You may be hearing a lot about solar power these days. But is it right for your home and family? Will it cost too much? How do you know which installer to go with? Can you go solar if you rent?

To help you sort through the confusion, we’ve put together this guide on everything you need to know about solar power.

For more personalized help, contact a MyDomino energy savings concierge. Your concierge will:

  • Help you see if it makes sense for you to go solar.
  • Get solar quotes for you.
  • Find you the right financing.
  • Answer any questions you have.
  • Guide you through the whole process of going solar.

Solar FAQ

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Isn’t solar expensive? Can I get all my power from solar? And shouldn’t I wait till the technology improves? Most people have a lot of questions about solar power. The best way to get your specific questions answered is to sign up for a personalized consultation with a MyDomino energy savings concierge. In the meantime, here’s everything you always wanted to know about solar — but were afraid to ask. [Learn more here.]

How solar power works

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The cool thing about solar is that it’s a very simple and effective technology. Solar panels are made of solar cells, which are usually one or two layers of silicon-based semiconductor wafers. When the cells are hit by photons in sunlight, that knocks electrons free from their atoms, which generates an electrical charge. This energy is converted to electricity your home can use. That’s it! [Learn more here.]

Components of a solar system

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Because a solar system has no moving parts — and few parts to break down — it can last a long time. In fact, there are just four main parts to a solar system: the solar panels, a racking and mounting system, an inverter, and a monitoring system. [Learn more here.]

4 things to consider before going solar

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Is solar right for you? Everyone’s situation is different. Whether solar power will make sense for your home and family depends on a few factors. You’ll need to consider the condition and shading of your roof, your power use and your utility’s rate structure, your finances, and your installation options. The good news is, you don’t have to go it alone. [Learn more here.]

How can you finance solar? Let us count the ways

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If you’re thinking about going solar, you’re probably wondering how to finance your system. You’re in luck! Solar is much cheaper than it’s ever been. And with new financing options, you have a lot to choose from. We’ll give you the skinny on cash purchases, solar loans, solar leases, and power purchase agreements (PPAs). [Learn more here.]

The truth about solar costs and savings

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Many Americans still think of solar as a luxury item. But the truth is, solar has become so affordable that it’s growing the most among the middle-class. What does this mean for you? Find out how much you can expect to pay for solar, and how much you might save on your electric bill. [Learn more here.]

What to expect when you’re expecting solar

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Solar power is getting more popular all the time. But most people still don’t know what to expect when they make the decision to go solar. What costs and savings will you be dealing with? Do you have to get a permit? Will you still be connected to the grid? From the first look at your power bills to what happens when your system starts generating electricity, we’ve outlined the process so you won’t run into any unwelcome surprises. [Learn more here.]

How to compare solar quotes

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Knowing how to compare quotes is an important part of going solar — as is true for any home improvement project. But if you’ve ever tried to compare quotes from installers, you know hard it is to make those apples and oranges look the same. The good news? It doesn’t have to be confusing. You can simplify the comparison process by focusing on a few basic items: installers, cash prices, equipment and services, and financing. [Learn more here.]

How Solar Net Metering Works, and Why You Should Care

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How much of your own electricity can you generate with solar power? If you have enough space on your roof, you can cover all your electricity use. But what if you want to power your home with solar at night, when the sun isn’t shining? That’s where solar net metering comes in. [Learn more here.]

Solar system maintenance

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Solar systems are durable and don’t need much maintenance. Solar panels, which usually come with a 25-year warranty, may benefit from the occasional cleaning. But you shouldn’t need to do much more to keep your system in good running order. And many solar companies will offer repair and maintenance in case you do need it. [Learn more here.]

Should you get a battery backup?

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Wondering if it makes financial sense to get off the grid with a battery backup? The short answer is, No — not in most cases. But using battery backup is still a good option for some people. To understand if it will work for you, you first need to understand how solar systems work with the power grid. [Learn more here.]

How to go solar without a roof

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Don’t own your roof? No problem! These days, you can switch to clean electricity even if you rent, have a shaded roof, or can’t put solar on your own home for any other reason. Depending on where you live, you might be able to sign up for community solar — and get your electricity from solar panels installed somewhere other than your home. If your area doesn’t offer community solar, you can still sign up for a clean power plan and ensure your electricity is 100% clean. [Learn more here.]

Questions?

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If you have any questions about solar that we haven’t covered here, feel free to add them in the Comments section below. We’ll find you an answer.

You can also contact a MyDomino energy savings concierge for more personalized guidance on your path to 100% clean energy.