Constant Solar Power

Southern California's Premier Solar Provider Since 2001

Solar FAQs

How do you determine what system size will work best for me?

System size is determined by your available roof space (and roof orientation), electricity usage, and your budget.

Will the utility pay me for generating excess electricity?

You will have a credit on your bill when you are generating more than you are using but that credit will only be carried forward for a year. After that, the utility will not issue a check for the excess electricity, which is why we design system to match your electricity usage.

How long does a solar system last?

Our solar power systems are designed to operate for the lifetime of the building. Photovoltaic Solar technology was first developed for the space program and has proved itself in the harsh environment of outer space. PV solar cells generate electricity by direct conversion of light into energy with no moving parts and nothing to wear out. They last virtually forever. Solar panels are warranted for 25 years and the entire installation has an ironclad 10 year warranty.

What is the difference between thin-film modules and mono- or polycrystalline technology?

Mono- or polycrystalline modules are high efficiency and last virtually forever. In contrast, thin-film technologies have slightly cheaper production costs, but offer lower efficiency and degrade over time. As such, they are best suited for smaller consumer applications (such as pathway lighting, solar toys, etc) and not well suited for large home or business systems. Still, many new companies – particularly the big guys who push solar leasing – use thin film panels in their installations as a way to reduce their costs and increase their profit margins.

There are so many module brands! Which ones are best? What should I look for?

Most modules are warranted for 25 years. However, that 25 year warranty won't mean much if that company isn't around in 25 years. For that reason, we rely on the modules that our customers can trust, including but not limited to Sharp, Kyocera, Aleo, and Schott.

What if my roof needs to be repaired or replaced after installing solar?

If you anticipate a replacement or major repair in the next five years, we recommend doing roofing before installing solar. Our company works with many roofers throughout Southern California, and will happily recommend and coordinate with another roofer.

However, if a repair or replacement is in the far future, modules can be easily uninstalled and reinstalled.

What maintenance do the modules require? Will I have to get up on my roof and clean them?

Solar panels are virtually maintenance free. Seasonal rains, and even normal morning dew, will prevent most dust or dirt from accumulating.

What financing options are available?

Because the return on investment on a solar power system outperforms CDs, Money Markets, Real Estate and the Stock Market, financing your solar power system is quite easy. Our finance department and project managers will work with you to maximize your return on investment and create a payment plan that is right for you. We advise to lease your system only as a last resort. When you lease solar, the generous returns on the system are kept largely by the lease company. In some instances the solar provider gets a commission from the leasing company, which is why some of them really push the lease option.