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FAQ2021-09-14T20:25:25-05:00

Frequently Asked Questions

Since 2009, we have been helping New Jersey homeowners and business owners make the switch to solar energy — saving money and the environment. Here is a list of commonly asked questions. Have others? We love helping customers! Call us at (856) 522-2008

What is invovled in maintaining a solar system in New Jersey?2021-09-08T19:47:46-05:00

Minimal maintenance is required of the homeowner. Ad Energy monitors system performance and efficiency. In the unlikely event the system needs care or maintenance, we handle everything.

Does solar work if the power goes out?2021-09-08T19:47:23-05:00

Solar panel systems cannot power your house during a power outage unless you install some form of energy storage (a battery back up system). This is true of all solar systems. In recent years, battery backup systems have become less expensive and more popular. If you are interested in complete independence and reliability – talk to one of our solar energy experts about adding a battery backup to your solar energy system.

If I need a new roof to hold the solar array, does it qualify for the Federal Tax Credit?2021-09-08T19:47:03-05:00

First, check with your licensed tax professional to be sure that you qualify … but in our experience, YES the roof qualifies.

What is the Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit?2021-09-08T19:46:35-05:00

A tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction in the income taxes that a person or company claiming the credit would otherwise pay the federal government. The ITC is based on the amount of investment in solar property.

A taxpayer may claim a credit for qualified expenditures for a system that serves a dwelling unit located in the United States that is owned and used as a residence by the taxpayer. Expenditures with respect to the equipment are treated as made when the solar panel installation is completed. If the solar installation is at a new home, the “placed in service” date is the date of occupancy by the homeowner. Expenditures include labor costs for on-site preparation, assembly or original solar panel installation, and for piping or wiring to interconnect a system to the home. If the federal tax credit exceeds tax liability, the excess amount may be carried forward to the succeeding taxable year.

Will my property taxes go up if I install solar in New Jersey?2021-09-08T19:46:03-05:00

No. New Jersey enacted legislation exempting renewable energy systems used to meet on-site electricity, heating, cooling, or general energy needs from local property taxes – making solar the only home improvement you can make that increases the value of your home without increasing your property taxes!

Will solar panels in New Jersey require additional insurance?2021-09-08T19:45:37-05:00

Homeowners in New Jersey are usually required by the utility company to provide proof of insurance coverage for their system. However, most standard homeowner insurance policies provide adequate insurance protection and meet the minimum requirements stated in your utility interconnection agreement.

What are the benefits of having solar panels in New Jersey?2021-09-08T19:45:13-05:00

Save Money
Solar panel systems in New Jersey can significantly reduce (or even eliminate) your utility bill – saving you thousands of dollars (even tens of thousands of dollars) in utility bills over the life of the solar system. In addition to the direct savings, the solar panel arrays also act as protection for your roof, reflecting heat from the sun that would otherwise be absorbed by your house. A shaded roof area can reduce the air temperature of your house, reducing the energy required by your air-conditioner to keep a comfortable temperature in your home.

Increase the Resale Value of Your Home
Solar panel systems in New Jersey can significantly reduce (or even eliminate) your utility bill – saving you thousands of dollars (even tens of thousands of dollars) in utility bills over the life of the solar system. In addition to the direct savings, the solar panel arrays also act as protection for your roof, reflecting heat from the sun that would otherwise be absorbed by your house. A shaded roof area can reduce the air temperature of your house, reducing the energy required by your air-conditioner to keep a comfortable temperature in your home.

According to resale data for New Jersey homes, solar energy systems cause homes to sell faster and for more money than similar homes without solar.

Help the Environment
Solar panel systems in New Jersey can significantly reduce (or even eliminate) your utility bill – saving you thousands of dollars (even tens of thousands of dollars) in utility bills over the life of the solar system. In addition to the direct savings, the solar panel arrays also act as protection for your roof, reflecting heat from the sun that would otherwise be absorbed by your house. A shaded roof area can reduce the air temperature of your house, reducing the energy required by your air-conditioner to keep a comfortable temperature in your home.

By using solar, you are helping to reduce the impact of global warming and climate change by eliminating hundreds of tons of greenhouse gases during the solar panel system lifetime.

Energy Independence
Solar panel systems in New Jersey can significantly reduce (or even eliminate) your utility bill – saving you thousands of dollars (even tens of thousands of dollars) in utility bills over the life of the solar system. In addition to the direct savings, the solar panel arrays also act as protection for your roof, reflecting heat from the sun that would otherwise be absorbed by your house. A shaded roof area can reduce the air temperature of your house, reducing the energy required by your air-conditioner to keep a comfortable temperature in your home.

You protect yourself from price increases by your local utility company.

Who Do I Contact If I Want More Information Or Still Have Questions?2021-01-26T00:36:08-05:00

Fill out your information on our contact page and a Mirasol representative will contact you within 24 hours.

 

I Already Have a System Installed And Need Repairs, Can You Help?2021-01-26T00:34:51-05:00

Yes. Mirasol’s professional staff are experts at repairing and fixing solar systems of all types. Go to our repair service page and fill out your details.

How Long Does It Take To Install a PV System2021-01-26T00:33:56-05:00

Typical, residential systems take from 2 to 5 days to install. Systems mounted on the ground and systems with batteries are more complex, and may take longer. Most of this time is spent outside of your house, so there is little disturbance to you. Commercial systems take several weeks to over a month to install, depending upon size and type of installation.

If I Sell My Property, Will a PV System Increase The Sale Price?2021-03-17T21:30:00-05:00

Energy conservation and renewable generation adds value to your home. Surveys have shown that for every $1,000.00 saved per year, $20,000.00 is added to a home’s value*. Solar energy can be one of the best home improvement investments you make.

* Newscenter resource link & Zillow resource link

Are There Incentives For Buying Solar Electricity2021-03-17T21:37:04-05:00

There are many incentives for purchasing solar. These vary from state-to-state. Some common incentives include:

  • Lower or fixed utility costs
  • Better for our environment, less carbon emissions
  • Little or no maintenance
  • Solar equipment is more durable and last longer than traditional equipment
  • Create secure and backup source for electricity supply
  • Now is the time to Go Green
  • Remote site with no electric service
  • Sending electricity back to the grid (net metering) can generate money
  • Higher resale value for your property*
  • Most individual states and the federal government have incentives** and rebates to decrease the up front cost of solar energy producing systems. Please contact us for more details.
* Newscenter resource link & Zillow resource link **Please consult your tax adviser regarding your individual tax situation and income tax credit eligibility.
Do Solar PV Systems Work For Commercial Buildings?2021-01-26T00:19:54-05:00

We have installed solar on office buildings, retail buildings, schools, and government facilities. Anywhere electricity is used can use solar electricity.

Do I Need To Clean The Solar Panels Periodically?2021-01-26T00:18:15-05:00

Most of our customers do not clean their panels. In most areas of the country, there will be sufficient rain to clean the panels. However, if you are in a dusty area (near a busy dirt road, a very urban area, etc…) you may see a performance boost from cleaning the panels monthly. If necessary, a hose stream is usually sufficient for cleaning. Do not walk on or over the panels to clean them. Do not use metal, hard, or abrasive methods for cleaning. Do not spray water on the panels when they are very hot.

What Happens If The Solar Panels Are Shaded?2021-01-26T00:17:45-05:00

PV panels should be installed in areas where they get significant shade-free sun every day. Even small amounts of shade can significantly reduce the output. Our designs and installations also seek to minimize the impact of any shade issues through selection of the proper equipment and good engineering.

Do I Need To Install a New Roof Before The Solar Panels Are Installed?2021-01-26T00:17:21-05:00

Solar panels will last many years, (over 25). Because of this, we want the roof to be in decent condition, as it does not make sense to remove and reinstall the panels after only a few years. However, after the panels are in place, they will greatly reduce the wear on the roof by blocking ultraviolet rays, keeping most snow and ice off the roof, and keeping anything from hitting the roof. Most installations do not require a new roof prior to PV installation.

Will Hurricanes Effect a PV Sytem?2021-01-26T00:16:49-05:00

All of our PV panels are engineered to meet or exceed Florida Building Code Specifications for wind load. In short, the solar panels may help to keep the roof from blowing off during high winds.

How Does The Power From a PV System Get Stored2021-01-26T00:16:23-05:00

In a Clean Power, non-battery system, power is not stored. It is either used immediately in the house, or sent backwards through the meter, creating a credit. If storage is needed, large batteries and other equipment are added to the system.

What Is Net Metering?2021-01-26T00:15:56-05:00

Net Metering is the regulatory ability to get credit for electricity you generate with solar energy and send backwards through your utility meter. Exact provisions vary with each state, but the effect is to allow you to generate excess power during the day, and use it at night, without needing batteries.

Does a PV System Need Batteries?2021-01-26T00:15:35-05:00

Batteries are only required if you want backup power when the utility is out of service. Without batteries, the system has no way to store power, and for safety reasons cannot produce power without the utility in operation.

What Happens When The Utility Company Has a Power Outage?2021-01-26T00:15:10-05:00

Most systems we sell are “clean power” systems, without batteries. These systems do not generate power when the utility is out, even if it is sunny. If backup power is desired, a battery system can be added. This increases the complexity and cost. Most people find that what they want is Clean Power, and find that the very occasional outage does not bother them, so they do not purchase the battery option.

How Long Will a PV System Last?2021-01-26T00:14:43-05:00

The solar panels have a 25 year power warranty from the manufacturer. This is longer than almost anything else you can buy. The rest of the system has a 5 year warranty in most areas. Inverters can have warranties up to 10 years.

We also offer a maintenance agreement or hurricane prep service to extend life and get the most out of your system.

How Much Power Does a Solar Electric System Produce?2021-01-26T00:14:14-05:00

Systems come in all sizes, and produce as much or as little power as required. Many systems produce a portion of the home’s required power, leaving room for additional conservation or generation in the future.

How Much Solar Electric Power Do I Need To Power My Home?2021-01-26T00:13:42-05:00

Each home is different, and the amount of electricity you use is very dependent upon your lifestyle, how your home was built, and your appliances. As part of our services, we work with you to reduce your electrical consumption in easy ways.

Are Solar Panels Fragile?2021-01-26T00:13:10-05:00

No. While the panels are made of tempered glass, they are quite strong. Installed PV panels are designed to withstand hurricane force winds, and pass severe weather tests such as hail. Solar equipment is regularly installed in areas with these types of conditions.

My Roof Will Soon Need To Be Redone. Should I Wait To Install a Solar Electric PV System?2021-01-26T00:12:48-05:00

Our Mirasol FAFCO Systems are installed in such a way that we can easily remove them and later reinstall them at a fraction of the original cost of the system. If the roof is repaired within the first year of the system’s installation, we do the work at no cost to you.

Do The Solar Panels Need To Face South?2021-01-26T00:11:34-05:00

South is best, but panels installed facing east or west still can generate a very high percentage of possible power. It is usually more effective (and more attractive) to install the panels in the same plane as the roof direction, rather than build an awkward mount to angle them.

Do The Solar Panels Need To Be Mounted On My Roof?2021-01-26T00:11:03-05:00

Panels are often mounted on the roof, but can also be mounted on the ground. Ground mounts are great if the house is shaded, or if dormers or other obstructions limit available space on the roof.

How Much Space Does a PV System Need?2021-01-26T00:10:17-05:00

A typical system requires about seven to eight square feet for each dollar of your electric bill. This figure varies depending upon your electric rates.

What does PV stand for?2021-01-26T00:09:49-05:00

PV stands for Photovoltaic, which in short, is the technical term of converting the sun’s natural energy into electricity using solar panels which are made up of solar or photovoltaic cells. A solar electric system is also called a PV system.

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