Should I Go Solar?

Solar Panels For the Right Reasons

With the cost of solar installations getting lower and lower, homeowners are making the smart move of going solar.

Take advantage of the low prices, rebates, and incentives, and help the environment by reducing your carbon footprint.

This move towards renewable energy is good for consumers, good for the economy, and good for the environment and the air you breathe.

Solar Saves You Money

Going solar will save you money, and you can reduce and even eliminate your electric bill.

Your solar system connects to the grid and unused power from your solar system is fed back into the grid giving you credits while saving your generated electricity for the times your solar is not producing energy.

Using solar power gives you a hedge against rising prices. And by producing your electricity and monitoring your usage, your energy bill will be more predictable and protect you from fluctuating energy prices.

If you have a PPA, then your electric bill is the same from month to month all year long.

Solar As an Investment

Whether you choose to buy or lease your solar system, you will reap the benefits of lower electric bills and save money.

By purchasing your system, the incentives and rebates will offset the upfront costs giving you a return on your investment.

In a few years, when your system is paid off, you will reap the benefits even more with tax deductions for depreciation.

And with the cost of electricity rising each year, a reduction in the cost of electricity can match or outperform traditional investment instruments.

Solar Increases Property Value

Investing in a solar system will increase the resell value of your home, and in most cases, the sale of the house will more than cover the total cost of installing the system.

Adding a solar system is considered an upgrade like other home renovations.

According to the Department of Energy, home buyers are willing to pay a premium and homes with solar tend to sell faster if they are energy efficient.

Going Solar Helps the Economy

Solar is among the fastest growing industries in both installation and manufacturing as more and more Americans are getting on board with Solar Power.

Innovation spurs economic growth, and Solar is at the forefront of bringing new ideas and new jobs to the U.S. economy.

Solar Advances Energy Independence

Solar power helps promote energy independence which protects from price fluctuations and dependence on foreign fuel sources – because sunlight is free.

Solar Helps the Environment

And most of all, Solar power helps protect the air by reducing the need to burn fossil fuels, the leading cause of pollution.

Solar produces no pollution and has a positive effect on reducing greenhouse gases.

They say that the elimination of carbon emissions from a residential solar power system is like planting around 100 trees per year.

So why not plant a few trees and have the satisfaction of knowing you are participating in the future of renewable energy while enjoying the financial benefits.

Semper Solaris offers the best in Solar products and installation. 

We have various solar financing options available from buying to leasing and guarantee our work with a 25-year warranty.

If you are contemplating installing a solar power system in your home or business, we have the experience, credentials, and expertise to make going solar an easy option.

Call Semper Solaris for an appointment today and let us help you go solar.

How does Solar Energy Work?

The sun rises and shines down on your solar panels. Sunlight is made up of photons, tiny bursts of energy which emanate from the sun and hit the photovoltaic panels (solar panels).

Photovoltaic is the process of chemical conversion of light to electrical power.

And so, begins the progression of collecting the sunlight and converting it into electricity for your home.

It produces clean energy, has no moving parts and needs no fossil fuels for power.

Solar Panels

Solar panels are comprised of a system of various parts that work together to collect and transform the sun’s energy into electricity.

Many smaller units or photovoltaic cells are linked together with metal frames and wiring connecting throughout the panels.

The panels have a mounting system and are arranged at the best angle facing the sun to convert the power generated into Direct Current (DC).

The total cells per solar panel and the number of panels in a solar system is directly related to how much energy is created.

Solar Cells

Semiconductor material like silicon forms the small photovoltaic cells or modules. Although there are several types of semiconductor materials, silicon is the most common type used in making solar panels.

These are busily at work allowing particles of light (photons) to pass through the material causing the electrons to break free to begin the process of creating an electrical current.

Each cell needs to create an electrical field to generate a current. Each cell has both a positive and negative layer and works like a battery.

The electrical field forces the electrical current out of the cell, or semiconductor, into the metal contacts and wiring that connects the cells and the panels.

The current flows into the inverter where it converts the Direct Current (DC) into Alternating Current (AC) which is the current that runs throughout your home.

Solar Inverters

A solar inverter takes the DC from the solar panels and transforms it into AC. The inverter operates much like the Central Processing Unit, the brains, of a computer.

It not only inverts DC to AC, but the inverter also provide grounding protection, monitors the system, voltage, and current on the circuits, monitors the production of energy and Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) which is the maximum available power.

There are central inverters that optimize the entire solar system, and Micro-inverters which monitor each panel.

Inverters are tied into your home and usually to the grid through a meter. 

The process of collecting and converting sunlight to electricity goes on throughout the day until nightfall, when the panels stop generating energy. The energy that was not used by the home during the day is funneled back into the grid, and that power is credited back to you.

In the evening, the network begins to deliver the unused credits in the form of electrical power back to the home to run the lights and television and other devices used at night.

Semper Solaris knows how solar works, we know how to find the best and most cost-effective options available with the highest quality products and installation.

We have various options for panels, for inverters, and should you want to be energy independent, we provide solar backup systems to store your unused energy for later use—saving even more money on your utilities.

Call us for an evaluation of your property and let us help you go solar.

Choose the Right Solar Financing Options

With the cost of solar going down, now is the time to cash in on low prices, incentives, and rebates which are available from the Federal and State and City governments.

These incentives paired with a solar loan are an attractive investment for homeowners and homeowners are cashing in.

The upfront costs of solar, should you choose to buy, will be eased by the tremendous savings, tax deductions, and added value to your home.

And if you decide to lease there is no upfront cost, a PPA is the way to lower your utility costs and regulate your monthly electric bill —saving money from the get-go.

You will benefit not only financially, but your community and the environment will reap the rewards.

Solar Loans

A solar loan is a good option for those wanting to purchase their system.

Solar loans are comparable to other home improvement loans but focused on energy efficiency projects.

They are offered at banks or solar panel manufacturers.

And, you can take advantage of the Tax Credits and available deductions as well as the incentives and rebates.

Things to Consider:

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Loans

Finance your solar energy installation with a PACE program.

A PACE loan is available to homeowners through an authorized PACE provider.

PACE financing is attached to your property and paid through the annual property tax bill.

The tax rate determines the interest rate, and if you sell your home before you pay off the loan, the balance transfers to the buyer.

Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO Program)

The HERO program is a residential Property Assessed Clean Energy PACE program offered by Renovate America, a home renovation lender.

HERO financing is for home improvements and solar and energy efficiency residential projects.

Fannie Mae Homestyle Energy Loan

With a Fannie Mae Homestyle Energy loan, you can finance your solar installation.

They offer affordable and flexible options to homeowners for energy efficiency and disaster preparedness improvements.

Solar Lease

Power Purchase Agreement (PPA)

What is the difference between a solar lease and a PPA?

PPAs offer all the benefits of using a solar panel system without having the upfront cost of purchasing it.

The PPA provider installs solar panels on your property, and you pay them a below market rate for the electricity for a set term, usually 20 years.

The provider owns, maintains the system, an in return, receives the rebates, incentives and Tax Credits for the installation.

Things to Consider:

Whether you lease or buy your solar system, it is a smart idea to reduce your home’s energy expenses while reducing your carbon footprint.

Semper Solaris offers a variety of financing options.

You will enjoy the benefits of low-cost financing for your system and reap the rewards of going solar.

Call us for an evaluation of your property and to discuss all the financing options available and go solar.

Choose the Right Solar Company

So, you have decided to join the trend of going solar.

What next?

Investing in Solar is an important decision and a long-term investment.

The most critical step in making this big decision is to find the right solar company.

Your installer should be experienced and have a good reputation for top quality work and the very best solar panels available.

Going solar is a complicated process, and there are many things to consider when choosing a solar provider:

Many situations can arise during the process of installing a solar system.

Your installer must be very thorough in assessing your home’s readiness for solar.

For instance, if your roof is too weak for the system, your roof could collapse under the weight of the panels.

The company you choose should be expert in roof repair and construction. 
Here are the most important qualities to look for when selecting a company to install your solar system.

You can Google to find solar companies in California and see which companies are a good fit.

You should have a list of more than one company and get quotes from each one.

Reputation & Reviews

Check companies in your state local areas and make your list based on the reputation of the companies:

Credentials & Expertise

It is essential to know the experience of a company, and whether they have the proper certifications and licenses.

You should be able to find these out on their website.

Things to Ask Your Solar Company:

Proper Solar Company Certifications:

Quality Products & Solar Installations:

The top companies offer a variety of the most popular and reliable solar panels and equipment using the latest technology.

They offer warranties on products and their expert installation.

And they only use the sturdiest brackets and reinforcement systems available.

Attentive and Helpful Service

The relationship between you and your solar company should be built on trust.

They should accurately represent costs as well as projected savings on electricity and have a track record of happy customers.

Look for companies that have a reputation for exemplary customer service.

Semper Solaris’ core values like trust, loyalty and high-quality service.

We will steer you through the process answering all your questions and addressing all the problems that arise promptly.

We do have a track record of happy customers.

Call us today to schedule an evaluation of your home.

There has never been a better time to go solar!

Play the Safe Bet: Always Choose American Made Solar Panels

If you are thinking about going solar and want to begin the process, how do you choose the best solar panels when you finally decide to go solar?

There are numerous available options for solar panels on the market today, and the choices seem daunting.

But you can narrow down your options and choose the most efficient, reliable panels made.

An excellent place to start is by looking at the most popular and reliable brands used by the top Solar installers.

Solar panels are made in manufacturing plants all over the world. China is leading the way in sheer volume of manufactured panels.

But the unfair competition from China and their illegal practices has resulted in a tariff on Chinese solar panels, paving the way for North American Solar manufacturers to once again dominate the market here in America.

The most reputable Solar Companies use American made solar panels which have proven to be the most reliable and efficient, and are the superior option in quality, price, and economics.

Quality & Economy

American manufacturers adhere to the highest standards of quality and offer top-quality panels to their customers.

Semper Solaris chooses premium panels for both quality and economy. 

Panasonic is on the cutting edge of innovation and one of the most popular brands on the market. 

We offer Silfab, a lower cost panel and according to energy sage, Silfab is a high-efficiency panel with the most value matching higher priced models on the market.

Benefits America

Solar is the fastest growing energy source, and there are huge benefits from American solar-panel manufacturing.

Since the tariff on foreign-made panels has taken effect, American Solar manufacturing is reestablishing their standing in the field of solar technology.

Jobs in the solar manufacturing sector are on the rise as well as transportation, engineering and goes so far as to affect education, taxes and other government policies including clean energy practices.

The move towards a renewable energy economy will allow for energy independence as we break free from the price controls of the utility companies.

American Made Solar Panels

America is the pioneer of solar energy.

Solar panels manufactured in America benefit from American innovation.

They provide more choices, not only in quality and price but promote a renewable energy economy as we move away from fossil fuels.

Why Buy American Made Solar Panels?

At Semper Solaris, we use the very best products made in America and choose leaders in the manufacture of solar panels that comply with our standards.

We are leading the way in promoting solar products made in America.

You can count on our top-notch service and the highest quality products made in America.

Call us today and schedule an evaluation of your home for a solar power installation and Go Solar American Style!

Understand the Solar Installation Process

If you are considering going solar.

It is essential to understand the process from beginning to end.

There are many aspects to the process, and you need an installer has experience in every facet, so the project does not get bogged down.

You will first decide upon a reputable provider that meets your needs, and they will do an initial inspection of your site.

They will take measurements and discuss the options with you, including how much you will save on your utility bill, the available rebates, incentives, and financing options.

Site Assessment

After the initial signing of your solar contract lease or loan, you will begin the first phase of your installation which is the assessment by an engineer or technician to evaluate your home for the installation.

This visit is more in-depth than the initial evaluation to begin the process.

Evaluation

Paperwork & Documents

Your installer will handle most of the paperwork and the permitting of your solar power and will only have you sign on the dotted line.

There is much work to be done, and the paperwork lays the groundwork so that all the bases are covered before the installation process begins.

Solar System Equipment

After the paperwork and permits, it is time to choose the equipment and design the solar system for your home.

Your Solar provider will help you select the best equipment and components for your situation.  

But it is a good idea to have something in mind before you discuss final plans.

Once the equipment is on order, the date of installation will be scheduled according to your installers availability.

Installation of Solar Components

The permits have approval.

The equipment arrives.

And now it is time to install your solar.  

It will take around two or three days to complete depending on the design and preparation of the roof.

Final Approval & Connecting to the Grid

Once your inverter is installed, and the DC is converted to AC it is time to connect to the electric grid.   

The city planning and electric company will come to inspect your solar installation:

Once these have approval,  it is time to be connected to the grid and with a flip of a switch—you are now generating clean, renewable energy and the savings begin.

At Semper Solaris, we are experienced and experts at Solar Panel installations from the planning to permitting to the moment you go solar; we will be there every step of the way to see that your Solar is installed correctly and in the shortest amount of time possible.

Give us a call today,  schedule your first appointment, and get ready to go solar!

Understand the Solar Permitting Process

After you have signed your contract for your solar with your provider and done the necessary paperwork including financing and all applicable incentives and rebates, you will have an initial inspection of your site followed by site assessment. 

Any significant structural changes to your home require permission from your local government planning office.

The permitting is critical to ensure your installer is meeting all applicable building codes.

If they don’t, then you must start all over again.

Permits

Your installer will file the various applications for permits.

The permitting process can take 30 to 90 days depending on your location.

Permitting involves the city and county governments, and it is dependent on how fast they approve.

Some cities are stricter than others.

Your installer should be experienced in this process and will take it from here handling the applications for permits and follow through to final approval.

You will only need to sign the paperwork.

Building Codes

The permitting process for solar involves several parts of the Californian Building Code Title 24:

As you can see, there are many rules and regulations involved in the permitting process.

It can get very complicated and sometimes drag the process out.

The good news is, In California, the Solar Permitting Efficiency Act (Assembly Bill 2188), passed in 2014, made it a requirement that all local governments adopt ordinances that expedite the permitting process for small residential solar systems.

Other states have also implemented expedited permitting processes for Solar Systems.

Your experienced installer will know how to advance the process so that they can install your rooftop solar within the earliest possible timeframe.

Application Review

The local permitting agency must review permit applications to ensure compliance with state and local requirements.

After you have gone through the necessary permitting approval of your system design and it meets all the required building codes, it is time to order the equipment and set a date for installation.

The installation will take a few days.

And once the installation is complete, you have one more hurdle in the permit approval process.

Final Inspection & Approval

The city government inspector will check the installation to be sure the wiring was done correctly and that the mounting is attached, and the system meets all electrical and roof and building codes. 

Following that, your electric company will do a final inspection. It will take approximately two weeks to a month for final approval before your system is given the green light to connect to the electric grid.

The system will be connected, and it is time to flip the switch. Your solar system connects to the grid, and your solar panels will begin generating power and saving you money. 

Semper Solari’s technicians are knowledgeable and proficient in installing solar from the initial site inspection through the final approval of your system going live.

We handle all the paperwork and permits and are there with you every step of the way. Call us today for a free evaluation and consultation.

We will help you on the road to going solar.

Monitoring Your System: How to Keep Track of Your Energy Production

If you plan to install a rooftop solar system in your home, you already know you will save money.

But how do you see the amount of power your panels are generating or how much money you are saving?

Photovoltaic cells in the solar panels transform sunlight into energy and energy into direct current (DC).

The inverter is connected to your homes electrical system and converts DC to AC for use in your home.

You can increase the productivity of your solar panels by monitoring your system to achieve peak solar power efficiency.

You can take advantage of products and services to get the most benefit out of your system.

Net Metering

Most solar systems connect to the grid through Net metering or net energy metering.

A net meter replaces your regular electric meter on your house and is connected to the power from your solar system and the grid.

Net metering monitors your solar power generation and usage and keeps track of energy that is routed back into the network grid and stored there.

What you don’t use is credited back to you to be used when your panels are not producing electricity, like at night or on very cloudy days.

It is possible to build up enough extra credits during the summer months so that you can use them in the winter.

If you generate enough electricity from your panels, you can eliminate your electric bill.

Web Monitoring

Solar monitoring software for your system works through the solar inverter to monitor your solar system’s performance in real time.

Your solar system will come with built-in software for this purpose.

It will track the energy generated and energy use.

It will help you optimize energy usage and detect problems in your system.

t is essential to monitor your system, so you are sure it is operating at optimal levels.

The information gathered by the software is sent to your installer through a cloud-based system with a website where you can view your system statistics.

Web monitoring works with computers, mobile apps, and smart home devices.

You can access the data from your mobile devices without connecting to your Wi-Fi.

Semper Solaris’s solar panels are installed with a state-of-the-art monitoring system which allows you to keep track of your solar energy production.

Our monitoring support specialist will help you access your system through your home computer, a mobile app, or device.

You can log on any time to view your system’s performance. There is no better time to go solar, call us today for an evaluation of your home and join the solar revolution.

Maximize Your Investment: Why Using a Contractor for both Your Solar and Your Roof is a Smart Idea

Now is time to go solar.  

The cost-benefit concerning savings on electricity is enough to justify the expense of installing a solar system on your roof.  

Add to that the value it adds to your homes resale value.

The government incentives and tax rebates alone are enough to bring the price in range for homeowners.

In a few years, the system will be paid off while you continue to profit from the reduced power bills.

Solar & Roofing

The most important consideration when installing solar on your roof concerning durability and the life of your solar system is the condition of the roof.

It is essential to have your roof assessed for the ability to handle the weight of the solar panels.

But maybe it would be better to maximize your investment and start fresh with a new roof combined with your new solar panels

Unless your roof is relatively new, it is likely your roof will need repairs or will degrade faster than your solar panels.

Why not consider starting with a new roof and a new solar system and maximize your investment?

If you replace your roof when you install solar panels, you will save money by avoiding the expense of removing and reinstalling your solar panels should you need to replace your roof in the future.

Roof Repair vs. Replacement

If you do have problems with your roof needing repair or replacement, there are labor costs involved in taking the panels off and putting them back on.

If your hardware also must be removed, the cost will be a few thousand dollars higher than just the roof repair and panel removal. 

If you combine a new roof with a new solar installation, it is unlikely you will need to replace your roof for life of your panels.

Panels last from 30 to 35 years and are much more durable than roofing material, and they will protect your roof from degradation.

A solar power installation will save you thousands upon thousands of dollars throughout the life of the system.

So, the added cost of reroofing is well worth it in the long run and is better than taking a chance that there will be problems with your roof later.

The Right Solar Company

Few solar companies offer roofing services.

Choosing a solar company that is also an expert in the repair and construction of roofs, is a very safe bet.

At Semper Solaris, we have built our reputation on the construction of roofs along with our solar installations.

We offer warranties on roofing and solar as well as great discounts when you install a new roof along with your solar panels. 

If you need roof replacement anyway, consider installing solar along with the new roof.

It is a wise investment to make, and the financial benefit is enormous for both savings and value added to your home.

If you already plan on installing solar on your rooftop, consider starting with a clean slate by also installing a brand-new roof.

Call us today, and we can evaluate your home for a new roof and solar system.

Go solar with Semper Solaris.

Capitalize on Your Solar Investment – Battery Storage and How You Can Make Money with Solar

If you have or are contemplating installing a solar system on your rooftop, why not capitalize on your investment?

Maximize your savings with solar battery storage.

You can profit from your solar installation from savings on your electricity. A penny saved is a penny earned.

And battery storage can give you that extra penny or two.

Profit from Solar

With the cost of electricity rising, investing in solar makes sense.

And you can create a profit scheme from using solar energy.

Generating your power is a hedge against the rising and fluctuating energy costs.

You can capitalize on the savings on utility bills and solar rebates and incentives, as well as the increased value of your home. 

The lowered cost of electricity through net metering is essentially selling excess power generated from solar, back to the grid.

It comes back to you as credits in the form of electricity when your solar is not producing electricity.

By selling your power back to the network, you are receiving credits toward your electric bill as good as cash.

Maximize Profit with Backup Battery

Adding a backup battery to your solar system will enable you to store extra power for your use, get a financial return, or be prepared for emergencies when the grid goes down.

If your electric company charges high demand rates, or you have Time of Use (TOU) rate structures with high peak and off-peak rates, you can use your stored power to control costs.

Electricity rates are lower during the daytime, and solar panels are producing the most energy. 

You can save energy in your batteries for use during high demand or peak hours and avoid the higher rates during that time.

Or, you can use the power from your battery during off-peak hours and generate surplus energy to sell back to the grid during on-peak hours.

You will save money and create an income by adjusting to changing rates.

Some companies, like LADWP, have tiered rates designed to push your rate higher according to how much power used during your billing period.

Depending on your power usage, and for heavy use days, you could feasibly use enough of your solar power to give you a deficit which would force you into a higher tier.

With battery storage, you can monitor your energy and save your solar power to the battery to use on high use days or for overages and avoid all or most of the extra cost of higher tiered rates.

Make a Move Towards Energy Independence

If you are considering a solar system but have not yet made a move to go solar, Semper Solaris can help you make your decision with accurate and helpful guidance from our representative.

Whether you have a system already or are planning to, Semper Solaris can install an LG Chem or Tesla Powerwall backup battery so that you have surplus power when you need it.

You can use the extra energy to generate a profit from your solar power system or go off the grid.

Call us today and let us help you maximize your solar investment for a financial return and move towards energy independence.

Protect Your Solar System

Solar panels are made of tempered glass and are designed to tolerate extreme temperatures, weather, and other outside factors.

They are tested to handle falling debris, hail storms, and very high winds.

But many other factors can cause damage to your solar system, and you have no further to look than your backyard.

It is essential to safeguard your investment to avoid damage, loss of efficiency, and even theft.

If you have installed Solar Panels on your roof, you will be saving a lot of money on your power bill.

And although solar panels are reliable requiring little support, you can preserve and protect the life of your solar panels through regular inspection, maintenance, and cleaning.

Solar Maintenance

It is good to get a regular comprehensive examination of your panel system to see that it is performing at its optimal efficiency and that it is safe, with no issues to the electrical system and components.

Inspection is especially critical if your solar system is a few years old.

Comprehensive maintenance for your system should include:

Solar Cleaning

Conserve Solar Power

Protect Solar Panels

At Semper Solaris, we are committed to top-notch solar energy installation, maintenance, and service to our customers.

We offer a full system diagnostic with an inspection, tune-up and maintenance services for your solar system.

If your system is older or you have any issues with your solar system, Semper Solaris is a company you can trust.

Our solar experts can diagnose and fix any solar system problems you may have from the panels to the electrical system to the roof.

If there is a problem—we can fix it–give us a call.

Understand the Value Solar Panels Add to Your Home

Solar Panels Increase Property Value

If you are contemplating or have decided to go solar and have a solar system installed on your rooftop, you will save money on electricity.

And the benefits are not only financial you will reduce your carbon footprint and contribute to the efforts to move away from carbon-based fuels and towards renewable energy.

But how does adding solar to your rooftop affect your bottom line over time?

The research is in, and study after study confirms that purchasing a solar power system for your rooftop will increase the value of your home.

And the total cost of the system is offset by the rise in the home’s resale value even before taking into consideration the incentives and tax rebates.

Purchasing Your Solar System

Adding a solar system is considered an upgrade like any other home renovation only the return is much higher for solar than for a kitchen or bathroom.

According to the Department of Energy, home buyers are willing to pay a premium for homes with solar and homes tend to sell as much as 20 percent faster than homes without.

And beyond that, the reduction in energy costs continue to produce excellent returns on the investment, saving thousands of dollars for many more years.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory Study shows that property value goes up about 20 dollars for each $1 in savings from a rooftop solar installation.

Buyers are paying more to enjoy savings on their utility bills, which makes a mortgage payment more affordable.

According to the Lawrence Berkely Lab’s study, the rise in property value is approximately four dollars per watt on average.

A 5 kW system or 5,000 Watts will fetch around 20,000 in increased resell value. So one kilowatt (kW) equals 1,000 watts times 4 giving a $4,000 increase in resell value.

Here is the calculation for a 3.1 kW system:

3.1 kW system – 3.1 X 1,000 = 3,100 watts X 4 = $12,400 increase in resale value.

Smaller systems increase the value of even more per watt than larger systems.

Homebuyers consider any size solar installation to be an asset.

According to studies, this is called the “green cachet” effect where homebuyers are willing to pay more to have solar.

Solar is beneficial for homeowners and homebuyers alike.

It is clear that going solar is a smart investment that gives you a hedge against rising energy costs, and in most cases, outperforms traditional investment mediums.

By purchasing your system, incentives and rebates will reduce the upfront costs significantly and give you a return on your investment.

But how does Leasing affect this return and the resale value of your home?

Solar Lease (PPA)

In a Power Purchase agreement, PPA, the homeowner does not own the panels and does not make payments on the solar system.

Instead, the PPA company installs, owns, and maintains the panels.

You are either charged a set rate for the electricity produced or pay only for the energy used, and the company gets the benefits of rebates, incentives, and tax breaks. Solar leases can last up to 20 to 25 years.

If you are leasing your solar system, the process of selling gets a bit complicated.

For sure you are buying the system in the long run, but if you sell before your lease is up, how does that affect the resell value and purchase of the house?

If you sell your home and have a PPA, there are two routes you can take.

If the buyer will take over the lease and enjoy the benefits of the PPA, it can still be attractive because the buyer will save a lot of money on electric bills.

If however, you wish to take the solar with you or the buyers do not want to assume the lease, what happens?

It will likely require that you pay off the contract at a pro-rated amount and pay the cost of having the panels removed from the roof, repair the roof for the new buyers, and have the panels installed on your new home if that is an option.

Installing Solar Panels?

There are no reliable studies on how leasing solar affects the value of your home.

In the future, that will be a consideration for reviews, but there is no data on it now.

Either way, you and the buyer will benefit from lowered energy costs.

So if you are wanting to install solar panels, but plan to sell your home in the future, you should find out all the terms for this process and make it part of the contract before you sign.

Of course, with solar panel prices getting lower and lower all the time it is becoming more affordable.

And with the addition of incentives, rebates, and tax breaks, purchasing is the better option to make sure you get the most value from your solar power system.

Semper Solaris can help you with this decision.

We have years of experience in the financing of Solar panels.

There are many solar financing options, and we can help you find the right fit whether purchasing or leasing.

Solar Saves You Money

Going solar will save you money, and you can reduce and even eliminate your electric bill.

Your solar system connects to the grid and unused power from your solar system is fed back into the grid giving you credits while saving your generated electricity for the times your solar is not producing energy.

Using solar power gives you a hedge against rising prices. And by producing your electricity and monitoring your usage, your energy bill will be more predictable and protect you from fluctuating energy prices.

If you have a PPA, then your electric bill is the same from month to month all year long.

Solar As an Investment

Whether you choose to buy or lease your solar system, you will reap the benefits of lower electric bills and save money.

By purchasing your system, the incentives and rebates will offset the upfront costs giving you a return on your investment.

In a few years, when your system is paid off, you will reap the benefits even more with tax deductions for depreciation.

And with the cost of electricity rising each year, a reduction in the cost of electricity can match or outperform traditional investment instruments.

Solar Increases Property Value

Investing in a solar system will increase the resell value of your home, and in most cases, the sale of the house will more than cover the total cost of installing the system.

Adding a solar system is considered an upgrade like other home renovations.

According to the Department of Energy, home buyers are willing to pay a premium and homes with solar tend to sell faster if they are energy efficient.

Going Solar Helps the Economy

Solar is among the fastest growing industries in both installation and manufacturing as more and more Americans are getting on board with Solar Power.

Innovation spurs economic growth, and Solar is at the forefront of bringing new ideas and new jobs to the U.S. economy.

Solar Advances Energy Independence

Solar power helps promote energy independence which protects from price fluctuations and dependence on foreign fuel sources – because sunlight is free.

Solar Helps the Environment

And most of all, Solar power helps protect the air by reducing the need to burn fossil fuels, the leading cause of pollution.

Solar produces no pollution and has a positive effect on reducing greenhouse gases.

They say that the elimination of carbon emissions from a residential solar power system is like planting around 100 trees per year.

So why not plant a few trees and have the satisfaction of knowing you are participating in the future of renewable energy while enjoying the financial benefits.

Semper Solaris offers the best in Solar products and installation.

We have various solar financing options available from buying to leasing and guarantee our work with a 25-year warranty.

If you are contemplating installing a solar power system in your home or business, we have the experience, credentials, and expertise to make going solar an easy option.

Call Semper Solaris for an appointment today and let us help you go solar.

How does Solar Energy Work?

The sun rises and shines down on your solar panels. Sunlight is made up of photons, tiny bursts of energy which emanate from the sun and hit the photovoltaic panels (solar panels).

Photovoltaic is the process of chemical conversion of light to electrical power.

And so, begins the progression of collecting the sunlight and converting it into electricity for your home.

It produces clean energy, has no moving parts and needs no fossil fuels for power.

Solar Panels

Solar panels are comprised of a system of various parts that work together to collect and transform the sun’s energy into electricity.

Many smaller units or photovoltaic cells are linked together with metal frames and wiring connecting throughout the panels.

The panels have a mounting system and are arranged at the best angle facing the sun to convert the power generated into Direct Current (DC).

The total cells per solar panel and the number of panels in a solar system is directly related to how much energy is created.

Solar Cells

Semiconductor material like silicon forms the small photovoltaic cells or modules. Although there are several types of semiconductor materials, silicon is the most common type used in making solar panels.

These are busily at work allowing particles of light (photons) to pass through the material causing the electrons to break free to begin the process of creating an electrical current.

Each cell needs to create an electrical field to generate a current. Each cell has both a positive and negative layer and works like a battery.

The electrical field forces the electrical current out of the cell, or semiconductor, into the metal contacts and wiring that connects the cells and the panels.

The current flows into the inverter where it converts the Direct Current (DC) into Alternating Current (AC) which is the current that runs throughout your home.

Solar Inverters

A solar inverter takes the DC from the solar panels and transforms it into AC. The inverter operates much like the Central Processing Unit, the brains, of a computer.

It not only inverts DC to AC, but the inverter also provide grounding protection, monitors the system, voltage, and current on the circuits, monitors the production of energy and Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) which is the maximum available power.

There are central inverters that optimize the entire solar system, and Micro-inverters which monitor each panel.

Inverters are tied into your home and usually to the grid through a meter.

The process of collecting and converting sunlight to electricity goes on throughout the day until nightfall, when the panels stop generating energy. The energy that was not used by the home during the day is funneled back into the grid, and that power is credited back to you.

In the evening, the network begins to deliver the unused credits in the form of electrical power back to the home to run the lights and television and other devices used at night.

Semper Solaris knows how solar works, we know how to find the best and most cost-effective options available with the highest quality products and installation.

We have various options for panels, for inverters, and should you want to be energy independent, we provide solar backup systems to store your unused energy for later use—saving even more money on your utilities.

Call us for an evaluation of your property and let us help you go solar.

Choose the Right Solar Financing Options

With the cost of solar going down, now is the time to cash in on low prices, incentives, and rebates which are available from the Federal and State and City governments.

These incentives paired with a solar loan are an attractive investment for homeowners and homeowners are cashing in.

The upfront costs of solar, should you choose to buy, will be eased by the tremendous savings, tax deductions, and added value to your home.

And if you decide to lease there is no upfront cost, a PPA is the way to lower your utility costs and regulate your monthly electric bill —saving money from the get-go.

You will benefit not only financially, but your community and the environment will reap the rewards.

Solar Loans

A solar loan is a good option for those wanting to purchase their system.

Solar loans are comparable to other home improvement loans but focused on energy efficiency projects.

They are offered at banks or solar panel manufacturers.

And, you can take advantage of the Tax Credits and available deductions as well as the incentives and rebates.

Things to Consider:

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Loans

Finance your solar energy installation with a PACE program.

A PACE loan is available to homeowners through an authorized PACE provider.

PACE financing is attached to your property and paid through the annual property tax bill.

The tax rate determines the interest rate, and if you sell your home before you pay off the loan, the balance transfers to the buyer.

Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO Program)

The HERO program is a residential Property Assessed Clean Energy PACE program offered by Renovate America, a home renovation lender.

HERO financing is for home improvements and solar and energy efficiency residential projects.

Fannie Mae Homestyle Energy Loan

With a Fannie Mae Homestyle Energy loan, you can finance your solar installation.

They offer affordable and flexible options to homeowners for energy efficiency and disaster preparedness improvements.

Solar Lease

Power Purchase Agreement (PPA)

A solar lease comes with a power purchase agreement PPA which offers all the benefits of using a solar panel system without having the upfront cost of purchasing it.

The PPA provider installs solar panels on your property, and you pay them a below market rate for the electricity for a set term, usually 20 years.

The provider owns, maintains the system, an in return, receives the rebates, incentives and Tax Credits for the installation.

Things to Consider:

Whether you lease or buy your solar system, it is a smart idea to reduce your home’s energy expenses while reducing your carbon footprint.

Semper Solaris offers a variety of financing options.

We are experienced with all of them and can help you navigate the incentives and rebates to get the best financing package possible.

You will enjoy the benefits of low-cost financing for your system and reap the rewards of going solar.

Call us for an evaluation of your property and to discuss all the financing options available and go solar.

Choose the Right Solar Company

So, you have decided to join the trend of going solar.

What next?

Investing in Solar is an important decision and a long-term investment.

The most critical step in making this big decision is to find the right solar company.

Your installer should be experienced and have a good reputation for top quality work and the very best solar panels available.

Going solar is a complicated process, and there are many things to consider when choosing a solar provider:

Many situations can arise during the process of installing a solar system.

Your installer must be very thorough in assessing your home’s readiness for solar.

For instance, if your roof is too weak for the system, your roof could collapse under the weight of the panels.

The company you choose should be expert in roof repair and construction.
Here are the most important qualities to look for when selecting a company to install your solar system.

You can Google to find solar companies in California and see which companies are a good fit.

You should have a list of more than one company and get quotes from each one.

Reputation & Reviews

Check companies in your state local areas and make your list based on the reputation of the companies:

Credentials & Expertise

It is essential to know the experience of a company, and whether they have the proper certifications and licenses.

You should be able to find these out on their website.

Things to Ask Your Solar Company:

Proper Solar Company Certifications:

Quality Products & Solar Installations:

The top companies offer a variety of the most popular and reliable solar panels and equipment using the latest technology.

They offer warranties on products and their expert installation.

And they only use the sturdiest brackets and reinforcement systems available.

Attentive and Helpful Service

The relationship between you and your solar company should be built on trust.

They should accurately represent costs as well as projected savings on electricity and have a track record of happy customers.

Look for companies that have a reputation for exemplary customer service.

Semper Solaris’ core values like trust, loyalty and high-quality service.

We will steer you through the process answering all your questions and addressing all the problems that arise promptly.

We do have a track record of happy customers.

Call us today to schedule an evaluation of your home.

There has never been a better time to go solar!

Play the Safe Bet: Always Choose American Made Solar Panels

If you are thinking about going solar and want to begin the process, how do you choose the best solar panels when you finally decide to go solar?

There are numerous available options for solar panels on the market today, and the choices seem daunting.

But you can narrow down your options and choose the most efficient, reliable panels made.

An excellent place to start is by looking at the most popular and reliable brands used by the top Solar installers.

Solar panels today are made in manufacturing plants all over the world. China has been leading the way in sheer volume of panels manufactured and sold worldwide.

But the unfair competition from China and their illegal practices has resulted in a tariff on Chinese solar panels, paving the way for North American Solar manufacturers to once again dominate the market here in America.

The most reputable Solar Companies use American made solar panels which have proven to be the most reliable and efficient, and are the superior option in quality, price, and economics.

Quality & Economy

American manufacturers adhere to the highest standards of quality and offer top-quality panels to their customers.

Semper Solaris chooses premium panels for both quality and economy.

Panasonic is on the cutting edge of innovation and one of the most popular brands on the market.

We offer Silfab, a lower cost panel and according to energy sage, Silfab is a high-efficiency panel with the most value matching higher priced models on the market.

Benefits America

Solar is the fastest growing energy source, and there are huge benefits from American solar-panel manufacturing.

Since the tariff on foreign-made panels has taken effect, American Solar manufacturing is reestablishing their standing in the field of solar technology.

Jobs in the solar manufacturing sector are on the rise as well as transportation, engineering and goes so far as to affect education, taxes and other government policies including clean energy practices.

The move towards a renewable energy economy will allow for energy independence as we break free from the price controls of the utility companies.

American Made Solar Panels

America is the pioneer of solar energy.

Solar panels manufactured in America benefit from American innovation.

They provide more choices, not only in quality and price but promote a renewable energy economy as we move away from fossil fuels.

Why Buy American Made Solar Panels?

At Semper Solaris, we use the very best products made in America and choose leaders in the manufacture of solar panels that comply with our standards.

We are leading the way in promoting solar products made in America.

You can count on our top-notch service and the highest quality products made in America.

Call us today and schedule an evaluation of your home for a solar power installation and Go Solar American Style!

Understand the Solar Installation Process

If you are considering going solar.

It is essential to understand the process from beginning to end.

There are many aspects to the process, and you need an installer has experience in every facet, so the project does not get bogged down.

You will first decide upon a reputable provider that meets your needs, and they will do an initial inspection of your site.

They will take measurements and discuss the options with you, including how much you will save on your utility bill, the available rebates, incentives, and financing options.

Site Assessment

After the initial signing of your solar contract lease or loan, you will begin the first phase of your installation which is the assessment by an engineer or technician to evaluate your home for the installation.

This visit is more in-depth than the initial evaluation to begin the process.

Evaluation

Paperwork & Documents

Your installer will handle most of the paperwork and the permitting of your solar power and will only have you sign on the dotted line.

There is much work to be done, and the paperwork lays the groundwork so that all the bases are covered before the installation process begins.

Solar System Equipment

After the paperwork and permits, it is time to choose the equipment and design the solar system for your home.

Your Solar provider will help you select the best equipment and components for your situation.  

But it is a good idea to have something in mind before you discuss final plans.

Once the equipment is on order, the date of installation will be scheduled according to your installers availability.

Installation of Solar Components

The permits have approval.

The equipment arrives.

And now it is time to install your solar.  

It will take around two or three days to complete depending on the design and preparation of the roof.

Final Approval & Connecting to the Grid

Once your inverter is installed, and the DC is converted to AC it is time to connect to the electric grid.   

The city planning and electric company will come to inspect your solar installation:

Once these have approval,  it is time to be connected to the grid and with a flip of a switch—you are now generating clean, renewable energy and the savings begin.

At Semper Solaris, we are experienced and experts at Solar Panel installations from the planning to permitting to the moment you go solar; we will be there every step of the way to see that your Solar is installed correctly and in the shortest amount of time possible.

Give us a call today,  schedule your first appointment, and get ready to go solar!

Understand the Solar Permitting Process

After you have signed your contract for your solar with your provider and done the necessary paperwork including financing and all applicable incentives and rebates, you will have an initial inspection of your site followed by site assessment.

Any significant structural changes to your home require permission from your local government planning office.

The permitting is critical to ensure your installer is meeting all applicable building codes.

If they don’t, then you must start all over again.

Permits

Your installer will file the various applications for permits.

The permitting process can take 30 to 90 days depending on your location.

Permitting involves the city and county governments, and it is dependent on how fast they approve.

Some cities are stricter than others.

Your installer should be experienced in this process and will take it from here handling the applications for permits and follow through to final approval.

You will only need to sign the paperwork.

Building Codes

The permitting process for solar involves several parts of the Californian Building Code Title 24:

As you can see, there are many rules and regulations involved in the permitting process.

It can get very complicated and sometimes drag the process out.

The good news is, In California, the Solar Permitting Efficiency Act (Assembly Bill 2188), passed in 2014, made it a requirement that all local governments adopt ordinances that expedite the permitting process for small residential solar systems.

Other states have also implemented expedited permitting processes for Solar Systems.

Your experienced installer will know how to advance the process so that they can install your rooftop solar within the earliest possible timeframe.

Application Review

The local permitting agency must review permit applications to ensure compliance with state and local requirements.

After you have gone through the necessary permitting approval of your system design and it meets all the required building codes, it is time to order the equipment and set a date for installation.

The installation will take a few days.

And once the installation is complete, you have one more hurdle in the permit approval process.

Final Inspection & Approval

The city government inspector will check the installation to be sure the wiring was done correctly and that the mounting is attached, and the system meets all electrical and roof and building codes.

Following that, your electric company will do a final inspection. It will take approximately two weeks to a month for final approval before your system is given the green light to connect to the electric grid.

The system will be connected, and it is time to flip the switch. Your solar system connects to the grid, and your solar panels will begin generating power and saving you money.

Semper Solari’s technicians are knowledgeable and proficient in installing solar from the initial site inspection through the final approval of your system going live.

We handle all the paperwork and permits and are there with you every step of the way. Call us today for a free evaluation and consultation.

We will help you on the road to going solar.

Monitoring Your System: How to Keep Track of Your Energy Production

If you plan to install a rooftop solar system in your home, you already know you will save money.

But how do you see the amount of power your panels are generating or how much money you are saving?

Photovoltaic cells in the solar panels transform sunlight into energy and energy into direct current (DC).

The inverter is connected to your homes electrical system and converts DC to AC for use in your home.

You can increase the productivity of your solar panels by monitoring your system to achieve peak solar power efficiency.

You can take advantage of products and services to get the most benefit out of your system.

Net Metering

Most solar systems connect to the grid through Net metering or net energy metering.

A net meter replaces your regular electric meter on your house and is connected to the power from your solar system and the grid.

Net metering monitors your solar power generation and usage and keeps track of energy that is routed back into the network grid and stored there.

What you don’t use is credited back to you to be used when your panels are not producing electricity, like at night or on very cloudy days.

It is possible to build up enough extra credits during the summer months so that you can use them in the winter.

If you generate enough electricity from your panels, you can eliminate your electric bill.

Web Monitoring

Solar monitoring software for your system works through the solar inverter to monitor your solar system’s performance in real time.

Your solar system will come with built-in software for this purpose.

It will track the energy generated and energy use.

It will help you optimize energy usage and detect problems in your system.

t is essential to monitor your system, so you are sure it is operating at optimal levels.

The information gathered by the software is sent to your installer through a cloud-based system with a website where you can view your system statistics.

Web monitoring works with computers, mobile apps, and smart home devices.

You can access the data from your mobile devices without connecting to your Wi-Fi.

Semper Solaris’s solar panels are installed with a state-of-the-art monitoring system which allows you to keep track of your solar energy production.

Our monitoring support specialist will help you access your system through your home computer, a mobile app, or device.

You can log on any time to view your system’s performance. There is no better time to go solar, call us today for an evaluation of your home and join the solar revolution.

Maximize Your Investment: Why Using a Contractor for both Your Solar and Your Roof is a Smart Idea

Now is time to go solar.  

The cost-benefit concerning savings on electricity is enough to justify the expense of installing a solar system on your roof.  

Add to that the value it adds to your homes resale value.

The government incentives and tax rebates alone are enough to bring the price in range for homeowners.

In a few years, the system will be paid off while you continue to profit from the reduced power bills.

Solar & Roofing

The most important consideration when installing solar on your roof concerning durability and the life of your solar system is the condition of the roof.

It is essential to have your roof assessed for the ability to handle the weight of the solar panels.

But maybe it would be better to maximize your investment and start fresh with a new roof combined with your new solar panels.

Unless your roof is relatively new, it is likely your roof will need repairs or will degrade faster than your solar panels.

Why not consider starting with a new roof and a new solar system and maximize your investment?

If you replace your roof when you install solar panels, you will save money by avoiding the expense of removing and reinstalling your solar panels should you need to replace your roof in the future.

Roof Repair vs. Replacement

If you do have problems with your roof needing repair or replacement, there are labor costs involved in taking the panels off and putting them back on.

If your hardware also must be removed, the cost will be a few thousand dollars higher than just the roof repair and panel removal.

If you combine a new roof with a new solar installation, it is unlikely you will need to replace your roof for life of your panels.

Panels last from 30 to 35 years and are much more durable than roofing material, and they will protect your roof from degradation.

A solar power installation will save you thousands upon thousands of dollars throughout the life of the system.

So, the added cost of reroofing is well worth it in the long run and is better than taking a chance that there will be problems with your roof later.

The Right Solar Company

Few solar companies offer roofing services.

Choosing a solar company that is also an expert in the repair and construction of roofs, is a very safe bet.

At Semper Solaris, we have built our reputation on the construction of roofs along with our solar installations.

We offer warranties on roofing and solar as well as great discounts when you install a new roof along with your solar panels.

If you need roof replacement anyway, consider installing solar along with the new roof.

It is a wise investment to make, and the financial benefit is enormous for both savings and value added to your home.

If you already plan on installing solar on your rooftop, consider starting with a clean slate by also installing a brand-new roof.

Call us today, and we can evaluate your home for a new roof and solar system.

Go solar with Semper Solaris.

Capitalize on Your Solar Investment – Battery Storage and How You Can Make Money with Solar

If you have or are contemplating installing a solar system on your rooftop, why not capitalize on your investment?

Maximize your savings with solar battery storage.

You can profit from your solar installation from savings on your electricity. A penny saved is a penny earned.

And battery storage can give you that extra penny or two.

Profit from Solar

With the cost of electricity rising, investing in solar makes sense.

And you can create a profit scheme from using solar energy.

Generating your power is a hedge against the rising and fluctuating energy costs.

You can capitalize on the savings on utility bills and solar rebates and incentives, as well as the increased value of your home.

The lowered cost of electricity through net metering is essentially selling excess power generated from solar, back to the grid.

It comes back to you as credits in the form of electricity when your solar is not producing electricity.

By selling your power back to the network, you are receiving credits toward your electric bill as good as cash.

Maximize Profit with Backup Battery

Adding a backup battery to your solar system will enable you to store extra power for your use, get a financial return, or be prepared for emergencies when the grid goes down.

If your electric company charges high demand rates, or you have Time of Use (TOU) rate structures with high peak and off-peak rates, you can use your stored power to control costs.

Electricity rates are lower during the daytime, and solar panels are producing the most energy.

You can save energy in your batteries for use during high demand or peak hours and avoid the higher rates during that time.

Or, you can use the power from your battery during off-peak hours and generate surplus energy to sell back to the grid during on-peak hours.

You will save money and create an income by adjusting to changing rates.

Some companies, like LADWP, have tiered rates designed to push your rate higher according to how much power used during your billing period.

Depending on your power usage, and for heavy use days, you could feasibly use enough of your solar power to give you a deficit which would force you into a higher tier.

With battery storage, you can monitor your energy and save your solar power to the battery to use on high use days or for overages and avoid all or most of the extra cost of higher tiered rates.

Make a Move Towards Energy Independence

If you are considering a solar system but have not yet made a move to go solar, Semper Solaris can help you make your decision with accurate and helpful guidance from our representative.

Whether you have a system already or are planning to, Semper Solaris can install an LG Chem or Tesla Powerwall backup battery so that you have surplus power when you need it.

You can use the extra energy to generate a profit from your solar power system or go off the grid.

Call us today and let us help you maximize your solar investment for a financial return and move towards energy independence.

Protect Your Solar System

Solar panels are made of tempered glass and are designed to tolerate extreme temperatures, weather, and other outside factors.

They are tested to handle falling debris, hail storms, and very high winds.

But many other factors can cause damage to your solar system, and you have no further to look than your backyard.

It is essential to safeguard your investment to avoid damage, loss of efficiency, and even theft.

If you have installed Solar Panels on your roof, you will be saving a lot of money on your power bill.

And although solar panels are reliable requiring little support, you can preserve and protect the life of your solar panels through regular inspection, maintenance, and cleaning.

Solar Maintenance

It is good to get a regular comprehensive examination of your panel system to see that it is performing at its optimal efficiency and that it is safe, with no issues to the electrical system and components.

Inspection is especially critical if your solar system is a few years old.

Comprehensive maintenance for your system should include:

Solar Cleaning

Conserve Solar Power

Protect Solar Panels

At Semper Solaris, we are committed to top-notch solar energy installation, maintenance, and service to our customers.

We offer a full system diagnostic with an inspection, tune-up and maintenance services for your solar system.

If your system is older or you have any issues with your solar system, Semper Solaris is a company you can trust.

Our solar experts can diagnose and fix any solar system problems you may have from the panels to the electrical system to the roof.

If there is a problem—we can fix it–give us a call.

Understand the Value Solar Panels Add to Your Home

Solar Panels Increase Property Value

If you are contemplating or have decided to go solar and have a solar system installed on your rooftop, you will save money on electricity.

And the benefits are not only financial you will reduce your carbon footprint and contribute to the efforts to move away from carbon-based fuels and towards renewable energy.

But how does adding solar to your rooftop affect your bottom line over time?

The research is in, and study after study confirms that purchasing a solar power system for your rooftop will increase the value of your home.

And the total cost of the system is offset by the rise in the home’s resale value even before taking into consideration the incentives and tax rebates.

Purchasing Your Solar System

Adding a solar system is considered an upgrade like any other home renovation only the return is much higher for solar than for a kitchen or bathroom.

According to the Department of Energy, home buyers are willing to pay a premium for homes with solar and homes tend to sell as much as 20 percent faster than homes without.

And beyond that, the reduction in energy costs continue to produce excellent returns on the investment, saving thousands of dollars for many more years.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory Study shows that property value goes up about 20 dollars for each $1 in savings from a rooftop solar installation.

Buyers are paying more to enjoy savings on their utility bills, which makes a mortgage payment more affordable.

According to the Lawrence Berkely Lab’s study, the rise in property value is approximately four dollars per watt on average.

A 5 kW system or 5,000 Watts will fetch around 20,000 in increased resell value. So one kilowatt (kW) equals 1,000 watts times 4 giving a $4,000 increase in resell value.

Here is the calculation for a 3.1 kW system:

3.1 kW system – 3.1 X 1,000 = 3,100 watts X 4 = $12,400 increase in resale value.

Smaller systems increase the value of even more per watt than larger systems.

Homebuyers consider any size solar installation to be an asset.

According to studies, this is called the “green cachet” effect where homebuyers are willing to pay more to have solar.

Solar is beneficial for homeowners and homebuyers alike.

It is clear that going solar is a smart investment that gives you a hedge against rising energy costs, and in most cases, outperforms traditional investment mediums.

By purchasing your system, incentives and rebates will reduce the upfront costs significantly and give you a return on your investment.

But how does Leasing affect this return and the resale value of your home?

Solar Lease (PPA)

In a Power Purchase agreement, PPA, the homeowner does not own the panels and does not make payments on the solar system.

Instead, the PPA company installs, owns, and maintains the panels.

You are either charged a set rate for the electricity produced or pay only for the energy used, and the company gets the benefits of rebates, incentives, and tax breaks. Solar leases can last up to 20 to 25 years.

If you are leasing your solar system, the process of selling gets a bit complicated.

For sure you are buying the system in the long run, but if you sell before your lease is up, how does that affect the resell value and purchase of the house?

If you sell your home and have a PPA, there are two routes you can take.

If the buyer will take over the lease and enjoy the benefits of the PPA, it can still be attractive because the buyer will save a lot of money on electric bills.

If however, you wish to take the solar with you or the buyers do not want to assume the lease, what happens?

It will likely require that you pay off the contract at a pro-rated amount and pay the cost of having the panels removed from the roof, repair the roof for the new buyers, and have the panels installed on your new home if that is an option.

Installing Solar Panels?

There are no reliable studies on how leasing solar affects the value of your home.

In the future, that will be a consideration for reviews, but there is no data on it now.

Either way, you and the buyer will benefit from lowered energy costs.

So if you are wanting to install solar panels, but plan to sell your home in the future, you should find out all the terms for this process and make it part of the contract before you sign.

Of course, with solar panel prices getting lower and lower all the time it is becoming more affordable.

And with the addition of incentives, rebates, and tax breaks, purchasing is the better option to make sure you get the most value from your solar power system.

Semper Solaris can help you with this decision.

We have years of experience in the financing of Solar panels.

There are many solar financing options, and we can help you find the right fit whether purchasing or leasing.

Schedule an appointment for an assessment, and we can help you choose the best course of action for going solar.

There is nothing like a beautiful, sunny day in Santa Monica. While there may be a lot of them, we still never grow tired of the consistent sunshine! One of the main reasons? It means we can help our customers continue to harvest the power of the sun for their benefit! With how expensive the electricity bills can be in this community, there is no doubt going solar is a serious attraction.

As the fastest-growing solar contractor in Santa Monica, Semper Solaris is ready to help you make your community greener and take maximum advantage of solar savings. While going solar may feel like a big, complicated decision, we like to take the confusion out of the equation. Our goal is to make the solar process and investment as simple as possible for our customers to understand and determine whether it’s right for their circumstances. We’ll walk you through each and every step to ensure you are comfortable with it!

Learn about our current offers or find out how you can go solar by calling our experts today!

Perks of Installing Solar Panels

Having solar panels installed on your home can be extremely beneficial. There are countless benefits you’ll reap from this investment — that includes everything from creating a more eco-friendly home to extra cash back in your pocket every month. Take a look at the wide range of solar benefits below!

Real Savings on Long Term Expenses

Looking for a way to reduce your energy bills? Having solar panels installed will greatly cut down on your monthly electricity costs. Electric company rates are predicted to have a steady increase throughout the next years, and being dependent on volatile rates and unable to dimish your electric use can be extremely damaging to your personal finances. Renewable energy allows you to break that cycle — to take charge of your energy source, to monitor your energy production, to understand how much you’re using and producing and to adjust your habits accordingly. On top of that, you’re no longer paying for that electricity: what you produce is yours, and whatever is leftover, you sell back to the electric company.

No Waiting Period for Savings

If you are on the fence about the upfront investment, solar purchase power agreements and leasing options allow you to get more affordable green energy through solar panels right away. You can enjoy all the benefits of solar with a simple “pay-as-you-go” model to take the financial burden off your shoulders and enjoy more immediate savings. A third-party company will actually own the system, but you’ll be able to buy the more affordable solar energy, saving you money month to month.

Reasonable Payback Timeline & Cost

For those who do want to buy their own solar panel system, the option can be very affordable and reasonable. With all the incentives, rebates, and savings, the payback period is often much quicker than homeowners even realize. This means all their savings on electricity goes right back into their pockets!

Boost to Home Value

As a prospective homebuyer, seeing that a house has a solar panel system in place can be very appealing. They can step into a smart home that will offer lower electricity bills, ultimately making it a much more attractive purchase. In fact, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory found that homes with solar panels were able to sell not only 17% faster, but for 20% more than comparable homes without panels installed.

Numerous Incentives Available

The most attractive incentive is no doubt the Federal Solar Tax Credit, which allows you to deduct a percentage of the total cost of your solar panel system (including equipment and solar installation expenses). That automatically takes out a huge chunk of the solar panel system cost! This credit is set to expire soon, however, so make sure you take advantage of it while still available. California is also determined to expand its reputation as a “green” and energy-conscious state, offerings rebates and incentives alongside the Federal Solar Tax Credit and local rebates for Santa Monica residents.

Proven Performance & Savings

Though they are constantly exposed to the elements, solar panels are designed to be sturdy and long-lasting. Typical solar panel manufacturers stand by their products with extensive warranties, often around 20 to 25 years. These performance guarantees give homeowners peace of mind that their panels are designed to perform exceptionally well for decades to come. And that’s just guaranteed performance, as solar panels are able to last much longer!

Protects Environment & Keeps Local Community Green

Santa Monica is a beautiful area to live in. Protecting that natural beauty is important, and going solar is one of the ways you can help promote a more sustainable future. It may seem small, but every house and every neighborhood can make a big difference for Southern California in the long run. Renewable energy options like solar panels cut back on air and water pollution that traditional fossil fuels emit. Not only is renewable energy good for the environment, but it’s also great for public health, reducing air pollution and protecting precious water supplies.

Provides More Energy Independence

Electricity costs are currently volatile, with some uncertainty about future expenses to homeowners. That means going solar is more valuable than ever before. Having solar panels allows you to take control back over your electricity costs from utility companies. Even with net metering and time-of-use rates, having solar energy gives you much more peace of mind with your primary electricity use coming from your solar panels or solar credit from your panels. With the always-improving solar battery storage technology, you can further increase your energy independence and decrease reliance on the grid!

Why Wait When You Can Start Saving Right Away?

Helping the local Santa Monica community doesn’t have to be time-consuming or costly. Going solar can be a great way to help support the environment and your wallet at the same time! The incentives and tax credits still available for homeowners in California make it an ideal time to invest in solar panels. If you are interested in learning more about how installing solar panels in Santa Monica can help you save, add value to your home, and benefit your community, reach out to our team. We can walk you through each and every step of the process and help you select the right panels and system size for your home needs and budget.

Semper Solaris is always just a quick call away. Get expert solar guidance today!

Solar Installation Steps

So you’ve thought about some of the benefits of going solar and want to find out what to expect in the process. Whether you are in Antelope Valley or Downtown Los Angeles, having the right solar company tackle your installation is key.  Semper Solaris is here to provide a breakdown of the solar installation steps you can expect.

What Is Involved in the Solar Process?

We know that it can be slightly overwhelming trying to navigate all the solar steps on your own. That’s why we’ve created a quick guide on what to expect below.

 

Get Your Solar Journey Started Today

Ready to get the ball rolling on your solar installation process? The Los Angeles solar installers at Semper Solaris are always ready to help. We’ve worked with countless customers throughout the L.A. area, installing solar panels on houses big and small alike. With a team of highly skilled professionals — many of which are veterans thanks to our military roots — we are more than equipped to tackle your solar project for you. Working with us means quality service, caring support, and unmatched work ethic and integrity.

Learn more about the Semper Solaris solar panel installation process by contacting us today!

SOLAR PANELS:  MADE IN THE U.S.A.

Why does it matter?

As Americans know, the Trump Administration has imposed a 30 percent tariff on Chinese imports of solar cells in what the U.S. International Trade Commission considered a threat to U.S. Manufacturers through unfair trade practices and pricing.

Opponents of the tariffs on Chinese imports argue that they could cause layoffs in the solar installation business.   But solar is the fastest growing energy source nationwide. And the benefits of domestic solar-panel manufacturing industry are huge for the industry and the country.

INNOVATION

According to some leading business schools and think tanks, sending manufacturing overseas leaves a void not only for production workers but stifles advancement of technology in the U.S.   Patents, an incentive and mechanism for invention, as well as investment in research and development, are influenced by the manufacturing of products derived from innovative ideas. What is on the horizon?  Where would computer technology and advances in semiconductors be without the incentive to produce and create?

MANUFACTURING

Manufacturing is more than just factories and production workers.  Transportation, engineering, design, development of future technology along with education, training, and job creation revolve around manufacturing.  It reaches so far as to affect government policies for immigration, taxes, and clean energy implementation.

Here in Poway, one solar manufacturing company that shut its doors, along with many others throughout the country, know just how unfair competition from China’s imports of solar panels, with their illegal subsidies, trade controls, and the lack of regulation in the dumping of hazardous waste, hurts U.S businesses.

CHINA

In China, with its rapid industrial growth, polysilicon plants are a burgeoning business with the establishment of many new plants.  Polysilicon is used to manufacture solar panels. But the byproduct, silicon tetrachloride, is an extremely toxic substance that endangers the environment.

Many of these plants are dumping this poisonous chemical on farmlands, making the land infertile. And the gases emitted from the plants are affecting nearby residents–poisoning the air.  Chinese polysilicon manufacturers are saving millions by not using toxic waste recapture mechanisms. The low cost of imported Chinese solar panels comes with a price not only to the environment and poor farmers but to U.S. companies that cannot compete with the cheap imports.

UNITED STATES

Because of the threat to the environment from silicon tetrachloride, polysilicon companies in the United States are utilizing effective and costly systems for recycling the waste for reuse in the production of more solar panels. The very purpose of clean-energy is to reduce and eliminate threats to the environment.  And although they are following the rules, the U.S. is at risk of losing the very industry it pioneered, as well as the gains made towards energy independence (not relying on foreign countries for our energy needs).

GOOD FOR AMERICA

But that is all changing, and the future of solar manufacturing in America looks bright.  Solar Companies are setting up shop here in the U.S. again. Tesla/Panasonic is opening a large facility in Buffalo, N.Y. to produce solar panels. SolarWorld and others are opening facilities and reestablishing their prominence in the field of solar technology.

MADE IN THE U.S.A

At Semper Solaris, we use only the best “made in America” products, and we are proud of it.   Panasonic and SolarWorld are cutting edge leaders in the manufacture of solar panels and systems and comply with our standards.

Semper Solaris offers a 25-year warranty on products and performance, and we stand behind our work.   If you are contemplating installing solar power in your residence or business, you can count on us to provide the best service with the best equipment available.  Call us today and schedule an evaluation of your home for a solar power installation “Made in the U.S.A.”

EMERGING SOLAR TECHNOLOGY

The future of Solar energy is promising as solar becomes more efficient, bringing with it innovation and the latest trends in solar technology. New chip technology, micro-inverters, and improvements to solar tech products are promising better and more efficient solar ideas. And looking to the future, groundbreaking technologies for building materials are on the horizon.

Fresh new designs make rooftop solar more attractive.

 

Bifacial solar panels

Also called double-sided panels, bifacial solar panels capture sunlight through both sides.  They produce more energy than standard panels offering more savings on the cost of energy.

 

All glass solar panels

Glass panels have a  sleek design that is more attractive and durable than regular silicon cell panels.  These can are used in creative ways such being built into skylights. They also are less prone to degradation and offer fire resistance as well.

 

Frameless solar panels

If you don’t like the unattractive solar frames in rooftop panels, frameless solar sections use a unique mounting that looks more lustrous and matches the system for a modernized appearance.

 

Clear solar panels

Clear solar panels are frameless and visually appealing. They are enclosed in glass.  They use the same technology as standard panels, but the cells are inserted between to glass casings instead of opaque backing.

 

Solar skin

New technology brings designs for a custom look to match your roof to your solar panel system with smart grids that are smaller than traditional panels.  A few companies are pioneering this

 

Solar Shingles

These designer solar roof panels are set apart from other panel innovations. You can go solar without even noticing it on the roof.  Tesla’s tiles are more durable than roof materials and will blend in with the style of your home. They are made with many styles of glass including textured and smooth glass and are one of the next great trends in solar.

 

Solar windows

Look for this amazing technology that makes sense. Solar windows generate electricity as the sun comes shining through the special hi-tech coating embedded in the glass.

 

There is a vision beyond the solar products you can acquire for your home or business or gadgets and inventions that we use in our lives.  Pioneering research is paving the way for newer and better ways to reduce and eliminate the carbon footprint and offer a quality of life that is environmentally safe and maintainable.

 

Hornets And Grasshoppers

 

As we move forward in meeting the world’s energy needs and addressing sustainability and climate control, scientists are looking to nature for answers. It is apparent that we will need more and more electricity.  We are accustomed to relying on electricity for the things we use each day—like turning on the air conditioner. And as the temperatures rise in the cities—that is not about to change.

 

Architect and Biologist Doris Kim Sung has looked to human anatomy for answers in the functioning of human skin and creating materials that work the same way.   She has designed what is called a “Thermal Bimetal Skin” which can be used in architecture to regulate temperatures much in the way our skin functions to control the temperature in the body. It uses no electricity at all and can help control the temperatures in buildings to cut down on power used for heating and cooling systems. She is also looking to the respiratory system of grasshoppers for ideas on ventilation in buildings.

 

Scientists have found that some hornets use sunlight to produce electricity inside its exoskeleton.  In an experiment, a solution was extracted then placed n a solar cell conductor, when exposed to light, the pigment in the solution generated electricity. Extracting energy from plants, animals and insects and biogenic solar cells made from living bacteria are in the sphere of scientific discovery.

 

Electrical capability from solar and other renewable sources is outdoing those from fossil fuels. Solar energy is one of the least expensive energy choices. Saving money and advances in solar technology leading to more options for the homeowner,  make it an attractive option for homeowners in Escondido where sunshine  is abundant.

 

From wearables to solar-powered cars.  Solar tech is on the move. And Semper Solaris is a leader in providing the best solar products and installation.  Call us today to begin taking advantage of the future of renewable energy—and go solar.

If you live in California and are wondering, “How can I find solar providers near me?” then you are in luck. You just happen to live in the number one solar state in the country, a state that employs over 80,000 people in the solar industry. If you live in or near a major city in California, chances are good that dozens of solar installation companies would love to have your business. The real trick, then, isn’t finding a solar installation company near you, it’s figuring out how to choose the best solar company to perform your installation.

Putting a solar panel system on your roof is a major expense and represents a big renovation to your home. Workers will need to install racking to your roof and make changes to your electrical system. The solar installer you choose will be the key to ensuring that this process goes smoothly. The quality of their team will play a big role in how well your system functions after the installation and the overall solar power system cost.

In other words, choosing a solar installer is a very important decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Rather than searching on Google for “solar providers near me,” and choosing the company that paid for an ad at the top of the search engine rankings, do your homework!

Not sure how to start your search? Here are four easy steps to help you find the best solar installer in your area.

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Step One: Ask Your Neighbors and Friends for Referrals

The best way to determine whether a solar installer is knowledgeable, trustworthy, and easy to work with is to ask people who have already used them. You won’t find true feedback on a company from the carefully chosen testimonials on their website. Instead, turn to your friends and family who have solar panels and ask about their experience.

They will be more than happy to tell you the good, the bad, and the ugly about their solar journey and will also help you understand what to expect as you start on your own solar adventure. The main purpose of this step is to eliminate solar companies that didn’t provide excellent service for your friends, family, and neighbors.

If you get a glowing recommendation about a particular solar company, resist the temptation to immediately contact them and sign a contract. Keep in mind that your friend or family member may have not done their homework and could have used the first company that came up in their Google search. You can’t know whether they truly got the best service and price.

Keep their recommendations handy and then continue with your research.

Step Two: Check Out Review Sites

Your friends and neighbors should be able to give you a list of solar installation companies they used and liked (and a list of companies to steer clear of). Of course, you shouldn’t base such a big purchase decision on a single recommendation, so your next step is to do some more research on your new list of prospects. It’s time to head online and see what other previous customers say about your potential solar installers.

(Note: If you recently moved to town or don’t have any friends or family who can make solar recommendations, just go straight to this step.)

We recommend reading up on reviews at SolarReviews, Angie’s List, and the Better Business Bureau. Use Yelp as a last resort, as the reviews on that site aren’t always of the highest quality. The beauty of large review websites is that you’ll get to learn about the experiences of a number of different people, so you can get a much better idea of how a company consistently operates.

It is important to keep in mind that many people are spurred to write reviews based on either a very good experience or a very bad experience, so what you read may not be a completely accurate reflection of a company. Don’t be afraid of one terrible review for a company if the majority of their reviews are positive. If you see a pattern of poor service, then it’s time to cross that name off your list!

As you read through reviews, here are a few general things to look for:

It’s important to know that very few solar installations go off without a hitch. Equipment shipping from the manufacturer may be delayed. Perhaps an inspection of the roof revealed damage that required a repair. Maybe someone at the permitting office lost a permit request. These things happen. When you read reviews about a solar installation company, focus on how well they address the inevitable issues that occur.

Step Three: Request a Consultation

After reading reviews of your potential installers, it’s time to pick a few top contenders. Try to narrow your list to between two and four companies that have gotten an endorsement from a friend or family member and have generally positive reviews.

It’s time to request a consultation.

Any solar installation company worth their sunbeams should offer a free consultation. Give the company a call or fill out the form on their website, and you should be contacted shortly by a representative to schedule the consultation.

The company will send an experienced associate to your home to discuss your project, goals, and budget. Here are a few of the things to expect during your consultation. The association will:

The best associates will take the time to learn about your unique situation, answer your questions, and address your concerns. Ideally, they’ll also tell you about their company’s history and mission and help you feel comfortable with the entire solar installation process.

Not every solar installer is the right choice for your project. Often, you’ll see red flags during the consultation, such as:

Once you’ve completed all the consultations, it’s time to compare your quotes and make the big decision.

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Step Four: Choosing a Solar Provider Near Me

After your solar consultations are complete, you may have a clear winner in mind, or perhaps you were able to cross one or two companies off your list, leaving you with several great options to choose from. Now it’s time to compare your quotes and think carefully about how you feel about each company.

While it’s tempting to simply choose the company that offers the lowest solar power system cost, we encourage you to take a number of factors into consideration, including:

One other important factor to contemplate is whether or not the company is locally established. By taking your business to a local solar company, you are keeping your dollars in your community and supporting local, high-paying solar jobs for your friends and neighbors.

There’s another important reason to “go local.” A local solar installation company will already be familiar with common roofing trends in your neighborhood which can help them avoid issues when they begin their installation. Local companies are also highly experienced pulling permits in your area. They know where to go and how to fill out the forms. Finally, they are also much more likely to know if any local renewable energy incentives – like rebates or tax deductions – are available.

At Semper Solaris, we believe in investing in local communities, which is why we have opened locations throughout California. We are a veteran owned and operated business that instills our military values of integrity, responsibility, and attention to detail into everything that we do. When it comes time to search for solar installers in your area, we encourage you to take a look at all of our reviews on SolarReviews.com, Angie’s List, and The Better Business Bureau.

We would appreciate the opportunity to compete for your business. Schedule a solar consultation today.

 

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