GO SOLAR TODAY Because Tomorrow Matters

There has never been a better time to go solar. Cold temperatures can make your energy bills huge…unless you run your home on sunshine. So, you have a choice. You can keep on paying more every year for utility’s dirty energy or you can switch to clean, green solar power and pay 20-100% LESS for your electricity.

To keep your family cozy and warm this the winter, without paying a fortune for their comfort, why wait to see if you qualify for solar? Find out today if your home is solar-eligible so you’re ready for whatever the weather brings.

If you want to know if you qualify to pay $0 for solar panels & installation so you can lock-in a monthly rate that will be at least 20% LOWER than utility or if would you like to learn how you can pay $0 for your electricity, please fill out the form below.

For more information on going solar, please scroll down to the ANSWERS TO COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS list below the form. If you prefer to talk with a human, give us a call at 866-809-5930.


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ANSWERS TO COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT SOLAR

We sell solar panels and install them, so if you have a question, we have the answers.

How much does a solar energy system cost?

Solar Rate Guardian PPA ChartOther than our $0 Down options (explained below), providing an exact price on our website is not possible because every homeowner’s situation is different. We need to take a look at your roof, which direction your home is facing, current electricity usage, the type of PV products you are interested in (different pricing for different brands), the type of financial options you are interested in (purchase, PPA or lease) and other factors. After we have all this information, we present you with a detailed cost-benefit analysis during your free solar evaluation so you can see all your options and determine if going solar is right for you.

There are two ways you can go solar for $0 Down right now:

1- Power Purchase Agreement: We offer the RateGuardian(TM) PPA that allows you to pay $0 for solar system and installation to lock in a lower electricity rate than your utility. Homeowners typically pay 20-30% less for electricity costs once their system is installed. Some call our PPA the “no-brainer” option because homeowners literally pay nothing to start saving on their utility bills.

2- Ownership: We offer a financing option where you can purchase a solar system for $0 down. Plus the cost for equipment has gone down dramatically in recent years, and there are also many tax breaks, electricity buy-back programs, and incentives available to those who wish to own their solar system that end up reducing purchase price by 30-50%. With all of our purchase options your monthly loan payment COMBINED with your new post-solar utility bill can be lower than what you paid to your utility alone prior to going solar. When you own your solar system you can also earn revenue from the electricity your system produces through net metering and SRECs which is why ROI from purchase is so high.

Solar Energy System Return on Investment Before and After Solar Panels

 

Is a PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) transferable?

If you sell your house, you may transfer the PPA to the new homeowner or purchase the system. You may prepay the remainder of the payments due under the PPA to make the transfer even more attractive to the new homeowner. Whichever option you choose, Solar Energy World will guide you through the process.

Can my homeowners association stop me from installing solar panels?

No it cannot. According to DSIRE (Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency):”HOAs are barred from restricting a homeowner’s right to install solar panels. States which have laws that override any HOA contracts seeking to deny the right to install solar PV systems include: Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin.”


What is a kilowatt hour?

This is what you pay for when you buy energy from the local utility company. A kilowatt-hour (kWh) is a unit for measuring energy. It is, as its name suggests, one kilowatt of power used over a period of one hour.

If there is a power outage, will my solar system keep making energy?


For safety reasons your grid-tied solar system automatically switches off when there is a power outage. But the good news is that when you have your solar panel system installed with us, if you also wish to add on our battery storage system, you can keep generating and consuming energy when the grid goes down. In addition, including a solar battery with your system helps you pursue the goal of energy self-consumption and ultimately energy-independence.

How much does it cost to add solar battery back-up to a solar system?

Our solar battery storage system pricing varies depending upon how much power you would like available to you when the grid goes down, the type of solar panel brand you purchase or lease, the size of your solar system and several other factors.

When you schedule a free solar evaluation with us, it includes a detailed cost benefit analysis so you can decide if adding storage to your installation would make economic sense for you.

How does electricity buyback (Net-Metering) work and what are SRECs?

Since today’s solar systems are all tied to the grid, if you generate more electricity than you use, the excess goes back to your utility company, spinning the meter backward and giving you a credit for the electricity your solar panel system generated. In simple terms, net metering allows residential and commercial customers who generate their own electricity from solar power to feed electricity they do not use back into the grid.

Net metering’s billing mechanism then credits solar energy system owners for the electricity they add to the grid. For example, if a residential customer has a PV system on the home’s rooftop, it may generate more electricity than the home uses during daylight hours. If the home is net-metered, the electricity meter will run backwards to provide a credit against what electricity is consumed at night or other periods where the home’s electricity use exceeds the system’s output. Customers are only billed for their “net” energy use. Exported solar electricity also serves nearby customers’ loads.

  • “My husband saw our meter run backwards for the first time, and got all excited. We love our solar panels!” Candice Stankus, Rockville MD, Solar Energy World Customer
  • “I really enjoy watching the BGE meter run backwards.” Rich Lechner, Pasadena MD, Solar Energy World Customer
  • “Each year we get a check from BGE for the excess energy we produce – can’t beat that! Robyn Knopf Needel, Reisterstown MD, Solar Energy World Customer

What are SRECs?

In addition to individual state Solar Energy Grant Programs and the Solar Federal Income Tax Credit, Maryland residents who have installed a solar system can also earn and sell SRECs (Solar Renewable Energy Credits) to help offset the cost of their system. An SREC is a trade-able instrument that represents the environmental benefits of electricity generated from renewable energy sources. One SREC represents 1 megawatt hour of electricity.

How long will my solar energy system last?

If properly installed, it should last 30-40 years. Systems that were installed in the 1970’s are still fully operational today. Technology has evolved so the systems from the 1970’s may not be as efficient as today’s technology.

What regular maintenance do solar panels require?

With systems that we recommend, very little. PV systems are inherently very low-maintenance, requiring the system owner only to wash the solar panels down with water when they get dirty so light can get through.

How can solar energy help the economy?

Solar energy is generated locally. The energy dollars stay at home, creating economic growth and benefiting your community. In addition, solar jobs are growing at more than 20 times the national average. Every 4 minutes, another American home or business goes solar and every solar panel is installed by a worker whose job can’t be outsourced.

How can solar energy improve national security?

Currently, the US depends on fossil fuels, especially oil, from potentially unstable or unfriendly countries. These supplies are vulnerable to political upheaval, trade disputes, embargoes, and other disruptions. In 1973 we imported only about 34% of our oil, and yet the 1973 oil embargo was a serious blow to the economy. Today we import over 53%, and are more vulnerable every year. Solar energy can help reduce this dependency, making our economy, our nation, and your family more secure.

How does a solar energy system benefit me personally?

In many ways:

  • It reduces your energy bill and the utility will buy back any extra electricity you generate.
  • Federal, state, and utility financial incentives are also available.
  • It adds to the value of your home.
  • You gain energy independence.
  • It’s a good investment in a sustainable future for yourself and your loved ones.

How do solar panels help the environment?

Fossil fuels are a leading cause of global warming and air pollution. Solar energy reduces the amount of fossil fuel that is burned, thus reducing the pollutants and CO² that get into the atmosphere. Solar panel systems that are recommended by Solar Energy World have the added benefits of very high efficiency, durability, and service life – they’re engineered for sustainability. This means fewer replacements and repairs, saving even more energy and precious resources.

Do solar panels only work on warm and sunny days?

Only shade can stop the Solar panels from working. Solar panels work even when it’s cloudy. For instance, Germany isn’t known for being a warm and sunny place but its solar power plants produce between 20-30% of all its energy daily. New Jersey and Massachusetts aren’t nearly as sunny as California or Arizona yet New Jersey now ranks 3rd in the country for solar capacity and Massachusetts ranks 4th. Clouds don’t stop the solar UV rays from getting through and power production from Photovoltaic solar panels actually works most efficiently in colder temperatures. Optimum temperature for power production is around 43 degrees Fahrenheit.

What is solar energy?

A solar energy system creates usable power from sunshine. There are two basic kinds of systems: Photovoltaic or PV uses sunlight to generate electricity. It’s the same technology found on pocket calculators, just on a larger scale. PV systems can be designed to generate the majority of the electricity used in your home, or just a portion of it.

Hear from Our Customers >

Solar Energy World ROCKS! This is one of the most squared away companies I have ever done business with. They made it incredibly easy for us to realize our dream of having solar power. They handled all the paperwork, grants, licenses and permits (enough to make any bureaucrat’s head spin)… Their engineering and installation were flawless. If you are considering solar power installation I strongly recommend Solar Energy World. Without hesitation I give them my highest marks for a business.

Keith May Bowie, Maryland

We literally do not pay an electricity bill all year long. Thank you Solar Energy World!

Paul Waxman St. Mary's County, Maryland

LOVE Solar Energy World! Researched lots of companies and we are very happy that we went with Solar Energy World. They were great from start to finish – and with any questions we had after that. We had our solar panels installed in Dec. 2013 and have been enjoying LOW electric bills – and our SREC checks! Basically not paying anything for our electric. Highly recommend Solar Energy World. They know what they are doing. 5 stars!

Natalie McManus Potomac, Maryland

I haven’t paid anything for electricity for eight months!

Jim Mattingly Washington, DC

We were satisfied with Solar Energy World’s timeline because they stuck with it. We’re happy with our utility bill because now we have none.

John & Tania Randell Glen Burnie MD

We purchased our 15 kW PV system from Solar Energy World almost 5 years ago, they were extremely helpful in explaining our options to us and designed a system that took us to NetZero status. Each year we get a check from BGE for the excess energy we produce – can’t beat that! They took care of all the paperwork regarding BGE, and helped us get set up so that we could record our output and sell our SRECS. We recommend their products and service highly.

Robyn Knopf Needel Reisterstown, Maryland

A little over a year ago you installed our 11.44 kW system. With our electric bill arriving for the meter reading a year later - we are now officially a NetZero home! ...Thank you Solar Energy World!


Paul Waxman Great Mills, Maryland

We went with the solar system our Solar Energy World Solar Analyst prescribed. I waited a year to submit this so I would have good data and am happy to say our system replaces 64% of our bill (which is even more than he promised!!) and the money from our SREC sales pays the balance of our annual electric costs with money left over that we put towards our gas bill (just as he said the SRECs would do!).


Gary W. Washington, DC

I really enjoy watching the BGE meter spin backwards.

Rich Lechner Pasadena Maryland

Our electric bills have dropped by two thirds. We have highly recommended Solar Energy World to friends.

Vince & Linda Fisher Tall Timbers, Maryland

I think our solar panels make our home look beautiful. Not only does having solar increase our property value, but it says to our neighbors we support energy independence and care about the environment we leave behind for our children and grandchildren.

Melissa L. Clarksville, Maryland

It's fun to watch our Pepco meter spin backwards. Last summer we paid nothing for our electricity, even with the air conditioning going full blast. We love our solar panels.

Candice Stankus Rockville, Maryland

Our solar panels generate 70% of our electricity!

Kim Holsapple Joppa, Maryland

I'm really pleased with the work of Solar Energy World and the value solar adds to our home.

Alan Beckerman Columbia, Maryland

I love my solar power system. Besides having a warm fuzzy feeling when I think about going green, there are so many benefits to home owners that it almost seems ridiculous not to look into solar energy.

Terea Miller Howard County, MD

What really sold the deal for us was Solar Energy World’s facility, everyone who works inside it, and they practice what they preach. They have solar panels on their own building. The other solar installer offices I went to didn't even have solar panels on their store fronts. Solar Energy World provided exemplary service and professional work on our home. Everyone at Solar Energy World should be commended on their ability to take care of their customers. They left nothing untouched. Those guys know what they are doing. Solar Energy World is going to be here for the long term.


William Taylor and John Warren Annapolis, Maryland


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