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A. It only takes about 4 years, because Massachusetts is so solar-friendly right now. Compare this to the 15 to 20 years it took to earn your money back, just a few years ago.
A: There are many benefits:
A. Solar electric systems are eligible for the five-year Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS). System life is typically much greater than 25 years. This accelerated depreciation on a long life system dramatically increases the after-tax financial return of the project.
A: Solar electric installations are quite simple—that’s part of their beauty and why they are virtually maintenance-free. There are photos here of a typical installation. The panels are mounted on the roof or ground-mounted on your land, and connected to either inverters mounted inside or to micro-inverters mounted under the solar panels.
A. The actual installation is quick, a few days usually. The process, including utility interconnection arrangements, takes a bit longer. But don’t worry, we will handle most of the work, and keep you apprised of the timing every step of the way. We will agree on a specific timetable for your project with you.
A: Think of an SREC as a unit of value for the “green-ness” of the solar energy you produce. As part of an ambitious renewable energy development program in Massachusetts, the state has set targets for solar and other green energy technologies. What this means to you is that you can sell the value of the solar energy you produce in a market created specifically for SRECs. So in addition to reducing your electric bill, your solar electric system can generate tens of thousands of dollars in tax-free income each year for ten years.
A: Solar electric systems are designed to last more than 20 years, and most systems will still be producing power in 30-50 years. The Bosch panels we use come with a 25-year warranty.
A: No. With a straight grid-tied system without batteries, even on a sunny day when your solar array is producing power, you will not have power in the building if the utility experiences a power outage. This is to protect the linemen working on the utility grid. If you absolutely need power during an outage, your system must have batteries. This adds cost and complexity to the installation but can be done, and we do offer this service.
A: Solar panels are extremely shade intolerant, so vent stacks, chimneys and other obstructions that may shade the panels must be avoided. Often 50-80% of roof space is usable.
A: Yes, on a membrane roof we install a ballasted system to reduce roof penetrations. These arrays are designed to keep the solar panels at a low angle (about 10 degrees) to reduce wind loading but still perform better than lying flat on the roof. We ensure that the amount of ballast used is appropriate for the design and the existing structure.