When the Sun Isn’t Shining
Solar panels are made of highly conductive materials that use the sun’s rays to create direct current electricity. As most homes and businesses use alternating current, solar panels use inverters to turn the direct current into alternating current that then flows through your home’s property wiring, just like power from the grid.
Solar panels use the sun’s UV rays to generate power. Similar to how your skin can tan even if it’s cloudy, your solar panels will still generate electricity during cloudy and rainy days, just not as much as as a clear, sunny day.
Net metering is a billing mechanism that credits solar energy system owners for the electricity they add to the grid. A solar pv system generates more electricity than the home uses during daylight hours. If the home is net-metered, the electricity meter will run backwards to provide a credit against what electricity is consumed at night or other periods when the home's electricity use exceeds the system's output. Customers are only billed for their "net" energy use.
How much you save will depend on how much energy you use, where you live and what your utility company charges for electricity. But in most cases, Skybeam's solar plus battery systems will off set 90% of your electricity use.
Immediately! Your solar PV system will start generating energy for your property the day it’s installed.
Solar panels require very little maintenance. In fact, your air conditioner needs more maintenance than your solar panels will. That’s because solar panels don’t have any moving parts and so there is very little chance of anything breaking.
The investment tax credit (ITC), also known as the federal solar tax credit, allows you to deduct 26% percent of the cost of installing a solar energy system from your federal taxes. Learn more about how the ITC can help decrease your cost for a solar panel system.
No. The products Skybeam uses will keep your roof under warranty. Skybeam also has its own workmanship warranty as well as warranties on all our system components.
Homeowners often believe that they will be paying the full amount of the cost for the solar panels upfront, or over a short period of time, when many homeowners qualify for 25 - 30 year loans, with monthly payments that are lower than their present monthly payment for electricity. Over the course of their loan many homeowners save as much as $75,000.
In most years, utilities average a 4% increase in the price they charge per kilowatt-hour. One Florida utility, Tampa Electric (TECO), intends to raise electricity prices at the beginning of next year by 18%. Over time, these annual increases can cause the price of electricity to increase by 50%-100%, increasing the amount of savings to the solar user each year.
When Skybeam tells you no money down, we mean:
- There are no up-front costs
- The proposal and quote process is free of charge
- The installation of the solar panels are at no additional cost to the customer, no money upfront, no money down.
- Monthly payments are simple, no hidden fees, no surprises, it’s exactly what we tell you when you finish the credit application and qualify for a banking option.
Solar equipped homes tend to sell at prices from 5% - 10% higher than homes of similar location and size without solar. If you want to sell your home down the road, it still makes sense to go solar. Make sure to inform your solar expert about your desire to sell the home in the future and talk about how that can work with your qualifying bank.
How many solar panels do I need? My house is 2200 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and I pay $150 a month.
Skybeam does not calculate your solar needs based simply on the square footage of your home nor by how many rooms you have. Estimating solar in this way has left a lot of customers in a bad spot, because their solar systems were underpriced and turned out to be not enough solar for their consumption.
Can you imagine installing a $30,000 system and then finding out that you still owe $100 each month to your electric company? What a mess! We avoid this catastrophe by observing your energy usage (as shown on your electric bill) and designing a system that meets your needs. You will not be paying unexpectedly high bills.
Making the Transition to Solar
Why Your Neighbors Are Going Solar
What’s a Kilowatt Hour?
What Happens When the Power Goes Off?
Do Florida’s Utilities Really Burn Coal?
Florida electric utility companies burn coal to produce
about 20% of their electricity.
- A total of 12 million tons of coal was burned to produce
electricity in Florida last year.
- The coal is shipped to Florida by rail car from Illinois and Indiana.
- A pound of coal produces a kilowatt of electricity.
- An average home uses 1,000 Kilowatts of electricity each month.
- So the average homeowner is burning the equivalent of
250 pounds of coal a month.
That’s 3,000 pounds, or 1. 5 tons of coal a year.
- Coal is, by far, the dirtiest fuel, producing
much of the carbon going into the atmosphere.
Let’s help the planet by reducing the use of
electricity coming from Florida’s coal burning companies.