If you have received an unsolicited phone call from anyone identifying themselves as Solar Home, Inc., please be aware that we never have and never will make unsolicited calls to consumers.

All of our sales calls are inbound. We feel strongly that the practice of making unsolicited phone calls "cold calling" is unethical and we have a strict policy which prohibits any of our staff from making any unsolicited sales calls. We do not maintain a telemarketing department nor do we use a third party telemarketing company nor do we purchase sales leads from any source.

If you feel that you are being harassed by repeated, unsolicited calls from any telemarketer, especially anyone that is identifying themselves as Solar Home, Inc., it is our suggestion that you write down the phone number that is calling you and report the matter to your local police department and contact the following federal agencies: Click Here

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Solar Home Will Beat Any Nationally Advertised, In Stock Price On Our Same Installed Solar Panel System Or Your System Is Free.

Because of our direct relationship with manufacturers that produce the finest solar panels in the world, the length of time that we've been selling solar panels and our superior buying power, Solar Home systems are typically priced thousands of dollars less than the competition and include name brand, high performance components. Solar Home will beat any nationally advertised price on solar for homes and businesses and give you the service, support and quality that you deserve.

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Time Is Running Out !

You only have a limited amount of time before California's new, less favorable net metering policy takes effect.

Call us to find out how to get grandfathered under the old net metering policy before your utility company reaches its 5% net metering cap, so you can avoid paying the new fees and avoid the new TOU (Time Of Use) mandate before it's too late.







Solar leases and Power Purchase Agreements are two of the most expensive ways to have solar on your roof. Up to three times the cost of a purchased system using the same name brand, reliable equipment.

You'll typically pay so much more for a lease or PPA than a purchase, that's it's actually you who will be over-paying for your own maintenance, monitoring and insurance not the leasing company.

And good luck ever selling your home with a solar lease or power purchase agreement attached to it. What home buyer in his right mind will want to assume your lease payments on a used, outdated solar system when they can buy a brand new system with the latest technology and keep the 30% federal tax credit for thousands less.

Don't believe it ? Well then simply type the keywords "solar lease scaring buyers" into Google and you can read many accounts of homeowners and real estate professionals reporting difficulty when trying to sell a home with a 20 year solar lease or PPA attached to it.

Most if not all $0 down solar leases include an annual payment escalator that will increase your monthly payment by up to 2.9% per year, every year for 20 years.

Imagine what would happen if your utility company decides to, or is ever mandated to add fees or decrease their net metering compensation like what just happened in Nevada. With annual payment increases, you could end up being forced to pay more for your electricity than if you never had signed that air tight, escalating solar lease contract in the first place.

You'll have to forfeit the 30% federal tax credit and any applicable cash rebate to the leasing company and you won't get tax deductible interest on your lease payments. By purchasing your system with a $0 down FHA solar loan or PACE financing instead, you may qualify for tax deductible interest. Solar leases and power purchase agreements don't offer tax deductible interest.

And after making 20 years worth of leasing payments, you won't even own the system. It will still belong to the leasing company. If you want to own their system after making all those payment, then you'll have to buy it from the leasing company at the end of your lease at fair market value.

Add up all of the disadvantages that a Solar Lease or Power Purchase Agreement offer and you'll find that neither of these forms of rental financing makes much sense in today's much lower priced solar market.




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On Our Competitors

Solar Panel System Price War

Bring us your best written quote from  SolarCity®, SunPower®, Vivint®, Verengo®, Sungevity®, Lowes®, Horizon Solar, REC Solar®, American Solar Direct or Home Depot® and we'll blow that quote right out of the water.

And speaking of Verengo® and SolarCity®, bring us their $1,000.00 off deal that they offer from time to time and we'll show you what a real discount on a name brand solar system can mean to the bottom line.

In fact in most cases we can save you thousands while offering you a higher performance home solar system for a faster payback!

We're so sure that our residential grid tie solar power systems include the best solar panel for homes at the best price that we'll beat any nationally advertised price on our same, in stock, top of the line solar system or your system is free.



Only $1.35 A Watt For A Grid Tie Solar System Before Incentives !


Our prices on these two, high performance, name brand, grid tie solar energy systems are so incredibly low that if you're still thinking about a solar lease after seeing our pricing, we know of a good counselor that we can refer you to.

At these incredibly low prices it make absolutely no sense for anyone to lease or continue to pay their high priced electric bills.

Why not finally say goodbye to the high cost of energy by making your own free electricity with a brand new maintenance free, state of the art photovoltaic system!



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This Brand New very high performance, tier one, name brand, 5.17 kW grid tie solar electric system includes 22 U.S. Made 235 Watt Mono Crystalline solar panels with a 25 year factory warranty. A complete U.S. made mounting racking system with a 15 year warranty.  And an Renesola state of the art 97% CEC efficiency inverter.

With a much better 0%/+5% tolerance rating and high strength mounting racks,

Take advantage of our limited time "SunSational offer" and we'll give you a free Permit Submission Package.

Only $1.35 per watt 

And That's Before Any Incentives !

You Can Actually Own This System For Less Than 1/3 The Cost Of Leasing It !

Hurry These System Prices Are First Come First Served !


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With Power Optimizers For Performance Monitoring For Every Pair Of Solar Panels And Shade Mitigation !

This Brand New ultra high performance, name brand, 5.30 kW grid tie solar electric system includes higher performance Mitsubishi Electric Black Framed Mono Crystalline solar panels with a 25 year linear factory warranty. A complete U.S. made mounting rack system with a 15 year warranty. 20 high performance SolarEdge 300 watt power optimizers with a 99.5% efficiency rating. And a SolarEdge state of the art 97.5% CEC, 98.3% peak efficiency inverter.

Take advantage of our limited time "SunSational offer" and we'll give you a free Permit Submission Package. Plus take advantage of our "Free in 30" offer and you'll receive your choice of  a free upgrade to our new high quality U.S. made Spider Rax rail-less solar mounting system.

Only $1.96 per watt

And That's Before Any Incentives !

You Can Actually Own This System For Less Than 1/2 The Cost Of Leasing It !

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Please click here to learn about STC watts versus PTC watts as well as estimated AC wattage production.



These Grid Tie Solar Energy System Also Includes:

1. Free solar rebate application processing assistance

2. Free roof layout design assistance

3. Free lifetime technical support

4. Free single line drawings.

5. Even Includes mounting racks and with our "Free in 30" offer, with our Mitsubishi Electric systems you'll receive your choice of a free upgrade to our new high quality U.S. made Spider Rax rail-less solar mounting system.

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The solar leasing companies are still using much thicker, framed solar panels with a mono facial (single sided) glass on plastic design that originated back in the 1950's.
 Our lower cost, Hyper X2 solar systems include Gen 2 Bifacial solar panels that have a much thinner, less than a 1/4 inch thick, frameless, semi transparent design that provides bifacial power production from both the front and back surfaces of the solar panel which provides extra power production with up to a 22% efficiency rating.
The new Bifacial (Double Sided) solar panels that are used in our Hyper X 2 solar systems offers a better PTC to STC ratio "Real World" performance according to the California Energy Commission's performance rating listings than over 119 of SunPower's solar panel models.

While the solar leasing company's more expensive, much thicker, Gen 1 solar panels might look good on your roof today, what will your home look like at year 10 of your locked in, 20 year lease, when many of your neighbors are installing, much sleeker, Gen 2 solar panels?
You can own this advanced technology for far less than what it will cost you for a zero down solar leased system. And if you need zero down solar financing, we offer much better $0 down loans instead !




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How About A Much Lower Cost Per Kilowatt Hour ?*


Cash Purchase Contractor Installed.

7 Cents Per Kilowatt Hour Fixed Rate.

Cash Purchase DIY Installation.

Less Than As 5 Cents Per Kilowatt Hour Fixed Rate.

Leasing Company $0 Down Lease Or Balloon Payment Loan.

13 To 16 Cents Per Kilowatt Hour.

Utility Company Rates.

15 To 31 Cents Per Kilowatt Hour.
May Be Even Higher Due To The Potential For Annual Rate Increases.


The Above Per Kilowatt Hour Cost Estimates Are Based On One Of Our Average Sized 5.1 kW Or Larger Name Brand Ecostar Systems.












Are you aware that the battery that one of the most popular names in the Lithium Ion battery storage industry is offering, can only output up to 2,000 watts of continuous power? That's not much more than a single hair dryer set on high.

What good is having a residential solar storage system if your continuous power output is limited by your lithium battery's chemistry and you're still using the lower efficiency, single sided, glass on plastic, aluminum framed solar panels that most of the solar leasing companies are offering ?

 A far better alternative would be to connect your home to a lower cost bifacial solar powered LiFePO4 (Lithium Iron Phosphate) battery storage system.

LiFePO storage batteries offers longer lifetimes, better power density (the rate that energy can be drawn from them) and are inherently safer.

The Bifacial, (double sided) glass on glass, frameless, solar panels hat are used in our Hyper X2 solar systems offer up to 22.6% efficiency, a 94.3% PTC to STC performance ratio, a -0.28%/degree C temperature coefficient for better performance in warm/hot climates. And a minus 60 degree C extreme cold temperature rating ?

The new 300 Watt, 60 cell solar panels that are used in these EV solar charging systems offers a better PTC to STC ratio "Real World" performance according to the California Energy Commission's performance rating listings than over 119 of SunPower's solar panel models.




LiFePO4 (Lithium Iron Phosphate) batteries offer improved thermal and chemical stability over other lithium-ion chemistries which improves battery safety.

LiFePO4 battery chemistry offers a longer cycle life than other lithium-ion chemistries.

Better battery power density (the rate that energy can be drawn from them).

Expected use: Daily.

3,500+ cycles.

 LiFePO4 cells experience a slower rate of capacity loss than other lithium-ion battery chemistries

Built in BMS (Battery Maintenance System)

Steel powder coated case.

Cooling-fan and convection.

Stores solar energy during the day for use in your home later at night.

Provides emergency backup power during power outages.

Low Acquisition Cost ($/kWh).






Compatibility with popular 48 volt off grid/grid tie battery back inverter such as Schneider Electric, Outback and Magnum Energy. 

Not Compatible.

Yes Compatible.

Continuous output rating.


10kW +

Life expectancy.

Shorter lived Lithium Ion chemistry.

Longer lived Lithium Iron Phosphate chemistry.

Power rating in off grid daily use applications.

7 kWh

12 kWh


Battery chemistry is more prone to thermal runaway than Lithium Iron Phosphate.

Battery chemistry is less prone to thermal runaway than Lithium Ion which makes Lithium Iron Phosphate chemistry inherently safer.





Thinking About A Solar Lease ?

Better Think Again!


Purchase a solar system

A leased Solar System

A Purchased Solar System

Typical cost for an installed 4.75kW, $0 down, 20 year leased system after 20 years worth of $117 per month lease payments:


That's Nearly 3 Times The Cost Of A Purchase!

Typical cost from us, for an installed 4.75kW purchased system after applying the 30% federal tax credit:


Leased solar panels are typically made in China or some other foreign country.

These all black solar panels are made in the U.S.A.

 American Made Solar Panels

In the future, despite improvements in performance and esthetics, you don't own the solar system, so you can't sell the system or upgrade. You'll be stuck with the same aging solar panels on your roof for the 20 year term of your solar lease.

Since you own your system with a purchase, you can sell your system at any time and use the money to upgrade to the latest solar panel technology.

You're paying so much more for your leased system when compared to a purchase that it's actually you who will be over-paying for your own repairs, monitoring and insurance.

You'll save so much more money by purchasing your solar system and keeping the 30% federal tax credit, that even after typical repairs, monitoring and insurance costs, you'll still come out tens of thousands of dollars ahead over the life of your purchased solar system.

Check that leasing quote to see if that leasing company even bothers to mention the brand and model of the solar panels, inverter and mounting system that you're going to be paying for over the next 20 years?

You'll know exactly what your getting when you purchase one of our U.S. made solar panel based, higher performance systems, right down to the last specification. We don't try to hide the details. We're proud of the products that we offer!

Many leased solar panels offer a poorer temperature coefficient rating resulting in a -0.44% loss of power for every degree above 25 degrees C.

Our higher performance U.S. made Stion solar panels offer an industry leading -0.26% temperature coefficient rating for higher energy production in warm/hot climates.

Many leased solar systems include solar panels with standard PTC to STC ratios which according to the California Energy Commission, is an indicator of real world performance. A PTC to STC ratio of .890% to .905% is common for leased solar panels.

The higher performance, U.S. made Stion solar panels in these purchased solar systems offer a very high 92.92% PTC to STC ratio for better real world performance.

Imagine trying to sell your home in the future with 9 year old solar panels on your roof while trying to convince your homebuyer to assume the 11 remaining years on your solar lease. In addition, why would someone want to buy your home and assume your remaining payments on a used solar system, when they can buy a brand new solar system for less, and keep the 30% federal tax credit ?

Good luck!

Again, since you own your system with a purchase, you can sell your system at any time and use the money to upgrade to the latest solar panel technology if you wish. Plus, since you own the system, there won't be any payments for your homebuyer to assume.




The choice is clear. In most cases, if you want to rent a poorer performing solar system for the next 20 years, while giving away your 30% federal tax credit and any available cash rebate, and paying over 2 times more than what you would have paid had you purchased your solar system instead, then you should lease.

On the other hand, if that simply doesn't sound appealing to you, then do yourself a huge financial favor and purchase your solar system for a far better return on your investment.














No Money Out Of Pocket



Balloon Payment Due

Yes. Their loan requires you to make a 30% balloon payment that is due on June 1st the year after installation, regardless of the amount claimed in the tax credit.

No. There is no balloon payment required with any of the loans that we offer.

Annual Payment Increases

Yes. Their loan includes a 2.9% annual payment increase that will raise your monthly payment by 2.9% per year, every year for the entire term of your loan.

No. Their are no annual payment increases in any of the loans that we offer.

Tax Deductible Interest

No. The interest payments on their loan are not tax deductible.

Yes. The interest payments on our FHA Title 1 Solar loans and PACE Solar financing are tax deductible.

Loan Proceeds Can Be Used To Purchase A Lower Priced Solar System

No. The proceeds from their loan can only be used to purchase one of their higher priced systems.

Yes. The proceeds from our loan can only be used to purchase any one of our much lower priced systems.

Loan Contracts Can Be Signed For A Shorter Term Loan For Lesser Number Of  Interest Payments

No. The contracted term of their loan is 30 years.

Yes. The loans that we offer can be signed for terms that vary to best suit your needs.




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If That Solar Leasing Company Wants To Charge You More Than $2.30 Per Watt After Incentives For A Standard Roof Mounted 4.75 kW System, Tell Them To Take A Hike !

4.75 kW System Solar Lease

4.75 kW System Solar Purchase


Your Typical Final Cost On A $0 Down Solar Lease After 20 Years Worth Of $117.00 Per Month Lease Payments At The Solar Lease Company's Much Higher Pricing.

Your Cost $28,080

And That's Without Considering The Annual Payment Escalator Of Up To 2.9% Per Year For 20 Years.

In Addition, The Leasing/PPA Company Is Going To Take The 30% Federal Tax Credit, Typically Worth Over $7,500, At Their Much High Pricing And They'll Take Any Applicable Cash Rebate!


Your Typical Final Cost After A Typical $1.30 Per Watt Installation Fee, Minus The 30% Federal Tax Credit.

Your Cost $10,419

And The Best Part Is That You'll Own The System For A Much Better Return On Investment.








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Since 1997, the creators of Solar Home have helped thousands of utility customers throughout the United States and Canada to dramatically reduce or even eliminate their electric bills by taking advantage of the generous cash rebates and solar tax credits which are available for the installation of home solar panels and commercial solar panels.

 We've literally slashed prices to the bone on all of our name brand, high performance top of the line solar systems.

Solar Home encourages you to shop at every source imaginable so that you will have an appreciation for the high level of quality and the incredibly low pricing that you will find on our website. 

  You may find cheap, high risk for no warranty support, solar power systems that use non name brand solar panels for your home that are made by tiny overseas manufacturers at the pricing that we offer, but we guarantee that you will not find a lower nationally advertised, in stock price on our same top of the line, big name brand solar systems or your system is free.

Give Solar Home a call, we are here to provide you with fact based answers that are supported by the manufacturers specification sheets, government endorsed independent photovoltaic lab test results and our 15 solid years of experience exclusively in the solar industry.

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We're Proud Distributors Of The Following High Performance, Name Brand Products:

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Solar Home specializes in solar power kits for home and commercial use. We offer wholesale solar prices to both homeowners as and solar contractors nationwide. Solar Home has offered solar energy for sale since 1997 and although our solar panel packages price is unbeatable, we do not offer cheap solar panels for sale. We offer only the best solar panels for home use with top name brands that you'll immediately recognize.

Solar Home is packed with solar power products and residential solar info that will save you thousands when compared to other solar panel suppliers. Wholesale solar prices is just the beginning of the solar home experience. Our Mitsubishi Electric PV panels have been installed on thousands of solar power homes and businesses. Since 1997 our home solar power kits have been installed in every state in the U.S. We're experts at designing and selling solar system products that last.

You can also buy solar panels wholesale from solar home. We are your home solar panel source selling high efficiency mono crystalline and poly crystalline solar power panels. You can buy solar panels online from the hundreds of dealer dealers that have cropped up over that last couple of years but buying solar solar panels that will still have a warranty in the next 3 to 5 years, now that's a different story.

From Raw Silicon To Solar Cells To Solar Panels.

Solar cells are solid state devices that are used in solar panels for the purpose of converting light energy (photons) into electricity (electrons) through a process known as the photovoltaic effect. The term "photovoltaic" is a Greek derivative coming from the terms (phōs) for light and "voltaic" for electricity. This first cell used Selenium and had an efficiency of about 1%. In 1954 while experimenting with semiconductors, Bell Laboratories introduced the first practical silicon solar cell which was doped with specific impurities that began the evolution of what would become today's much higher efficiency technology.

Solar panels that utilized these early solar PV cells had an efficiency rating of about 6% which was first demonstrated in April of 1954. Today solar panels have dropped dramatically in cost and have efficiencies ranging from about 6% for thin film solar panels up to 18% for front contact mono and poly crystalline technology. Modern panels are used in home solar power applications and Commercial Solar applications as well as off grid solar power and RV solar power uses. Panels systems are even used to provide emergency power and for Solar powered air conditioning systems in homes and businesses.

Mono Crystalline (Single crystal) Silicon Solar Panels

Mono crystalline or single crystalline cells are produced primarily by the Czochralski (Cz) process. The large diameter single crystal silicon ingots that are created from this process are cut into thin wafers using thin wire saws. Conductive energy collection grids are silk screened onto the surface of these wafers and a functional solar cell is produced. Solar panels for your home that utilize single crystalline cells offer among the highest efficiencies available on today's market.

Poly Crystalline (Multi crystal) Silicon Solar Panels

Cells that are created from polycrystalline or (multi crystalline) technology are cut from a silicon boule that has been casted from molten silicon and allowed to cool. The multi crystalline cell is grown from this silicon material forms multifaceted crystals that grows in different directions. Conventional multi crystalline solar cells typically offer a slightly lower efficiency.

Ribbon Silicon Solar Panels

A process which cost less than traditional manufacturing techniques is known as "Ribbon Growth". Silicon is formed directly into thin wafers which avoid the expensive process of sawing silicon from a solid silicon boule. One such method is known as "Edge defined film fed growth" starts with two crystal seeds. A thin layer of silicon is formed as the seeds are pulled from a molten vat of silicon which produces a continuous ribbon of silicon. Solar panels that that use this technology are effective at saving material but the quality of the material produced is not as high as the Czochralski (Cz) process. Cell efficiency may also be reduced. The one company that sold tens of thousands of solar modules in the U.S. that used ribbon silicon technology is now bankrupt which has left the homeowners that purchased these modules without a manufacturer's warranty. Solar home never sold ribbon silicon technologies. 

UMG Technology (Upgraded Metallurgical Grade Silicon)

In an effort to save on materials and processing cost. A few manufacturers have turned to less pure silicon to manufacture solar cells that are used in their solar panels. Unlike the nine 9s (99.9999999%) or even the eleven 9s (99.999999999) of purity that is the result of the conventional Siemens process, solar modules that are manufactured using UMG are of less purity which can have an effect on efficiency. Several Canadian based solar companies have introduced these lower cost, lower efficiency based products into the European and U.S. markets. Again Solar Home never has and never will sell UMG solar technology to its customers.

CdTe Solar Technology (Cadmium Telluride)

Like their crystalline silicon thin film cousins, Cadmium Telluride CdTe solar suffers from the same stigma of lower efficiency. The primary difference between both crystalline silicon and Amorphous silicon when compared to CdTe is that CdTe does not utilize silicon in its design.

Instead CdTe solar panels use a compound which is formed by a combination of Cadmium and Tellurium blended with Zinc. Another difference between CdTe and more traditional solar module technologies is that Cadmium one of the substances used to form the compound CdTe is an extremely toxic material with known cancer causing effects which raises concerns among health officials.

Cadmium telluride is toxic, but only if it is ingested or its dust is inhaled. There is also concern if it is handled improperly for example, without the use of appropriate gloves and other safety precautions. Although CdTe modules have been touted as being safe especially once encapsulated in a module, environmental concerns remain if these solar panels are not be disposed of or recycled properly should they become broken, defective, or decommissioned at the end of their life cycle. Due its potential for toxicity Solar Home will not sell solar panels that contain Cadmium Telluride.

Amorphous Silicon Solar (Thin Film Solar Panels)

Unlike crystalline silicon whose atoms are arranged in a very orderly fashion, the atoms in amorphous or thin film solar panels are not arranged in any specific pattern and in fact contain many structural and bonding defects. Amorphous solar panels are made by utilizing a vapor deposition process not unlike spraying the silicon which deposits a microscopic thin layer of doped silicon onto a glass substrate. Although thin film is less costly to manufacture than mono or poly crystalline technology they do suffer from several drawbacks, among them are a much lower efficiency. While mono and poly crystalline solar technologies typically produce power in the 12 to 15 percent efficiency range, thin film technology's efficiency range from 6 to 9 percent. Another drawback with Amorphous technology is an anomaly know as the Staebler-Wronski effect whereby the conversion efficiency of Amorphous solar panels has the tendency to degrade causing a drop in output of up to 20% when it is first exposed to sunlight. Due to it low efficiency Solar Home does not offer Amorphous Silicon solar panels.

With exception to AC solar panels that incorporate micro inverters and a solar module into a single unit, solar panels produce DC current. This is the same type of non varying current that comes from a flashlight or car battery. The voltage and current from a solar panel that produces DC power is constant in nature, varying only as the intensity of light that strikes the panel varies. Compare this to the AC current or alternating current that is produced by a battery based or grid tie only DC to AC inverter.

 When used in an off grid application, the solar energy that is produced by solar panels is first stored in batteries which is then fed to an inverter for conversion into AC current. This AC power can be used while the solar panels are producing power during daylight hours or can be used during nighttime hours from the DC energy that is stored in the batteries.

Inverters convert the DC current that is produced by solar panels into a sine wave current that is compatible with the utility grid. Grid tie only inverters do not store energy. A grid tie only inverter converts the DC power that is instantaneously produced by the solar panels during daytime hours and changes (inverts) this solar energy into AC power that is fed to the grid by synchronizing the inverter's AC waveform to the grid's waveform resulting in a reduction or elimination of the grid tie solar system owner's electric bill.

A third type of solar system is known as a grid tie battery back solar system has the ability to synchronize with and feed power to the grid during normal conditions but also has the ability through the use of a transfer switch and batteries to disconnect from the grid during a power outage as required by law and then automatically connect to a separate subpanel that has been installed at the system owner's home and tap into the battery pack to supply the home with electricity during both daytime and nighttime hours.

Grid-tied or grid-interconnected inverters come in many different varieties including conventional string inverters, inverters that use power optimizers for individual solar panel performance boosting and monitoring and shade mitigation and in recent years, micro inverters (a single inverter for each solar panel). Micro inverter have become popular but this older configuration is rapidly losing favor to the much higher performance power optimizer offerings. Solar Home does offer micro inverters but highly recommends against their use when compared to solar power optimizers.  

Solar panels are available from many different manufacturers but extreme care must be taken in today's economy if you are after solar panels that will have an enforceable warranty 25 years from now. Over the past two years, dozens of solar manufacturers like Solyndra, Abound Solar, Evergreen Solar, Energy Conversion Devices and Konarka Technologies have filed for bankruptcy. Others like Schott Solar have simply left the U.S. market. First Solar® and SunPower® both have cut production or suspended plans to build more factories. And according to Kyoda News, even Sharp® Solar will soon be leaving the U.S. solar market.

It has been estimated that more than 180 solar panel makers will likely disappear, going out of business by 2015. For this reason Solar Home only sells top name brand solar panels that are made by manufacturers that have demonstrated the commitment and financial strength to support their 25 year warranties.  



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*This 7 cents per kWh cost estimate is based on a standard concrete tile or composition shingle roof mount installation using one of our $1.35 per watt Freedom series grid tie solar systems installed at a cost of $1.30 per watt or less with no barriers to installation that would add additional costs to the installation and are after the 30% federal tax credit has been applied to your system cost**  The 7 cents per kWh estimate mentioned above may be as low as 5 cents per kWh should you decide to perform a DIY installation. These calculations do take into consideration your estimated cost to replace two inverters at year 11 to 13 and year 22 to 24 and your estimated cost for labor to possibly replace no more than four failed solar modules and are calculated over the the 30 year life expectancy of this system. This kWh costs for energy estimate is based on a cash purchase and does not consider the cost of financing should you decide to borrow the money to purchase your system and does not consider any possible return on investment if you had decided to invest your money elsewhere. This kWh costs for energy estimate is dependent on a 100% net metering compensation policy with no additional utility company net metering fees or time of use mandates. Your kilowatt hour costs may vary if your site does not meet these requirements. The 7 cents per kWh estimate mentioned above is dependent upon an installation labor rate of no than $1.30 per watt and is also dependent upon at least 5 hours of average peak sunshine per day.

Solar system performance is based on many factors. One such factor which may negatively impact your solar system's performance is the availability of peak sunshine. Peak sunshine is defined as sunshine which is available during clear sky conditions between the hours of 9 AM and 3 PM. The 5 hour peak sunshine energy production examples depicted on this website are meant for estimation purposes only and may not be applicable to your specific installation, and are typical only for certain areas of Southern California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Your site's number of peak sunshine hours and your solar system's performance will vary depending on factors such as, geographic location, the angle at which your solar panels are tilted, time of year, degree of annual cloud cover, pollutants in the air, dirt and guano (bird droppings) build up on the solar modules, time of day, solar module age and condition, the quality of your installation, obstacles to sunlight such as trees and buildings, and the direction (azimuth) that the solar modules are pointed at. Your results may vary. Please read our sales policy for more information. These factors are beyond the control of Solar Home, Inc. and thus Solar Home , Inc. makes no representation as to how your system will perform in your specific installation. This 7 cents per kilowatt offer is dependent on the availability of a net metering policy that compensates solar users at a full retail cost of electricity rate. This 7 cents per kilowatt offer is null and void should your state, municipality or utility company change their existing net metering rules in the future so that they include net metering fees or compensates solar users at less than a full retail rate. This 7 cents per kilowatt offer is available for a limited time and is dependent upon the the availability of a contractor that charges no more than $1.30 per watt that serves your area that can complete your installation and obtain all necessary permits that will be needed to qualify for the 30% Federal tax credit before it expires on December 31st 2016. Please be aware that as we approach this deadline, the demand for installation contractors is expected to increase dramatically, so this offer may end at any time, without notice. Time is of the essence.

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**Please see you accountant or tax preparer to make sure that you qualify for the 30% federal tax credit before purchasing a solar system.

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