General Solar FAQs

How Do Your Solar Panels Work?

Solar panels are covered in photovoltaic cells (PV). These PV cells absorb the sun's rays (radiation). During the process, the photons release the electrons from the atoms to create a unidirectional flow or direct current (DC) electricity. The DC electricity is converted to an alternating current or AC electricity used to power homes and businesses.

Is Installing Solar Worth It?

Deciding to purchase solar for your property can be daunting, and one of the biggest questions you need to ask yourself is if it's worth it.

Suppose you’re looking at it as an ROI issue. In that case, Market Watch says, "...the National Renewable Laboratory found that for a home with a solar power system, every dollar saved on energy increases a home's value by $20.00. That is a 20-to-1 return on investment."

If you’re looking for the total payback on energy, this can be a moving number because of the increase in energy costs and the adoption of electric vehicles. To make it easy, Simmitri offers a Free Online Estimate Tool that gives you a better idea of the amount of energy you need to produce and the type of system you need.

Do Solar Panels Increase Property Value?

DID YOU KNOW: According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, homes with solar panels sell roughly 20% faster and for about 17% more than those without solar energy systems. The precise degree of ROI in terms of property value is hard to be general about.

We need to access your home, your system, and many other variables to get the answers. Generally speaking, a fully-functioning solar system is increasingly valuable to homeowners.

How Long Does It Take To Break Even On Solar?

The average break-even period on solar is about eight years. This depends on factors such as your usage and the system’s complexity. Breaking even can range to as little as five years, and pricier systems can be as much as 15.

What Is A Microinverter?

A microinverter is an easy-to-install solar device necessary to achieve solar electricity for your home or office. It works to transform DC to AC accordingly. Besides that, microinverters are used to separate the panels. As a result, the weather, snow, or shade you experience doesn’t affect your whole array but, instead, on one of the panels.

Will My Solar Panels Work On Rainy Days?

Yes, solar panels still produce energy on rainy days. Investing in a high-quality, efficient, and photovoltaic system designed to maximize your panels’ performance no matter the outdoor conditions can address the problem. While these solar panels still don’t perform at total capacity, they can still provide plenty of coverage, even when there’s a gloomy forecast.

What are California's Solar Incentives?

If you get your solar energy before the NEM-3 implementation date, you may be able to enjoy NEM-2 benefits by committing to solar before the implementation date of NEM-3.

Installing solar energy after August could be locked into NEM-3 regulations that include:

  • A fixed charge of $60/month on their energy bill just to touch the utility grid.
  • A substantial reduction in daytime reimbursement rates.
  • A 5-year reduction in grandfathering protection.

Act now to get the benefits included in NEM-2!

Can I Still Get Solar Panels If My Roof Isn’t In The Best Condition?

If your roof is damaged, you’ll need to repair it before installing solar panels. Thankfully, we’re a proud GAF Master Elite roofing contractor, so that we can take care of these issues. Once repairs are made, adding solar panels can extend the life of your roof!

Do Smart Devices Use More Energy?

From the beginning, smart devices are designed to reduce energy consumption. For example, a smart EV charger can charge your car during non-peak hours.

Residential Roofing FAQs

What Is Covered In My GAF Warranty?

If you’d like to know the particulars, call us today, and we’ll walk you through the elite 50-year warranty coverage you can enjoy.

What Does It Mean To Be A GAF Master Elite Roofer?

As a proud GAF Master Elite Roofing Contractor, Simmitri is in the top 3% of roofing contractors nationwide and delivers the industry’s strongest roofing warranty.

Choosing Simmitri ensures you’re dealing with a quality, reputable, and dependable professional contractor to work on your home or commercial building – certified by the largest shingle manufacturer in the country.

Our lifetime roof systems are energy efficient and title 24 compliant. When coupled with our radiant barrier and venting system, they’re extremely effective in reducing heat gain into the home or building. Be more comfortable while saving energy!

Do You Do Full Residential Roof Replacements?

You bet! Simmitri is a licensed roof contractor - California Contractor Lic. #765156. We can not only replace roofs, but we’re in the nation's top 3% of roof installers. We’re certified GAF Master Elite contractors who service residential and commercial buildings.

EV Smart Charging FAQs

Do You Install EV Chargers On Homes?

Yes. We install EV Chargers for homes. Simmitri can help you pick out and install any electric vehicle charger.

What’s The Difference Between Level 1 & 2 Charging?

Level 1 EV charging is slow in comparison to Level 2. You can typically install a Level 1 EV charger using a 3-prong outlet, then expect about 4 miles of range per hour of charging.

Level 2 EV chargers are more powerful. You can expect 10-20 miles of range per hour of EV charging, but they do require a dryer outlet and may require an electrician.

Can I install My EV Charger?

You can a Level 1 EV charger using a 3-prong outlet. For better charging results, many people opt for a Level 2 Charger which requires a skilled, well-trained electrician.

Full Energy Audit FAQs

What Recommendations Are In My Energy Assessment?

In your home energy assessment, you can expect information about optimizing your energy usage by checking for infiltration, insulation, duct leakage, HVAC, and more.

Do I Need An Energy Audit?

There are always ways to decrease how much energy you consume. Having a healthy home in combination with solar can give you the max benefits of sustainable energy and sharply reduce your energy bill. We recommend comprehensive energy assessments (CEAs) for homes from the 1990s and older, or if you just bought a new home and want to ensure it is healthy.