How We Prepare Solar Proposals

Mar 1, 2021Solar0 comments

Did you know that Connecticut utility companies charge some of the highest electricity rates in the country? That’s why installing a rooftop solar system can be a great way to save money while protecting the environment.

Homeowners of all stripes turn to us to install solar power systems that meet their specific needs. About the only thing they have in common is that they don’t plan to move soon! So it should come as no surprise that during the past year we have installed arrays small, large, and in-between:

  • Solar array size: 15 – 50 panels
  • First-year production: 7,000 – 20,000 kWh
  • Projected savings over 25 years: $30,000 – $90,000+

Preparing Your Proposal
To prepare your proposal, we’ll conduct a home energy audit and then collect key information to design the right size system at the right price. Here’s how:

  1. We’ll ask how much electricity you currently use and whether you expect to need more by adding a pool, hot tub, plug-in vehicles, addition, or other electricity user.
  2. We’ll conduct a home energy audit and make essential improvements that reduce your electricity need.
  3. We’ll examine the usable area of your roof; the direction your roof planes face (orientation) and their pitch (steepness); how many hours of direct sun your roof receives each year; and any shading that will impact production.
  4. We’ll ask you how you would like to pay for the system. Will you buy it outright or with a loan? If you use a loan, will you put $0 down or some amount?
  5. We’ll apply the current and expected future price of utility company electricity.

We’ll use all of this information to create a proposal that shows your system’s optimal layout and how much electricity it will produce. We’ll total the component and installation costs and then subtract the federal solar tax credit, any state incentives, and any product rebates. The proposal system will then calculate your annual expenditures and savings. Some worthwhile solar systems don’t provide immediate savings… but they will produce big savings in the long run!