Walnut Creek Solar Energy FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
Walnut Creek, CA is one of the best places in the country for solar energy production. The sun is plentiful many months out of the year, and even during the “rainy” season, significant amount of solar energy reaches the Earth.
Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQ) about solar energy and solar panel installation in Walnut Creek:
What is solar energy? Simply put, solar energy is harnessing the sun's energy for practical use. Passive solar energy is capturing solar output without the use of mechanical devices – such as using southerly windows to light your home or even frying an egg on the sidewalk. Active solar energy uses mechanical devices to convert the sun's heat into useable energy – often turning the sun's heat into another form of heat (such as solar thermal water heaters and solar space heaters) or by turning the sun's heat into electricity to power other devices (through solar panels or other equipment).
How do Walnut Creek residents benefit from solar installation? There are two main reasons people choose to install solar energy systems in their home: financial savings and environmental awareness. In Walnut Creek we have seen record increases in electricity rates from PG&E over the past decade. It is anticipated that rates will continue to rise in the coming years.
How long does it take for solar panels to pay for themselves? On average 5-8 years, depending on the size of your system and your energy use. Between state and federal tax incentives, you can save about 35-50% of your total up-front cost. After the initial 5-8 years, you will receive free electricty for the lifespan of your panels (which for most California solar panels is about 25 years). Additionally, $20 of value is added to your house for every $1 that you reduce your annual utility bills.
Will my Walnut Creek property taxes go up? Nope. California state law mandates that the value of your solar energy system not be calculated into property taxes.
What is the life expectancy of my PV system? Most manufacturers warranty the solar panels for 20-25 years.
How can I track how much energy my system is producing? New, use easy-to-read meters allow you to see how much energy you are producing in any given moment. Most meters will even connect with a website or your computer to allow you to see how much energy each individual panel is producing at any given moment, as well as track production over time.
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