Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the most effecient Solar application?
Water pumping. Please ask about our Solar Power Pool Pumps and Hot Tub circulation, filtration, UV sertilization and heating kits.
2. What are the rebates and tax credits?
In California Residential is curently $2.60 per AC watt and Commercial is $3.50 per AC watt. The CA Tax Credit is 7.5% -- The Federal Tax Credit is 30%! Businesses can also take advantage of accelerated deprecation.
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NEWS: Federal Energy Bill includes 30% tax credit (no cap) for commerical and residential solar (capped at $2000).
3. How much does it cost and when do I break even?
The new Federal Energy Bill has added a 30% tax credit. This means, for example, a commercial 48 Kilowatt solar electric system with a turnkey price of $411,034.92 is reduced to $126,432.59 after rebates, tax credits and depreciation. This is a long-term electricity rate of $0.0487 per kWh.
For Residential see these numbers:
4. Should I use a tracking system?
Moving parts, so generally no. But, some applications it does make sense.
5. What is the best panel orientation?
6. Who invented the photovoltaic effect?
7. How much power does 1KW of solar make?
1KW x 5 Sun Hours x 30 days = 150 kWh per month
8. How much to power my 3,000 square foot home?
This depends on how much electricity you use. The average american home uses 500 kWh a month. If you have a pool, the pool is using about 400 kWh a month just to circulate and filter the water.
Look at your electricity bill. Find the number of kWh you use per month. Divide that number by 150 (this the the average monthly production for 1KW of solar electric grid-tie panels)
kWh Usage: 900 kWh a month
900 / 150 = 6
You need approximately a 6KW solar system to make your electric bill close to zero.