Considering rooftop solar? Call me first. - Carolina Country
A message to members from Nicky Nance, Key Accounts and Renewables Specialist October 2020
A message to members from Nicky Nance, Key Accounts and Renewables Specialist
October 2020

Rooftop solar, when done the right way, can help you lower your energy bill while being environmentally conscious. Done the wrong way, it can be expensive and frustrating.

The key is to answer some important questions before entering into a contract, and to work with a solar company that is reputable and will be around for years to come. One of my responsibilities at the co-op is to help our members make smart decisions regarding renewables, and based on my experience, I strongly recommend that you call me first when considering rooftop solar. Here’s why.

A 3 to 5½ kW solar system is appropriate for most homes in our area. This size balances energy production with payoff duration, and is generally large enough to power a home when you’re away.

However, some companies will assess a homeowner’s needs and tell them they need a 10 kW system, or about 32 panels, which is much more than they actually need. They will offer this system for “no money down,” because since this company will be financing the system, they will take the Federal Income Tax Credit associated with the sale of the system as their down payment. The larger the system, the larger the credit they get.

The homeowner will likely be stuck with payments that stretch for decades, and, the number of panels on a roof not built for them creates wind shear and other liabilities. Further, if this company goes out of business, and the house needs a new roof or roof repairs, it will be difficult to find another solar company who will remove and reinstall another company’s panels.

The homeowner will likely be stuck with payments that stretch for decades, and, the number of panels on a roof not built for them creates wind shear and other liabilities.

For these and other reasons I’d like you to call me first when thinking about exploring solar options. Brunswick Electric is pro solar, but we are against having our members being taken advantage of.

When you call, we’ll talk about your HVAC system to see if that’s the first place to start in the quest for energy efficiency, and I’ll also ask about the age of your shingles to see if a new roof is necessary before installing rooftop solar. Together we’ll look at your usage history to see how solar will work for you, discuss what you expect from a solar system, and talk about our net metering rate. Then, I’ll give you an estimate on the size system you’ll need, so you’ll never be oversold. Finally, I’ll recommend some companies that have great reputations, that we have experience with, and are likely to be around for a long time.

Remember, when a deal sounds too good to be true, it usually is. That said, there are some really great solar companies out there, and a little preparation will facilitate an agreement you’ll be happy with for years to come. Your best interests are on my mind every day, and I look forward to talking with you, and helping you make decisions that make your life better.

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