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Frequently Asked Questions

Preparing for Solar

Will solar panels significantly reduce my electric bill?

Yes, as long as your system is proportionate to your property’s demand for energy, you will see a significant reduction in your electric bill during the first billing period.

In many cases, especially after accounting for monthly incentives, more energy will be sourced from your system than demanded from the grid. When this occurs, you’ll receive surplussed credits to use in the future and owe nothing on your electric bill.

Is my property fit for solar?

Properties that are south facing and in direct sight of the sun are the best fit for solar but there are always exceptions. The easiest way to find out if your property is a good fit for solar is to reach out to us so we can schedule a site audit.

The auditor will perform various tests and surveys that will tell us whether installing solar makes sense for you.

What size solar system do I need?

Your solar system should be equivalent size or greater than your property’s monthly energy consumption in kWh.

You can find your property’s energy consumption on your electric bill.

Will solar panels increase my property's value?

Yes, solar systems typically increase property value but the exact value will vary depending on the system and the building it’s installed on.

Remember that Massachusetts and Rhode Island will not increase your property taxes for 20 years despite a solar installation. This is one example of many renewable energy incentives available in RI and MA.

How long do solar panels last?

Typically, solar panels have a lifespan of 25 to 30 years. After this period, their energy production rate decreases so significantly that they will not maintain your energy savings and should be replaced.

Can I still generate energy with my solar panels during a power outage?

Without a battery storage system, panels will not be able to continue producing energy during a grid outage. This is because the grid is disconnected to ensure utility worker safety and prevent energy backfeeding into it.

However, solar panels equipped with a battery storage system can still produce normally and store all excess energy in the batteries. This is why BSS’s are highly recommended; they solidify your energy source and relieve all worry of losing power again.

Are there warranties on my solar system?

Yes, most solar panels and supplemental solar equipment come with warranties that ensure sufficient energy production for a set period of time.

At Isaksen Solar, we install solar panels equipped with a 25 year product and performance warranty and our batteries and inverters each have a 10 year warranty.

What kind of panels will be installed on my property?

When you work with Isaksen Solar, you’re guarenteed the latest and most efficient solar technology. Currently, our panels operate at 425 watt capacity with a 28.6% efficiency rating; the highest in the industry. Also, they’re entirely black to blend into your roof seamlessly. In our opinion, our panels are the sleekest solar technology on the market.

How long will it take to get my system?

From the day you sign your contract to the day of system activation, the timeline will range between three and six months. There have been faster and slower cases depending on the project.

When you reach out to us to get started, we’ll pair you with a Project Manager who can give you a more accurate timeframe for your specific project.

Installation

How long does installation take?

Solar installation can take up to two days depending on the size of your system and your project’s specifications.

Most installations can be completed in one day, weather permitting.

What should I do to prepare my property for solar installation?

We ask that you provide space in your driveway for our trucks and make a clear path to your electrical panel. Please secure your pets as the installers will be going in and out of your home throughout installation day.

Depending on your installation, we’ll be at your property for six to eight hours starting around 8 am.

Who will install my system?

One of our experienced install crews will come to your property and install your system. They’ll show up in Isaksen trucks and gear so you won’t be able to miss them!

Do I need to be at the property during installation?

We ask that you are at your property for installation, or at least provide access to your electrical paneltraditionally on the inside of your homeso that we’re able to complete the entire project as efficiently as possible.

Can I get batteries on my solar system?

Yes, you can supplement your solar panels with a battery storage system.

Your batteries will also be installed on installation day, barring you have a code abiding space to install them. If your space is not up to NFPA code and we have to install a battery storage room, that process will take place before panel installation day.

Paying for Solar

What are my solar plan options?

We offer four solar plan options; System Purchase, Solar Loan, Monthly Lease, or Prepaid PPA.

Who is my loan financed by?

Your solar loan will be financed by a third party lender, typically a bank. You are welcome to source your own loan or work with one of our partnered banks.

How much does a solar system cost?

The cost of a solar system is dependent on its size, install specifications, materials, and eligibility for incentives.

On average, the systems we install cost around $40,000. However, after incentives are applied, they cost about $23,000.

Are there any government incentives to lower the cost of my system?

Yes, there are many available government and utility incentives that can save you thousands of dollars on your solar installation. Your eligibility for these incentives is dependent on the specifications of your project.

Luckily, you do not have to worry about the complicated processes of incentive application as we will file for as many incentives as possible on your behalf. If there are any incentives you would like to opt-in or out of, let us know so we can adjust your applications accordingly.

Solar Service and Maintenance

Do solar panels require maintenance?

Solar panels require very minimal maintenance. They are designed to be installed and operate independently.

To ensure optimal energy production, we recommend monitoring your system through our app or conducting annual solar inspections. Some solar owners may decide to professionally clean their panels but whether this is necessary is dependent on your location and environmental conditions.

What service is covered under warranty?

Your solar panels are equipped with a product and performance warranty. This ensures that your panels will produce at an optimal level for a set period of time.

If your panels do not meet this standard for the duration of their warranty, any service work to increase their production will be covered under warranty.

Damage to your panels is not necessarily covered under warranty.

Does my homeowner's insurance cover service?

Yes, your homeowner’s insurance may cover service if your panels have been damaged during a storm or accident.

Reach out to your home insurance provider to learn about your policy before committing to solar. Typically, the insurance company must be made aware of your system before it’s activated to ensure coverage. 

What happens if my roof needs to be replaced while my panels are on it?

If your roof needs to be replaced after your panels have been installed, the panels will need to be removed before the roof work can begin.

Panel removal can be costly and can significantly alter your home’s energy production rate. Additionally, after the roof is finished, the panels will need to be reinstalled which will be an additional fee.

This is why we highly recommend replacing your roof before installing solar, especially if it’s more than ten years old.

Can I expand my system after installation?

If your property’s space allows it and you’re in need of more energy, it’s possible to add panels or supplementary solar equipment to an existing system.

Solar Impact

How much energy does a solar system produce?

How much energy a solar system produces is directly correlated to its size. For example, a 50 kW system is capable of producing 50 kW at any given moment.

A general rule of thumb is that 1,400 kWh can be produced per year per kW. Given this average production, a 50 kW system would produce approximately 70,000 kWh of electricity per year.

What can I do if I want to invest in solar but my property is not fit for it?

There are ways to invest in solar despite owning property that is not fit for install. Solar farms and community solar programs are common investments one could make if they’re interested in benefiting from renewable energy but don’t own the space to do so.

Keep in mind that we’re also certified ground-mount installers so if solar on your roof doesn’t work for you, maybe a ground-mounted system can.

What are the leading states in solar adoption?

As of 2024, Massachusetts and Rhode Island are among the top 10 leading states in solar energy. Other states include California, Texas, Florida, Arizona, North Carolina, New Jersey, and New York.

Is solar energy minimizing carbon emissions?

Yes, every solar system minimizes the dependence on non-renewable fossil fuels and carbon producing energy sources.

It is estimated that the worldwide solar industry saves over 400,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering our atmosphere each year.

How much money will I save after installing a solar system?

You can expect drastic savings on your electric bill after installing your solar system as long as you do not make any significant changes to your energy consumption.

Over the course of your system’s 25 year lifespan, you can expect to save between $15,000 and $50,000 depending on your energy consumption, your system’s size, and your incentive eligibility.