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Everything You Need To Know About Solar
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Net Metering

Your electric bill can be credited for surplus power generated from your solar panels. It's important to note that not all states offer net metering.

Environmental Benefits

Going solar combats greenhouse gas emissions and reduces dependence on fossil fuels.

Cost Savings

On average, a solar panel system saves from $100 to $200 a month on electricity.

Return on Investment

The average solar panel owner pays off the purchase cost in less than 10 years.

Independence

Going solar can protect you from rising energy prices - even getting you completely off the electrical grid.

Increased Home Value

Not only can you fetch a higher asking price, but you can also sell your home 20% faster than properties without solar.

The overall cost of energy continues to rise each year. With a solar panel system, average monthly electricity savings run between $100 and $200. A Homeowner could recoup the investment on an average system in less than 10 years.
Solar panels are built to work in all climates. In fact, they work most efficiently in sunny, cooler environments. However, some rooftops may not be suitable for solar systems due to age, tree cover, shade from other buildings, or limited rooftop space.
If you belong to an HOA, contact them before deciding to install a solar panel system. It will help ensure you and your installer file the proper architecture request forms and obtain necessary approvals beforehand.
All Modernize-referred installers can obtain these permits on your behalf. Be sure that permitting costs and responsibilities are addressed early on in the solar installation process.
The more sunlight that reaches your solar panels, the more electricity they can generate and the more money you’ll save! A south-facing roof receives light throughout the day while a west-facing roof takes advantage of the late afternoon sun. If your roof doesn’t face south or west, ask the installer about ground-mounted options.
Trees, surrounding buildings, chimneys, vents, general roof structure, and slope can all detract from your home being a good candidate for going solar. If your home lacks unobstructed roof space, ask the installer about ground-mounted options.

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Shade Sun

Avgerage
Energy Bill

$-/mo

We use this number to calculate potential savings.

Recommended
System Size

-kW

Recommended system size is based on roof data and current electric bill, and will cover -% of your home’s energy use.

Buy
The Highest Savings
$--
Upfront cost
$--
30-Year Savings

Have cash on hand? Buying a system outright nets the highest savings with solar.

$297,757
30-year savings
$72,734
Incentives
$192,447
Upfront cost

Pay up front and receive the largest lifetime savings. You pay the full cost up front and own your system without any additional payments over time. As the owner, you claim any local, state, or federal incentives.

Total cost of installation before rebates and incentives.
$192,447

State and Federal Incentives
-$72,734

Net System Cost after incentives.
$119,713

Cost per KWh (Before > After)
11¢ > 4¢

30 year savings on electric bill.
$297,757
Go Solar
Loan
No Money Down
$--
Upfront cost
$--
30-Year Savings

With a loan, you can get solar with $0 down, and still see impressive savings.

$262,353
30-Year Savings
$82,653
Incentives
$141,009
Upfront cost

Own your own system, pay over time. A loan is a great way to still get all the incentives and long-term savings without having to provide all the cash up front.

Total cost of installation before rebates and incentives.
$225,509

State and Federal Incentives
-$82,653

Net System Cost after incentives.
$142,856

Down payment on loan. A larger downpayment will decrease your monthly payments.

Finance term is the amount of time you would like to pay the loan off. Higher finance terms raise the Loan APR.

Loan APR (Annual Percentage Rate)
2.99%

Monthly Payment for the loan to be paid over the finance term.
$537/mo

Cost per KWh (Before > After)
11¢ > 5¢

30 year savings on electric bill.
$262,353
Go Solar
Lease
Instant Savings
$--
Upfront cost
$--
30-Year Savings

A lease is an agreement to purchase power, available only in select states.

$262,353
30-year savings
$82,653
Incentives
$141,009
Upfront cost

Own your own system, pay over time. A loan is a great way to still get all the incentives and long-term savings without having to provide all the cash up front.

Total cost of installation before rebates and incentives.
$225,509

State and Federal Incentives
-$82,653

Net System Cost after incentives.
$142,856

Down payment on loan. A larger downpayment will decrease your monthly payments.

Finance term is the amount of time you would like to pay the loan off. Higher finance terms raise the Loan APR.

Loan APR (Annual Percentage Rate)
2.99%

Monthly Payment for the loan to be paid over the finance term.
$537/mo

Cost per KWh (Before > After)
11¢ > 5¢

30 year savings on electric bill.
$262,353
Go Solar
Buy
The Highest Savings
$192,447
Upfront cost
$297,757
30-Year Savings

Have cash on hand? Buying a system outright nets the highest savings with solar.

The Highest Savings
$297,757
30-Year Savings

Cost per KWh (Before > After)
-¢ > -¢
$297,757
30-year savings
$72,734
Incentives
$192,447
Upfront cost

Pay up front and receive the largest lifetime savings. You pay the full cost up front and own your system without any additional payments over time. As the owner, you claim any local, state, or federal incentives.

Total cost of installation before rebates and incentives.
$192,447

State and Federal Incentives
-$72,734

Net System Cost after incentives.
$119,713

Cost per KWh (Before > After)
11¢ > 4¢

30 year savings on electric bill.
$297,757
Go Solar
Loan
No Money Down
$141,009
Upfront cost
$262,353
30-Year Savings

With a loan, you can get solar with $0 down, and still see impressive savings.

No Money Down
$297,757
30-Year Savings

Cost per KWh (Before > After)
-¢ > -¢
$262,353
30-Year Savings
$82,653
Incentives
$141,009
Upfront cost

Own your own system, pay over time. A loan is a great way to still get all the incentives and long-term savings without having to provide all the cash up front.

Total cost of installation before rebates and incentives.
$225,509

State and Federal Incentives
-$82,653

Net System Cost after incentives.
$142,856

Down payment on loan. A larger downpayment will decrease your monthly payments.

Finance term is the amount of time you would like to pay the loan off. Higher finance terms raise the Loan APR.

Loan APR (Annual Percentage Rate)
2.99%

Monthly Payment for the loan to be paid over the finance term.
$537/mo

Cost per KWh (Before > After)
11¢ > 5¢

30 year savings on electric bill.
$262,353
Go Solar
Lease
Instant Savings
$141,009
Upfront cost
$262,353
30-Year Savings

A lease is an agreement to purchase power, available only in select states.

Instant Savings
$297,757
30-Year Savings

If you choose to lease, you won’t be eligible to receive rebates.

1-Year cost per KWh (Before > After)
-¢ > -¢
$262,353
30-year savings
$82,653
Incentives
$141,009
Upfront cost

Own your own system, pay over time. A loan is a great way to still get all the incentives and long-term savings without having to provide all the cash up front.

Total cost of installation before rebates and incentives.
$225,509

State and Federal Incentives
-$82,653

Net System Cost after incentives.
$142,856

Down payment on loan. A larger downpayment will decrease your monthly payments.

Finance term is the amount of time you would like to pay the loan off. Higher finance terms raise the Loan APR.

Loan APR (Annual Percentage Rate)
2.99%

Monthly Payment for the loan to be paid over the finance term.
$537/mo

Cost per KWh (Before > After)
11¢ > 5¢

30 year savings on electric bill.
$262,353
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1-2 Minutes

Working as your advocate, Modernize immediately connects you with the best installers in your area.

2

Get Quotes

3-4 Days

Up to four installers provide you with free estimates and finance proposals.

3

Permits & Financing

Up To 2 Weeks

Once you’ve selected a finance option, your chosen installer will take care of permitting for you.

4

Installation

1-3 Days

Your installer will safely secure the panels and solar energy meter to your home.

5

Turn On The System

3-4 Weeks

After contacting your utility company and setting up your energy meeting plan, you’re good to go.

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