Going Solar in Stockton, California
Stockton, California is a great place to go green, with a solar panel roof for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the great exposure to the sun. Couple that with the cost of converting to a solar system dropping across the entire state, and you have the perfect time for putting those solar panels on your roof.
PG&E’s Net Metering Program
A huge incentive for Stockton 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 Stockton
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 Stockton 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.
Stockton, 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.
The City of Stockton
Like many towns throughout the state, Stockton was founded as a result of the California Gold Rush in 1849. Its location provided an easy place for trade and transportation to other mines in the area, at the time. Since that time, Stockton has grown exponentially. It is home to the University of the Pacific, the oldest university in California. Furthermore, it is home to the Stockton Symphony, Stockton Arena, and The Bob Hope Theater, making Stockton a hub for the performing arts. Stockton is known as a progressive, forward-thinking community, so it is easy to see why solar power energy is becoming so popular in the area.
We’re Here to Serve Stockton, California
Synergy Power is proud to service Stockton, and help the city become more environmentally conscious. As one of the leading solar panel companies, we are available to answer your questions before, during, and after your system is installed, and we are here to provide any necessary solar panel maintenance required over time. Contact us today to begin the journey towards solar power panels and lower utility bills.
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