your utility rates continue to climb your investment continues to improve.
What size system do I need?
This is a very personal question depending on your needs. Easiest way to determine is call your utility for rolling 12 months of kWh usage. (How many Kilowatt hours or kWh) you used in 12 months. In our area the kWh is about 120% of the total watts.
As example a 7.54 kw system is 7,540 watts x 135% in kWh = 10,179 kWh so if you use 20,000 kWh per year that would cut your bill in ½.
What does a 7kw system produce?
In general that means 7,000 Kilowatt Hours (kWh) the average home in WA state uses about 12,000 kWh so over 50% of your consumption. Again production is based in large part on installation site.
What if my roof is not facing South?
This is simply a design issues we work around for example a East or West orientation typically is only a 10 to 15% loss from South so we just adjust w/ number of panels if you need to hit a specific target.
I’m confused about whether the utility is “buying back” my excess power.
There are really a number of things happening at once depending on your service area:
There is a cash rebate program still available in many areas that pays between .15 and .54 cents per kWh that your system produces whether you consume the electricity or not. This is a production incentive. This incentive expires in July of 2020 and is capped at $5,000 per year.
At the same time the solar is feeding you regular meter this meter “nets” out the power so your utility bill will likely be lower and sometimes only taxes etc.….depending on your use and size of system. You need to use all solar produced in the year by December 31st at that time the utility’s hit the reset button and you start over. This is not an issue if we size your system correctly.
There is no sales tax on systems below 10kW and over 10kW you pay sales tax up front but then receive a refund from the state of 75% of the sales tax you paid.
The 30% federal tax credit is a dollar for dollar credit against your tax liability and you have a number of years to use that credit up. (Although most of us don’t need more than one!)
Can I monitor my system performance?
Yes in most cases, with internet availability. Our preference is to use microinverters which allow you to monitor every individual panel's production. Below is a great comparison between string inverters and microinverters. Of course all final recommendations will be based on your particular site and goals.
|Operates each panel individually||Y||N*|
|If inverter fails, entire system is down||N||Y|
|If panel is shaded, entire system is reduced||N||Y*|
|Rough replacement cost per year||$250+||$4,000+|
|Monitoring of each individual panel||Y||N*|
*Solar Edge makes an optimizer that tracks individual panels on a string inverter.
How much do I need to have up front?
We have a couple great credit solutions both of which eliminate the need for a down payment from you directly. If you choose to pay another way we require 50% with contract signing.
How will this affect my homes value?
This is a question we get a lot of as the demand continues to grow, below is a recent article that highlights a growing trend.
Installing solar panels can significantly increase your property’s value, according to a new study from the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBL). The report, titled “Selling into the sun: Price premium analysis of a multi-state dataset of solar homes“, builds on previous research which concluded that homes with solar panels in California sold for more than those without.
In addition to California, the new study investigates home pricing trends Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, New York and Pennsylvania by analyzing the sales of over 20,000 homes in these states. LBL’s analysis of the housing markets in these other states shows that the premium paid for homes with solar is not a phenomenon isolated to the Golden State.
The takeaway is this: If you are thinking about purchasing a solar system for your home, the study’s conclusions should give you a boost of confidence that you are making a smart investment. LBL finds that homes with solar panels will benefit from a ‘solar premium’ when they are sold because buyers are willing to pay more for a home with solar panels.
How Much Does Solar Power Increase Home Value?
Example: a 5 kilowatt (kW) solar system (the national average) will offer 5,000 watts of power. LBL says that each watt of solar adds about $4 to a home’s value in California and about $3 elsewhere. Thus, a home with solar should sell for about ($4 x 5,000W =) $20,000 more in CA or still ($3 x 5,000W =) $15,000 more outside of CA.
Pool Heating Frequently Asked Questions
How do they work?
Our systems are completely automated. A sensor tells the valve to push water through panels only when there is heat present and will repeat the cycle until the target temperature is reached.
What is the expected life?
20+ years for both of our options. One warranty is 7 years with limited lifetime and the other is 12 years.
How much maintenance?
No maintenance systems are designed to drain back automatically after every cycle, so panels require no cleaning or winterization beyond your normal winterization of your pool pump area.
Will they actually heat my pool?
Absolutely. Most of our customers target temp is between 78 and 80 degrees and typically are swimming at target temp from mid May until September.
Can I do it myself?
Yes, we sell parts for the DIY folks.
These guys did a good job getting panels installed around the weather and winter holidays. Just wish the panels had been arranged a little more balanced, but I rarely see them anyways.
After researching for a year and a half I decided to buy my system from Hot Solar. Working with Troy has been informative and a real pleasure all along the way. The financing was a breeze and the installation went smooth and efficient. I tend to be a skeptic and very critical of most things (according to my wife lol) but I have been very happy with Hot Solar. Ive been so happy with them that I have referred 4 of my friends who are also very happy with their systems! I have seen a massive drop in my electric bill (over 2/3) which more than makes up for the payment. Needless to say I am very happy! You will not regret the decision to work with Hot Solar!!
Everyone I had contact with at Hot Solar Solutions was professional and easy to work with. The installation and equipment are both high quality.
I would recommend Troy and his company any day of the week. He made the process very easy and was responsive to any questions or calls. Even after the final paperwork was signed I could still call Troy with questions, not that I had any problems with the system he installed. I am very happy with the quality of the installation and even more so with my new electric bills. Call Troy today, he will walk you through the process with ease.
Despite a lot of delays due to County rules and foolishness Hot Solar did a great job and the panels have been producing electricity despite having many cloudy and rainy days. These people are very busy and yet keep an eye on their installed systems. Highly recommended!
Hot Solar Solutions did a great job on our solar installation. They were timely and respectful of our property. We have not had any issues with the system. Troy has been responsive to all our questions prior to and after the installation.
Troy Woody did an outstanding job at keeping us informed and explained everything to us that we asked for. We would highly recommend Hot Solar Solutions and Troy and his crew for your solar needs. We have waited a long time to get solar, because we had not found anyone that we trusted to work with. It's a lot of money to invest, and we wanted to make sure that we had the right company and the right person. We met Troy at the Home show in Kennewick earlier this year, and we just felt he was the right person to go with. He knew what he was talking about, explained all of the facets of going solar, and came to our house more than once to go over details as to what solar could do for us. We excited to say that it is going very well. We LOVE sunny days and watching our grid online as it shows the grids full of energy. Thanks to Troy, we now have our system. I can't wait to get my next electric bill to see how it reflects our savings.
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After contacting me we set up a time and place to go over quotes for installing solar panels on my house. The planned visit went very well. He was very prompt, professional, knowledgeable, and patient. After our initial visit he was prompt about returning my emails if I had any questions. He kept me in the loop about upcoming progress. He even followed up after everything was complete and functioning! I would recommend him to anyone!
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Did good job very thorough love the solar panels and rebates and decuctables.very pleased
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