Frequently Asked Questions
How much does solar energy cost?
Today, solar is competitive with traditional electricity in many markets. We assist you in capturing all available tax credits and rebates to ensure you are getting the most competitive solution. We offer a range of financing options, which makes going solar simple and affordable.
How does solar power work?
Solar Panels capture sunlight and convert that sunlight to DC electricity. This DC electricity is then run to an inverter where it is converted to AC power. This clean and renewable source of power is then used in your home. Click here to a see an in-depth explanation of how solar panels work.
Do I need batteries?
Modern solar arrays do not require batteries to operate. The majority of systems operating today are considered “Grid-interactive”. This means as the solar array generates power it provides that power to the electrical needs in your home or facility. In the event that excess power is being generated by the solar array, it is sold back to the utility company. The utility company keeps a record of this power sales via net-metering.
Should I install battery backup for my solar panels?
Whether or not to install a battery backup depends on your goals for your solar power system. Battery backups do add cost and can lower your system’s efficiency; however, there are benefits such as power during electrical outages. Discuss the pros and cons of battery backup with your solar power professional.
Do I have a good house for solar power?
If your roof has unobstructed access to the sun, you very likely have a good site. Cedar Creek Energy will have an engineer perform a free feasibility analysis to determine system performance on your roof. Click here for a FREE Assessment.
What size system do I need?
The solar electric system size you need depends on how much electricity you use, the amount of energy you are looking to offset and the size and suitability of locations where the solar electric system will be installed.
What is “net-metering”?
The electricity produced by your solar system is monitored by a dedicated (separate) solar meter. That meter is connected to the “grid” – which is monitored by the utility company’s electric meter (also on your home). When you’re producing more electricity than you are using, the utility’s electric meter spins “backward” because your feeding your excess energy back into the grid.
The utility credits you for every kilowatt hour you produce more power than you use. Conversely, when you need more power than your solar system is producing, such as at night or on cloudy days, you can cash in your energy credits and avoid purchasing that needed power directly.
Thanks to net metering, at the end of each month, your credited or charged for the difference between what you produce and what you use. At the end of each year – depending on your utility company – you may receive either a check or a credit for any extra credits still remaining on your account.
Different utilities have different net metering policies, fiscal periods and payback plans. Our solar engineers are fully versed on the varying plans and can easily explain the net metering program in your area.
Are there rebates available for solar?
Yes. There is a 30% Federal Tax Credit available in all areas and depending on where you live and who provides you electrical service, there may be additional incentives available. Contact us to see what incentives you qualify for.
Do you offer financing?
Cedar Creek Energy offers a variety of different financing programs for residential, commercial, municipal customers and schools. We have many programs that offer zero down and create positive cash flow immediately. Click here to learn more about out financing options.
Who handles the paperwork and installs the system?
Cedar Creek Energy is a full service turn-key solar installer. We are licensed general and electrical contractors who handle every aspect of the solar installation process. We deal with permitting, utility interconnection, installation, and system commissioning.