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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

  •  What area do you Service?

    • Southern California
  • Is Southern California good for solar?

    • Here is a solar map:
      California only has an average of 36 rainy days a year. 9 out of 10 days are rainy.
      Not only is that optimal as far as maximizing exposure to the sunlight but the average temperatures are also great for producing solar energy. Coastal Southern California rarely has extremely cold or heat and stay within 60-90 degrees.
  • Do you install other systems besides Sunpower?

    • We definitely can, though we will always advocate Sunpower is the best option for most people in the residential and commercial market.
  • I have poor credit can I get financing for my Solar Panel Installation?

    • Yes, The Hero program loans up to 10% of the assessed value of your property and gets rolled into your yearly property tax bill. You cannot have bankruptcy on your record for three years.
  • Do I have the roof for solar?

    • It depends.
      There are a few different factors when considering whether you roof is good for solar

      Orientation
      Shade
      Material
      Age
      Size
      Pitch

      Call us for more information... this question is to be continued!
  • My roof doesn't face south, can I still go solar?

    • Yes, but we have to approach the job differently.
  • How long do Sunpower Solar Panels last?

    • They are designed to last 40 years but are warrantied for 25 years.
  • Is Southern California an ideal for Solar Energy?

    • Southern California is ideal for solar energy but they operate at their best at 77 degrees which is close to many Socal city's average temperature. Los Angeles, a city that can represent Southern California in this measurement, only received an average of 36 rainy days a year or in other word 9 sunny days per rainy day. The lack of rain is also idea for solar panels as more humid and rainy climate do have an effect on the wear and tear on solar panels.
  • Is solar energy a scam?

    • No, quite the opposite. There are bad actors in the solar industry who make people sign financing agreements that customers are not a good fit for that kind of an agreement, causing certain people to be put in a bad position. Certain loans like HERO attach a tax lien on your house and homeowners can have issues selling the house because the tax lien placed on the house is first priority and lenders may not want 2nd priority status... HERO will not subordinate their loan. As a result some home owners are left thinking there is no way around paying off the loan where there are refinancing options or home equity loans, among other solutions, to fix this issue. Before signing any HERO/PACE loans Renovate American, the main underwriter, will give the home owner a call to make sure they understand the terms of the agreement to move forward with the loan. The victims of fraud are usually senior citizens and people who use English as their second language. More and more measures are being taken is going into reigning in these bad actors including laws that were recently passed to help protect against industry sharks.
      This article states that less than 1% of the loan default...
  • Am I good candidate for solar energy?

    • From an environmental perspective, always.
      From an economical perspective, it depends.
      The larger your energy bill the more you can save big time from solar energy. The other factor is how much shade is around your house, what condition is your roof in, and the direction the sun your home and/or property has. AD Solar needs to send one of our installers to investigate to ascertain all the variables.
  • What is the average cost of a solar system?

    • It depends on the amount of kilowatts hours you need to produce but generally for a suburban residential we normally process installations ranging between $20,000-$30,000 for a residence between 1500-3000 sqft, producing between 5-7 kilowatts hours. With the tax credit though you can shave 30% right off the bat then there are write offs (depreciation, expense write offs for investment properties, etc), lowered electric bill, home value increase, etc.
  • How much does the loan cost per month on average? 

    • For a 20 year loans we see the monthly minimum around $110-$160 for the average install. Please note though that monthly payments depend wildly on how long the loan is, the method of financing, and the interest rate you are paying.
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