How does solar work?

A few things happen when you have a rooftop solar array: (1) Solar panels collect energy from the sun, (2) power is converted to usable energy via solar inverters. From there, (3) power flows from the panels, through special wiring, and into your (4) net electricity meter. (5) The meter then feeds the power to every appliance in your house.

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IS MY HOME A GOOD FIT FOR SOLAR?  

If you own your own home and spend over $100 a month on your electricity bill, chances are you’re a good fit for solar. Other factors include roof space, the direction of your roof, your credit score, and shading around your roof. We install on all roof types, except for wood shake. We also do ground mounted systems.  One of our energy consultants can help you figure out if your home is a good fit during your free solar consultation.

WHERE DO WE INSTALL?  California, Utah, Texas

WHAT IS A PPA VS A FINANCED SYSTEM?

Power Purchase Agreement, or “PPA” basically means that a company will come in and pay for the solar system to be put up on your home, they will maintain it, warranty it, and claim the tax credit from it.  The customer will buy the power that the solar system produces at a much lower rate than they can get it from their utility provider.

With a financed system, you're essentially getting a loan to pay for your panels. You'll own the solar system, you'll have the potential to claim a tax credit, and you'll be putting equity into your power, just like buying a car, or home.  A purchase is typically the best option for homeowners who plan on being in their home for more than 2 years.

WHAT TYPES OF PANELS & INVERTERS DOES TRUE ENERGY USE?

LG, Solarworld, QCell, Panasonic, you name it, we can get it! Enphase Micro-Inverters.  Made right here in California.

IS SOLAR POWER REALLY LESS EXPENSIVE THAN MY CURRENT UTILITY ELECTRICITY PROVIDER? 

Absolutely! In many markets through the US where solar is a great option, solar power costs less than traditional utility electricity. Not only does it cost less and save you money from day 1, but it also allows you to lock in a low, predictable energy rate that will never increase. You can count on your savings getting better year after year.

WHAT KIND OF WARRANTY IS PROVIDED IN THE CONTRACT?   25 year production guarantee on solar panels, 25 year performance warranty on inverters.  10 year workmanship warranty and a 5 year roof penetration warranty.  

WHAT HAPPENS IF I SELL MY HOUSE?  We understand that you might not live in your house for the next 20 years, and that’s okay! You can transfer the agreement to the new homeowners or buy the system and include it as part of the appraisal on your home.

HOW MUCH MAINTENANCE IS REQUIRED ON MY SOLAR SYSTEM? True Energy’s solar systems generally require very little maintenance. We recommend spraying them down with water once a year to clean any loose dirt or debris to keep them clean. Panels will need to be wiped clean in the event of heavy pollen, dust or roosting birds. See related article >>

CAN I MONITOR MY SOLAR SYSTEM'S PRODUCTION? Yes! Our 3G smart solar meters that we install at every home allow us and you to both monitor your system from anywhere in the world using web enabled solar monitoring technology. If you’re curious about how much power your system is producing on any given day you can log in and check it out whenever you like! 

ARE THERE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS? For a financed system, no. As long as you are on title, we can install residential or commercial, even with low credit. For a PPA, if your credit score is not above 649, you would have to find a co-signer. You do not have to be on the utility account to sign, just on the title. We currently only provide PPA contracts for single family residences, duplexes and certain townhomes.

DO WE DO COMMERCIAL INSTALLS? Yes! We can help you find the best interest rate around to finance and install a solar system on your business. The monthly payments are usually much lower than what you're paying your utility every month. 

DO WE INSTALL GROUND-MOUNTED SYSTEMS? Yes.