Frequently Asked Questions
How much does solar cost?
Today, solar costs less than traditional electricity in many markets, whether you choose to pay as you go or purchase the system. We offer a range of financing options, which makes going solar simple and affordable.
Will I save money by going solar?
Absolutely! Many IntegrateSun customers save thousands of dollars over the life of their solar systems. Monthly savings tend to fluctuate due to weather, length of month, and the energy consumption used in your home.
What if I'm moving or selling my house?
Statistics show that solar often increases the resale home value and transferring the solar ownership to a new owner is fairly simple. Based on your purchase option, your solar consultant can provide more information on the transfer process when selling a home with solar.
How does solar work?
When the sun is shining, rooftop solar panels collect energy from the sun. Solar panels take the sun’s energy, and convert it into usable electricity using the inverter. The usable electricity flows from the panels, through the net meter, and into a home to power appliances.
Will I still need my utility company?
Typically, yes! Your solar power system generates electricity when the sun is out, during the peak hours of demand. But your utility will continue to supply your electricity at night and at other times when you are using more electricity than you are generating.
Are IntegrateSun customers connected to the grid?
Typically yes. IntegrateSun uses “on-grid” systems, meaning that they are still connected to the electrical grid. On-grid solar energy systems are necessary to transfer excess power into the grid, which can result in a credit to customers in some states. On-grid systems also keep you connected to the grid for additional power from the utility.
What determines whether my home is a good candidate for solar?
We conduct an on-site survey to determine if your home is compatible for solar. Here are some examples of what we evaluate to make sure that solar is a good fit:
Roof size, pitch and direction
Shading of the roof caused by tree branches, other homes, etc.
Roof obstructions such as chimneys, pipes, etc.
Roof stability and strength
Will solar panels work in cloudy weather?
Yes, but performance may be affected. Solar panels produce more energy when the sun is shining.
What maintenance is required?
Solar energy systems are durable and built to withstand the wear & tear of outdoor conditions. Your system will operate best when it is clean and in direct sunlight, so periodic rinsing is recommended. Seasonal inspections and trimming nearby trees will ensure your system is delivering optimal energy production.
How long will my system last?
Most solar systems can be productive for 30-40 years or more, and their primary operating components come with long-term manufacturer’s warranties. Solar energy systems are also extremely reliable. Solar has proven to be a dependable source of energy for large office buildings, large retailers and governmental agencies, supplying large quantities of energy. Some of the largest organizations in the world have buildings powered by solar energy, including eBay, Walmart, and the US Air Force.
How much money do I need to put down for solar panels?
Our loans are $0-down, with no up-front payment whatsoever. With our multiple loan options, you can buy solar panels through our financing with no out-of-pocket cost.
Can I make a down payment anyway?
You can prepay your loan at any time without penalty. Prepayments will not change the interest rate or monthly minimum payment required, but paying early will reduce the effective term of your loan and save you money by reducing the amount of interest you will pay in the future. If you choose to use your monthly savings to help pay off your loan, you can save even more money over the long run.
How can I pay for the panels?
You can apply for solar financing through our partners, or you can apply for a HELOC through your own banking institution.
Will there be a lien on my house?
No! There is no lein placed on your house when you finance through our main solar financing partners