How much does a solar energy system cost?
At Sun Tribe, we design every system to meet our partner’s specific needs. Combine that with significant tax incentives, and the answer is: every system will vary in cost, but investing in solar comes with very real short- and long-term financial benefits. To help determine cost – and potential savings – our process starts with an analysis of your current and historical electrical usage, along with a thorough site evaluation aimed at determining the right size system for you. After our engineering team designs the right system, our finance, legal, and regulatory experts will work with you to ensure you get the most out of your new investment.
How long will my solar system last?
Most solar systems are what’s known as solid-state – with no moving parts, your system will require little maintenance and is designed to last a long time. The key working with a team of experts who can guide your equipment choices. At Sun Tribe, we’re committed to using only Tier 1 solar modules, which are the best on the market today. We back up our equipment with a full 10-year production guarantee, helping you identify and replace any faulty panels. Most solar panels also come with a 25-year manufacturer’s warranty, with most systems expected to last at least 30 years.
Can I use my solar system as a back-up source when my community loses power?
The short answer: maybe.
The longer answer: there are essentially two types of solar systems. Most systems are connected directly to the electrical grid and don’t have a battery. For both safety and legal reasons, these systems are designed to shut down as soon as a power outage is detected – ensuring that power from your array isn’t feeding into wires that workers are trying to repair. Your system will make this adjustment instantly, with no action needed from you. The other option is a battery-backed solar system, which can provide back up power, but often requires a larger up-front investment to design and maintain.
Will a solar installation damage my roof?
Most of the systems we design and install are ballasted – safely held in place without penetrating your roof. But at Sun Tribe, we take roofing decisions seriously, which is why we collaborate with your roof manufacturer to ensure that our solar system installation doesn’t void your existing roof warranty and our in-house construction teams work carefully during installation.