How Solar Works?

Lower Your Energy Costs

Due to federal and state incentives, qualified homeowners can lower their monthly electric bill with solar energy for no money out-of-pocket. With incentives decreasing at the end of 2020, it literally pays to act now!

Building a Better Tomorrow

Renewable energy is proven to reduce carbon emissions from harmful fossil fuels. Switching to solar helps produce cleaner air today while building a better tomorrow for future generations. Every solar system can make a difference — start a movement to solarize your community!

Solar Rebates
Solar rebates work differently than tax credits by getting cash back into your hands more quickly after you switch to solar. While there are no federal rebates for energy efficient purchases at this time, many state governments, local governments, and utility companies offer cash rebates for the purchase of energy-efficient products. Some manufac-turers offer specials and sales that make it easier to power your home with clean, renewable energy.
Net Metering
Net energy metering, also known as NEM or net metering for short, is a special billing arrangement, between you and your electric utility company, that provides credit to customers with a solar power system for the full retail rate of the electricity their system generates. With a net metering program, your utility credits you for any energy your solar system produces that you don't use - your meter will spin backward and build a "bank" of those credits. If you use more energy than your solar system produces, you pay the utility for that energy.
State Rebates and Incentives
In addition to the great federal solar incentives, many states offer additional tax credit and rebates. There are currently several states with rebates and incentive programs that you can receive to help you pay for your new solar system. Furthermore, there are various programs that will help you offset the cost of your solar energy system and the cost of making your house greener. For the most up-to-date list of all energy incentives for your state, visit the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency.
Up to 12 Months No Payments
You may be eligible for up to 12 months of no payments with SunLife Power's "Get Green to Go Green” promotion. Ask your Solar Advisor if you qualify and start reaping the benefits of going green with up to a year of no payments. Going Green has never been easier or more rewarding!
Renewable Energy Certificates
The Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC) allows you to earn (and sell) energy credits for every kilowatt-hour your system produces. SRECs are just like RECs, but specific to electricity that comes from solar panels. A homeowner will earn one SREC every time one megawatt-hour (or 1000 kilowatt-hours) of clean, renewable solar energy is produced by their solar panel system.

Frequently Asked Questions

Simply put—no. During the free consultation, we’ll outline precisely what you can expect to get from solar. With many of our programs, there is no money down and you’ll be able to see immediate savings once your solar system is activated.

When you go solar, there will be times that your system isn’t generating quite enough power—like after sunset. The majority of solar customers remain connected to the electric grid for easy access to power after dark.

The reason for a 20 or 25-year term is to keep your rate per kWh as low as possible. Your solar savings are either locked in or predictable so that you can enjoy peace of mind for years to come.

When your solar panels produce more power than your home can use, the excess electricity is automatically sent back into the grid. The meter actually spins backwards, building a ‘bank’ of credits with your utility company. The process is referred to as “net metering,” and is another financial perk of home solar.

For the safety of workers that are fixing power outages, it is a utility regulation for solar power systems to shut off during blackouts if there is a connection to the grid.

If you sell your home, you can transfer your solar agreement to the new homeowner pursuant to the terms of your solar service agreement. The process is very easy and offers electricity savings, which is a great selling point when your home is on the market. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory cites a study in the Appraisal Journal which shows that a home’s value increases $20 for every $1 reduction in annual utility bills. In other words, a solar energy system that saves $100 per month would add $24,000 of value to your home.