Frequently asked questions

How will solar energy help my community?

Using solar energy means that you have switched to a clean source of electricity, which helps to clean the air and take the strain off the power grid.

Will solar panels work in cloudy weather?

Solar panels are capable of generating electricity in any weather, year-round. Of course, their output will decrease, but energy will still be generated. We also take into account the number of sunny and cloudy days in your area when we design a solar system, so your system will be sized specifically for your weather conditions.

What roof material is the best for installing solar?

Solar panels can be installed on nearly all roof types. The main thing to consider is how strong your roof is.

Asphalt shingles are the most common type of shingles and also the most suitable for solar panel installations. They are durable, highly reliable and flexible.

Metal roofs with standing seams are also highly compatible with solar panels. Installation process requires less labor, which leads to reduced labor costs.

Tiled roofs are also suitable for solar panels, though the installation process is more expensive.

Gravel and Tar roofs tend to be flat, while the panels should be installed at a 30-degree angle to generate more electricity.

Solar systems are compatible with almost any kind of roof material or any type of roof structure. The panels are mounted on a rail system. Your installer will help you choose the most appropriate rail system for your home. Contact us for a free consultation on whether your roof is good for solar.

Do I need roof replacement before installing solar panels?

It is highly advisable to complete all the maintenance your roof needs before installing solar panels in order to avoid costly repairs in the future.

You should watch out for the most common roofing issues, such as missing shingles, leaks, and holes in your roof. Other times, the signs are not visible to you, such as pipe collar cracks or rotting plywood. Also, if your roof is already at the end of its life span indicates that maybe it’s time to get a replacement to prevent any problems resulting from a damaged roof.

Do you need a high credit rating to get a loan for solar panels?

Not always. Many banks will finance solar systems for people with any credit rating. However, while it is not required, having a high credit rating can have its benefits. It will give you more options and help you negotiate a lower interest rate.

Is it possible to install solar panels without drilling the holes in the roof?

It’s only possible for metal roofs with standing seams, as these seams make it unnecessary to penetrate the roof. With other roof types we need to drill holes to ensure proper fastening of solar panels.

What if my roof is not good for solar?

Here at DreamSolar we are offering roof replacement services. We can actually install a solar system and a new roof at the same time! An old or a damaged roof should not be an obstacle to transitioning to clean energy. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

What if something happens to my roof during or after installation?

Our company offers warranties on all roofing work! We guarantee there will be no leakage after solar panels installation. If we install both the roof and the solar system, there will be a warranty on all our work!

Is it worth taking out a loan to buy solar panels?

In most cases, yes. Though it is a common knowledge that solar pays for itself over the years, the upfront cost can be high. Getting a loan to buy solar panels will save you a lot of money at the start. Also, don't forget that solar panels installed on your home will increase the value of your home in the long run, and you will be able to take advantage of any solar incentives that are available in your area!

Why invest in solar power?

Solar panels are a great investment for your home. Once they are installed, the value of your property goes up, and you can save money on your energy bills and increase your energy independence. Besides, you can benefit from any solar incentives that are available in your area.

What are solar financing options?

Basically there are three solar financing options: purchasing your system with cash, taking out a solar loan or choosing a solar lease. Contact us today to calculate the cost of every option and decide which one works better for you.

What is the difference between a solar lease and a PPA?

Solar leases and solar power purchase agreements, better known as PPA, have a lot in common. But with a solar lease, the payment is fixed, no matter how much solar energy the system produces, while with a PPA agreement, your contract will include a price for each kilowatt hour (kWh) of solar energy produced.

How does solar panel leasing work?

After you sign the contract, we will install the solar panels, and you will be able to use all of the solar energy generated by those panels. But you'll also need to pay a rental fee for them. Usually, the rent will be lower than your utility bill before the solar panels are installed.

What are the terms of a solar lease?

Solar panel leases typically last 20 to 25 years, which is about the service time of solar panels. Our company will monitor your system to make sure it is working properly. We will take care of all the paperwork and maintenance.

Should I buy or lease solar panels?

The choice of the way to pay for your solar system totally depends on your situation and your reasons for going solar. If your aim is to get all the financial benefits available in your area, then you should probably consider buying the system. But if you just want to save money on your energy bills without having to deal with paperwork and maintenance, then probably a solar lease might be a good option for you.

Which is better - a solar loan or a solar lease?

Solar loans and solar leases have their pros and cons. They both help you reduce your energy bills and save money but on different terms. Taking out a loan allows you to own the system for no money down, while with a lease, you don’t own the system and won’t be eligible for any financial incentives and rebates your state offers. On the other hand, under a lease agreement you can go solar without having to do lots of paperwork, which will be the responsibility of a company owning the system. So, it will work for those who want to go solar without all the hassle of it.

Who will help me if I have questions?

You will have a dedicated and knowledgeable project manager throughout your installation process. He will take care of everything and make sure everything goes smoothly and according to a plan during the project. He will be there to answer all your questions and address all your concerns.

If you ever have any questions after your system is installed, you can always reach out to our customer care team at 855-953-7326.

Will my solar panels have a warranty?

Yes, we provide comprehensive warranties on all the equipment and on our work. We only use top-notch products, including solar panels, batteries and roofing materials. We guarantee excellent performance, backed by solid experience.

What happens to my roof during the installation process?

We will drill holes in the roof to properly fasten the equipment, unless you have a metal roof with standing seams. Every precaution will be taken to prevent leakage, and we will provide a workmanship warranty on all penetrations.

Your roof will benefit from the installed solar panels in a way that they will protect it from natural factors causing the aging of your roof, thus increasing its life span.

How long does it usually take to go solar?

All in all, the process can take up to several weeks, though the installation itself can be done relatively quickly. The preparation process is usually the longest part and it includes conducting a site survey, designing a system to best suit your needs, applying for permits and doing all the necessary paperwork. We’ll be in touch throughout the process doing everything we can to make it easier and faster for you.

What to expect during the installation process?

Once all the preparation is done, it will be time to install the solar system. First, your project manager will review and confirm the plans with you. Then, we will schedule the day and time. After that, our crew will come and install the system. Your project manager will take care that everything goes according to a plan. After the installation is done, the crew will clean up your property. Finally, you will have a walk-through with your project manager - he will explain how your system works and answer all the questions you might have.

How much maintenance do solar panels require?

Solar systems require little to no maintenance. You don’t even have to wash them as rain and snow naturally clean them. There are a couple of things you could do to increase the performance of you system though. One thing we recommend is having your solar system inspected by a solar professional once in a while to make sure there’s no damage to wiring. It will also be good to keep the nearby trees trimmed to prevent them from blocking the sunlight. If you have any concerns regarding your solar panels you can always reach out to your installer for answers and help.

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