7 Steps to Solar in Nevada

Seven Steps To Going Solar Smartly

Don't fall prey to Nevada solar companies trying to sell you poor quality products or more panels than you need to maximize savings benefits. Follow the steps below to make sure you cover all the needed bases.

1 Speak With a Knowledgeable Qualifier

The first step to a solar array that meets your unique needs is speaking with a knowledgeable appointment setter, who helps you see whether solar makes sense for you economically and whether you qualify for certain solar incentives. When you speak with our appointment setters, they will gather the information needed to create a free, customized solar quote for your Nevada home. Some of the information they'll gather is your monthly electric bill estimate and utility provider information.

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2 Meet With a Consultant To Review Your Custom Solar Proposal

Once your free, customized and no-obligation appointment is set, we will send a solar consultant to your home or meet with you via a web conference appointment. The consultant will review the details of your proposal, including solar savings estimates from the proposed installation, the number of panels needed and more. They'll also answer any questions you may have. This is an educational meeting, not a pushy sales pitch.

3 Learn the Product Options

Once you know solar makes sense for your Nevada home, you can assess the products made available to you. Go Solar Group uses 310-watt monocrystalline German-engineered solar panels and state of the art inverters. We also provide three tiers of battery backup, nest thermostats, and more. See our product suite.


4 Choose an Installation Type for Your Nevada Home

Once you have decided whether Go Solar Group is right for you, we can discuss the installation options available for you. Unlike many Nevada solar installers, Go Solar Group is well-versed in all solar installation types and making each work, given the structure of your home. From ground mount installations to flat roofs, we'll make sure the installation meets both your aesthetic and energy production needs.

5 Make Sure Your Solar Company Completes the Paperwork for You

After you have decided how you'll finance your solar array — with cash, or with our available zero down loan options and other payment programs — we can complete the otherwise time-consuming and confusing solar installation paperwork for you. This documentation helps facilitate the inspection, net metering installation and permitting processes for your array. It also includes the necessary documentation to obtain your federal tax credit incentive. 

Go Solar Group's National Installation Partner, Titan Solar Power

6 Sign Up To Install Before Incentives Decline

At Go Solar Group, we work with Titan Solar Power as our National Installation Partner to make sure the install is prompt and correct. Make sure you sign up sooner rather than later for your Nevada solar installation, or you could miss out on thousands in savings from the federal tax credit rate, your utility company's existing net metering rates for credits you'll get when exporting unused solar energy back onto the grid and the time value of money (TVM) savings, which maximize your return on your solar investment.

7 Watch the Solar Savings Roll in

After your solar installation, net metering and inspection procedures and documentation are approved, and the installation is completed, you are ready to turn on your system and begin what is, for most, a 40-year process of saving dozens of thousands of dollars on power bills. With the flip of a switch, you'll finally be able to experience an investment that works for you, not against you. Still not convinced? Learn more about the amazing ROI of solar panels for homeowners.

Why Go Solar in Nevada?

Follow the pathways below to see your custom solar savings estimate for your Nevada home. See why we're one of the most trusted residential solar installers in the Western United States.

Find out how much you can save by going solar in the Reno metropolitan area with our custom solar calculator. All it takes is 60 seconds.

Who Is Go Solar Group?

African woman with solar product

Go Solar Group is a family-owned solar company founded in Utah after the two owners completed a service trip to Africa, which inspired their charitable solar work abroad.

We have wielded and marveled over its ability to provide economic empowerment to people of all creeds, backgrounds and stripes, via improved global health, educational opportunity, savings and individual ownership of energy production. After experiencing the benefits of installing solar products for orphanages in off-grid communities, Go Solar Group founders decided to pursue affordable solar in America, so they could provide help to the African communities it serves. 

Specialists at Go Solar Group set the appointment, design the solar array, submit financing, complete and submit permitting and assist with the solar array installation and tax incentive documentation for you and your Reno, Nevada home.

Reno, Nevada Solar Panels Q & A

If you have questions regarding Reno area solar, we have answers. Learn more about the solar basics and take a deep dive into our Knowledge Base, General Solar FAQ, and How Solar Panels Work pages.

Do I Need To Own My Home?

Owning your home is very important to the process of installing residential solar. If you don’t own your home, the owner needs to allow the installation. Since the array will go on their property, the solar company needs their approval.

What Does Credit Have To Do With Qualifying for Solar?

For many, the price of solar isn't something they can pay for in one lump sum. Solar companies know this and, as a result, they create relationships with financing companies they trust.

Homeowners with a credit score in the 700s, or higher, should qualify for any solar loan without any problems. If, however, they have a credit score that is in the high 600s, it's still worth into. Those who aren't sure about credit can call and find out.

Why Is Owing Taxes Important for Solar?

Because of the federal solar tax credit, homeowners can get up to 26 percent of their system covered. This percentage equals roughly $7,000 to $10,000, depending on the size of the system.  

Individuals who don’t have taxable income, unfortunately, can’t qualify for this incentive. At Go Solar Group, we don’t recommend customers install solar unless they can get this tax credit because of the savings it brings. 

Do I Have Enough Usage To Qualify for a Residential Solar Array?

For both the customer and the solar company to benefit, the homeowner needs to use a certain amount of electricity in a year. Go Solar Group’s minimum usage for a solar array equals 6,000 kWh over a year or an average of 500 kWh per month.

How Much Does It Cost To Go Solar in Nevada?

The cost of solar is of interest to most prospects in Reno. Some Reno solar panel companies show the average cost per watt, while others show the expected price for the solar array. 

The best way to get the cost of a solar array is to get a customized, no-obligation quote. In-home quotes give the customer a price specific for their home's needs. 

It's even better when customers get several quotes. They can compare the prices and products of each solar company, allowing them to find the best deal in their area. 

How Can I Maximize My Solar Savings?

When homeowners install solar, they save money. However, other factors can increase these savings. The best way to utilize a solar array is to do as many high-energy activities as possible when the sun is shining.

Some of these activities include running the dishwasher and laundry machines. If there is a delay timer on these appliances, individuals can turn them on in the middle of the day when no one is home. If they don't have a delay timer, a lunch break might be a good time to run home and start a load.

Water fountains and pool/hot tub pumps also require a lot of energy. Those who want to lower their water pump energy consumption should consider investing in a couple of items.

A pool timer, a correctly sized pump and an energy-efficient motor will save hundreds in electricity bills. It's necessary to circulate the water, but how it's done can make a difference in the cost. 

Is Solar a Good DIY Project for Reno Residents?

While some companies sell Reno solar panels and array components at wholesale prices, this doesn't mean DIY solar is worth it for Reno homeowners. After purchasing the equipment, they still need to go through the process of designing a functioning system, getting permits and passing safety inspections before they can turn on their systems.

While this may not be an issue for an experienced electrician, it isn't a DIY project for everyone. Installing solar panels on a Reno home requires electrical expertise to make the permitting and safety inspections a seamless process.

Is Battery Backup Worth It in Reno, Nevada?

Nevada is pro-backup-power, which is why NV energy has battery backup incentives for solar generation customers. When combined with the storage incentives in the ITC, these can save customers even more. That's why battery backup makes sense. 

Thankfully, Go Solar Group customers have a variety of battery backup options. They can even get the Tesla Powerwall home battery.

Periodic Table of Nevada Solar Elements

Increase your understanding of solar with our periodic table of solar elements specific to the Reno, Nevada area. While some general solar terms get used across the industry, some states have solar words that relate better to their solar policies than others. These terms are the most important ones for interested parties to understand. In the below table, +signs show positives (things to seek), while - signs indicate negatives (things to avoid) in Reno's residential solar market.

Go Solar Group's Product Suite and Services

Go Solar Group has several levels of battery backup and multiple solar installation options. To learn more, check out our wide variety of solar products!

A Solar Incentive That Keeps on Giving: Referrals

Nevadans interested in adding solar to their home have access to many incentives. However, most don't think about company referral programs when they think about saving money on their arrays. 

Go Solar Group knows that it's natural to want to share quality experiences and products with friends and family. We appreciate it when others spread the word about what we have to offer and we want to reward them for it. 

With our referral programs, you gain $500 for each referral you give us that decides to go solar, with no limit to the number of referrals from which you can earn. 

Go Solar Group Success Stories and Testimonials

The best way to know whether a solar company is right for you is to see what their customers have to say about them. Go Solar Group has had many satisfied solar homeowners over the years, and the customers are raving! Check out the videos below to hear more about what our customers have to say about our quality service and dependability.

“We’re just really pleased with the result of working with Go Solar.”

“The city inspector told me he never has an issue with Go Solar Group installations.”

“It’s just nice to know we have some money invested in a place that’s doing the world and me some good.”

Wayne Sumner

“I feel they are a company I can lean on and depend on.”

“They are committed to the long-term benefit of the customer.”

“They were always there for me beyond the initial sale of the system.”

Steven Cummings

“I Want the Truth and I Felt Like We Were Getting that With Go Solar.”

“They Coordinated and Scheduled Everything for Us.”

“It Wasn’t a Sales Pitch. It Was Giving Us All the Facts We Needed.”

Andrew Morgenegg

“If you’re looking to put solar on your home, I would recommend them because of the way they treated us.”

“The best part was working with the people.”

“They showed us (in contrast to competitors) what I figured would be a much better situation.”

Dave Eckersley

Reno, Nevada Energy Conservation Resources and Tips

Nevada is a state that is committed to doing its part in combating climate change. Governor Steve Sisolak has implemented several policies to cut down on carbon emissions and wasteful water use in the hopes of avoiding the worst effects of climate change on the Silver State. Living in a desert comes with challenges that other climates don’t face. Learn how to adapt to those challenges with our resources and tips below. 

Renewable Energy Bills and Goals in Reno, Nevada

In 2020, Gov. Sisolak introduced the Nevada Climate Initiative (NCI). This initiative works with a variety of groups, from public to private to non-profit, to control emissions and protect Nevada’s natural resources. The NCI has established three targets for greenhouse gas emissions:

28 percent reduction by 2025

45 percent reduction by 2030

100 percent reduction by 2050

Nevada Renewable Energy Goals

Also in 2020, Nevada constructed the State Climate Strategy. The Climate Strategy lists three major goals:

Provide a framework for reducing Nevada’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across all economic sectors

Lay the groundwork for climate adaptation and resilience, and

Establish a structure for continued, ongoing climate action across the state.

To ensure that the NCI and the 2020 Climate Strategy do what they need to do, Nevada homeowners need to chip in. There are many ways that homeowners can help. Let’s start with energy conservation.

Conserving Energy in Reno, Nevada

Get a home energy audit from NV Energy.

Invest in energy-efficient appliances and save through rebates and discounts.

Investing in a smart thermostat saves money on your home’s climate control.

3 Steps to Saving Energy in Reno, Nevada

Step 1 — Home Energy Audit

The first step to saving energy is to receive a free home energy audit from NV Energy, the main public energy utility for Nevadans. There are two types of energy audits that NV Energy offers:

An online solar energy audit, which can be accessed through your NV Energy account dashboard. This audit will compare your energy usage to other homes in your zip code, appliance energy usage, and customized recommendations for saving energy.

An in-home energy assessment. This assessment will inspect your appliances, your climate control system, and even the insulation in your home to identify any potential points of energy leakage. This assessment is more in-depth than the online audit, but can also provide more detailed recommendations for making your home more energy-efficient. 

Step 2 — Invest in Energy-Efficient Appliances

The next step to saving energy is to invest in quality appliances. A home energy audit can help you determine exactly which appliances are most in need of replacing.

Older appliances are often inefficient, using more power than is necessary to accomplish tasks. Modern appliances, on the other hand, are often built to higher standards, which leads to more energy efficiency.

However, not everyone has money to drop on energy-efficient appliances. In fact, most people don’t have enough money to overhaul their entire house in a single go. However, updating appliances over time is a perfectly valid way of helping your home save energy. Luckily there are options for saving money on these updated appliances as well.

Rebates for Energy-Efficient Appliances in Reno, Nevada

The best way to save money on energy-efficient appliances is through rebates and similar cost-saving programs. NV Energy established its PowerShift program for exactly that reason. The PowerShift program offers a number of cost-saving opportunities for Reno homeowners.

Updating Your AC

An old AC system is not only bad for the environment — it’s bad for your wallet as well. Newer central air systems are not only more energy-efficient, thus making them more environmentally friendly, but they also lower your energy bill. Because of this, NV Energy offers potential discounts for new, efficient central air systems, reaching as high as $1,200. 

Updating Your Lighting

Many people don’t realize that energy-efficient bulbs are one of the easiest ways to begin saving electricity. Old bulbs take more energy for less light — and they break faster, too! Newer light bulbs are more energy-efficient, brighter, and last longer. Additionally, because light bulbs naturally burn out over time, Reno homeowners don’t need to go out and purchase a bunch of bulbs in a single trip. Instead, they can replace bulbs as they burn out. This spreads the cost out over many months.

The PowerShift program also provides discounts on Energy Star-rated bulbs purchased at select locations. For Reno residents, these locations include Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Costco, among others.

Free Appliances? It’s More Likely Than You Think.

Updating appliances can be pricey, which can push out low-income Reno residents from making their homes more energy-efficient. NV Energy thought of that and offers free appliance replacements to certain qualified individuals. The main two types of appliances that they replace are fridges and laundry dryers. 

If your appliances are more than 10 years old, and you fall beneath the income threshold (and, if you’re a renter, you have the landlord’s permission), you can apply to NV Energy for a free replacement.

Step 3 — Invest in a Smart Thermostat

Smart thermostats are different from regular thermostats in a few ways. Firstly, they can learn your habits and adjust accordingly. Secondly, they can often be accessed remotely. Thirdly, they can adjust automatically to your presence in the home.

Smart thermostats will adjust to your habits and daily routines. If you turn the temperature up at a certain time each day, the thermostat will learn that and do it automatically. This also applies to when you sleep or when you’re away from home.

The main models of smart thermostats come with apps, so you can adjust the thermostat through your smartphone even while you’re not at home. This allows you to set the thermostat to start warming up while you’re on the way home or to turn it off while you’re away.

Finally, many smart thermostats come with proximity sensors. These sensors detect when you are home and set the temperature to your preferred settings. When you’re away, they automatically go to a power-saving mode.

A smart thermostat is an easy way to save energy and money. Because of how useful a smart thermostat is, NV Energy offers a free smart thermostat program. To receive the free smart thermostat, the homeowner agrees to participate in power saving events in June through September, where their climate control system is set higher than normal in order to save power. This will lead to less energy usage throughout the state, on top of savings on your power bill. 

Save Energy Through Your Water

Set the tap to “cold” when using small amounts of water.

Turn down the water temperature when doing laundry.

Use solar energy to heat your water.

3 Tips for Saving Water and Becoming Energy Efficient

One of the biggest energy sinks in modern homes is our water usage. Water is an excellent heat sink, which is why cities near lakes and the ocean are often cooler than others. Water can absorb a lot of heat energy without raising the temperature. However, this means that heating up water takes a lot of energy. 

Because of this, setting the faucet to “hot” when using small to medium amounts of water is going to use power without effectively changing the temperature of the water. Additionally, colder water temperatures are often just as effective at what you’re trying to do as warmer water temperatures. Setting your washing machine to use cooler temperatures, for example, will still clean your clothes just as well in most cases while also saving a lot of power. Setting your faucet to “cold” for small amounts of water can add up.

Finally, consider saving water for other reasons. Given the drought conditions present in Nevada, saving water will not only save you money on power bills, but it will help the environment. The Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TWMA), the public water utility for Reno, offers some tips for saving water.

Solar panel heated water is an excellent way to heat your water while not driving up your energy bills or relying on fossil fuels.

Save Energy By Going Solar

Solar panels give independence from rising utility bills.

Solar energy saves money in the long run.

Battery backup gives energy independence.

Going Solar Saves Money

The final main way to save energy is going solar. Most homes rely completely on the grid for energy, which is mostly produced through burning fossil fuels. This process is increasingly expensive and bad for the environment to boot. As prices for coal and natural gas continue to rise as the resources get more and more scarce, Nevada homeowners’ energy bills will also continue to rise.

The best way to get around this is by taking your energy into your own hands. Solar panels are the easiest way to bring renewable energy into your life. The sun provides more free energy every second than all sources of energy on earth combined. While only some of that energy reaches the earth, it’s still enough to power all of the planets — if only we chose to harvest it.

Solar panels are an investment. They require some money sunk into them to reap the benefits, but the benefits in question are extensive. Solar panels provide a locked-in energy bill — your solar panel payments essentially become your power bill, as the energy provided by the panels is free. 

The price won’t rise beyond your locked-in interest rate, should you choose to purchase your panels with a loan. Once your panels are paid off, a period which usually takes around 12 years, you will have free power for as long as the panels last. All panels sold by Go Solar Group come with a 25 year, 85 percent efficiency warranty, which covers 90 percent efficiency for the first 15 years.

This means that you will no longer have to worry about rising energy bills. Each year, grid-tied energy bills get more expensive. By taking your power into your own hands, and utilizing the form of energy that reaches every part of the earth, you keep your energy bills low.

While complete off-grid energy independence can be difficult for Reno, Nevada homeowners, there are ways to reduce your grid reliance even further — essentially saving you more money in the long run. By investing in battery backup, you ensure that you have a stable source of energy at night, during bad weather or when the grid is disrupted, without having to go to the local utility for power. 

Go Solar Group offers three main forms of battery backup, each of which satisfies different needs. To maximize your independence from the energy grid, a Tesla Powerwall or two can bring your home to near-complete energy independence. Should you want battery backup to maximize energy savings, but don’t want to be fully independent, then our Goal Zero Yeti 1500x or Yeti 3000 are excellent ways to stay powered when you need it. 

The more energy independent you are, the fewer emissions you are responsible for and the lower your energy bills will be. With all the incentives that you can receive in Reno, Nevada, consider going solar today!

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