POSTED BY Reem ON March 19, 2019 WITH
Are solar panels worth it for your home?
Here are some of the most popular questions answeredWill solar panels increase my home value? In most all cases a properly designed PV (photovoltaic) solar system will add value to your home. However in some rare cases where the system is poorly designed, it is conceivable that a system could in fact lower the value of the home. This is why a properly designed solar panel system should always take into account not only the initial production desired but also longevity (is the equipment speced designed to last for the 25 year life of the system?). Most old tech inverters (string type) are only designed to last 10 years. Another important value consideration that is often overlooked by the designer is that of aesthetics. Are the panels placed in a hodge podge manner or are the homes aesthetics taken into account? Will solar panels save me money? As a rule most PV solar systems will save you money. Savings come from a variety of sources. The first and easiest way to see this is by home much your electric bill is lowered, immediately. This of course is often balanced by a loan payment that was used to finance the system. Current Utility Cost Sample Utility Savings After Solar (1 year) The second major savings comes from the 30% Federal Tax credit. In a typical system, this can be a $6-10,000 federal tax credit. 30% Federal Tax Credit Example The third savings which is always the largest and yet toughest to see, is the accumulated savings over time due to the system offsetting continuously increases power costs. While a customer may be offsetting a $250 average bill in month 1, by year 10 that same bill may easily be $460, and a stunning $1,270 in year 25. A $25,000 PV system at todays cost can save a consumer more than $200,000 in lifetime electric bills over 25 years.
Contact Us TodayAre solar panels worth it? The answer is simple, you will save a considerable amount on your electricity bill and increase the value of your home. Want to learn more about solar panels? Contact us today! We would love to chat with you 1.760.504.0388.
POSTED BY Palomar Media ON October 4, 2018 WITH
For the second year in a row Palomar Solar gives away three solar systems to deserving Military families at the Miramar airshow. Over the summer military families entered the Palomar Solar Gives back sweepstakes where we promised to give away a system of up to 24 panels. Three finalists were randomly selected and invited to attend the airshow in our runway fronting chalet where one of them was going to win a free solar system. One of Last years’ winners was tasked with pulling the winning entry. When he pulled the winning dog tag out of the bag, all were shocked and many tears were shed to see all three tags come out of the bag, since we had tied all the dog tags together. Every system was designed to offset more than 110% of their previous 12 month electricity needs. Combined we estimate they will save over $350,000 in electricity costs over the next 25 years. Congratulations to: Adam Webber – Navy Seal Veteran – system size 4.16kw John Vojtas ‐ Retired Navy – system size – 5.76kw Carl Boeck ‐ Air Force Veteran – 2.88kw Palomar Solar was established in 2009 and is one of Southern California’s premier solar PV installation companies. Palomar Solar has installed over 50,000 solar panels on homes and business all while maintaining one of the best reputations in the industry. Notable clients include Waxie Sanitary Supplies and Goodwill San Diego. If you would like more information please contact Adam Rizzo at (760 715‐2820 or email@example.com
POSTED BY Palomar Media ON July 19, 2018 WITH
What does Enphase’s recent acquisition of SunPower’s microinverter, Solar Bridge mean for consumers? For Palomar Solar, it’s great news! It simply validates what we have been saying for the last nine years. There is no question that Enphase is the number one microinverter in the market. Palomar Solar has always believed in Enphase and has been selling it exclusively in the residential market. When Solar Edge came to the market we were not tempted by lower prices like most vendors. It would have been easier for us to just give in and kick Enphase while they were down like everyone else. Instead we stayed the course believing it to be the superior product with a long term vision. After a couple of rough years Enphase has turned another corner and is on the right track to once again regain the number one position. And because of our loyalty through the tough times our relationship with Enphase is stronger than ever which means our customers can expect the absolute best service. So let’s talk about why we are cautioning anyone currently looking to buy SunPower panels. First of all while we do not sell SunPower it is one of the top panels in the market place along with LG. I’m not saying at all that SunPower is an inferior panel. My caution has to specifically do with their AC module called Equinox (the one that comes with the Solar Bridge microinverter on the back). When this product first came to the market. I thought it would take off. However, they decided to take one of the best microinverter features away which is per panel monitoring. Once I saw this I knew that Enphase would still be a superior option for our customers. Anyone reading this needs to be aware that the market is being flooded with cheap SunPower Equinox offers. SunPower’s new AC module is going to come with Enphase and Solar Bridge will go away which means your warranties and support will to. I’m curious to see if SunPower dealers will offer per panel monitoring or not as this is not a standard offering. Now let’s talk about Solar Edge. They stormed into the market with very aggressive sales tactics which was a huge red flag for us. While they’ve had some success by under cutting Enphase pricing the truth is finally coming out. Solar Edge is a hybrid product. It’s still a central inverter (big ugly box on the side of your home) that only comes with a 12 year warranty. When this fails it’s catastrophic. Your whole system is down until it’s replaced. We estimate that time to be one to three months. What do you think your electric bills will be in 12 years? Times that by a minimum of three not to mention the headache and now Solar Edge is much more expensive than Enphase which comes with a 25 year parts and labor warranty. And since there is an inverter for each panel it is not catastrophic if one fails. And with a mean time to failure of 300 years this is a rare occasion for Enphase. The other half of Solar Edge is the DC power optimizers which do come with a 25 yr. warranty. Having the optimizers does allow for the ability to monitor each panel. However, 99% of installers do not turn this feature on for their customers as they simply do not want to be held accountable at the panel level. In fact if you are reading this and have a Solar Edge system I would contact your installer and demand they turn it on. I guarantee you that you have at least one dead optimizer and have no clue. Warranty issues are finally catching up with Solar Edge which again is only making the case for Enphase as the superior product that much stronger.