FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Will solar work at my home?

Yes, if you have a south-facing roof with little to no shade. Ideally the roof gets sun between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. all year round.

Is solar a good investment?

It is if you have a good site. Solar is one up-front cost that will provide you with free electricity or hot water for 25 plus years. You will receive immediate savings in utility costs. The payback is determined by the system size along with available rebates and incentives.

Can I finance a solar energy system?

The purchase of a solar system can be financed through a home equity loan. The interest on the loan is tax deductible. Connecticut Housing Investment Fund also offers a low interest loan.

Can I sell power back to the utility?

Yes, Connecticut has a Net Metering law. Any excess electricity generated from your system will spin your meter backwards, which has the effect of selling your excess power to the utility at a full retail rate.

Your PV system will always first attempt to meet the internal load of your house (i.e., your refrigerator, TV, computer, etc). Once this internal load is met by your PV system, the excess power will be logged and banked back at the utility company.

Your electric bill will show the number of kWh consumed by your house as well as the number of kWh produced by your PV system.

Each month you pay only the “net” of what power you used.

Is going solar as important as energy efficiency?

Often investing in energy efficiency is the first step towards going solar. You can go green by upgrading inefficient lighting, water heating, inefficient heating equipment, inefficient appliances and insufficient insulation. These are good ways to reduce utility bills while also reducing your carbon footprint.

How can I learn more about saving energy at my home?

The Home Energy Solution, HES, program offers a full range of energy efficient measures to address. HES technicians will conduct a blower door test and you will receive energy efficient products and services. The program fee is $99.

For more information contact HES at 888-403-3500.

What happens during a power outage? Will I still have power?

Inverters are designed to shut down if it doesn't see any power from the grid. This is a safety feature to insure that no one working on the lines during a power outage will be shocked by the PV system sending power out to the grid.

The only way to continue having power during a power outage is with a battery backup system or a back up generator.

What is involved with installing a back up power system?

Back up electrical power options are; a solar battery back up system, generator with manual transfer switch or generator with an automatic transfer switch.  Material can take one day to procure or up to 2-3 weeks pending on how soon you schedule before/after a storm.  Wiring for backup systems can be completed in less than a day (in most cases).  An automatic transfer switch will require a propane hookup.

What happens when it snows?

Snow will collect on the system and have an impact on the production of that day. Sunlight will still hit the panels through the snow and cause the layer of snow touching the panels to melt.

Depending on the pitch of your roof, the snow will shed in large pieces. The solar array will be clear of snow much sooner than the rest of the roof.

What type of maintenance is necessary for the system?

Waldo Renewable encourages solar panel owners to monitor the pv system's production, making sure it is producing the amount of power it was designed to.

The utility company suggests annually simulating a power outage to test that the inverter's shutoff safety feature is still functioning properly.

What condition should my roof be in?

We insist that the roof be 10 years old or less before installing solar. The pv system has a 25+-year life span. The roof should outlast the system, not vice versa. The panels will significantly extend the life of the shingles by shielding them from the sun.

How will I know if something has gone wrong?

  • Monitoring your solar system's output
  • Annual output should be very close to estimated output.
  • Monthly electric bill - monitor your usage

What happens if something goes wrong with the system?

Most solar panel manufacture's have a 25-year power warranty, and will provide a replacement panel if one was to malfunction. Most inverters carry a 10-year manufacturer's warranty.

Why should I choose Waldo Renewable for my installation?

We are experienced, local and committed to designing and installing efficient solar systems. Our installers are licensed and NABCEP certified.  We use high quality equipment and material including made in USA solar panels and inverters.

Waldo Renewable offers a 5-year warranty to ensure your confidence in our craftsmanship. Being local we pride ourselves on customer service and in doing so we are responsive and flexible to your needs.