Power Your San Jose Home with Solar Panels
Solar panels heat and power your home, saving you money on your energy bills. They can also power your air conditioning, heat your swimming pool, and provide power to run your entire home. Installed correctly, solar panels are a win-win for you and your home. Not only are they kind to the planet by reducing CO2 emissions, but they also help trees remove carbon dioxide from the air by providing clean power.
If you are thinking of having solar roof tiles installed, now is the time to speak to the experts. If you are in the San Jose area, Synergy Power is the right team for you. We have been providing solar panel systems to the Bay Area for over 14 years.
PG&E’s Net Metering Program
A huge incentive for San Jose residents to install a solar panel roof is that residential home owners and business owners receive 1-for-1 credit for each kWh exported to the grid. Under the new NeM-2 rules, net metering requires new solar customers to switch to time-of-use billing, making solar a great investment that takes advantage of a combination of outstanding solar production, not to mention the fact that solar systems are becoming more and more affordable.
Couple net metering advantages with the federal solar tax credit that allows 30% of the whole photo-voltaic system cost to be claimed as a tax credit, not a deduction, until it is used up. Any size solar system is eligible for this incentive as of 2018, but with politicians and utility companies constantly fighting incentives, and the tax credit set to drop to 20% starting in January 2020, now is the time to take advantage of what is currently offered.
A Turnkey Solar Panel System
At Synergy Power, we customize a solar photo-voltaic system solution that addresses your wants and desires. After we sit down with you, and understand what your needs are, we design a solar system that addresses those needs. We then install the solar energy system and ensure that it works according to your specifications and energy goals. We believe that making the switch to solar should be easy and straightforward. That’s why we take care of every aspect of your installation ourselves. We guarantee our work and warranty the products we use.
First, we determine whether or not your house or business is suitable for solar installation. Once we determine that, we figure out how many solar panels or solar roof tiles that you will need to cover your power bill. From there, we determine how much a suitable solar system will cost before and after-tax incentives.
If you are eligible for a zero down solar system installation deal, we will help you obtain that financing as well. We also show you your likely payback period, break-even point, and when you can expect a return on your investment.
Solar systems typically add a minimum of $15,000.00 to the value of your home, which we encourage you to verify with your realtor. Additionally, a study conducted by researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, shows that homes with solar systems actually sell faster than homes without a solar photo-voltaic system.
What to Expect from Solar Panel Installation in San Jose
Ask yourself this, has my household income tripled over the last 18 years? What about your utility rates?
We cannot speak to your income, but we do know that since 2001, PG&E has increased their rates significantly. In 2001, there were two rate tiers with the most expensive one being the summer time rate of 13.3 cents per kWh. As of 2018, however, the top tier is 40.3 cents per kWh for the same E1 rate. In contrast, solar rates have dropped significantly since 2004.
The initial price tag for a solar panel system may seem high, but ultimately you save money every month by going solar, and you lock in your energy costs because there are no more energy cost hikes. Most customers can go solar by paying a small deposit and then replacing the monthly payment to the utility company with a cheaper payment to the solar finance company. You literally save money every month by going solar.
No More Brown Outs with Solar Panels
Most people living in San Jose are familiar with brown outs and the discomfort they cause. Going solar solves that situation. You can eliminate brown outs by installing solar panels in the most energy-efficient location, right where it is consumed, on the roof of your home.
Energy plants are typically miles away from where the energy is consumed, and a plant is a single point of overload and failure. Going solar helps stabilize energy grids by boosting grid voltage while providing your home with secure energy production that is not easily interrupted.
What Does a Great Solar Site Look Like?
Here are a few specifics about what a great home for solar looks like.
- Roof type: Asphalt shingles – tile and rubber membrane do not cost extra, but shake, slate or 100-year-old clay tile may make solar panel installation a bit more expensive.
- Roof age: 5 to 10 years old is ideal. Once the solar panel installers have placed the solar tiles on top of the roof, they will last a long, long time. Therefore, a solar system installation is often combined with a new roof. We work with a number of roofers, which makes going solar and getting a new roof very easy.
- Roof orientation: Due south is great, as is a western orientation, but anywhere between east-southeast and west is satisfactory. We are even seeing panels placed north on a roof. While you may face a slight loss in energy compared to other directions, it’s still better than renting from the utility. We can provide detailed analysis for every roof location.
- Roof shade: You are looking for none at all, or very little. Shade kills the output of solar panels if they are traditionally wired, as shade on even a small portion of one panel can reduce output of a whole string of panels.We use micro inverters or optimizers on all our systems to overcome shade challenges. SolarEdge, one of our main product suppliers, is 99% CEC (California Energy Commission) rated efficient. This greatly helps any shading your roof may have. Winter and morning shade is not really as large as a concern as summer shade. Get a detailed analysis of your home solar today.
San Jose, California residents and business owners usually have homes and businesses that are perfectly suited to going solar.
Steps to Installing a Solar Energy System
At Synergy Power, we are one of the solar energy companies that cares about their customers like they are family. We take care of everything from site assessment, to system size and price, to engineering a system that will meet your needs to permits for construction.
We will also help you understand how to set up billing arrangements with your utility company and to determine whether you need to sign up for special rates, or a time-of-use-plan specifically designed to record energy consumed and energy exported. At Synergy Power, we walk you through the process of going solar every step of the way. If you own a business, not to worry, we also install and maintain solar panels for businesses as well.
Fortunately, California has streamlined the interconnection processes required to get your home solar system assessed and connected quickly, once we have installed the solar panel or roof tile system, and it is ready to turn on. Before this happens, an assessment specialist from your utility company verifies the presence of the necessary hardware and the correct installation of all wiring. Furthermore, once installed, any solar panel repairs that you may need in the future can also be taken care of by Synergy Power
San Jose and the Bay Area
San Jose is the 3rdlargest city in California and is known around the world for its innovation and progressive thinking. Known as “The Capital of Silicon Valley,” San Jose is the center of technology in the world, with several major tech companies calling it their home. Also, San Jose is one of the best cities in the world to raise a family. Between all of the local parks, such as Alum State Park, to the Children’s Discovery Museum, to Raging Waters, to catching a Sharks game, there is much to see and do in this corner of the Bay Area. If you feel like taking a journey into the unknown, check out the Winchester Mystery House. It is like nothing you have ever seen before.
With all of this technology and progressive thinking, it is easy to see why Synergy Power is proud to provide solar panel service to the residents of San Jose, and the surrounding Bay Area. If you are looking to upgrade your home to a safe, clean, and renewable energy source, contact us today. We can make sure your home gets the power you need and do your part to save the planet as well.
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