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THE FUTURE IS HERE, ENGAGE SOLAR TECHNOLOGY

The first step you can take in going solar is signing up for a completely FREE home energy assessment with Engage Solar. This completely free, no obligation assessment is done at your home on your schedule. Once you find a time that is right for you, our expert technicians arrive at your home and assess your rooftop capacity for solar. Afterwards, they will sit down with you and talk about your home’s solar capacity and answer any questions that you might have regarding solar panels.

If it turns out that your home is a good match for solar and you decide that solar is indeed the right choice for you, then your personal expert will help you to find the right system that benefits your home and your budget. At Engage Solar we take all the stress out of proper installation and we will have your new solar panels up and running in under a day. From then on it is easy for you to relax as your energy bill decreases and the value of your home goes up!

WHY CHOOSE ENGAGE SOLAR SYSTEMS?

IS SOLAR RIGHT FOR ME?

Solar panels are a great way to reduce your carbon footprint, with every panel helping to off set c02 emissions each and every year. Also, having solar panels increases most homes’ value and appeal to perspective buyers. They are an investment in a reduced energy bill!

To understand your break even point and see how long it will take for your panels to pay for themselves, we encourage you to visit the FTC’s website on solar and to use their recommended solar calculator for your specific area.

In reality, that depends a lot on the individual and the home. The quickest and most assured way to answer this question for you and your family is to schedule a home energy assessment. Engage Solar makes it easy to learn about the impact solar can have on your life, your energy bill, and the environment!

Solar panels are a wonderful investment for any home. Not only do solar panels decrease your energy bill, but they increase the value of your home.

Many solar providers will attempt to scare you into thinking that solar panels are very difficult to care for and maintain. They often do this in an attempt to convince you to lease solar panels instead of buying them.

This scare tactic should not frighten you into leasing solar panels! The truth of the matter is that solar panels are incredibly easy to care for and maintain!

In order to maintain your solar panels, once every 3-4 months, you simply have to get out your garden hose and spray off your panels. This is to remove any dust or particle buildup that will have occurred during that time.

If it has rained anytime within that time frame, then there is a very good chance that you don’t need to do anything to your solar panels at all! The best way to check is via your solar panel app ,which will tell you if there has been a drop in efficiency.

As far as any further solar panel maintenance: there is none! If there ever is an issue however, know that when you purchase your solar panels through Engage Solar, you get 25-year manufacturer warranty (full warranty details provided upon request) and we will handle anything that comes up, which is highly unlikely.

For more information on solar panels and the tactics used by bad solar providers, check out our page on buying vs. leasing solar panels!

THE COST OF SOLAR

Committing to adding solar panels to your home is a great investment not only in the future of this planet, but in increasing the value of your home. This investment is not one to be taken lightly and homeowners frequently ask, “How much do solar panels cost?”

The truth is that it can depend on several factors.

One factor that affects how much solar panels will cost you is the size of the system that you are installing. Depending on the energy needs of your home and family, a larger system may be required in order to meet your needs.

Another factor that affects how much your solar panels will cost is the robustness of the panels that you will be installing. This is to say that not all solar panels are created equally; there are variations in efficiency from model to model. At Engage Solar, we work within your budget to achieve your home solar goals.

The final factor that will affect the cost of your solar panels is when you decide to go solar. Currently, there are extensive solar tax incentives that make it significantly cheaper to install solar panels. The current solar tax incentives translate into a 30% saving when you go solar for the rest of the year. Following the end of 2018, these savings will go down considerably.

The best way to learn how much solar panels will cost you is to schedule a completely free, no obligation in home energy assessment with Engage Solar and have a trained specialist assess your home when it is convenient to you. It costs you nothing but can save you a lot!

BUYING VS LEASING

When you decided to upgrade your home to include solar panels you are presented with two options from many different companies. These options are: to either buy solar panels or to lease solar panels from that company.

So should you buy solar panels or lease them? The short answer is: you should absolutely buy them.

At Engage Solar, we hate seeing home owners get tricked into leasing solar panels from other another company. In order to arm you with knowledge on solar panels here is a side by side comparison of buying solar panels vs. leasing solar panels so that you can be better informed.

CARBON EMMISIONS

Solar panels are a remarkably clean and efficient way to generate energy both on a residential and commercial scale. The energy generated is environmentally friendly, but exactly what are the environmental impacts of having solar panels

Like many questions regarding solar, this depends. It depends on the size of the system, the amount of sunshine and the efficiency of the paneling used.

Location of the panels also dictates how much carbon dioxide is prevented through their use. This of course favors rooftops that receive direct sunlight for a majority of the day.

To put that into perspective, that would take around 20 fully grown trees per household to match the carbon emission elimination of solar. If you scale this up to match the number of residences in the United States, you can see domestically how monumental this is.

In terms of pollution, every home that goes solar could be compared to taking one car off the road.

TAX INCENTIVES FOR SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS

The federal government is doing their part to promote renewable energy, both on a commercial and a residential level, through tax incentives. When you upgrade your home to include solar with Engage Solar you are able to take full advantage of these tax incentives. This is made possible through our purchase instead of leasing system!

I’ve heard solar tax incentives are complicated, are they?

Not at all! At Engage Solar we make sure that you have everything you need to file for your solar tax incentives. We make sure that you are confident and know exactly how to file! With solar tax incentives responsible for an increase in annual solar installation growth by over 1,600%, it makes perfect sense to install solar panels on your home today and make use of this fantastic incentive. Even better, you may even qualify for even more energy efficient rebates depending on your local legislation and compliance. Our trained energy experts will make sure that you can save as much money possible through all the various options. Schedule a Free In-Home Energy Assessment today!

OUR FREE ENERGY ASSESSMENT

With Engage Solar, we wanted to make going solar easier for homeowners. We know there is a lot of information out there on solar and being a technology-based field we also know it is easy to get confused and overwhelmed. This is why we offer our completely FREE home energy assessment. Scheduled at your convenience and completed in under an hour, our home energy assessment will determine what solar and solar storage options you and your family can benefit from. Our experts will happily answer all of your questions on solar! All of this is completely free and has absolutely no obligation. So learn how you can start saving with solar by signing up for a home energy assessment today!

FINANCING

Financial Lending is Easy for Solar Installation!

Solar energy used to be a hobby for the wealthy and a dream of conversationalists. Since those days, solar has grown immensely. As the technology in the industry continues to advance, the price of solar panels has dropped significantly. Solar panels are now produced more efficiently and generate energy more efficiently than ever before! This means that going solar for your home, ranch, farm or business is easier now than it has ever been. In light of the incredible demand for solar, more and more financial options are readily available for those wishing to go solar.

At Engage Solar we take pride in forming relationships with financial institutions so that we can make it easier for home owners to receive financing.  With a focus on competitive interest rates and terms, solar loans are also designed to save you money month-to-month for the duration of your loan, just like your new solar panel system will on your monthly energy bill. We make sure that you are taken care of when you go solar with Engage Solar.

When easy financing is combined with the newly extended solar tax incentives and state rebates, going solar can be accomplished at nearly half the price! Start saving today with Engage Solar, sign up for a free energy assessment today to learn about our solar lending options and discover how you can start saving!

USDA GRANTS

The USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) provides monetary assistance to rural businesses and agricultural producers to complete various renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Included in these are solar PV and solar thermal projects such as those offered by Engage Solar The program is administered by the USDA Rural Development and offers grants and loan guarantees to many agricultural producers and rural small business.

The USDA Grant is designed for those receiving at least 50% of gross income from agriculture, either as an individual or as a business. The 2002 Farm Bill makes this possible. This bill established a grant and loan guarantee program to assist eligible ranchers, farmers and rural small businesses to purchase renewable energy systems.

The Purposes of the USDA Solar Farms Grant

The USDA grant funds have been allocated in order to promote and support small and emerging private businesses in rural areas. By making solar improvements more affordable, this improves the quality of life of these businesses and individuals through inexpensive power generation.

Some things that fall under the grant include:

  • Purchase/installation of qualified equipment
  • Construction and improvements
  • Permit fees
  • Professional service fees
  • Business plans
  • Retrofitting
  • Waste collection

Who qualifies for these grants?

These USDA Grants are made available to farmers, ranchers, and rural small businesses depending on location. The program’s eligible projects include improvements that utilize energy from wind, solar, biomass or geothermal sources. Also included is energy derived from hydrogen, biomass, or water using wind, solar or geothermal energy sources.

Solar electricity is our favorite as it never goes away, is clean and abundant!

An Engage Solar electric system is non-polluting, looks fantastic, has a 25 year warranty (full warranty details provided upon request) and will reduce the amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere. These helps to offset climate change, pollution and water and soil contamination. Solar is smart, easy and now even more affordable.

PACE (PROPERTY ASSESSED CLEAN ENERGY) PROGRAM FINANCING

What exactly is PACE?

PACE is a financing program that works with your city on financing. Partnering with you city allows them to help you finance a solar panel system for your home as well as finance other energy efficient improvement. This financing can be achieved through  a loan from the city which in turn you pay bac through your property tax bill.

The many benefits of PACE

With PACE there is no credit check required. The entire assessment is based on the value of your property and not on your personal financial performance.

When your property sells, the tax liability goes to the new buyer of the property.

PACE can be shared with tenants. This is beneficial for multi-family housing properties.

How exactly does PACE work?

The city partners with your solar company to administer the program. Sometimes the city can decide to do it directly themselves. The entire program is general funded by municipal bonds.

An evaluation is performed on your property for solar power or energy efficiency improvements and presents you with an assessment.

A solar solution quote is then developed and identifies the best system that fits your specific needs. We will even walk you through the application process.

The team at Engage Solar Energy will manage your solar energy system project from conception to finish.

Once solar is installed on your property, payments will be made on your property tax bill. This is stretched out or amortized over 15-20 years. This is given at a competitive rate of interest.

If the home is ever sold, the solar system goes with the property, along with any tax liability.

TOMORROW’S RENEWABLE ENERGY TECHNOLOGY TODAY

SYSTEM DESIGN AND PERFORMANCE

What is the difference between system power output and system energy production?

The AC energy production of a solar array is measured in kilowatt hours (kWh). This is measured over periods of months and years to compare with sizing and long-term performance expectations of your solar panels. Solar kWh energy production is also typically given on inverter output displays or remote monitoring sites and applications. This can be compared with a household’s total kWh electricity consumption, as seen on a utility bill. This is best used to get an overall sense of your power production by lessening the impact of days of intense or low sunlight.

The AC power output of your solar array, measured in watts (W) or kilowatts (kW), is typically found on inverter output displays or remote monitoring sites. This is an instantaneous measurement, which is determined by the rated DC power output of the solar array, inverter efficiency and system losses, and is proportional to solar irradiance on the array. This is best described as a snapshot of your energy output in that instant.

Is it true that solar panels rarely produce their rated power output? Is there a problem with my PV system?

Solar panels will typically operate at around 80% of nameplate DC power rating. This will occur even in weather conditions that might be considered “ideal”. The nameplate rating of a solar panel is a DC rating measured under factory conditions. This means that their rating is determined at a cell temperature of 77°F and perfect sun conditions of 1000 W/m2. The power output reading seen on an inverter is an AC rating. Many factors such as DC to AC conversion losses, wiring losses, temperature losses, losses due to shading and dust, and losses due to non-optimal tilt and orientation of the array will affect the instantaneous power output and cumulative energy production of your solar array.

OFF GRID AND HYBRID APPLICATIONS

Will my system still generate power during a blackout?

Your solar power system itself will not generate power during the night or during a blackout. With solar storage, your system can continue to be powered in the event of an outage. Some regulations may apply that require systems to be turned off for large blackouts for the safety of workers. Solar storage can be used as a battery backup in this case as well!

Can I take my home off the electrical grid?

Yes, however it does have a few drawbacks. In order to go off the grid you need to install optional battery-backup systems to provide power when your demands exceed your production, such as at night. Several batteries will be needed in the case. While an Engage Solar Energy installer can help you install such a system, it is not typically recommended. This process will significantly increase your upfront cost and delay the point in which your system pays for itself. Also, off the grid systems are not eligible for some incentives through the government. Finally, when you go off the grid there is no backup so you may be without power at some time or another.

CONTACT ENGAGE SOLAR TODAY

2530 N Airport Plaza Springfield, MO 65803

417-501-3303

833-97-SOLAR

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