Frequently asked questions

How much does solar cost?


Solar doesn't really have a "cookie cutter" way to determine pricing for everyone. There are a lot of different variables that go into the pricing, installation, and incentives. However, if you'd like a specific quote and an idea of the incentives you may be eligible for, follow the instructions at the bottom of the "Get Solar" page.




What are the current incentives for installing solar?


Incentives change for each utility company, and whether or not it is a residential or commercial install. All installs in Wisconsin are eligible for a 26% tax incentive (2020 is the last year for this!) and most, however not all, utility companies offer a Focus on Energy grant.




How do I know if solar is right for me?


Solar makes sense for everyone! It saves the environment and the money in your bank account. Some landscapes and surrounding foliage make for better installs than others, so make sure you have plenty of sun if you want the most bang for your buck. Consult the bottom of the "Getting Started" page for more info.




How does solar work?


Solar works by convertering the sunlight into direct current (DC) electricity. That electricity is sent to an inverter which turns the DC electricity into useable AC electricity. From there the power is fed into your breaker panel and distributed throughout your household. Any power that isn't used is fed back into the grid, and paid for by the utility company. Anytime there isn't enough solar energy, your house will draw power from the grid. This assures that you never lose power at night.




How long does a solar installation take?


Start to finish time largely depends on the size of the system. Typical homes can go through the entire process within just a few weeks, and commercial systems go through the entire process over several months (size dependent).




Where do you get your solar panels from?


We source our panels from many different locations price dependent, but they often come from the United States.




What are my electric companies solar policies?


All electric companies have different policies. You can either give your utility company a call and find out more, or get in contact with us and we can provide you with some information.




What is net metering?


Net metering is when a solar system is connected to the electric grid, and backfeeds or draws power when appropriate. That draw and production of power are then "evened-up" at the end of a time period, and you are paid or charged accordingly for electricity.




What's the difference between a ground mounted array and a roof mounted array?


A ground mounted array requires more land space, can be positioned directly south, and is at the perfect angle. A roof mounted array utilizes the roof space, might not face perfectly south, is generally faster to install, and is at whatever angle the roof sits at. They both have their advantages and disadvantages, but all of them look cool and make clean electricity for you to use. To see some pictures of both, check out the "Our Work" tab at the top of the screen.




What are your warranties?


Our panels and equipment are warrantied for 25 years. Our inverters are warrantied for 12 years automatically, but we extend that warranty to 20 years for added peace of mind. Our work is warrantied for 10 years. Click HERE to download and view our full written warranty.




Are you licensed?


We are licensed, NABCEP certified contractors working with master electricians. Our installs are inspected, safe, and up to code.




What kind of panels do you use?


Our brands and panel wattage can vary, depending on preferences, residential or commercial, and many other factors. The industry standard for solar panel type contain monocrystalline solar cells. These are the most asthetically pleasing and produce the highest efficiencies.





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Viroqua, WI 54665

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