What are the financial benefits of solar energy?

Historically, energy utility prices have steadily increased. Once you own a photovoltaic system, you can produce your own energy at a lower price per kilowatt-hour (KWh). Let us calculate your savings for you!

What are the environmental benefits of solar energy? 

Solar energy is cleaner than traditional forms of energy produced at the power plant. Coal energy pollutes the environment with toxic mercury and greenhouse gases. Nuclear energy has been shown to be susceptible to leakage of radioactive substances into water supplies and takes thousands of years to be remediated. Solar energy is produced with less toxic materials and once installed, produces zero emissions!

How do I find out how much I pay for electricity? 

Your utility bill lists both your “rates,” in kWh and your monthly total. We are interested in both of these numbers to prove the competitiveness of going solar. Utilities often use a tiered system where the more energy you use, the higher the rate you will be charged. Let us help you understand what you are being charged and how you can lower this overhead cost.

What is net metering and how does it work?

Net metering is a catch term describing being charged only the net energy usage after subtracting your excess solar energy produced from the total energy consumed. Utilities often have a special billing category for solar customers called Net Energy Metering (NEM). 1st Choice can leverage our experience to enroll you in the correct program to maximize savings.

How does solar impact my property values?

Solar energy increases property value directly because it predictably lowers your operational costs. Studies show that all things equal besides one home having solar and another lacking it, solar homes sell more quickly too! Let us calculate your potential savings and assess you property’s increased value.

How do solar photovoltaic (PV) panels work?

Solar photovoltaic should be differentiated from solar thermal energy. Solar thermal is used solely to heat water for domestic use or pools while photovoltaic energy is electricity fed into your existing utility meter. We can also design your energy system to function off-grid or when there is a power outage.

Is my credit score important for solar financing?

A low credit score will not hinder you from going green. A rule of thumb is that 90% of California property owners will qualify for one of our PACE financing programs. Eligibility for some financing programs are solely based off on your property’s existing equity.

What interest rate will I be charged for solar financing?

We offer rates as low as 2.99% for 10 year term. Most commonly, our clients opt for a 3.99% over 15 year option.

Is my roof or patio cover suitable for solar?

If your roof is part of a permitted structure and is leak free, we can generally utilize it for solar. Our engineers will also have to confirm that the structure of that roof will support the added weight and will conform to building codes.

Will solar drop in performance after time passes?

Photovoltaic panels lose about 0.7% of their power annually. This amounts to about a 20% loss over 25 years. Engineers at 1st Choice incorporate this production loss into our calculations and will size the system for your needs accordingly.

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