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Frequently Asked Questions

At Wing Solar & Wood Energy, Inc., we prioritize your confidence in the services we offer. This FAQ page is designed to address common queries and provide clarity on solar installations and energy solutions. For additional assistance or further questions, feel free to contact us toll-free at 1-800-492-4061 or request more information directly from this site.

How much do solar panels cost?

A typical roof-mounted solar installation with 24 panels carries an initial cost of approximately $22,000. However, this investment comes with a federal tax credit of 30%, and full payback can be achieved through energy savings in as little as 5 years.

How much money will I save with solar panels?

Savings from solar panels depend on sunlight exposure. In California, a custom solar panel installation provides about 1,200 kilowatt-hours per year for every 1,000 watts of solar panels.

Will my solar panels work during a power outage?

Solar panels generate energy when the sun is shining. However, grid-tie systems connected to the grid won't operate during outages to safeguard utility workers. A hybrid system, both on and off-grid, can provide backup power.

How much does a solar electric system cost?

Factors like current electricity usage, desired bill reduction, panel brand, roof orientation, and structure type contribute to costs. Solar electric systems range from $12,000 to $60,000, with an average installation cost of $25,000 to $35,000. Contact us for a personalized consultation.

How much will I save with solar electric panels?

Potential savings range from hundreds to thousands of dollars annually, depending on past energy expenditures and system size. As California energy costs rise, solar savings increase.

Are there tax credits for going solar?

A 30% federal tax credit is available for qualifying residential or commercial solar electric systems. This credit is set to expire on December 31, 2016, but efforts are underway to extend it.

Will my property taxes increase with a solar energy system?

No, installing solar panels won't increase property taxes in California, as property value related to solar improvements is not reappraised.

What is a PV system?

Photovoltaic (PV) system converts solar energy into usable power for homes or businesses. It comprises cells, modules, and an inverter.

What is a 'grid-tied' solar system?

A grid-tied solar system connects directly to the utility grid, allowing electricity use from the grid and export of excess power for credit.

How Much Does a Solar Water Heater Cost?

Solar water heating system costs range from $4,500 to $6,500, with operating costs 60%-70% less than electric or gas heaters, saving on annual water heating bills.

How Long Do Solar Systems Last?

Well-maintained solar water heating systems can perform effectively for 30-40 years. A 10-year payback translates to 20 years of free water heating and protection against rising energy rates.

What is Hydronic Radiant Heating?

Hydronic radiant heating circulates hot water through tubes in the subfloor, providing even heating. It is quieter, environmentally friendly, and efficient.

What are the benefits of hydronic heating?

Hydronic radiant heating offers even heating, no hot/cold spots, and the option to heat sidewalks. Though installation costs are slightly higher, long-term savings of approximately 33% on heating expenses are achievable.

Does hydronic heating cost more to install?

Yes, installation costs are slightly higher than furnace air heating. However, the efficiency of hydronic heating results in long-term energy savings, making it a cost-effective choice.

What kind of air conditioning is best with hydronic heating?

Hydronic heating systems require separate air conditioning installation. Options include ductless split air conditioning or a packaged system using ducts.

For any additional queries or personalized consultations, contact Wing Solar & Wood Energy, Inc. at 1-800-492-4061. We're here to guide you through your solar and energy solutions journey.