How it Works
Steps to Going Solar
We’ve made it easy to go solar when you choose RayWell Solar for your solar energy needs! In just four simple steps, our team of solar professionals will educate you on everything you need to know and answer all of your questions, while also guiding you through the process to going solar. From the initial free consultation to the installation and providing top quality customer service once your new system is installed, we’ll be there with you every step of the way!
1) Free Consultation
The first step in the right direction for going solar, is the initial free consultation. We’ll schedule a time that best works for you, and one of our solar professional team members will come out to you and discuss all of your solar needs with you, educate you on everything you need to know about solar, answer all questions you have and get things started and ready to go for the design of your new solar energy system. To schedule your free consultation and get a quote on going solar, give us a call at (843) 203-0320 or schedule your appointment right here on our site.
2) System Design
After your free consultation, our team of engineers will design the perfect system to fit your roof and meet your energy needs. Once the design of your solar system is complete, we’ll send you a copy for your approval along with a summary of all costs, financing options and projected energy savings.
3) Solar Installation
This is the exciting part, it’s finally time to turn your solar dreams into a reality! A member of our operations team will give you a call to schedule the installation of your new solar system. Our team of solar installers are professionally trained, experienced and certified technicians that will take care of your solar installation with a 100% satisfasction and quality guarantee.
4) Connect and Start Saving!
By this part in the solar process, your new solar energy system has been successfully installed and it’s time to connect your system, begin generating your own clean electricity and start saving on energy costs! Your utility company will come out and install your net meter and we’ll give you the thumbs up to turn it on and officially begin generating your own clean energy with your new solar system.
Our team of professionals here at RayWell Solar will be here for you to answer all of your questions and help you out however need be after the installation. Just because your system has been installed doesn’t mean we’re going anywhere, we’re here for the long haul and will stand by your side whenever you need us.
Solar Energy: How it Works
Solar panels are made up of 60 photovoltaic cells, which magically convert sunlight into DC power.
An inverter converts DC to AC electricity, which is what we have in our homes. We use Enphase microinverters to maximize sun harvest and create a plug and play system for you to add on in the future. Enphase provides a 25 year warranty, protecting you from faulty equipment.
Quality installations should yield a clean and beautiful setup. Running wires through the attic will give you the best visual outcome.
Your system needs to be monitored in case something goes wrong. If there is a problem, the Envoy monitoring system will alert you and us exactly where hte failure occurs, making it a quick and painless service call.
Your solar system is connected to the utility’s grid with a policy of net energy metering. You will keep your existing meter and install a second counting your generation.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I have to do to maintain my solar array?
Almost nothing. You will want to make sure pollen or dust don’t build up on the panels, so either rain or a quick hose down will solve this every few months. PV cells have no moving parts, so they should last 25 years or more. There could be electrical issues that pop up from time to time and you will know there is an error by the monitoring system. One major factor in choosing a system is the inverter choice. Take a look at the warranty period: is it ten or 25 years?
How long will my solar array last?
A quality install with Tier 1 panels should give you power for 25 years. Each year, solar production decreases slightly, but never more than 1% per year.
What happens at night or if there is a rainy day?
If you are grid-tied (which is most common), sunny days can produce more than you need and the utility will give you credit for excess power generated. Then, at night or on a cloudy day, you will use up those credits. Each month, your bill should show you how much electricity was generated by your array and the amount of energy used by your home. The difference will be your bill. The details are included in the Net Energy Metering (NEM) agreement you sign with the utility.
How can I be sure my utility has a NEM policy?
Some utilities in South Carolina are not as friendly to solar as others. And policies change often. A simple phone call to ask about NEM will get you started in the right direction. If you have a specific question, give us a call or shoot us an email.
What are the downsides to solar?
Along with any household upgrade, there is a chance the installation is handled poorly and causes problems. However, the chance of leaks is remarkably low. Warranties protect the products and the estimation on a system’s production should be conservative. Advice we constantly give our customers are: check on the quality of the panel manufacturer, use the right inverters and ask for pictures of previous installs.
Is my roof a good candidate for a solar array?
The best solar roofs have South, Southwest or Southeast sections that allow panels to be installed. There are fire codes which reduce the usable space, but any installer will give you a good estimation of how many panels will fit. IT should be noted, that roof space is a key factor in whether a house is a good candidate for solar. Many companies do not offer other solutions, like ground mounts. For more information on custom solutions, please contact us.
What if my roof needs to be replaced?
Doing a roof replacement and adding solar is commonly done. If your roof has 20 years of life left, you will be fine. If its in bad shape, get a deal on doing both at the same time. We have a solution at RayWell that gives you the best of both worlds.
Can I get solar if I might move in the next five years?
You can transfer your monthly payment to the new homeowner with most financing options. If you cash purchase the system, offering the buyer a home without a power bill for the next 20 years would be a great incentive.
Will a hurricane break my system?
Anytime a home is built in hurricane territory, there are codes that require a certain structural strength so that it won’t fall over. Similar with solar. Charleston has 150 mph wind zone, which means the structural engineer who designs your system had better account for the high wind possibility. Panel racking systems are attached directly to the trusses under the plywood. It’s not uncommon to see shingles missing after a high windstorm while the panels are still attached.
Still need help or have any questions? Contact us! We’d love to hear from you and help out in any way we can. Fill out the contact form below or give us a call, we promise to get back to you as soon as possible. If you’re ready to schedule your free consultation and get a quote on going solar, you can do so here on our website or by giving us a call anytime.