- How much do solar panels cost?
It really depends! There are a lot of factors that need to be considered to answer this question. We don’t want to mislead anyone so we treat each person’s home as the unique situation it is. Our processes are straight-forward and honest. We evaluate your home’s potential for solar and energy needs then provide you with an accurate quote. Many companies do this over the phone or email but this can lead to errors, as it is really necessary to see the roof and home to accurately evaluate the needs and therefore, the cost.
- What are the solar panel tax credits?
As of 2009, the Federal Solar Tax Credit allows buyers of solar panels to collect up to 30% of the cost of the solar system. In the past, collections capped at $2000, but now there is no cap. In order to qualify for this rebate, you will need to owe federal taxes. The rebate lowers the amount of taxes you will have to pay. If you don’t owe taxes this year, the rebate can roll over to the next year when you do owe taxes.
- What is the PACE program?
The PACE program was created in order to serve the public interest. PACE stands for “Property Assessed Clean Energy” (PACE) funding and financing program, in accordance with and as authorized by Section 163.08 of Florida Statutes (the “Florida PACE Act”). The statute provides a scalable, statewide funding and financing program for energy conservation and efficiency improvements, renewable energy improvements and wind resistance improvements to real property (“Qualifying Improvements”).
Basically, PACE programs enable homeowners to install Qualifying Improvements that increase the value, functionality, and sustainability of their homes. Qualifying Improvements make homes less costly to operate and more comfortable to live in, while simultaneously reducing energy consumption and safer and more sustainable. In many cases, these improvements would not otherwise be possible. It also reduces insurance premiums involving wind resistance improvements. Without PACE programs, many homeowners would have no access to Qualifying Improvements.
- How do I know if my roof is right for solar?
You don’t is the honest answer! We can help you find out, though. Many companies will offer you a quote over the phone without having actually been to your house. We don’t do this because we like to get it right the first time and provide you with world-class service and expert recommendations. No one could tell the condition of your roof from a Google satellite image from last year or the amount of shade your roof has.. so we don’t ever try. We send one of our experts out, at your request, to determine your home’s potential for solar and energy needs and usage. – this way, we get it right the first time; saving you time and money is our goal, at all times.
- Who handles building permits and inspections?
We handle the entire process for your peace of mind. The engineering, permit processing, and inspection process are completely taken care of for you.
- How are my solar rebates and incentives handled?
We assist you in any applications providing you with any necessary forms and information you need to help you get assistance. We handle manufacturers incentives and warranties for you 100%.
- How long does it take to get it up and running?
It really depends on the situation, as each is different but the standard length of time is about 2 weeks up to 6 weeks. The building department in your area will process your permit (we can not control how quickly this happens). After the permit is ready we then install your system and wait for the final inspection. After the final inspection, the power company gives you a new meter. After this step, you are ready and your meter rolls backward to give credits to produce enough during the day to cut the electric bill by 80-90 %!
- Why choose EMS?
We are a full-service General Contractor with over 25 years of construction technology experience. EMS was formed to offer homeowners in the state of Florida our experience in making sense of all the technology, tax incentives and expertise in best practices of green building and construction. We offer state-of-the-art, field-tested and proven solar power and energy saving solutions. We employ an experienced team of knowledgeable contractors who provide you with customized solar power and energy saving solutions. Whether it’s the utilization of solar power systems, solar energy rejection impact windows, and film or energy savings electrical systems, you can count on us to provide you with a detailed analysis of your individual situation. We are always up to date on the latest government and power company programs, and we assist you in arranging financing for your project that will help save you money. We are experienced, reliable and dedicated to providing you exceptional service. If you want to take advantage of a high-quality and value solar energy system from an experienced professional, we are your best choice. From start to finish, our goal is to exceed the expectations of our clients.