Solar FAQs | Your Solar Questions Answered!

Check out the latest solar news, rebates, and other essential solar updates happening near you.

Aidan Muir
July 17, 2018

Sandbox Solar is your local, Northern Colorado solar provider. We know solar is a big investment, and before you determine if solar is right for your home or business, we want to make sure you have all the information up front to help you decide. To do so, Sandbox Solar is here to answer your most frequently asked questions regarding solar.

As your local solar installation experts, Sandbox Solar has compiled a list of questions we frequently hear related to solar and the installation process. Your solar questions answered:

How many solar panels do I need, and how much will it cost? The design and specifications of your solar system will totally depend on your energy use, location, and needs. Contact Sandbox Solar for a free quote to see what your Northern Colorado solar system will entail and what it will cost.

How long will the solar installation process take? From start to finish, Sandbox Solar is here for your throughout the entire process. We work with you to design a system that will meet the needs of consumption and fit the shape and attributes of your roof. From there, our team will install your system and have it up and running in as little as 60 days—significantly faster than national installers. Work with Sandbox Solar, your local Northern Colorado solar provider for fast, efficient, and effective solar systems.

How can I pay for my solar system? There are multiple ways to fund your solar power investment. Options include a home equity loan, known as a energy loan. This method funds the panels and installation up front and adds to your monthly mortgage loan payment. Other options include lease agreements in which you essentially rent the solar panels.
Contact Us to learn more about the payment option that will work best for you.

Will I qualify for a tax credit, rebate, or grant if I purchase a solar system?The main incentive for solar is the 30% Federal Tax Credit, meaning 30% of the cost of a solar energy system can be written off your income tax. Please consult your accountant for full details regarding this tax credit – but keep in mind, it will expire soon, so if you’re considering solar, don’t wait!

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 companies to purchase the extra power your system generates that your home or office doesn’t need. It can help defray the cost of solar.

Grants are very limited for residential solar energy. You can browse your state’s incentives here.

Will a solar system increase the value of my home? 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, including 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.”

Why should I work with Sandbox Solar? 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 every day. Sandbox Solar is a solar panel installation company located in Northern Colorado. We will help you through the design, development, and installation of solar panels at your home or business, utilizing the highest quality design tools and components. Our main goal is to help our community harness the potential of solar.

If you have lingering questions about investing in solar for your home or business, check out our full FAQ list here. Sandbox Solar is here to help you through your solar design and installation process; contact us to get started! We’ll answer any questions you may have and provide you with a free solar installation quote to see if solar makes sense for your building.

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