The answer to this will depend on your solar goals and the size of the solar PV system. For systems that utilize enough solar panels to generate most of the electricity you need during the daytime, often times net metering can offset the nearly all of your energy costs.
You can learn more about how to size your solar PV system.
It is a common misconception that solar panels can only be mounted on the roof. At CAM Solar, we can help you determine if your roof is optimal for solar installation, or if ground mounting might be more beneficial to your long term solar goals.
CAM Solar is an award-winning, veteran-owned, design and solar installation team that started in San Antonio, TX. CAM Solar is the leading solar contractor throughout Texas and Colorado for many reasons, including:
Our turnkey design, rebate and solar contracting services
Our ability to handle all rebate & interconnection paperwork
Our ability to handle all necessary permits & inspections
Even though solar panels have dropped as much as 36% in the last five years, there are still other ways to save on the cost of your solar installation. Local Utility Companies throughout Texas and Colorado, like CPS, Austin Energy, and AEP Texas, will pay up to 40% of your install cost upfront.
Plus, if you schedule your solar installation before the end of 2020, the federal government will reduce your tax bill by 26% of your “out of pocket cost” through the Federal Investment Tax Credit.
The federal government provides a flat 26% credit based on your portion of the full system price after installation, with no upper limit. The savings come to you as a tax credit. A qualifying system must provide electricity for your residence and must meet applicable fire and electrical code requirements. This tax incentive has started to decline and in 2021, it will reduce to 22%, and will be gone for homeowners by the year 2022. Find out more information on the Federal Tax Credit.
Yes, you'll still need the grid to balance out the peaks and valleys in your power generation since you won't only be using energy when the sun is out. It's possible to build a completely off-grid system, and this may be preferable in very remote locations; but the additional components needed (batteries, controllers, etc.) will add significant cost to your system.
Yes. Without a battery backup system, your inverter will still need to disconnect your system from the grid. The reason is that utility workers will be working to repair the grid and would be in danger if solar PV systems continued to feed power onto the grid.
If you're looking for a battery backup solution for your solar energy system, CAM Solar can install a Tesla Powerwall solar battery or an LG Chem solar battery.
Solar panels are extremely durable. They're built with a tempered glass top sheet that's specifically made to resist hail damage. If we experience a hail storm, the panels will most likely not be damaged. If the roof around your panels is damaged, your homeowner's insurance will require removal and reinstallation of the panels to allow replacement of the roof. In the rare case that your panels are damaged by hail, your homeowner's insurance would cover the replacement of damaged panels.
Since no two homes or solar PV systems are exactly alike, the cost of your solar panel system installation will entirely depend on the size of your system to meet your energy needs.
Though the actual installation of solar panels on your roof or property will only take up to a couple of days, the process of designing your custom solar PV system and pulling any permits can take between 30 and 120 days. You can read more details on the process of going solar here.
CAM Solar is now an authorized dealer and installer of Panasonic HIT® technology solar panels. These solar panels are designed for efficiency, even in extreme temperatures, and are built to last. Panasonic solar panels utilize a smart water drainage system and are resistant to water stains or damage.
For our customers in Texas, we also install San Antonio made Mission Solar Panels. In Colorado, we also install Hanwha Q Cell solar panels.
Learn more here about our products and warranties.
The solar panels we install come with a 25 year warranty from the manufacturer, and inverters also come with a 15 year warranty. And with the CAM Solar guarantee, we provide 10 years of coverage for the work related to your solar installation. We design our solar PV systems to last for decades, giving you the most return as possible on your investment.