Facts Sheets and FAQs
Why renewable solar?
Ranging from the global to the personal, there are many compelling reasons to adopt renewable energy. The preservation of the environment, the need for energy independence, the cost of electricity, and financial incentive are just a few. See our FUNDING page for more.
Building your renewable energy system will take both technical skill and customer service. Our technology and people are uniquely qualified to guide you through the process.
Simple talk. Most people don’t want an energy seminar, just what’s relevant. We present the options in a way that lets you focus on the big picture decisions of your installation.
Design aesthetics. We work with you to design a system that integrates with the existing look and layout of your property.
Monitoring. We’ve worked closely with the makers of SolarEdge, Enphase and eGuage to bring you this feature. All Zenergy systems offer the option of tracking your system’s energy production in real time from your PC.
I’m convinced. How do I get started?
You can go to REQUEST A MEETING to arrange a conversation with a Zenergy specialist.
Can I get all my electrical power from solar?
It is more common for traditional utility company customers to grid-tie their renewable-generated electricity to the utility power grid. However, for customers in remote areas where there is no grid stand-alone systems can provide all your electricity, depending on your energy consumption and installation. It should be noted that a stand-alone system generally requires a greater investment in solar panels and batteries to ensure continuous power for times when there is little sun light.
What can one solar panel do?
See the ZENERGY SOLAR GUIDEto compare the relative capacity of a common solar panel to several household appliances.
What if my roof isn’t facing south?
While most panels in the northern hemisphere are installed facing south under ideal conditions, panels facing east or west still capture a high percentage of the solar energy. Many rooftop commercial installations point straight up at the sky.
Will solar panels break under harsh weather conditions?
Solar panels are extremely durable. Tested to withstand hail damage, rain and snow, they offer manufacturer’s workmanship warranties for 12 years and performance warranties as long as 25 years. The panels may need to be cleared of snow and debris to work at top efficiency.
I’ve heard solar panels aren’t very attractive. Is that true?
In a word - No. All Zenergy installations are designed with your input to work with the existing aesthetics of your property. In many cases, our installations are able to blend in with the structures already in place.
What are the short-term incentives of renewable energy?
There are tax breaks, rebates, and grants currently available for home or business owners installing renewable energy systems. Call Zenergy to discuss.
What are the long-term financial advantages of renewable energy?
In addition to adding value to your commercial or residential property, the primary long-term financial advantage of renewable energy is the ability to offset your monthly electric bill by producing part or all of your own electricity. On grid-tied systems, you can even make money if you make more energy than you use. See “sell-back” below.
How can I make money with “sell-back”?
In some states including Minnesota, electric utility customers with a grid-tied renewable system can receive market value credit from the utility company when they generate more electricity than they use. This surplus is sent back through the grid where it is literally “sold-back” to the utility company.
When will my renewable energy system pay for itself?
The short answer is, it depends. There are several factors in determining how long it will take to recoup your initial investment. Among them are:
- Installation materials and labor
- Electricity consumed vs. generated
- Utility company buy-back
- Amount of sun
- Government rebates and incentives