FAQ

Why Should I Go Solar?

The main reason that most people go solar is to save money. With solar, you can lock in your electric rates for the next 25+ years at today’s prices. Incentives such as the Federal Investment Tax Credit and local utility rebates also help you save money. Besides the personal financial benefits, you’re also creating clean, renewable energy and helping the environment.

How Does Solar Work?

Solar is a proven and reliable technology that has been used for more than 40 years successfully. The solar panels collect the sun’s rays and convert them into DC electricity. The electricity then travels down to the inverter, which converts the electricity into AC electricity. From there, it goes into your home and is used just like the power you get from the utility company. Any excess power you’re not using flows into the utility grid and you get credit for that power produced. When your house is using more power than your solar is producing, it comes back off the grid.

What Happens When the Sun Isn't Shining?

At night and when it’s cloudy during the day, your house will get power from the electric grid. You won’t notice any difference as the power moves seamlessly between the grid and your solar system. The system is puts excess power produced back onto the grid to store until you need it. During cloudy days or at night, your house will pull that power back off of the grid to use. It’s almost like you’re using the utility as a giant battery to store your solar power. Side note: solar panels will still produce electricity on cloudy days. You just won’t produce as much on those days.

How Much Does it Cost?

The cost varies significantly for solar from one house to the next. It depends on how much power you want to produce (based on your electric bill) how much room you have for panels, and what work is involved to tie into your existing electrical system at the house. As an example, an entry level system for a house starts out at around $15,000.

Can I Go Off the Grid With Solar?

It is possible to go “off grid” with solar. However, Simple Solar does not offer “off grid” systems due to their large expense, unreliability, and technological limitations. More than 99% of solar systems in the US are grid-tied systems that have no batteries.

Will I Still Get an Electric Bill?

Yes. Even if you get a solar system that is big enough to offset all of your usage, you’ll still have a connection charge to the utility. This is the fee that you pay just to be connected to the grid. While it might be annoying, it’s still a lot cheaper than buying the number of batteries you’d need to store that much electricity. Most customers still have a small electric bill after going solar.

Will My System Work When the Power Goes Out?

No. When the grid goes down, your system is required to shut off by NEC code. This protects anyone working on the electric lines from being injured by power being produced by your system. All grid-tied inverters automatically shut down when the grid goes down.

Is There Any Maintenance Involved?

There is nothing for you to do regularly in order to maintain your system. In dry climates, you would probably need to make sure your panels are washed off to remain efficient. In Missouri, we get enough rain that it keeps the panels cleaned off. Some utilities require you to turn the system off and on once a year to ensure that the safety mechanism is working. Other than that…you don’t have to worry about it.

What incentives are available?

The biggest incentive is the Federal Investment Tax Credit https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f5695.pdf This allows you to obtain a tax credit equal to 30% of the cost of your solar system. The credit reduces your federal tax bill on a dollar-for-dollar basis. It can be rolled over into other years if you don’t use it all in the first year.

What size system do I need?

Every system is designed custom and it’s based on the size of your electric bill, your available space for panels, and your budget for the project. We do systems that are as small as 20 panels and as large as 100 panels or more. Your energy consultant will look at your electric bills and then design a system that fits your home and energy needs.

Should I replace my roof first?

It might be a good idea to think about the age of your roof before putting the panels on. Panels are guaranteed to last for 25 years, so if your roof is old, it might be wise to replace it before putting the panels on. With that being said, you can have the panels removed and replaced if a new roof is required. It just adds to your cost to replace the roof.

Does hail damage solar panels?

Not typically. It would take an extremely powerful hail storm hitting the panels at just the right angle to damage them. It is extremely rare to have a panel damaged by hail. In the C.E.O. of Simple Solar’s 5-year career being involved with over 30,000 panels installed, he’s seen less than 5 individual panels damaged by hail. In the event that the panels were destroyed by hail, the damage should be covered by homeowner’s insurance as well.

Why should I choose Simple Solar?

If you like doing business with regular people that mean what they say, Simple Solar is the way to go. We’ve got an experienced team that’s helped many homeowners in Missouri go solar and we have the expertise to provide you with a quality solar installation. We don’t try to be everything to everyone…we just really love working with homeowners who want to go solar. We offer affordable prices, convenient financing, and the absolute best customer service in Southwest Missouri. If you’re considering solar for your home in Southwest Missouri, why not keep it Simple?