frequently asked questions
What is better, leasing or buying?
While it is partially up to a customers preference, most homeowners find that buying is more advantageous than leasing. Systems can be purchased with $0 down just like a lease and usually the monthly payment on a loan is less than the monthly payment on a lease. Another advantage to ownership is it's been shown to improve resale value, while third party owned (leased) systems have in many situations complicated home sales without adding to the resale price. Lastly, leased system do not automatically become the property of the homeowner after the 20 year lease term ends. At the end of the term the homeowner is required to either continue to pay a monthly lease fee, buy the system at a price determined at that point or have the system removed.
What about bateries?
We Sunpower batteries, Tesla Powerwalls and the LG Chem. These are the three top home battery systems. The beauty of the battery two-fold, indefinite power in the event of a black out and "load shifting" with Time-of-Use utility rate structures. "Load shifting" refers to storing your excess power during the day (when the electric rates are at a lower price) and using that energy when you're not producing as much (later in the day when the electric rates are a higher price).
What about warranties?
Warranties vary from company to company and there are a few different kinds of warranties.
All major panel manufacturers provide a 25 year power guarantee.
Labor warranties vary from one installer to the next, but all of our systems come with a 25 year labor warranty.
Inverters warranties range from 10-25 years, but all IndieSolar customers get a 25 year warranty.
Will my solar panels still power my house when the grid goes down?
The only way to have solar power during a utility power outage is to have both solar and batteries.
Do the solar panels produce all of my electricity?
They sure can. That being said, they don't need to and most homes get anywhere 60%-100% of their power from their solar, depending on how much energy you use and how much usable roof space you have. Sometimes it makes more financial sense not to produce all of your energy from solar because some utility companies give you a base amount of energy at a low price.
No matter how much power you produce, it is virtually impossible to avoid at least a minimum connection fee from your utility company.
What kind of maintenance is involved?
Very little maintenance (if any at all) is needed for your solar energy system. All systems sold through IndieSolar include a 25 year parts and labor warranty ensuring that if anything ever needs to be replaced it is covered under warranty. Many systems will not require any maintenance for their entire life except a little cleaning every once in a while.
How do I know my system is working properly?
All systems sold by IndieSolar come with remote monitoring. This monitoring allows both you and your installer to observe how much energy your system is producing at any moment in time and over any previous time period such as the week, month, year or lifetime of the system.
What kind of panels do you sell?
IndieSolar primarily sell top of the line panels such as Sunpower, Panasonic and LG.