Double G Construction designs, installs, and maintains sun-powered solar systems for residential and commercial property owners. Our solar systems are efficient, save money, and provide clean energy.
HOW SOLAR WORKS
The solar panel’s job is to take excess electron energy and turn it into electric power. Silver acts as the conductor to pass electricity on to an inverter.
The inverter acts as the brain of your solar system. It converts Direct Current (DC) electricity into Alternating Current (AC) power (the standard electrical current used in your home). Each solar cell generates roughly 1.0 Volt of electricity.
The AC power is run to the electrical panel (breaker box) where it can be distributed throughout your home.
This is where the utility bill savings happen. The utility meter measures your electrical supply. Usually, solar panels produce more power than your home will actually use. Your utility company will offset your next bill for any excess power your system accumulates.
- How much can I expect to save by going solar?
Use this solar panel calculator to quickly estimate your solar potential and savings by address.
- How long will my installation take?
Installation timelines depend on the size of the system. Normally, an installation takes less than one day. A very large system can take up to two days.
- What if I move?
Purchased systems can be relocated to your new home or you can include the system into your home value. If you used a leasing company, you can pay off the system or you can transfer it to the new homeowner. If you elect to pay off the system, you can include this price in your listing price.
- Can I store excess energy?
Yes, however, where the energy is stored is dependent upon whether you choose to install a solar storage battery with your system. If your installation does include a storage battery, your excess energy will be sent there. If your system does not include a battery, excess energy produced will be sent to the utility grid until sundown.
- Will solar panels affect the value of my home?
Recent reports show that solar panels can immediately add value to your home. Don’t take our word for it, read this report from EnergySage.
- Can I add more panels later?
As long as your roof has the room for additional panels.
- Who takes care of the panel maintenance?
Routine maintenance is the responsibility of the homeowner.
- What happens if the power goes out or there is bad weather?
If the power goes out in your area, systems tied to the grid go out also. It is not safe to send power out to the grid where workers are attempting to fix a power outage problem. Weather conditions like rain and snow can affect system production, however, solar panels will continue to produce energy on a cloudy or foggy day.
There are a few great solar programs to help Floridians take advantage of all that sun, which include Florida Tax Incentives and Florida Net Metering:
- Property tax exemption: Normally, when you build an addition or otherwise add value to your house, your property tax bills shoot up. Not so with solar. Thanks to Florida’s Property Tax Exclusion for Residential Renewable Energy Property, your solar system will not result in any additional costs on tax day.
- Sales tax exemption: Additionally, you will not even have to pay sales tax when you buy your new solar energy system, thanks to the Solar and CHP Sales Tax Exemption! That’s a 6 percent savings on what you would otherwise pay.
- The federal solar tax credit: Don’t forget about federal solar incentives! With the Investment Tax Credit (ITC), you can reduce the cost of your PV solar energy system by 26 percent. Keep in mind that the ITC applies only to those who buy their PV system outright (either with a cash purchase or solar loan), and that you must have enough income for the tax credit to be meaningful.
Florida Net Metering
FL Net Metering is one of the most important regulatory policies for residential solar owners in Florida (and many other states across the country) because it allows you to sell any excess solar energy you may have back to the grid. So while you are out and about during the day and not using much electricity at your house, your solar panels can be hard at work saving you money.
Check out the top utility net metering programs in Florida:
Would you like to know how much solar could save you? Our team at Double G Construction can give you an honest assessment of your home’s sun exposure to see if it makes sense for you. We will even put together a solar report based for your property so you can see your costs and savings over time.
Call us at 239-919-7217 or email us at [email protected] to schedule your free solar consultation.