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Why install Solar in your Sonoma County home?

Monthly Savings

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The goal is to design and install a system that will allow you to use considerably less electricity from the public utility.

Offset Utility Rate Hikes

Energy prices can be unpredictable. The right solar installation can generate free power for your home for decades.

Environmental Protection

The world would be a cleaner place if we all chose Solar electricity, a clean and renewable source.

Reliable Power

We install solar modules that will perform for years and are backed with a limited 25-year warranty on power output by a leading American solar manufacturer.

Experienced Installation

Westcoast Solar Energy installers have the training and the experience to know what makes for a better installation. Invite one of our talented reps to your home and receive a free consultation.

Improved Property Value

We can show you how to improve your property value with a solar installation to make your home more desirable and valuable.

Achieve Energy Independence

Choosing to go solar is a commitment toward reducing our dependence on foreign energy providers. This clean and renewable energy offers an alternative to energy that is shipped from foreign soil. Create a supply chain for your home or business needs that starts at your rooftop or ground mount array and ends with the flick of the switch.

Reduced dependence on foreign fossil fuels

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Solar energy has the potential to replace much of the fossil fuel based energy our nation currently uses, allowing us to depend less on foreign suppliers and conserve domestic resources for high value applications. Every kWh generated from solar avoids the equivalent amount of natural gas, oil or coal that would otherwise be used to generate electricity. Solar PV also helps to enable new transportation paradigms like plug-in hybrids and fuel cell cars that would otherwise add loads to the already overburdened electrical grid.

Distributed generation reduces need for large power plants

The current US electrical infrastructure is barely able to support peak electrical loads, as evidenced by several recent blackouts and related events around the nation. Even small residential PV installations help reduce peak power demands by providing energy when and where it is needed most.

By installing distributed generation in the form of on-site solar PV systems, it is possible to offset enough energy use that new centralized power plants can be postponed or avoided all together.

Will I have to change how I use electricity?

Solar electricity works exactly the same as the electricity you buy from the utility company. You turn on lights, plug in lamps and power appliances the same way you do right now. In fact, if you didn’t see solar modules on the roof, you’d never notice any difference—except a lower electric bill.

Is Solar Power reliable?

Solar electricity works exactly the same as the electricity you buy from the utility company. You turn on lights, plug in lamps and power appliances the same way you do right now. In fact, if you didn’t see solar modules on the roof, you’d never notice any difference—except a lower electric bill.

Will my Solar System require maintenance?

Occasionally, a solar array should be rinsed off with a hose to clear the dust or debris that blocks sunlight and reduces efficiency. That's about all that’s required.

What size system do I need?

Every home is different. That being said, an average 2,500 sq. ft. single-family home uses about 8,500 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year. A 4.5 kilowatt (AC) system will generate nearly all the electricity required for such a home on an annual basis.

Several factors will influence the size of the solar system you need. Determining your present electricity needs is a first step in sizing your solar system. You should conduct an energy efficiency assessment with Homestar BP of your home or business before you determine the size of the solar system. By first decreasing your energy consumption, by enveloping your home/business, you could save thousands of dollars on panels.

How long will it take for my system to pay for itself?

The answer depends on many factors like system size, system productivity (i.e. solar potential), energy consumption and your incentive mix. Our team is trained in sorting out exactly these types of details and designing a system that meets your goals for return on investment in the near or long term.

How much does solar cost?

Solar Photovoltaic (or PV) systems are more affordable today than they have ever been. In addition, you can take advantage of current programs in place that should make going solar downright inexpensive!