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Solar panels allow photons, or particles of light to knock electrons free from atoms, generating a flow of electricity. Panels comprise of many smaller units called (photovoltaic) cells that convert sunlight into electricity.  A standard PV cell is a thin semiconductor sandwich, with two layers of highly purified silicon. 

Solar efficiency refers to the portion of energy in the form of sunlight that is converted via Photovoltaics (PV)  into electricity. The efficiency of the solar cells used in combination with latitude and climate, determines the annual energy output of the system.

Yes, if your roof is pitched not flat the racking system that holds the PV modules will penetrate the roof. We use specialized flashing and sealant with rails that support a range of wind and snow conditions. 

An evaluation will take place at your project residence to evaluate the condition of your roof and the electrical panel to ensure a solar energy system is compatibility.  If there is an issue with tree shading we will advise whether removing or trimming the obstructions is an option.  

Bliss Solar will contact you if an upgrade to the electrical panel is needed. This means your new solar panels will require more amps of current and the ampere capacity of your electrical box will need to increase. In order to take advantage of solar energy rebates, it’s important to understand the critical components of any solar installation. The typical residential project is approximately (3) months from start to finish including permit. There are times the department of buildings or utility company may experience a backlog, which may extend wait times. We do our best to expedite, but have no control over these entities. 

Yes, preferably (12) months will help with our assessment and quote. In the instance of a new home with no billing history we will provide a design and proposal without comparable pre and post solar cash-flow analysis. 

The levelized, or average, cost of electricity from a solar (PV) array is derived from the money spent to buy, install, finance and maintain the system divided by the total amount of electricity that system is expected to produce over its lifetime. 

The value of Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE) is expressed in terms of dollars per kilowatt-hour ($/kWh). The Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) has provided industry stability and growth since its initial passage in 2006.

In the last decade, solar has experienced an average annual growth rate of 59%. Installations surged in 2016 ahead of potential drop down of the ITC, but an extension in late 2015 has created federal policy stability through 2021. 

Depending on market availability we use Tier (1) rated panels and inverters typically Trina, Hitachi and SolarEdge, SMA or Enphase. 

Hypothetically, yes, this can be accomplished but the main requirement is one thing—roof space, roof space and more roof space!  To accommodate large energy usage, many solar panels are required.  So if the energy must split over multiple meters this can be done and worked out with the electric utility company.  

PV Modules are warranted by manufacturer between 25 to 30 years depending on the manufacturer.  The inverters are warranted between 10-15 years also contingent on the manufacturer.

Solar panels have two warranties: a performance and equipment guarantee.  The solar panel’s performance warranty will typically guarantee 90% production at 3 years and 80% to 87% at 25 years. An equipment warranty will typically guarantee 10-12 years without failing. Each manufacturer will offer differing coverage’s.

Our standard labor workmanship warranty is covered for 5 years from date of installation. 

Batteries store excess solar electricity at your home or business instead of sending it back to the grid. If your solar panels are producing more electricity than you need, the excess energy goes towards charging the batteries when your panels aren’t producing electricity.

The (ITC) Federal Tax Credit is a credit the customer will receive, which is valued at 26% of the total system cost for tax year 2020. 

Each state may provide incentives based on your geographical area. Please contact Bliss Solar for details. 

Solar panels are made to withstand extreme weather and temperature including ice, hail, etc., although there is no guarantee for such conditions. Weather elements can affect the ability of solar panels to fully produce, but this is contingent on the severity of the conditions.  The upside is if your system over produces in the warmer months such as June, July and August you may receive a net meter credit off-setting potential future utility billing in colder months. Sometimes the utility may take time to report the credit depending on your city region and chosen billing method. 

Yes we can, but there are benefits to having a down payment of 15-20% such as a lower monthly payment with faster payback.  

This would not be a good candidate for solar, although we may use some of the north facing area to compensate an entire system should roof space be limited. 

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We use sophisticated software to calculate the sun’s iridescence levels in order to achieve maximum performance from solar panels. Our systems offer a cost effective alternative to reducing your monthly  utility Bill.

Commercial

Yes, we have multiple financing partners that provide a range of debt financing, lease options, and tax equity investment.  We assist from start to finish in procuring the right financing structure that best suits each commercial project.

There are many tax benefits that can be utilized by ownership of the commercial property.  Also many states provide State level cash rebates or REC’s to enhance the project incentives on top of the tax benefits.  As the business owner if the tax liability is there, the ownership can take the ITC (Investment Tax Credit) of 26% of total project cost for tax year 2020, as well as depreciation.  

Roof upgrades can be part of the overall project financing.  Our investment partners and Debt financiers will increase their capital layout for such capital expenditures as it is truly beneficial for the health of the solar system performance and long term maintenance.  Separately, for larger projects (1MW +) the roof upgrade can utilize the ITC as well!  This is a proprietary solar+ racking + roof system that our partner has approvals from the federal government to legally take the tax credit on a large portion of the roof upgrade.

Yes, we will engage one of our regional partners that specialize in system performance and monitoring and maintenance for the project.  This is a separate long term maintenance contract for the service offered to  the commercial property owner or the third party investor who may owner the system.

The answer to this is based on the business profile.  For businesses running mostly during daytime hours yes solar will reduce demand costs slightly.  If the business is more of evening/night and weekend business solar will have no impact on the demand charges as it is not producing any on site energy when the facility is consuming energy.  The biggest impact that can be made related to demand costs is when solar is paired with an Energy Storage System.  In this situation, the solar energy can be stored within this system and released when peak usage by the facility occurs.  This will significantly lower demand capacity from the utility.

Hypothetically, yes, this can be accomplished but the main requirement is one thing—roof space, roof space and more roof space!  To accommodate large energy usage, many solar panels are required.  So if the energy must split over multiple meters this can be done and worked out with the electric utility company.  In the cases of warehouses and office spaces the roof may be large enough to accommodate for the amount of solar panels to meet 100% of energy usage.  But for many other business types, the roof space can only accommodate a solar system that can produce 50-80% of the energy usage.

Our company will evaluate your roof to ensure the roof quality and available space. Generally the roof should be a minimum of 40,000 sq. feet that can be utilized for the solar system.  We will also offer a lease for ground mounted systems as well.  There are many high quality areas with excellent sun exposure that can be utilized for Community Solar which provides discounted energy costs for both the host site and local residential customers, we encourage your business to join us in that endeavor!

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