What is solar technology and equipment?
The term solar can refer to many different technologies that somehow involve sunlight. Green Image specializes in photovoltaic solar technology, which consists of rectangular panels that are an inch or two thick containing small polysilicon wafers. These panels convert the sunlight energy directly into electricity with no moving parts.
What other equipment is involved?
For most applications in which the customer does not wish to disconnect from the utility grid, the only other equipment required is mounting/railing, wiring, manual disconnects, a special meter from the utility, and an electricity inverter which converts the electricity your solar panels generate into electricity useable by the grid.
For stand-alone applications in which the customer does not have access to the grid or wishes to be off-grid completely, the additional equipment required consists of batteries and a charge controller to support them. This can add significant upfront and maintenance costs to a project.
Is solar technology new? How do I know this stuff works?
Solar technology has actually been commercially viable since the oil shock of the 1970’s. Equipment installed back in the 1970’s is still operational today! The solar panels themselves usually care a 25-year warranty, the electric inverter carries a 10-year (expandable to 15) warranty, and the mounting/racking equipment carries a 10 year warranty. These warranties are backed by reputable companies that have been in the business for years such as BP Solar, Sanyo, and Kyocera. Green Image Solar also provides a 1-year parts and labor warranty on all equipment we install and our own workmanship.
If I invest in solar, how soon can I expect to be completely paid back?
For most commercial size installations, you can expect to receive a 100% return of your investment within 6-7 years. Most residential size installations can expect to receive a 100% return of investment in 7-8 years.
Are there any major risks to receiving the financial incentives from the state and federal governments or utility company?
The state and federal tax benefits are guaranteed to qualifying customers once the system is installed and operational. For production based incentives from the utility, the utility usually inserts a termination clause into the incentive contract which allows them (or you) to terminate the contract early. This clause is unlikely to be invoked by the utility company unless the federal government changes direction and removes the regulatory requirements on utilities for renewable energy. Green Image sees the probability of this scenario extremely minimal and as a result, low-risk.
Will this equipment damage my roof? What if I need to re-roof in the future?
Green Image Solar can install solar panels on flat-roofs without ANY penetrations. This not only protects your roof from drilling and attachment, but it also makes the equipment easier to disassemble and transport in the case of re-roofing or if you decide to move. Pitched roof customers will most likely not be able to use a non-penetration solution. However, Green Image Solar can work in with your building or roofing contractor to ensure proper care and precaution is taken and to minimize the penetrations in your roof. Installations which penetrate the roof membrane are also usually slightly less expensive since the non-penetration racking equipment is relatively more expensive.
How big of a solar array do I need to power my home or building?
This depends on a number of factors such as your electric usage and available optimal roof or ground space. Green Image Solar is happy to provide a free on-site consultation and site assessment to help you determine your needs and design a system that is best tailored to meet your goals. Call 505-367-3777 to schedule a consultation today!
How long will it take to complete the installation?
For most residential applications, a system can be up and running within 4 weeks of project inception. Commercial systems vary greatly depending on size, but Green Image will provide timeframes and deadlines as part of our on-site consultation.