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12) Can I buy solar panels and put them up myself?

Yes, ARE solar will help any customer design a solar system and assist the customer installing the equipment themselves if that is their desire. We can provide a la cart services for a reasonable fee that helps customers who like to do their own work save money. We're willing to work with you to get [...]

By | June 10th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 12) Can I buy solar panels and put them up myself?

13) Do I need to replace my roof before I put solar power on my house?

Should the roof be replaced prior to installing a solar PV system on it…sometimes? It would not be wise to install a PV system on a roof that has only 5 years or less of life remaining. The shingles under the PV system will be protected, and age slower than others as they're shaded from [...]

By | May 27th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 13) Do I need to replace my roof before I put solar power on my house?

Should I buy American made solar panels?

Buying American made solar PV panels vs. foreign panels is a matter of how price sensitive you are. Solar panels, like all consumer goods come in a varying degree of quality, efficiency, warranties, and manufacturer stability. Like automobiles today many components come from countries all over the world so knowing only where something was assembled [...]

By | May 13th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Should I buy American made solar panels?

How long does solar power take to install on my house?

The time to install a typical residential solar PV system is 2-4 days. The design phase can take up to 4 weeks as we are required to have a professional engineer design the structural attachments. The permitting with your local government can be anywhere from immediately over the counter, to 3+ weeks. Our average turnaround [...]

By | May 6th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on How long does solar power take to install on my house?

Here’s the link to our news story last week that aired on Earth Day.

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/thenow/vertical-solar-panels-come-to-denver-in-time-for-earth-day

By | April 28th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Here’s the link to our news story last week that aired on Earth Day.

10) How long will it take to break even on my investment? / How long does it take for solar to pay for itself?

This is the biggest question many people will ask when it comes to installing a PV solar system. Many variables play into the equation, so it's difficult to give a set answer. However, in Colorado the range is between 3-6 years for a system on a commercial property and 7-11 years for a residential system. [...]

By | April 15th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 10) How long will it take to break even on my investment? / How long does it take for solar to pay for itself?

9) What happens when the grid goes down?

Standard grid-connected (or grid-tied) solar installations are designed to turn themselves off when there is a power outage. The reason for this is we are connecting directly to your home's electrical panel, which is connected directly to the power lines. If we were feeding power back to those lines while a utility worker was working [...]

By | April 9th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 9) What happens when the grid goes down?

8) PV Solar and Hail?

This question comes up in almost every meeting we have with a potential client. The short answer is that solar panels are very tough, and typically can withstand much more than a standard asphalt shingle roof. Many people in our area deal with hail and the affect it has on their roof. We get a [...]

By | March 26th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 8) PV Solar and Hail?

7) How many panels does it take to make it worth putting solar on my house?

How many solar PV panels does it take to make the installation of a PV system worthwhile… 12! A typical solar PV panel is 250-320 watts and the smallest system we would normally recommend is about a 3000-watt system, or 12 standard 250w panels. The infrastructure cost to install a PV system is fairly consistent [...]

By | March 18th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 7) How many panels does it take to make it worth putting solar on my house?

6) How large of an area do I need to put solar on my house/roof?

The surface area required for a solar PV system is about 18-20 sq./ft. per solar panel. Depending on the size system you require assume 60-80sq/ft. for every 1000 watts (or 1kWatt) of solar PV required to meet your needs. The biggest variable in the amount of space needed is the type of panel you use [...]

By | March 4th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 6) How large of an area do I need to put solar on my house/roof?
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