FAQ


Our company was started with one simple passion, harnessing the everlasting energy of the outdoors. The Sandbox represents our values of play, community, engineering, and the outdoors. Our goal is to create sustainable communities in your area that demonstrate these values everyday.

Photovoltaic means converting sunlight (photo) into electricity (voltaic). Click here for More Info

  • Net metering is the agreement between you and the utility company that you are credited for all the energy that you produce. Let that meter roll backwards and start saving money!
  • Click Here for the Hot Debate on net metering and why it’s here to stay in CO
  • No, when your solar is tied into the utility it is a requirement that the inverter shuts off when it does not read grid power. The reason for this is to protect linesmen who may be working on the powerlines. If energy were to be fed back into the grid it would create instability and potential harm.
  • However, there are certain products in the market that provide backup energy. Meaning that the inverter will supply a small amount of energy when the solar is producing in the sun to a dedicated outlet.

kW refers to the rated energy conversion. kWh is the physical amount of energy produced in one hour. Your energy is billed at kWh.

  • $/W is a term which relates to the cost per energy. This is the factor that you should look at between systems as one solar installer may offer a slightly bigger system that costs more, but the $/W may be lower.
  • For example: Jane is looking to install a solar system. Solar Installer A offers a 5kW system for $15,000 ($3/W) but Solar Installer B offers a 6kW system for $16,000 ($2.66/W). Solar Installer B is effectively offering the more cost effective system based on price even though it is more.
  • The main incentive for solar is the 30% Federal Tax Credit. 30% of the cost of solar energy system can be written off your income tax. Please consult your accountant for details.
  • Rebates are variable depending on your township and your utility. Rebates are typically offered in exchange for Renewable Energy Credits (RECs). These credits allow utility compan
  • Grants are very limited for residential solar energy. You can browse your state’s incentives here

A PPA is a finance structure where you as the homeowner pay the solar company for the energy that is produced from the solar panels. This rate is usually lower than energy you purchase from the utility company.

Solar leases have been a common way to go solar with no money down. They are great for instant savings. Leases do not provide significant savings nor improve the value of your home.

Loans can be a more preferred option for going solar. Loans have significant value providing direct ownership of your solar asset. In addition in most cases your solar loan payment will be significantly less than your utility bill payment.

From a Certified Residential Appraiser at Colorado Appraisal Services “According to research, we know solar already boosts home value in California where there is a driven market for solar. It is also predicted that as solar demand develops in other markets, it will have a marked impact on home values and selling prices. Solar is similar to any other home improvement project, such as kitchen and bath renovations, when it comes to increased valuation. This is divided between potential increase in selling price and consumption value. We also know that solar has been steadily increasing in Colorado. In Colorado there is strong evidence that there appears to be no negative impact on value. Some market studies have concluded that the market does place value in solar (savings) and that in most instances it decreases marketing time.”

  • Certain mandates within townships require you to stay on the grid at this point. Future Battery Storage technology will open access to supplying your house with your own energy. But hold on.
  • We have done various projects to power detached garages and barns to supply energy rather than running new electrical. Typically this can be very cost effective and rewarding!
  • Off-Grid Cabins are a great way to make sure that you have energy in the mountains no matter what. Consult with a solar professional to determine the size of off grid system you need.
  • Our engineering teams design PV systems to your specific location’s wind and snow load standards.
  • Solar panels are designed to withstand heavy hail storms as demonstrated by this Solar Panel manufacturer.

This depends on how much energy you use. Click here to find out how much you need!

Modern Solar equipment is manufactured with ASHRAE building standards to provide a safe installation. All penetration in the roof is protected with aluminum flashing much like roof vents. Penetrations are then protected with a combination of roofing tar and rubber seals.

Rain often cleans the solar panels enough to maintain effective efficiency. The losses from dust collecting on the solar panels is very minimal. It is up to you to wipe snow away or hose down your solar panels to gain more production.

An inverter converts Direct Current (DC) to Alternating Current (AC) electricity. There are various types of inverters such as string, micro-inverters, and optimizers.