GUIDE TO SOLAR
Here at Apex, we take care of everything.
First things first- Nice to meet you!
When you first contact us, we don’t try and just sell you solar panels, or force you into a big 20-year lease agreement. We’ve installed nearly every type of equipment that is available, and we know that the best kind of customer is an involved, knowledgeable, and happy one.
Our Solar Consultants are thoroughly trained, we even held an NABCEP Technical sales training class here in our Queensbury headquarters! We know that solar is a very new product, and that many people are unfamiliar with how it works and what it really does. While it’s easy to say “put no money down, pay less right away” and “because this solar panel company has an office in the USA, their solar panels are better!” We think it’s better to listen to questions first, rather than just tell you the “right” answers.
By working with you directly, our consultants help you understand the differences in solar equipment and walk you through the advantages and disadvantages of different types of solar system designs. We believe that information is power, whether it is understanding the differences of Solar Edge Optimizers vs. Enphase Microinverters or deciding between a roof or ground mounted solar system.
Let’s design your solar system together.
Designing your solar system is a pretty straightforward process, but there are a number of things to consider:
- How big does my system need to be?
- Is it worth it to offset less than 100% of my usage?
- Can I reduce my usage and get a smaller system?
- Should I have a ground mount or a roof mount installed?
- Should I buy or lease my system?
- Is it always worth it to get super high-efficiency panels?
These are all important things to consider, and it’s all a part of the conversation and design of your system. It’s important to understand that your system does not need to be bigger than your current usage, in fact having a smaller solar system that only offsets 80% or so of your usage can be advantageous for homes that would benefit from better energy saving habits. It’s amazing how much difference a few LED light bulbs and an EnergyStar equipped fridge can make.
Buying and leasing, roof or ground, and even the efficiency of your solar panels are more dependent on your property and its orientation than anything else. There are advantages and disadvantages to both roof and ground mounted systems, but ultimately one is better than the other for every customer, and both are better for your wallet and the environment than simply doing nothing.
But aren’t High-Efficiency solar panels better?
Efficiency is a hugely misunderstood concept, and its really no ones fault at all. As consumers we are living in a technologically driven world, we have become used to higher efficiency products directly equating to better items. Would you ever get a “Low efficiency” air conditioner or a car with poor fuel economy? Of course not, these products offer better financial rewards because they use less fuel, whether it is gasoline or electricity. Solar panels are entirely unique in this sense, because the fuel is 100% free.
The only difference between a system with ultra-high efficiency panels and a system with average, high-efficiency panels? The “Ultra-high” efficiency system will have a few less panels, that’s it! There are situations where space is truly limited, and thus the highest efficiency panels available are the best application, but space is really the only significant difference. The warranties are the same at 25 years, the electricity the panels produce are the same, sometimes the additional cost for higher efficiency just isn’t worth it. Of the thousands of solar systems we have in service, many of them are high efficiency- it’s a conversation we have with the customer so they can determine if the additional cost of worth the smaller footprint.
Drop that pen, we’ve got the paperwork covered.
When your solar system has been sized and the proposal signed, your project enters the realm of our super-capable operations department. The first step is to complete the full system design of your system. This includes electrical diagrams and a full engineering structural report of your home. Our attention to detail and efficiency in this stage have been honed and refined through our experience installing over 2600 apex solar systems.
When the design is completed, it is sent to you as the homeowner to review and inspect. Once all is approved, we submit these designs along with all of the paperwork required for the necessary building permits and utility applications so we can schedule the installation!
Throughout this process, you are kept in the loop with frequent updates, and always have a direct line to your project manager should any questions arise.
Enjoy the show, it’s time for the installation!
When the building permits, variances, and utility interconnection applications are all received and approved, it is time for the final (and most exciting!) part of your project, the installation!
Each of our 50 Installers is fully trained and certified through an extensive safety program that including: OSHA 10 hour certification, fall arrest systems training, NFPA- National Fire Protection Association, and NFPA 70E. Safety and professionalism is our highest priority, and you can rest assured that our installation teams are some of the very best in the business.
Most installations only take one day to complete, and after a 5-minute power test, we have the data we need to submit the final interconnection application to your utility company. After about 2 weeks, the utility company grants final permission to activate the solar system, and you can start getting your electricity from the sun!
Interested in finding out more? You’ve got nothing to lose and cost-saving clean energy to gain. It all starts with a free consultation.