Fred’s Solar Story

Fred claremont conover nc solar installation customer Renu_optFred’s Solar Story

In Claremont, NC, Fred and his wife have been residing for 23 years in a beautiful modern country home. They recently decided to go solar and couldn’t be prouder of the choice they made and the impact of their efficient, good-looking 11.9-kilowatt solar system’s impact on their energy bills.

They worked with their solar representative, Will, on a plan for a solar system sized to take care of much of their monthly energy usage, reducing their utility charges accordingly. The consultation process went smoothly and was even fun – Fred is the sort of person who tells stories of owning a diesel VW Rabbit back in the day, and quips that he was the only one who could drive it, and that when he did he got 50 mpg!

His new solar energy system is more user-friendly and he considers it a sound investment in his home value. Fred’s the sort of person with a can-do outlook and he’s happy to have a greater degree of self-sufficiency and to be making a positive contribution to the whole energy grid.

Customer-owned solar helps our communities be more able to avoid widespread outages and rely less on the old power plants of the past. Now that they have solar, Fred and his wife want everyone who passes in front of their home to be aware and to consider going solar too! Hickory, Lenoir, and Morganton are all areas with great solar potential that we serve. Read about other solar energy customers from around the Carolinas.

Frequently Asked Questions About Solar for Your Home:

How exactly does going solar and a solar system itself work?
Solar energy begins with sunlight that hits the panels to produce energy that flows into your inverter, which converts the DC energy into Alternating Current (AC) electricity that can be used to power your home. This same energy is then consumed when powering your home’s light, appliances, gizmos, and gadgets. If you feel your home isn’t producing the energy that it needs, the utility will fill in the gaps. If you system produces more energy than needed, that energy will go to the grid and your utility will credit you for the unused power.
How many solar panels do I need for my home?
At Renu Energy Solutions we design our solar panel systems size based on three main factors.

Roof-size/available space: When we look at the size of your roof and the space available, we gather data that tell us the maximum number of solar panels your home or site can hold and we even consider shading. We use a software “Suneye” which takes a 360 picture of your roof and we use this photo to determine if your home is a good candidate for solar.

Energy Usage: When we determine energy usage we look at your past electrical bills from over the course of a year to make sure your system isn’t too big or too small.

Your Budget: We take your budget seriously and most importantly, we want you to be satisfied with our services. We take your feedback on how much you want to spend so that we can size your system appropriately.

What is solar net-metering?
Net-metering is a type of utility policy that controls how your system is connected to the grid and how you are credited for the solar energy you produce.
Does Duke Energy offer net-metering?
Yes! Both Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress territories in NC offer net-metering when your homes goes solar. If you are interested in net-metering, no worries. Our team will guide you through the process as certain utilities have a different application procedure.
Curious about the cost of a home solar system?
When our clients ask this question, we immediately tell Tham about the federal tax credit that comes with going solar. The Federal tax credit for going solar is 26% in 2020. For example, if the total cost of you system was $22,000, when you subtract 26% you are then left with a %16,280 solar system. There is not set price for a home going solar as there are many factors that contribute to the total cost. The price of a solar home can range from $10k to $100k based on the size of your roof, energy usage, aesthetic preferences, and of course, budget.

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