Are Solar Panels Worth it in Phoenix? Some Things to Consider Before Going Solar

Solar Panel Installation

Have you been thinking about going solar in Phoenix and pondering over solar panel cost? You’re likely curious about which are the best solar companies Phoenix AZ has to offer. With such an essential investment, it’s imperative to know how much do solar panels cost and how much are solar panels in the sunny city. … Read more

Are You Prepared for the Upcoming APS Rate Increase?

APS has proposed the largest rate increase in the last few decades.  The most common rate plans could see an increase of 13.6%.  Solar can help you alleviate the impact of the proposed increase and protect you from future increases in electricity cost.  The new rate change is expected to be approved by April of … Read more

Chino Valley, AZ, Carol H and Susan H

2 systems in Chino Valley, Arizona with a combination of roof-mounted and ground mount systems.

Solar system in Chino Valley, Arizona, consisting of REC 290-watt solar panels.Solar system in Chino Valley, Arizona, consisting of REC 290-watt solar panels.Solar system in Chino Valley, Arizona, consisting of REC 290-watt solar panels. Solar system in Chino Valley, Arizona, consisting of REC 290-watt solar panels.

Carol and Susan both went solar back in May 2020 in Chino Valley, Arizona. Their systems both consist of REC 290-watt solar panels.

System Size: 9.3 kW

Module Type: REC 290

Inverter:  Fronius Primo

 

What was your main motivation to go solar?

Carol: Saving money, but also I want to do my part in helping with the environment.

Susan: I liked the idea of not dealing with APS. I liked the idea of being able to be primarily self-sufficient on power and not depending on them and it helps the Earth.

What is the best part of having solar? 

Carol: Getting my bill and seeing that I have a credit rather than having to pay a bunch of money.

Susan: Everything. I love the system, I love the way it looks, and the production of it is great. I think that John when he designed the system, was right on what we needed.

What was the most enjoyable part of the process of going solar?

Carol: Meeting your representative John. He is great I’ve called him a couple of times recently and he’s always been so helpful. I haven’t met anyone that isn’t really nice that has come out here. I’ve always been so excited about getting this, it’s something that I’ve wanted for a long time and I couldn’t have it when I was living in my mobile home in California because it was too old- ever since I moved here I’ve been really excited about getting it.

Susan: The guys that came out were friendly and communitive. They blended right into the family, we offered water and they were gracious. They weren’t offensive in the work they need to do, they were courteous, that was the most enjoyable thing because I’m not really big on having strangers in my space and they blended right in.

Changes to Solar Savings in 2023

APS Deadline graphic

Update: Congress has passed the Inflation Reduction Act, extending the federal solar tax credit for the next 10 years back at the original rate of 30%. This is great news for the solar industry and will even apply to installations already completed this year. Next year, in 2023, there are a couple of changes coming … Read more

Why You Should Pick a Local Solar Company

4.3 kW system in Flagstaff Arizona featuring QCell and Enphase inverters.

When choosing a solar installer, homeowners have several factors to consider. Price is one of the largest factors and must be considered with regard to how your solar investment works. Local companies frequently offer better investments that cost less over the life of the system because of several key factors. Important factors to consider when … Read more

ACC Votes to Do Away With Solar Grid Access Fee

11.1 kW Rooftop Solar installation in Phoenix, Arizona with Silfab 360 watt modules.

ACC Votes to Do Away With Solar Grid Access Fee As a final result of their most recent rate case this month, the Arizona Corporation Commission has voted to do away with APS’ grid access fee for solar homeowners. The ACC is the governing body that oversees APS’ rates and overall finances. It is estimated … Read more

Not All Warranties are Created Equal

Rooftop Solar system in Sedona, Arizona

As you’ve looked into solar for your home you’ve certainly heard a lot about warranties. One of the great facets of solar is that there are generally very good warranties that come along with such a long-lasting product. That said, there are some very important ideas to keep in mind as you consider differing solar … Read more

Cleaning Solar Panels

Rooftop solar panels on roof in Flagstaff, Arizona

Solar panel cleaning is one of the first topics to come to mind when any current or future solar owners consider the upkeep and maintenance of the system. It is an important consideration since the efficiency and also payoff of the system depends on the panels’ surfaces ability to absorb photons. Thankfully, the required cleaning … Read more

Monocrystalline vs Polycrystalline Solar Panels

Solar panels on grass field.

  As you begin your research into buying solar panels, you may come across the decision to choose polycrystalline solar panels and monocrystalline solar panels. These are the two major types of solar panels. Breaking down the words, you are able to distinguish the main difference between the two. Mono- meaning one, is a module … Read more

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