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More than 231 homeowners across the country have switched to solar homes through a new and affordable program offered by Sierra Club and Sungevity, a California-based solar specialist. Could you be the next homeowner to be added to the growing list?

The program offers many Sierra Club members and supporters in Colorado an affordable opportunity to add energy-saving solar panels to your home. While not all areas of Colorado are covered by the program at this time, Sungevity expects to add more coverage areas as the program continues. A map is available on the Sungevity Website that specifies exactly which areas are currently covered in Colorado and which are not.

Sungevity was selected for this program based on an excellent reputation and strong financial backing. But, best of all, the company shares our Sierra Club commitment to create a vibrant, clean-energy economy.

If you install solar panels this summer, Sungevity is not only giving the Sierra Club $750, the company will also give you a $750 cash gift card as well. For a free quote, go to the Sierra Club Website.

But first, you may have many questions regarding a switch to solar energy. Here are just some of the frequently asked questions (FAQs) and answers you can find on the Sungevity Website.

FAQs for home solar

What does Sungevity do?
Sungevity designs, finances, installs, and maintains residential roof top solar electric (PV) systems.

What locations does Sungevity serve?
Sungevity's service area is growing fast.  We currently serve most parts of California, Colorado, Arizona, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware. 

How does a solar PV system work?
A photovoltaic (PV) system is a set of panels made of semiconductor material (silicon) that captures sunlight and converts it into a direct electric current (DC) and then transmits that current to an inverter which turns the current into an alternating current (AC) that can be used in your home.

How big of a roof do I need?
This depends on how big a system you want. Every string of eight panels requires 21 x 5 feet of roof space (a typical home solar system has between 16 and 32 panels). When you request an iQuote, Sungevity will use satellite imagery to look at your roof and determine how many panels it can accommodate. Limited roof size, however, is rarely an issue.

How many panels do I need?
Sungevity will calculate how many panels you need based on your electricity usage patterns over the past year.

Do my solar panels have to face South?

South-facing panels are ideal but not necessary. Panels facing East or West will still produce a significant amount of power.

Where are Sungevity solar panels and inverters made?
Sungevity's panels and inverters are made in Canada, China, Germany, and the USA.  We always source hardware that offers the greatest value to our customers.

Is the inverter warrantied?

Yes. Our inverters have a 10-year warranty and you can expect to replace your inverter every twelve to fifteen years. If you're leasing a Sungevity system, we will replace your inverter for free when it reaches the end of its life. If you own your system, you’ll be responsible for replacing it. A new inverter typically costs about 50 cents per watt installed, so if you have an average 4kw (4000 watt) system, the inverter would cost about $2000 to replace.

Are the panels warrantied?
Yes. Our panels have a 25-year factory warranty which applies whether you choose to lease or buy your home solar system. If you lease, you'll also receive complimentary and proactive solar system monitoring and maintenance.

Does Sungevity guarantee that my system will produce as much electricity as my iQuote says it will?

Yes. Sungevity will monitor your system’s power output and, in the unlikely event that falls short, we will either add more panels or pay you the difference every year.

Should I reroof before installing solar?
It’s not usually necessary to upgrade your roof before installing solar, however, if your roof is in poor condition or older than 15 years, it is advisable to reroof first. Solar panels can last up to 40 years so it makes sense to avoid having to remove and reinstall them. Once the panels are installed, they may extend the life of your roof by shielding it from the elements.

What if my roof is shaded?

Shade reduces the amount of electricity your system can produce. Our remote solar design team will work to position your panels where they can get maximum sun exposure but, on occasion, a roof may be too shady to make solar feasible.

How much maintenance is required?

Home solar systems generally require very little maintenance. Spraying them down with water once or twice a year to remove excessive dirt and debris is typically all that is needed.

Will I have power during a blackout?
In the event of a blackout, the inverter will automatically shut down for safety reasons, so you will not have electricity until power is restored to the grid.

Do I need batteries?
No. Sungevity systems are grid-tied, meaning they’re connected to the public utility grid that currently supplies electricity to your home.

Can my panels withstand high winds?
Solar panels are designed to withstand winds of up to 125 miles per hour.

For more FAQs, please visit the Sungevity Website.

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