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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.
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?
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?