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Not All Solar Companies are Created Equal
AllSeason Solar Stands Out with Experience and Quality Work

by Staff

There is plenty of competition in the solar market, and buyers should be fully informed and aware of who they are dealing with and exactly what they are getting. Poor planning, shoddy execution and other issues can turn a dream scenario into a nightmare quickly. President of AllSeason Solar, Chris DeMasi, talks about how his company is different and what homeowners need to know about “going 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, the AllSeason Solar team conducts 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 situation. By owning the solar system, you will save most money in 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 savings 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.

Tax incentives:
Everyone in the United States receives a 30% federal tax credit against the solar system cost (with tax liability). New Jersey residents receive 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.

Ask questions:
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 of AllSeason Solar’s warranties are through the manufacturer.

AllSeason Solar
(888) 832-5050

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 14, Issue 11.
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