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Go Solar Company Testimonials
Our whole experience with Go Solar, from our first meeting until now has been extremely positive. Our first appointment with the Go Solar representative fell through but our rep called us and talked with us on the phone for nearly an hour answering questions we had about solar and how it could help us. He didn’t give us any sales hype or propaganda, just honest answers and expectations. When we finally did meet with him in person, we found him to be fully knowledgeable about solar and what it would honestly do for us. Read More
We never thought that we would be able to get solar for years and definitely not for our current house because it was so small and solar is so expensive. Go Solar was able to provide us with a super low interest signature loan so that we now have a teeny tiny electric bill ($8) and we have the confidence that if power does go out, we can hook up our panels to our Yeti and we will still be able to have some power for the essentials. Thank you Go Solar!
I have a handicap daughter with 2 grandsons living with me. While my home is paid for I was concerned about the cost of utilities to her if I were to die. She could stay in the home but how would she pay for electricity. Go Solar provided a solution that enabled me to get the utility costs pay up front and increase her ability to stay in my home when I am gone. Prior to Go Solar my monthly costs were as much as $300 per month. In 10 years that could easily become $600 per month. Read More
Go Solar Installation Testimonials
In this time of economic unrest, and escalating utility prices, having solar relieves stress on these unknown factors. Scott was great to work with in the initial process, and Jeff went about the installation process with ease. We had researched going solar for two years, so we did not need to be sold. With all of the unique situations our property presented, several conversations were necessary in between the install process. Go Solar always offered solutions and workarounds. The inverter and battery system and rack are by far the best we have seen. Very neat, clean and efficient. We always show our friends our back up plan!
Last Spring I started looking around at solar options on the internet. I googled solar installation and submitted my information to get quotes. Several companies called me, Go Solar called and wanted to schedule an appointment. Ralph was very knowledgeable, friendly and very excited about solar. His quote was in my price range and I was very excited to get the ball rolling on my new solar panels. The paper work took a lot longer than I thought. I waited all summer in anticipation of using all of that good sunlight. September rolled around and installation day arrived! My installer was friendly and nice. They had everything up in one day, Read More
1. Save everything under the sun, cash included.
Go solar isn’t just a solar company – we’re solar-plus advocates powering homes and empowering lives through the highest quality solutions.
Go Solar Group features German-engineered panels & inverters and free backup with every system, making us a cut above the rest.
2. Qualify over the phone, see how much the freedom of solar can save you.
Once you click the “Get a Solar Quote” button, 5 minutes with your solar consultant will qualify you for a free, customized, and zero commitment solar savings assessment.
3. Meet in-person with your solar consultant to discuss your customized solar solutions.
You’ll review the best customized solar products for your home, discover your home’s solar potential, qualify for $0 down financing, and lock-in a fixed energy rate for decades.
4. Brace yourself for the bliss of a 30% solar tax credit.
Reno’s residential tax credit on solar solutions makes the savings you’ll earn even more attractive. As power scarcity surges and electricity rates for NV energy continue to rise, your savings with us will grow.
5. Enjoy Reno’s fair net metering rates.
AB405’s recent reinstituting of fair net metering rates makes Reno an attractive option for residents. With both Go Solar and the state of Nevada in your corner, you’ll continue to enjoy a greater number of solar financial incentives as they unfold.
Have a question that isn’t answered below?
Call us at 702-246-2751. Even if we’ve installed your system successfully, we will feel like we’ve failed if we have not successfully answered all your questions and provided you with the greatest customer experience in the solar industry.
Solar Panel Information for Reno Residents
We provide solar so Reno natives can have freedom, convenience, peace of mind, and additional savings. As a solar company still ingrained in the philanthropic mission upon which we were founded, we are driven to make your life better through solar-powered homes, battery backup, emergency preparedness, and solar plus services.
What are solar panels?
Photovoltaic solar cells (or solar panels) are a form of technology used to absorb solar radiation for the purpose of conversion to solar electricity. Solar Panels capture energy from the sun which is then converted into usable energy.
How are solar panels made?
The process for creating a solar panel is very labor intensive. Thin film, monocrystalline and polycrystalline are the three main panel types available today. The process for creating a solar panel is very labor intensive. Thin film, monocrystalline and polycrystalline are the three main solar panel types made available to Reno residents today. Solar panels are made by framing small silicon cells protected by a pane of glass.
Crystalline Solar Panels
To create a crystalline solar panel you first need to melt silicone into ingots. Ingots are large pieces of metal which are sliced into discs known as wafers. Each wafer is treated and metal conductors are added making them a solar cell. Once you sauter the cells together you have created a solar panel.
Thin Film Solar Panels
All panels join n-type and p-type semiconductors with junctions. N-type semiconductors have excess electrons. Whereas p-type semiconductors lack sufficient electrons. Together these semiconductors can produce an electric current as electrons move across the junction. Thin film panels use cadmium telluride (CdTe) or copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) instead of silicon in the n-type and p-type layers.
What are solar panels made of?
Believe it or not, solar panels are made from sand. Solar panels are made up of photovoltaic solar cells which are made of some form of silicon. High purity Silicon is produced by purifying quartz sand. The highest efficiency solar panels are made from monocrystalline silicon cells. (Product comparison chart).
How do solar panels work?
Solar panels use photovoltaic technology to release electrons from the rest of the atom. Electrons move around within the panel, which creates direct current (DC) electricity. An attached inverter will then convert the DC electricity into alternating current (AC) electricity. AC electricity is the same type of energy that you use on a daily basis.
How many solar panels do I need?
Our average system involves 16-30 panels. This is entirely dependent upon the size of the installation area and your energy usage. You can even add a backup supply to store energy with batteries.
How many solar panels does it take to power a house?
Generally, we use a 270-watt solar panel. In order to offset the electrical usage of your home, you would need a panel array producing the equivalent of your energy usage.
What happens at night or when it is cloudy?
Although the production may be less, solar panels work on cloudy days. We always design solar systems to offset energy usage both night and day, meaning the energy produced by your system during the day will continue to offset your energy usage during the night. Solar panel efficiency on a cloudy day is lessened, but with the right system sizing, you’ll offset your usage over time.
Do solar panels work in the winter?
Solar panels can actually work better in colder temperatures because as a solar panel heats to extreme temperatures, the efficiency lessens. Solar panels in winter will function fully unless heavily coated with snow. In this case, you’d need to remove the snow to resume solar energy production.
Thankfully most roof pitches allow for easy snowfall and most often you will not need to remove it manually. Keep in mind, a custom solar system designed for your home should always take into consideration the number of cloudy days and winter snow days in your region – this helps determine what the overall energy offset needs to be so that you buy an array with enough solar panels.
Reno Solar Power Installation
How much does it cost to install solar panels in Reno?
Installation is just one element in the overall price of a solar system which is dependent on many different factors. Most solar companies will build your installation costs into the price per kilowatt and include hours worked, expertise, travel cost, etc.
For specific pricing please schedule a free consultation with one of our solar experts.
How to install solar panels
Installing your own solar panels is possible, but requires intense research, city permitting, and someone knowledgeable of safety procedures.
The overall process for solar panel installation includes the following steps: array electrical design, full-system engineering, city or county permitting, installation of mounting rack, installation of solar panels, system wiring and connection to the net meter.
Solar Installation Types
There are four main solar installation types out there. These include ground mount, pole mount, rooftop, and ballast. Each of these installation types has a specific purpose.
Ground mounts are best for people that have large amounts of un-shaded property. If you are unable or don’t want panels on your home a ground mount is a great option.
Pole mounts are best for powering small areas. Because these mounts are taller it is less likely that something or someone would mess with them. On the other hand, maintenance is harder.
Rooftop solar is the most popular option for residential installations. This is because you can install solar even if you don’t have a lot of property.
Ballasted mounts are best for flat roof homes. They only have a cement block holding them in place. If you have a pitched roof a ballasted system would fall.
What kind of roof do I need?
Roofs of all types are eligible for solar installations.
Go Solar Group has installed on asphalt, metal, rubber, and tile roofs without any problems. If you have a flat roof we can do a ballast installation. A ballast solar array is held in place with cement blocks instead of drilling holes in the ceiling.
The roof type is normally not the problem, but there are a couple of roof types that may be harder to install on. Slate and wood roofs are among the more difficult roof types to install on. This is because these roof types are more brittle and therefore could break more easily.
If your roof is unstable it may not be about to support a solar array. You will receive an inspection to make sure your roof is safe before we install.
We recommend that old roofs that need re-shingling or replacing be completed before or at the time of solar panel installation to reduce maintenance costs in the future.
How much is too much shading?
Considerable shading produced by trees or other obstructions can significantly decrease energy production. We love trees and want you to have as many as your heart desires. Trees however tend to shade roofs which is the ideal spot for a solar array. If you have trees next to your home or business you may want to consider trimming them back.
When in doubt, call to schedule a free solar assessment.
Is my property suitable for a solar installation?
Reno is a fantastic candidate for solar power. We typically have over 300 days per year of sunshine. Some of the factors that should be considered when looking at solar power for your home: (1) Adequate roof space oriented South and/or West. (2) Shading and shadows affect the efficiency of your system, so less is better! (3) The roof is in good condition (you don’t want to install solar on 20-year-old shingles). To better understand the process, learn how to go solar.
Solar Panel Maintenance
How long do solar panels last?
Solar panels last much longer than warranties will guarantee you. The industry standard is a 25-year warranty, however, with regular upkeep and maintenance, our systems will continue to generate clean, free energy for 30 or even 40 years.
How efficient are solar panels?
On average, solar panel efficiency is between 14-22%. Getting panels with higher efficiency means that each panel will produce more energy. When you get efficient panels you won’t need as many of them. Highest-quality technology is always our promise when it comes to your system components.
How do I clean my solar panels?
In order for highest efficiency, solar panels should be kept clean of leaves, heavy dust, snow and other obstructions. This can be done with a damp rag, water hose or other cleaning devices like a squeegee or roof rake.
If you regularly maintain your solar panel cleanliness, you won’t need to spend money on cleaning services. We recommend checking them once a month for any buildup, but you’ll rarely find a need to clean them.
Read more about solar panel cleaning.
What services are needed post solar installation?
Solar power systems require very little maintenance. There are no moving parts. Cleaning the panels 1-2 times a year to maintain optimal efficiency is a good practice, though. Always make sure your system is free of debris to make sure they are producing the most power possible.
What if my roof needs to be repaired once solar panels have already been installed?
When your roof needs to be re-shingled it can be a headache to get the panels removed. This is because many solar companies don’t do their own installations. You will want to make sure you know who to call to get your panels removed.
Solar panels can be removed from the mounting system for individual repair and mounting racks can be removed and reinstalled during re-roofing.
Are you facing this now? Contact your installation provider to open a service ticket.
The Reno Environment and Your Solar Panels
Is solar energy renewable?
Solar energy is the world’s fundamental renewable power source. As long as the sun is shining, we can have power generated through solar panels. Just so you know, the sun should be radiating for the next 5 to 6 billion years.
What is solar energy?
Solar energy refers to energy that is harnessed from solar radiation, using the radiant light and heat from the sun for useful purposes. The sun creates energy in its core from nuclear fusion. It takes millions of year for the energy created at the core to reach the surface of the sun. Once this energy has reached the surface however it only takes about eight minutes to reach the earth. The sun is so powerful that light waves it emits toward the US in one day can power the United States for a year and a half.
What is solar power?
Solar power is the use of solar energy to power buildings and devices. Using photovoltaic solar cells, solar radiation can be harnessed and converted into electrical “power,” which can then be used the same as any other form of electricity.
How is solar energy produced?
Through solar panels, you can increase your energy efficiency by utilizing something that is already available to you: the heat of the sun. This begins by installing a system of solar panels on the roof of your home or business. These panels use photovoltaic technology to release electrons from the rest of the atom. Electrons move around within the panel, which creates direct current (DC) electricity. An attached inverter will then convert the DC electricity into alternating current (AC) electricity. AC electricity is the same type of energy that you use on a daily basis. To maintain the overall efficiency of your home or business, your solar panel system will communicate with your utility service to export surplus energy and import power when needed.
Reno Solar Panels Info
How much do solar panels cost?
The price of solar panels and installation will vary depending on a number of different factors. This could include the size of your home, your average electrical consumption, tax rebates, solar incentives, and other forms of financial help available. Please contact us today to learn more about the solar panel cost for your Utah home.
How much does a solar panel cost?
Technology really has come a long way in the past couple decades. Average solar panel cost is lower than it ever has been, and it depends on the size of the panel, its production expectations, and the associated warranty. Most residential solar panels cost between $150 and $500 per solar panel. Go Solar Group does residential and commercial installs if you don’t need a whole install you may need to contact a different supplier.
For specific pricing please schedule a free consultation with one of our solar experts.
How much lower will my electric bills be?
Reno residents can save over 95% on their power bills over the span of two decades with solar arrays on their homes because solar panels can produce a much higher percentage of any given residence’s power in Reno. This depends on the size of your system and your energy usage.
When you purchase a solar array meant to offset all your energy usage, you can accrue credits in the months that you use less energy to balance out energy you use in summer months (when most of us pay more for energy). So while you’re using more than you’re producing in the summer, you’re still taking advantage of the higher production in earlier months.
Is solar worth it in Reno?
Solar is more than worth it. In fact, the holistic benefits of solar pay off because when you go solar, you can have the confidence that you are saving money, doing good for the planet, and securing yourself a more sustainable future.
How much does solar cost in Reno?
Solar is definitely not a one-size-fits-all model, so the cost depends on your system size, inverter of choice, government solar credits, & more. Average Go Solar Group installations start around $16,000 before government incentives are taken into consideration. After government incentives, most families are projected to see well over $40,000 in power savings over 25 years.
As Reno’s power scarcity surges and electricity rates rise with NV Energy, residential solar will become an even greater investment in Reno neighborhoods.
For more information call to schedule a free solar consultation.
How much does solar energy cost?
Once your system is installed, solar energy is FREE. All day, every day. Once you have your solar equipment paid for you don’t have to pay for the energy that you are producing. And the best part is that installing the equipment is thousands of dollars cheaper than buying power from your power company for the next 25 years.
What incentives are available for my Reno solar installation?
Below, you can see the Reno 2017 Settlement information. If you scroll down, you’ll see tranches of 80MW, and how the retail rate (what you get back for what you push onto the grid) adjusts every time the solar industry hits 80 MW of residential solar. For reference, the industry is now in the 1st tranche, and customers receive 95% of the retail rate for what they push back onto the grid.
Assembly Bill 405, which was passed by the Nevada Legislature and signed into law by Governor Brian Sandoval in June of 2017, established new rules for rooftop solar customers with systems under 25 kilowatts who applied for and installed a private rooftop solar system on or after June 15, 2017.
Assembly Bill 405 places all net metering customers in the same rate class as their otherwise applicable group of non-solar customers – meaning they pay the same Basic Service Charge and energy rate.
The NMR-405 rate class treats energy that is produced by the system, but not used on-site by the customer (exported energy) differently than the NMR-G and NMR-A rate classes. NMR-405 customers receive monthly netting of the electricity delivered by NV Energy and the electricity they export to the grid. The excess energy, which is the remaining exported energy after monthly netting is accounted for, is credited an amount based on when their rooftop solar application was received by NV Energy:
|Tier 1||80 megawatts of solar capacity applied for||95% of the retail volumetric electricity rate, excluding public policy charges||20 years|
|Tier 2||80 megawatts of solar capacity applied for||88% of the retail volumetric electricity rate, excluding public policy charges||20 years|
|Tier 3||80 megawatts of solar capacity applied for||81% of the retail volumetric electricity rate, excluding public policy charges||20 years|
|Tier 4||All solar capacity applied for following the closure of Tier 3||75% of the retail volumetric electricity rate, excluding public policy charges||20 years|