If you can’t find an answer to your question on our FAQ page, feel free to send us your solar installation questions via our Contact Us form.

Can I get solar panels if I have a Home Owners Association (HOA)?

Sometimes HOAs can pose questions regarding solar panel installation. Every HOA has different rules and regulations, but we will work with you as a partner to create a unique solar system that can work for you. We also assist with completing and submitting all needed permit forms and information to your HOA.

What do I do if my enphase isn’t reporting?

The first thing you should do is go to enphase’s website to troubleshoot why your network is having issues and how to fix it simply.

If you’re unable to resolve the issues, give us a call. We can walk you through it or schedule a service appointment.

There is a possibility I might move. Should I still get solar panels?

The answer is yes! An investment in solar will save you hundreds on your electric bills while still in your current house. Even better, solar panels can increase your home value by thousands of dollars.

Do we get enough sunlight in this area?

Yes. Ohio, Indiana & Kentucky average between 4.2 and 4.7 peak hours of sun per day on an annual basis. This is in comparison to the world leader in solar power facilities, Germany, at 3.4 peak hours and Florida, the SUNSHINE State, at 5 peak hours of sun per day. Solar is a very viable and smart investment here.

How much will it cost to install a solar system on my house and how much will I save?

Each home and installation presents its own set of unique characteristics such as electric rate, how much electricity your home consumes, shading, and available space on the roof, etc., so we can only determine a price and projected savings for your home after consulting with you regarding your solar objectives.

We can help you determine the size and location of your solar system to maximize your savings and will provide pricing and a range of financing options to fit your budget. After incentives, electric savings, and using our attractive financing, most of our customers pay less for the electricity their solar system produces each month relative to what it would cost them to purchase the same amount of electricity from their utility company.

Going solar can save you anywhere from $2 to $4 dollars for every $1 you would have otherwise spent with your utility company over 25 years should you purchase a solar array from Icon Solar.

Will I need batteries?

No. Most solar installations are grid tied and do not require batteries. In a grid tied system, any excess energy that your system produces is sent back to the utility and credited to you during the night or other times when your system is not producing enough to power your entire home. For safety reasons, your grid tied solar system will not work if the utility power is off. To continue to power items during utility outages, you would need batteries to store power as a backup electrical system. You would also need batteries if you want to be completely off grid. You can find more information about grid tied, battery backup and off grid systems on our website at www.iconsolar.com, or simply ask one of the Icon Solar representatives.

What is the solar federal tax credit?

The 26 percent federal solar tax credit was extended throughout 2021 and 2022 and will decrease to 22 percent in 2023 before it expires completely in 2024.

The solar federal tax credit is a 26 percent credit on your purchase and installation of solar panels. This is a dollar-for-dollar amount taken directly off your tax payment, rather than as a deduction from your taxable income. So, it’s given to you in addition to any refund you’re owed. Depending on your location, there may also be other incentives such as state tax credits, utility grants, or production-based incentives. Icon Solar can help you find all incentives available to you.

Will the utility send me a check?

When your system produces more power than you are using, you are able to send the excess energy back to the grid and you will receive credit for that excess energy. The credit will reduce your electric bills.

Investor owned utilities in Ohio will send you a check for any unused credit you build up upon written request. Utility companies in Indiana and Kentucky, and most cooperatives in Ohio, will not send you a check for excess energy you send to them. Instead, the credit will continue to build until it can be used to offset your electric bill.

Will my panels still work if they are not completely south facing?

Yes! While south is the optimal positioning for a system, site efficiencies are determined by factors in addition to orientation. We have seen very high production from systems that do not face due south, and other factors such as shading or tilt sometimes have more impact on system performance than orientation. Icon Solar’s experts can help you determine the best location for a solar system at your home.

Will my panels work if there is not direct sunlight on them?

Yes! Although, direct sunlight will provide the highest output of your system, in times of low light or inclement weather, the panels are still able to produce power at a lower level.

Will solar panels damage my roof?

No. Solar panels can actually prolong the life of your roof by protecting it from the ravages of heat, light and weather. Solar panels can also keep your attic space cooler in the summer time by absorbing the sunlight that would normally hit your roof.

Do I need to replace my roof before I get solar panels?

An aging roof will not cause problems for a solar panel installation. If you want to replace your roof, solar panels can easily be uninstalled and reinstalled during that process.

What is the typical payback time of an investment in a residential solar system?

The payback time for an investment in a solar system will vary based upon a variety of factors, including system size, electricity rates and rate of increase, system orientation, shading, etc. 

Should I wait for new technology?

In our view, no. Prices are not declining and may even rise as demand heats up closer to the expiration of the 26% Federal Tax Credit, which is currently set to expire at the end of 2022. Considering that you’re already paying for electricity every month, it does not make sense to wait for new technology. Every penny that is given to your utility company while you wait could have been put toward your solar array, allowing it to pay for itself that much quicker. For these reasons, we believe now is the best time to move towards energy independence and invest in your own solar power generation system. Invest in your own green power plant and become a producer, not a renter.

What happens at night?

Your solar power system will not produce any energy at night, but since you are connected to your utility company’s grid you will not be without power. You will be able to draw power from the grid whenever you need it. This process is seamless to you, so you will have no power interruptions.