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

Worried About Power Outages? How Solar + Battery Storage Can Help!

11.8 kW solar system in Flagstaff, Arizona

Utility and power outages are becoming more and more frequent. Losing power can be unnerving, whether in the middle of a winter storm or in the middle of a heat wave. Solar and battery storage can offer you security and uninterrupted power. When an outage happens, your home can seamlessly connect to a solar battery … Read more

How does solar (and battery storage!) work for you? Your options and typical solar energy use cases explained.

24 hours of energy production with solar plus storage

There are a few main schemes for how homeowners produce and consume energy. Solar plus energy storage is the ultimate way to control your power and solar without storage is also a great solution. See how these compare to the traditional method of powering your home with the grid in order to further understand how … Read more

Product Feature: IronRidge Solar Racking

Ironridge Solar racking system in Flagstaff, Arizona

Everyone has concerns when it comes to working on their roofs.  Understandably, one of the most sensitive considerations when choosing to go solar is what work will be done on the roof and what products will secure the system.  With our industry-leading 30-year warranty, Rooftop Solar knows it is important to choose a solar company … Read more

Partnership with Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity Rooftop Solar partnership sign

Rooftop Solar is excited to announce our partnership with Habitat for Humanity and their Starter Home Project. A direct response to Flagstaff’s housing crisis, the home is the first in the program and can be seen on the northwest corner of Butler and O’Leary in Flagstaff.

The Starter Home project is a campaign by Habitat for Humanity to create sustainable, affordable housing. The best part is that Habitat for Humanity has devised a system of homeownership where homeowners receive equity in the home each year they live there. Homeowners will earn $10,000 back each year for 10 years, allowing them to save for their second home.

Rooftop Solar is donating a solar system valued at close to $11,000. It will provide a 130% offset of an average homeowner’s energy use, leaving the new Starter Home’s owner with no electricity bill and possibly a utility credit! Over the guaranteed life of the system, the homeowner will save about $12,500. The energy produced by the system has the carbon-reducing power of planting 1,530 trees!

Rooftop Solar is very proud of our partnership with Habitat for Humanity and of our ability to give back to the Flagstaff community this way. It’s a perfect fit! Watch for the news of many more Starter Home projects in the near future.

System size: 1.74 kW DC

Number of panels: 6

Panel brand and wattage: REC 290

Inverter type: Enphase IQ 7 Plus Microinverters

Features: Online monitoring portal, 30-year warranty covering parts and service

 

System Value
Energy Offset 130% annually
Energy Harvest 3,122 kWh/year
Annual Consumption 2,410 kWh/year
Financial Impact
Year 1 Savings $437.08
30-Year Savings $12,479.70
15-Year Payback 117%
30-Year Payback 287%
Environmental Impact
Carbon Offset 131,124 pounds of CO2
The equivalent of trees planted 1,530
The equivalent of miles driven 140,490

 

Rooftop Solar sign in front of Habitat for new Humanity house in Flagtaff Arizona

Rooftop Solar along with other partner signs next to new Habitat for Humanity house

Computer generated aerial view of panels on roof of new Habitat for Humanity house

Solar Installation in Flagstaff, AZ, Andy V

9.3 kW ground mount Rooftop Solar system in Flagstaff, Arizona consisting of 32 REC 290-watt panels and a Fronius Primo inverter.

5 stars

“Rooftop installed a big ground mount solar unit for us. They used their magic box to determine ideal angles and location. Installation was completed last year and I haven’t had any issues with it, but have been saving a bundle of $$ by replacing propane and gas (car) by switching cars and appliances to electric. It more than pays for my electric bill.”

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Andy went solar back in January 2019 in Flagstaff, Arizona. Andy’s system consists of 32 REC 290-watt solar panels with a Fronius inverter.

System Size: 9.3 kW

Module Type: REC 290 / 32

Inverter:  Fronius Primo

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What was your main motivation to go solar?

While I appreciate the value of renewable/green energy, my main motivation was financial. This solar installation alone was pretty good value, but the tax credit makes it a financial no-brainer. My tax credit was large enough that I was able to replace my home appliances and heating with electric and also buy a cheap electric car. And now the payments I am making on the solar loan are significantly less than what I was paying for heating gas, car fuel, and electricity put together.

What is the best part of having solar? 

I love looking out the window at the solar panels soaking in the sunshine. Here in Arizona, we love our few rainy and snowy days, but now seeing my panels drink in the photons is a great feeling too. When I first got the solar installed, I would keep the app up on my screen and see realtime how much energy we were pulling down. The second best part is watching the credits pile up on my APS “bill.”

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

Some people may want to get into a lot of the technical details about panel types, placements, etc. I, however, preferred to have the Rooftop engineers and techs come up with the best solutions. They would give me all the plan details, but I happily deferred to their expertise and let them do all the work. They did a fantastic job, and I have no regrets whatsoever.

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

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