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WE CHANGE THE WORLD
ONE ROOF

AT A TIME

SOLEXO energy is unlike every other solar company out there and this website is designed to reflect that.   

 

Think about it (or check around)... What information do they provide that will help you decide if going solar is right for you? Our observation...none. 

 

The intention of their websites is to cultivate just enough curiosity to entice you to "Get a Quote" so they can have a salesperson reach out to try to sell you.  (That's called Marketing) 

 

We are not marketers and our intention is quite the opposite.  We have attempted to provide you with necessary questions, answers, details, and references to enable you to make an informed decision on whether to install a system at your home.  If that decision is to "take a pass", fine. 

We hope you feel the initial information we provide is so valuable that you will want to engage with us to consult on your project here in South Carolina.  Creating an account with us will lead to two things: 1) We will take a look at your home and let you know if solar is worth pursuing; 2) You will get access to many additional details about everything involved in the process.  Much of it, other companies will not explain. 

Rather than employ and train a sales team, we have designed our website to be the resource on which our clients can rely. You can read it whenever you want, as many times as you need, so you are comfortable and confident in the decisions you make.  Enjoy.

                                                                               - Tim & Chris

OUR 

STORY

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WHY GO SOLAR?

We assume you already know this, but here is our take...

WHY GO SOLAR?

We assume you already know this, but here is our take...

CONTROL

Owning vs. renting.  You probably took great efforts, and made some sacrifices, to own your home.  Homeownership is universally accepted as "the right thing to do". So, why is it OK to rent your power?

Put another way...

If you could own your cellphone service and never pay another phone bill, would you?

If you could own your Internet service and never pay another internet bill, would you?

Well, you CAN own your home's energy supply and never (really) pay another power bill.

TAX CREDITS

Have you ever heard of a tax credit that EVERYONE qualifies for?  No income limits.  No special circumstances required.  We haven't either.

If you have income tax liability, the Federal Government will allow you a tax credit in the amount of 26% of the total system cost.  The state of South Carolina currently offers a 25% income tax credit.  So, for every dollar you spend, you get back $.51.  

This is not a deduction.  This is not a rebate.  This is a direct CREDIT. 

If BOTH government entities are offering you an incentive to go solar, why not, at least, check it out?

(More on this in our ESSENTIALS and DEEPER DIVE sections.)

REDUCE OR ELIMINATE ELECTRIC BILLS

Can we establish, right now, that IF you want electricity in your home YOU ARE OBLIGATED TO PAY FOR IT? 

Are you INDEBTED to the utility company if you are receiving their electricity? Yes. Yes, you are. 

Will the utility company ever decide to stop charging you? No.

Would it make sense to TRADE your utility bill for a solar + utility bill? Most likely, yes. 

Will the SOLAR BILL go away?  Yes. Yes, it will.

If your bill averages $150/month before going solar and $125/month after, AND YOU GAVE US NO MONEY TO DO IT, how much did going solar cost you?

ENVIRONMENT

You don't need us to tell you how good solar energy is for the environment.  The statistics are out there, google it.

In what area of your life can you have a bigger positive impact on the environment? (Besides becoming a vegetarian)

                     

                      Recycling? No.

                      Reusable shopping bags? No.

                      Electric vehicle? No. 

 

It's powering your home. Don't take our word for it, see how the EPA views the impact on the environment. 

Do you want to live in a world with larger, more powerful utility companies? Neither do we.

HOME VALUE

This is 2021.  Two comparable homes. One has almost no power costs, the other has a normal bill. Which would you choose?

Studies say, yes, residential solar does increase sale price.  Google it.  CNBC cites a Zillow study from 2019 that you can check out here.

 
 
 
 
 

NO! DON'T DO IT!!

Contrary to every other solar company's website, we are going to tell you the reasons why you SHOULD NOT go solar. 

1. SHADING

Trees near your home are not good for your solar system.

 

Not sure if you have enough sun on your roof?  Look out your window or check out your address at Google's Project Sunroof.  

 

Our experience tells us that if you have less than 1,400 hours of usable sunlight per year the financials are just not that inspiring.

No tree shading on your roof = Good.  Lots of trees in the yard = Bad. 

2. ROOF AREA

You need space on your roof on which to put solar panels.  They are rectangular and don't bend.  We also can't cut them into other shapes.  

Additionally, fire codes prevent the installation of panels within 3 feet of the ridges and edges of your roof.  (Yes, we have seen permits denied because they did not include this spacing on the plans.)
 

Hip roofs and dormers are the enemy of solar.

Oh, and have you looked at your roof lately?  Your homebuilder likely made no effort to position the vents and chimneys with the thought of going solar in mind.  You need unobstructed, mostly rectangular roof areas to put panels on. 

If you do have room in the yard - maybe a ground mounted system could work.

3. CURRENT BILL IS TOO HIGH

Some homes have such a high bill (and little space to put a system) that, even if we panel the entire place, the solar offset is less than 50%.

If you really, really want to "go green" and brag to your friends, we will help you - as long as you understand the financials. 

4. IT COSTS TOO MUCH

If you have any of the above situations, then we will likely agree with you.

 

If not... we are betting that you can do it WITHOUT impacting your budget.  Have you noticed more homes in your neighborhood with solar panels?  Ever wonder how they could afford it?  Did they ALL hit the lottery and had thousands of extra dollars burning a hole in their pocket?  More than likely not.

If your monthly, out-of-pocket expenditure averages $150/month before going solar and $125/month after, AND YOU GAVE US NO MONEY TO DO IT, how much did going solar cost you?

(More on this in our ESSENTIALS and DEEPER DIVE sections.)

5. TECHNOLOGY IS CHANGING SO FAST

In 2015, the standard wattage for panels in South Carolina was 265w. In 2021, it was 320w. 

 

That is about a 17% increase in power in 6 YEARS.  2.9% per year. 

Government tariffs passed in 2018 have led to a decreased supply of solar modules (what we call them) and, thus, a relative increase in price.   So, yes, technological advancements have improved kWh production but that has come with an increase in module cost. 

If you are concerned that this blistering rate of progress will leave you with more expensive, obsolete panels on your roof in 5 years, then solar is not for you.  

6. SOLAR SALESPEOPLE HAVE A REPUTATION

Solar salespeople are incentivized to close sales not to answer your questions thoroughly.  That's just the way it is.

It's not necessarily their fault.  Most solar companies offer salespeople the promise of guaranteed leads and high incomes. But the reality is that 90%+ of solar sales people are 100% commission based, have little training or supervision, and are quick to move on to states with hotter markets (easier sales.)  Think about that.  What would you do if your entire income relied on closing a sale and you had no obligation after it was installed?

This reputation/reality is also the main reason why SOLEXO energy does not have any salespeople.  

Our incentives, as owners, are different. Our relationship is only just starting when you sign a contract with us and our expected result is an experience that produces your endorsement. 

7. YOUR ROOF IS TOO OLD

It makes no sense to put a new solar system on an old roof.  None.  New roofs cost money, too.

The government, however, offers help.

We can guarantee that replacing your roof in conjunction with installing solar panels is the most cost effective way to do so. But, if you are more concerned with keeping the rain off your head than positively impacting your wallet and the environment - then going solar really isn't for you. 

8. YOU RENT YOUR HOME

Why would you put a solar system on someone else's house?  We agree that is not a smart financial decision.

9. YOUR NEIGHBOR SAYS SOLAR DOESN'T WORK

This may be true... we don't know anything about your neighbor.  But we do know that the effectiveness of a solar system is based on an individual set of circumstances.  If you are one to base your purchasing decisions on the advice of friends or relatives rather than qualified, experienced professionals then purchasing a solar system is definitely not for you.

10. MAKES IT HARDER TO SELL YOUR HOME

Maybe.  If you plan on selling your home in the next 2 years we would not recommend you install a system now.

If you plan on staying... and the other 9 points do not apply to you... keep reading!  We want you to have as much meaningful information as you can handle before consulting us about a solar system for your home.  Have you ever regretted learning more before making a lifestyle change? 

 

Check out our Basic Info page before continuing on to our Deeper Dive