Deciding to go solar is the first step in your solar journey. Before your free consultation with Sun Light & Power, you can help expedite your project by answering the following questions. If you need any assistance, we will gladly guide you through the process!

1. How Much Energy Do You Use? 

Your electricity usage will determine the number of solar panels and solar batteries that you need. Don’t spend time estimating your daily electricity usage. Collect your electricity bills from the past 12 months and let Sun Light & Power analyze them. We will determine the number and type of solar panels needed to match your typical and total energy consumption throughout the year. If your system includes solar battery backup, we will calculate how many batteries and solar panels will be required to power your critical loads during an outage. 

2. Should You Replace Your Roof Before Installing Solar Panels? 

After solar panels are installed, you won’t be able to replace the roof without having them removed. Quality solar panels can be expected to perform very well for at least 20 years. If your roof is at the end of its lifespan, it may be cost effective to replace it before installing solar panels or have both done at the same time. Your roof’s type, age, slope, and immediate environment can all affect the solar system design. Sun Light & Power will inspect your roof, confirm its condition, and determine whether the roof structure and framing can support the additional weight of solar panels. 

3. How Old Is Your Electrical System? 

Residential solar systems need an electrical system that is both strong and modern enough to support solar PV and/or battery storage. In most cases, we can design a safe and code-compliant electrical solution. However, some older homes have outdated electrical panels, fuses, wiring or meters that need to be replaced before solar can be installed. If you have had electrical work done on your home, try to locate the paperwork. Either way, we will be able to tell you whether you need to make any changes to your electrical system before we finalize your solar design. 

4. What Are Your Energy Goals?  

Will your solar system meet your renewable energy goals? 

  • Reduce electricity costs 

  • Achieve greater energy independence 

  • Protect against PSPS, flex power alerts, and unexpected power outages 

  • Offset higher time-of-use rates and peak demand charges with battery storage 

  • Reduce energy consumption and live a more sustainable life 

  • Contribute to a cleaner local environment

  • Help stabilize California’s electric grid 

  • Create an all-electric smart home 

  • Power an at-home EV charger with solar 

Plan ahead to get the most out of your home solar investment. If you have specific goals in mind, we can design and build a custom solar energy system to meet your needs. 

Schedule a Solar Consultation with Sun Light & Power 

After you have considered the questions above, it’s time to schedule a solar consultation with Sun Light & Power! We are a 100% employee owned B-Corp, committed to expanding renewable energy in California. Since 1976, we have completed over 3,000 solar installations in California. We bring unparalleled experience and commitment to every customer’s project.  

Ready to go solar? Call Sun Light & Power at 510.845.2997 or contact us online to schedule a consultation. 

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Why Go Solar?

When it comes to combining solar energy with your business operation, think of solar as an investment that actually provides a return. A custom designed solar PV system or solar thermal hot water heating system will reduce your operating expenses, protect you from volatile utility costs, show your commitment to the environment and the green business movement, and can even increase the reliability of your electrical system.

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Here are a few of the installations we have completed. Let us show you what solar solutions would work for your building.

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