August 2017 | Shine Solar

Month: August 2017


Four False Assumptions About Solar

Recently, we participated in a vendor show. We love these opportunities! We get to meet a lot of great people and educate them about clean energy. Shows also allow us to address any questions or assumptions people may have about solar. What we found, though, is that there are a few assumptions about solar that cause concern. Because we like to get to the point, we decided to compile them all here as a quick reference guide. So let’s get to it!

Assumption 1: I have to keep replacing the equipment

This was the top comment. People believe that something that goes on your roof and looks like glass is likely fragile. And we can’t blame them! But solar panels are extremely durable. They’re built to withstand extreme hailstorms and straight winds up to 90 mph. They’re installed on a sturdy racking system affixed firmly to the roof. We’re so confident in our panels, in fact, that they have a 25-year warranty. And if you decide in the first five years to get a new roof, we’ll come remove and replace them. Free of charge. Our solar panels are maintenance-free, aside from maybe having to knock off a random branch. Even that shouldn’t be a problem, because trees are typically not that close to a solar-paneled roof.

Assumption 2: I’ll be dead before I save money

This one almost took the top spot. When people think about solar, they think about wealthy people with money to burn. Again, we can’t blame them. Until fairly recently, solar was unattainable for many. But that’s not the case anymore. When we do a free solar analysis, we look at your specific energy usage and custom-build your proposal. Most of our customers are actually saving money from the beginning! Solar payments are typically less than previous electric bills were. Solar payments also have an end date, unlike electric bills! So your savings will continue to increase until you achieve full energy freedom!

Assumption 3: I can’t afford a battery backup

The great thing about solar in Missouri and Arkansas (and most other states) is that net metering laws are in effect. This means that your utility company acts as a natural battery backup. And that means that you don’t have to have a battery. While battery technology has advanced significantly, the price is still cost-prohibitive. Net metering provides a great, automatic battery backup system through your utility company.

Assumption 4: I’ll just wait until the technology gets better

The reason we want to change technology is because we want products to do something differently than they did when we bought them. For instance, your old computer can’t support new versions of programs, so you have to upgrade. Solar panels convert sunlight into clean energy. They still do that.  We design systems to offset your energy production. The systems will continue to offset your energy production. Your energy production won’t advance to Windows 12 while your solar panels are stuck in Windows 95. So waiting for an undefined point in the future until you claim energy ownership isn’t necessary. We’ve got you covered…now.   We get it. Change is scary. Especially when it means that you’ll likely be the energy pioneer in your extended family, circle of friends, and neighborhood. But nothing ever changed by remaining the same. You can save money now. You can be an energy pioneer. You can put your roof to work for you. Instead of making assumptions, make a call. Find out how we can help your home or business today.

The Procrastinator’s Guide to the Eclipse

  Are you a procrastinator? Don’t lie. We’re onto you. We are you. Are you the type that hopes for a last-second study guide so that you can cram information in that makes you sound like you did your homework? It’s okay. We all do it. In fact, did you know that the human brain is programmed to procrastinate? Feel better now? Good. Because we have to talk about something that’s about to go down for real…the solar eclipse. If you haven’t brushed up on your eclipsery, great news! We’re going to give you a brief rundown (because that’s the best kind) guide just in time for the event. Here, then, are three things you need to know before the big event.
  1. What even is happening?

    A total solar eclipse, which will occur on Monday, August 21. This means that the moon will pass between Earth and the sun, thereby blocking our view of the sun. If you are standing in the moon’s shadow on Earth, you’ll see the sky darken and feel the temperature drop. The place where the sun should be will instead look like a cool black circle in the sky. Also, you’ll be able to view the sun’s atmosphere, or corona — a halo of exceedingly hot gas that’s normally invisible to the naked eye. Mike Kentrianakis, the solar eclipse project manager for the American Astronomical Society, calls it “the most gorgeous natural wonder you will ever see.”
  2. Why is everyone making a big deal about this?

    Because it’s a big deal! This is the first solar eclipse to hit the continental United States since 1979. It’s the first to run across the entire country since…wait for it…1918. It will be the only one of its kind most of us will see in our lifetimes.
  3. How can I watch it?

    That’s a little trickier. The short and most important answer is “safely.” But after Amazon’s recall of not-so-safe glasses, how do you know what to look for? Let’s go to the experts on this one. NASA website’s solar eclipse section offers a wealth of information about the event. Check their safety tips here. Beyond safety, though, is the question of visibility. The Path of Totality, or area in which spectators can see the full splendor of the eclipse, is mapped out here. The Path stretches from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina, and is a relatively narrow strip about 70 miles wide. For our Missouri friends within the Path, the eclipse is set to hit Jefferson City at 11:46 a.m., with totality beginning at 1:13 p.m. and ending at 1:15. Arkansas falls outside of The Path of Totality, but regardless of your location, check viewing events for more precise information.
So grab your glasses (but leave your homemade viewing devices at home), and follow The Path. But even if you can’t, fear not. Current technology, coupled with the coast-to-coast viewing swath, guarantees that we will all be able to view the full beauty in its entirety.

Why Should You Pick Us, Anyway?

You’re thinking about going solar, but it’s not so easy to pick a solar company. This is a big decision, after all. How do you know which one is going to be the best fit for you? If you’re going to own your own energy, you want to have the peace of mind that comes with making the right choice for your long-term needs. And you deserve that.  In fact, we encourage everyone who contacts us to do their homework before choosing to install happiness the Shine way. It’s why we offer our homework page, in addition to our website and weekly blogs. So let’s jump ahead. Say that you’ve done your homework, you’ve reached out to several companies, you’ve gotten several free solar analyses, and now you just need to choose. We can’t presume to know the types of things that are most important to your family. What we can do is tell you four ways that we’re different than our competitors.

Why Pick Us?

  1. We have our own Code of Ethics.

    We’re not trying to take over the world. We want to remain small and customer-focused. We also want our employees to represent how seriously we take your business. Our employees will be polite, courteous, and clean in both language and appearance. We have amazing customers, and they deserve the best.
  2. You don’t have to worry about waiting a couple more years until you get that new roof.

    If, within the first 5 years of your original solar installation, you replace your roof, Shine Solar will remove, store, and re-install your solar panels. Free of charge.
  3. You don’t have to worry about that vague day in the future when solar technology may become super advanced and your old panels just don’t cut it.

    If you purchase a system from us, then decide to upgrade it later, we’ll buy back your existing panels for 50% of your original cost.
  4. We’re in it for the long haul.

    With a 25-year panel warranty, and knowing that the first-ever solar panels are still producing, we’ll be sticking around. This is why we provide each customer with their own solar concierge. Whether you have questions, comments, or just want to touch base, we have a point person in place. Your concierge knows who you need, when you need them, and will keep you from being on terminal hold or waiting for that callback that never comes. And your concierge is going to be there for you, whether it’s been three days since your installation, or three years.
There you have it. These are the top four items that set us apart from the competition. We want to remain focused on you, and will prove it to you throughout your experience with us. You will have the peace of mind that your concerns and questions will be addressed promptly at every step in our relationship. Plus, what have you got to lose? With our free solar analysis, you’re armed with the information you need to make an informed decision. Give us a call at 844-80-SHINE to get started.      

10 Steps to Going Solar Checklist

Most behind-the-scenes work of solar installation is a result of your solar company and utility company working together. We do this in order to give you the best, most worry-free experience possible. But that sometimes makes the solar purchasing process a mystery to you! For that reason, Shine presents:

10 Steps to Going Solar Checklist

Step 1: You autograph the initial paperwork to give us the approval to start your project (purchasing agreement, financial documents. finance documentation process varies among lenders). Step 2: We get Net-Metering approval (we cannot begin construction until the customer’s utility company approves the application. This varies from utility to utility, but we do follow up with them checking on updates and project status.) Step 3: We get a permit application from your city or county (this depends on customer’s jurisdiction. If they live in an area that doesn’t require this, then we skip this step.) Step 4: We schedule your solar installation! Step 5: We complete your solar installation! Step 6: We schedule your final inspection (if no permit is required, we skip this step). Our Master Electrician has to schedule with the entity that requires the permit, so this depends upon that entity’s schedule. We then coordinate with the customer. Step 7: We arrange your final Net-Metering phase (this is when we submit final documents to the utility and wait for them to give us a date and time of interconnection) Step 8: Interconnection (this happens once final net metering has been approved) and that means you’re LIVE! Step 9: LED bulb and thermostat delivery! We try to be present at your interconnection, both to ensure a smooth transition and deliver additional energy-conserving items for you! Should the interconnection happen before we’re notified, we call and schedule a time that is best for you. We want to make sure your system is operating as it should. Step 10: We’re here for you, long-term. If you have any questions about your panels, your monitoring, or even your Ecobee thermostat and light bulbs, call your personal Shine Solar concierge!