Frequently Asked Questions

Find out answers to all things solar.

I’ve heard that going solar is expensive and a hassle. What does Crius Solar do differently?

With Crius Solar, you won’t need to do things the hard way.

For starters, you get your own personal solar consultant dedicated to making your solar experience easy and hassle-free, starting with your free, no-risk consultation. Hate paperwork? Leave it to us! Your solar account manager will handle all the necessary permits, paperwork, and details.

Most importantly, you’ll enjoy a low, locked-in rate for the life of your solar agreement, no matter how high utility rates may climb.

How much power will my solar energy system produce?

Because each home is different this one is a hard one. Things like shading, roof direction, etc come into play when we design your system, however our goal is to design a solar energy system that maximizes your roof’s energy-generating potential.  This can add up to significant potential savings when you consider that solar rates are typically lower than utility rates.

Will my panels ever get outdated?

Crius Solar works with well-respected solar energy service providers who are committed to providing cutting edge, top-of-the-line solar equipment. The photovoltaic (PV) solar panels you’ll receive at the time of your installation will be among the best on the market. Also, each of our solar payment options come with a warranty. You can click here to find out more about the warranties.

Why do you need to know my energy consumption over each of the last 12 months?

Having your actual energy consumption over the past 12 months allows us to design a solar system that best meets your energy needs.

Do solar panels generate electricity in bad weather?

While your panels may not produce as well as they do on clear, sunny days, your solar panels will continue to generate electricity on cloudy days as well as rainy days. Depending on how overcast the sky is or how heavy the rain, your panels may produce anywhere from 10 – 60 percent of their total capacity. Unless it’s nighttime, your solar panels will almost always produce some energy.

Am I still tied to the grid?

Yes. During the day your solar system will produce electricity and in night time any additional electricity you use will be pulled from the grid. Your utility company will act as a backup for any additional electricity needs you may have. To learn more about Net Metering click here.

How does a solar system work?

Your solar system will be made up of 3 key components:

  1. Solar Panels (Solar Array)
  2. Solar Inverter
  3. Racking System

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What happens if there is a blackout?

In the event of a blackout, your system is turned off automatically. This is a safety requirement by the utility company so that their technicians can safely repair electrical lines.

What happens after I sign up to go solar with Crius Solar?

Our five-step solar timeline is among the simplest and easiest in the industry, but it’s also exceptionally accurate, thorough, and worry-free. To keep things moving along at an efficient pace, you’ll always have a personal solar project manager available to you that is familiar with your solar project’s specific details. You can contact your solar project manager with any questions you have. We’re here to help!

From your initial conversation with your solar advisor to your solar installation, our process consists of just five easy steps:

  • Once you’ve indicated your interest in solar, your energy consultant will contact you to go through a Home Energy Assessment. It’s quick and easy—just a few minutes and you’re done!
  • Your consultant will also go through your billing and usage history to make sure that solar is a cost-effective solution for your home.
  • The information your consultant gathered will then be shared with a Solar Design Specialist (SDS). Your SDS will create the most effective solar system for your roof and create a customized solar proposal specifically for your home.
  • Your solar consultant will go over your proposal with you over the phone, clearly explaining every part of it. Here’s another opportunity for you to ask any questions about your new solar energy system!
  • Want to finalize your solar project? We’ll run your credit and draw up your contract. Once the contract is signed, you will be working directly with your solar project manager.
  • Your solar project manager will then work with you to complete all the necessary paperwork and permitting for your solar project.
  • The next step is the most exciting, installation day! Our solar installers will come and do a same-day install of your solar system.
  • From there, you’re on your way to all the benefits of affordable solar energy. Of all the decisions you make this year, we aim to make going switching to solar the best!

Why should I choose Crius Solar?

Crius Solar is more than a full-service solar provider. Sure, our relentless commitment to an exceptional solar experience means we work diligently to get you from Point A: plan sign-off, to Point B: opening that first, shockingly lower, electricity bill in the shortest amount of time. And of course, Crius Solar offers a broad range of solar payment options through our partner network.

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Is my house a good fit for solar?

While solar energy is a fantastic renewable source of energy, we always want our relationship to be win-win. To that end, we’ll ask you three simple questions to see if your house is a good fit:

  • Do you own your own home?
  • Do you have a mostly un-shaped roof?
  • Is your electricity bill more than $100 per month?

If you answered yes to all three questions, chances are you’re an excellent candidate to install a residential solar energy system on your home! To get started, submit your request for a completely risk-free solar consultation, and one of our friendly solar advisors will get back to you to answer any other questions that you may have. We’ll also walk you through the entire process, start to finish!

Will installing a solar energy system make it difficult for me to move to a new home?

More and more home buyers are interested in the value solar offers, and your solar contract may be easily transferable to your home’s new owner. Some restrictions may apply.

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I’m a little worried about the way solar will look on my roof. Will the panels really stick out?

You love your home, and we completely understand. That’s why the panels you’ll receive are among the most low-profile in the industry. The frames and mounting system will blend with your roof, and all the electrical components are hidden. All you’ll see are sleek, black panels which grace virtually every architectural style home, from antique to modern.

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How big does my roof need to be to install a solar power system?

Your roof is most likely big enough to install a solar power system. But, it depends on a variety of factors:

  • Your energy requirements – The more energy you need, the more you’ll need to produce and the more panels you may need installed.
  • Your location – Where your home is located plays a major factor in whether or not your roof is big enough to install a solar power system. Homes in very sunny locations (e.g. Californa) may require fewer panels (and less roof space) than homes in less sunny locations (e.g. New York).
  • How your home is positioned – Southern-facing roofs will be more efficient that those that face southwest.
  • How much of the roof is actually usable – Features like turrets, dormers, gables, and skylights make a home architecturally interesting, but aren’t ideal for solar panels. If you have one or more of those features on your roof, you’ll need a corresponding amount of roof space on which solar panels can be mounted.

Your personal solar advisor will be able to quickly see if you have enough roof space for solar. Request your risk-free, no obligation consultation for the answers you need, and more!

What impact will solar have on selling my home?

Because residential solar is still a comparatively new market in this country, there haven’t been many studies tracking what, if any, impact installed solar has on home sales. But the studies that have been conducted all show that homes with solar tend to sell quicker than homes without. In fact, an independent study conducted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) found that solar homes sold 20 percent faster than homes without.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory states, “We find compelling evidence that solar PV systems have boosted home prices.” The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently reported that home values rise an average of $20 for every $1 reduction in electricity costs.

Will I need to adapt my home to run on solar power?

No. Solar power systems fit seamlessly into your home. You should experience no practical changes except for one: most, if not all, of your energy will be coming from the Sun!

Should I purchase my solar system energy outright, lease it, or sign a Power Purchase Agreement? (PPA)

When purchasing a solar power system, the choice is yours! We will discuss the purchasing options in your risk-free consultation. Once we know your budget and goals, we’ll be able to help you decide if you should purchase your solar energy system outright, finance your system, or sign a PPA.

No matter which option you choose, when you go solar you’re controlling your energy costs and helping the environment in a truly significant way.

How do I know if I’ll save enough money by going solar?

We’ll give you an estimate early in the solar purchasing process as to how much money you can save by switching to solar energy—well before you sign a contract. Our goal is to optimize your potential savings while installing the top of the line solar system on your roof.

Contact us today to learn how much you can save by switching to solar!

Does switching to solar really make a difference for the environment?

Yes, switching to solar makes an immense difference for the environment. Over a 20 year span, a typical three-bedroom home with solar panels will avoid the emission of 100,000 pounds of harmful carbon dioxide and save 30,000 gallons of fresh water from being used in energy production [SERising]. And that’s just one house. Imagine what thousands of houses could do—or already doing!

Does Crius Solar offer a battery solution?

Not at this time. Currently most battery options are cost ineffective and do not last much longer than 5 – 7 years. The bright side is companies are making great investments within energy storage and we are hopeful a product will be coming online soon to offer cost-effective, reliable, and clean energy storage.

How long does the process take?

Each home is different and requires specific attention to complete a solar system. Typically you can expect anywhere from 30 to 60 days depending upon your jurisdiction.