There is plenty of competition in the market and not all solar companies are created equal. Poor planning, shoddy execution and other issues can turn a dream scenario into a nightmare quickly. Chris DeMasi, president of AllSeason Solar, which conducts only quality work using state-of-the-art design technology, offers his experience and expertise on what you need to know about solar.
The AllSeason Solar difference
Homeowners get a free, no pressure, informational solar consultation explaining the process and what would work best for their home. Once an agreement is signed we conduct a site audit and system design to present to the customer. After the panels are installed and activated, it is estimated that homeowners can save an average of $50,000 over a 25 year period and cut their electric costs by as much as 45%.
Owning versus leasing panels
DeMasi says one is not better than the other; it depends on the individual’s situations. By owning the solar system, you will save the most money over the long run but you have to be able to use the 30% federal tax credit you receive to help offset the cost of the system. If you do not have the tax liability or are paying a very minimum amount, leasing will probably be the better option for you, as the leasing company unitizes the 30% federal tax credit and passes the saving along to you in a lease payment that is less than your current electric bill. Also, leasing can be a better option for retirees or someone looking for a totally hands-off solution because the leasing handles all the maintenance and monitoring of the system.
Everyone in the United States receives a 30% federal tax credit against the solar system cost (with tax liability). New Jersey residents received a renewable energy credit for every 1,000 kwh they produce worth $85 for each credit. Also, New Jersey residents receive a property tax exemption for the value of the solar system. This means your solar system cannot increase your property tax amount.
Homeowners should do their due diligence when choosing a solar company. Look for how long a company has been in business. Do they have all the required licenses to install solar or do they subcontract all or a portion of the work? What insurance coverage do they have for workers compensation and liability so you know you are protected while they are working in your home? Go to their offices to see their operation or go to some of the previous installs. Ask for references and check their online reviews.
AllSeason Solar offers a 25 year workmanship warranty through the manufacturer that includes the parts and labor for the solar panels, inverters and racking as well as a 25-year roof leak guarantee through the manufacturer. Most companies don’t offer components with labor warranties and their roof leak guarantee is usually five to 10 years through them, the contractor. All our warranties are through the manufacturer.
Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 14, Issue 3.
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