Frequently Asked Questions
Think you’re ready to go solar but overwhelmed with all the information out there? Solar Bear can help with that! Check out our frequently asked questions below.
Where do I begin?
Solar Bear offers a number of services that will elevate your home’s energy efficiency. Our first step is always to audit your home’s energy usage. One of our experts will walk you through any areas that could have energy “leaks” within the insulation or air ducts. We offer both duct sealing and insulation services that can address these issues before pursuing a solar panel installation. From there, our team will offer solar recommendations that will work for your home.
How do solar panels work?
Solar panels work by absorbing sunlight, generating direct current (DC) energy and then converting it to usable alternating current (AC) energy. The AC energy runs from an inverter to the home’s electrical panel (breaker box) and is distributed accordingly. Electricity flows throughout the home, powering energy dependent items like the HVAC system, water heater, appliances, etc.
Any excess electricity produced by solar panels can be sent to your utility company for credit.
What does the solar panel installation process look like?
The size of your solar system will depend on your monthly energy use, as well as site factors like shade, sun hours, panel facing, etc.
What is the average cost of installation?
The cost of your solar panel installation will vary. This is because Solar Bear offers customized systems that meet the needs of your home. With factors like house size, homeowner’s lifestyle and energy efficiency of the house to consider, average systems can end up being equivalent or lower than your current monthly utility bill.
Is solar financing available?
Absolutely! At Solar Bear, we offer a variety of financing options for homeowners in Florida. During our consultation, our team will help you find the best financing options for your situation. You can learn more about our financing options here.
How long do solar panels last?
Studies have shown that solar panels can last anywhere between 25 to 30 years. As a trustworthy solar provider, Solar Bear can also recommend a larger overall home energy saving plan that will help extend the life of your solar panels.
How much can I save on my electric bill with a solar panel system?
Most solar systems will save you between 40-80% of your electric bill. This is in addition to local and federal tax incentives and net metering, a process where excess energy is sent to your utility company for a credit on your next utility bill.
Currently, Tampa Electric Company (TECO), Duke Energy, and Florida Power & Light (FPL) all offer utility net metering programs in Florida.
What is the difference between grid-tie and off-grid solar?
Grid-tie solar systems connect to a public utility grid. This grid acts as storage for all the energy produced by your panels. With this solution, you don’t need to purchase batteries for storage. Definitely a cost effective choice, if you are able to utilize power lines. If you cannot access power lines on your property, an off-grid solar system is needed. Batteries are used with this solution so you can store energy and use it later.
Are there any solar incentives available for homeowners?
Yes, there are both state and federal incentives to take advantage of! Floridians do not have to pay sales or property taxes for residential solar panels. With Florida’s Solar and CHP sales tax exemption, you can save 6% of what you would otherwise owe in taxes.
Though the solar system will increase your property value, the Property Tax Abatement for Renewable Energy means that you will not pay additional property tax for your installation.
And if you purchase before December 31, 2021, you can save up to 26% with the Federal Solar Investment Tax Credit.
Does solar increase the value of my home?
Yes! A study done by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory showed that solar-equipped homes sold for $16,995 more on average.
Solar Bear offers expert contracting services aimed to make your home more efficient. By specializing in solar energy and home efficiency solutions, we aim to be your one stop solar shop!