We offer free consultations, with the initial information often received via email and google maps so you aren't facing a salesperson pushing for a decision while exploring your options. Though, if you'd like an initial in person visit that is always an option.
People are often surprised at how much information we require for a quote. They think all we need is the square footage of their home, but that's actually not important at all, unless it's a newly built property. How much energy a home uses depends on many things, including the efficiency of electronics, amount of insulation, and how often someone is home. Many large new homes have lower usage than an older small home!
So what do we ask for initially?
1. Your address is the most important. Thanks to google maps/satellite images we can learn a lot about your home and roof without having to visit in person, though that is needed before finalizing the project. However, if your home is too new for google satellites, a home visit will be required before designing a system.
2. Your last 12 months of electrical usage. Why? This ensures we design a system that matches your needs, and not just what we can fit on your roof (or patio). Equally important, the state of Colorado limits all solar systems to no more than 120% of the prior year's usage. We can't design an excessively large system, it will be rejected by the power company. Since a system often ranges from 5 - 10 kw, we don't want to quote you a system that is not the right size.
How do you find out your usage? In Colorado, most of our customers have Xcel Energy, which lists your usage in your online account. The same should be true of IREA and any electric provider. If it isn't, you can call them to get the last 12 months of usage. We prefer this value in kwh, rather than dollars as it ensures a more accurate calculation.
As we are working out the details of your system, let us know if you plan to make changes in the near future. Would you like an electric car? Planning to add an AC unit? Planning to switch from gas to electric heat? We can adjust our design to take these plans into account.
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