Benefits of Solar
Thinking About Going Solar?
Here’s a crash course on why and what you should consider when purchasing a rooftop solar system.
What are the benefits of Solar Energy?
Protect Against Rising Energy Costs
Over the last decade, residential prices have gone up by an average of three percent annually. By investing in a solar energy system now, you can fix your electricity rate and protect against unpredictable increases in electricity costs.
Increase Your Property Value
Recent research by Zillow showed that solar panels potentially increase a home’s value by up to 4% more than comparable homes with no solar panels.
Commitment to Sustainability
Reducing. Reusing. Recycling. There are hundreds of ways Americans are working to reduce their carbon footprint, but few have such a large impact as switching to renewable solar energy to power their homes.
Reduce Your Electric Bill
With solar installed, your home will generate free power for your system’s entire 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you don’t produce 100 percent of what your home consumes, solar will reduce your energy bills and pay for itself over time. Dominion Energy Solutions even has a production guarantee so that if your system does not produce 90% of what we have estimated within the first year, we will compensate you for the difference.
Return on Your Investment
Unlike most home renovations, solar is an investment that generates returns almost immediately. Thanks to substantial electricity bill savings, the average American homeowner pays off their solar panel system in in seven to eight years and sees and ROI of 20 percent or more.
Is My Home a Fit For Solar?
Solar panels have increased in efficiency and become affordable over the years, meaning more and more homes are good candidates for installation. Here are five questions to help you figure out if solar panels are a good fit for your own home.
Do you own your home?While solar should be a solution for every resident, only Virginia homeowners (and landlords) can ultimately make the decision to install a system through Dominion Energy Solutions.
Are there trees or buildings shading most or all of your property?No need to worry if your home experiences a bit of shade throughout the day. Your roof doesn’t need 100% sun exposure all day to benefit from a solar system thanks to the latest advancements in solar technology. However, if your home is shady for most of the day it is not a good idea to install a solar system. Not sure? Let us take a look and perform a complementary shade analysis to see if solar is a good fit for your home.
Is your roof suitable for solar?Solar panels can last 30 years or more without needing replacement, and that’s a long time in roofing years! To that end, you should consider replacing your roofing material if it is at the end of its life. The material of your roof is also something to consider. Wooden roofing materials are not good candidates for solar panels as they splinter. Slate is also very difficult to work with as it does not do well with anything anchored through it, but we will consider working with slate roofs depending on the type and age of the slate. The orientation and tilt of your roof are other factors to consider. Large, southern facing sections of roof are best as they provide the most access to sun’s rays. The tilt of your roof is also something to consider. Flat roofs are fine for installation, but more space is required as the panels must be tilted. Very steep roofs offer the opposite problem as not having enough orientation to the sun.
How much do you spend on electricity?Ensuring your panels offset your typical electricity consumption is critical to determining how large a system you will need on your roof. It is always a case-by-case basis, which is why Dominion Energy Solutions offers custom solutions and white glove service! We can help you balance what you need with what you consume, so get started today by filling out the form below.
Should I consider battery storage?
What is a battery?Batteries are a common part of everyone’s daily life from your keeping your fitness watch charged to track your steps to having the world wide web at your fingertips. Battery technology has evolved over the years and now batteries are available for your home. You can store power from the grid or from your solar panels in a battery inside your home. When you install your solar panel system without a solar battery, the excess electricity that your system generates gets sent back to the grid (and your meter goes in reverse to account for this). However, when you do have batteries installed alongside your solar panel system, you can store the excess electricity from your system and use it when the sun isn’t shining or you lose access to the grid in a storm.
What happens during grid failure?Electrical grids can go offline, especially during inclement weather. The utility works fast to get things up and running, and yet still some may be without power for days. Installing solar panels is a great way to ensure you won’t lose power, but only if you also have a battery installed to store the energy you produce. Why is this? When you couple your solar with a battery, you can recharge your battery to provide a longer supply of power to the home during an outage. Once the grid power is restored to the home, the solar will return to normal operations and the battery will recharge and be ready for a future outage.
What types of batteries do Dominion Energy Solutions certified installers use?Dominion Energy Solutions understands that safety is paramount to you and your home. We have chosen to use the highest quality battery manufacturers to provide peace of mind to you that the battery is safe and healthy for you and your family. For a complete list of all the best-in-class technology used by our installers, please give us a call or complete the form below. We’re here to answer all your questions.
What size battery do I need?Batteries come in many different sizes and options. Homes are not one size fits all. Some homes use more power than another and thus Dominion Energy Solutions will help you with sizing a battery system to meet your needs/wants.
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About Dominion Energy Solutions
Dominion Energy Solutions is a Dominion Energy subsidiary offering residents EV charging, solar education, and home assessments. As part of the process, we provide turn-key EV charging and solar installation with a network of certified and vetted residential electricians and solar installers.
We provide a wide range of solar solutions including design, installation, financing, consulting, energy storage, and more. We are a proven energy partner with 20 years of experience and 220+ megawatts of successful solar projects. We service regions across the state of Virginia including Alexandria, Roanoke, Norfolk, Hampton Roads, Roanoke, Virginia Beach, and more! Check out our full service area here.