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 a range of budget-friendly options that start as low as $0 down, going solar will make your electricity bills more predictable and may even decrease them. Plus, since your home remains connected to the utility grid, there’s always a reliable power supply, day or night.

And Crius Solar makes it easy.

For starters, you get your own personal solar consultant dedicated to making your solar experience hassle-free, starting with your no-risk consultation.

Hate paperwork? Leave it to us! Your solar account manager will handle all the necessary permits, paperwork and details.

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 to meet your energy needs – today and tomorrow.

Will my panels ever get outdated?

Crius Solar works with well-respected manufacturers to provide 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 and 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. For any additional energy that you need above what your system generates will be provided by your local utility.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Your solar project manager will then work with you to complete all the necessary paperwork and permitting for your solar project.
  4. The next step is the most exciting, installation day! Typically, our installs only take one day, however, in some instances it may be a two-day install.
  5. 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 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: activating your system. 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 unshaded 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 consultants 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!

Is my roof a good fit for solar?

Solar panels are compatible with a variety of roofing materials, but some roof types are more compatible than others. When you sign up for your solar consultation, the solar consultant will ask about the type of roof you have as well as the age. Typically, a roof that is older than 20 years may need to be replaced before you can go solar.

Here are some of the best roof types for solar:

  • Asphalt Shingle
  • Concrete Tile
  • Barrel Tile
  • Flat-Rolled
  • Flat Gravel
  • Flat Foam
  • Flat Concrete

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 so you’ll see the sleek, black panels which grace virtually every architectural style home, from antique to modern.

Check out our latest Blog post about “Ugly” Solar Panels >>

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 like California may require fewer panels (and less roof space) than homes in less sunny locations like New York).
  • How your home is positioned –Southern-facing roofs will be more efficient than 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 relatively new to many U.S. realtors, don’t take your listing agent’s word for it! Studies have shown that solar can have a positive impact on home value, get the facts:

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Study https://emp.lbl.gov/sites/all/files/selling-into-the-sun-jan12.pdf GreenTech Media Article https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/rooftop-solar-brings-higherhome-appraisals New York Times Article http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/22/realestate/solar-panels-and-homevalues.html

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: 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, you will be able to see the options available to you that will best meet your financial needs and ownership goals.

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.

Learn more about the differences between a Solar Lease or Purchasing your solar system outright.

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 potentially save by going solar 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. Plus, Crius Solar works to minimize the amount of energy you draw from the grid with our Solar Energy Plans.

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, making the decision to go solar makes an immense difference for the environment.  The two main benefits of using solar energy are:

  1. Solar energy systems do not produce air pollutants or carbon dioxide.
  2. Solar energy systems on buildings have minimal impact on the environment.

Learn more in our “green” solar blog: http://www.criussolar.com/green-solar-power-really/

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 in 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, once you sign your solar contract you can expect an installation anywhere between 30 to 90 days depending on where you are located.