Golden Group Solar client, Zachary, had switched to a mini-split system for heat and air conditioning, but this 30-something homeowner in Framingham, MA also wanted a new roof and solar installation. A smart fellow, Zachary wanted to lock in his electricity expenses for the next 20 years and get a federal tax credit in the bargain.
Roof and Solar Integrated Installation Challenge:
Golden Group Solar visited Zachary’s property in Framingham to inspect it to see if solar was a viable alternative for Zachary. We completed an exterior inspection to learn if the property was a good candidate for the installation of a solar system. The electric meter had the amps required for solar; the home was situated advantageously; everything checked out just fine.
After analyzing the needs of our client and the costs associated with installing a solar system, we determined that Zachary’s return on investment would mean a break-even point in year seven. This would be a good financial investment for Zachary, so he decided to move forward with it.
Reviewing the Installation Process:
Our master electrician, Shaun, pulled all the electrical permits and Golden Group filed for roof and solar permits. We applied for interconnection with National Grid for permission to install and connect to their power. We scheduled the electricians, the roofers, and the solar installer to be on site – all on the same day … and arranged for the rented porta potties from Pleasant View Porta Potties.
The roof and solar integrated installation (new roof and solar system) took two days to complete. While the roofers installed the roof and the solar panel mounts, the electricians wired the house making sure that the electrical system supports the solar system.
Once the system was installed the project managers were there to take over for the electricians on the roof connecting all the wires. Once completed, the electricians tested the system to make sure all was operating properly.
Roof and Solar Integrated Installation Solution:
Golden Group Solar visited Zachary on Day One, when everything was “GO” to turning on the solar system. We’ve become part of Zachary’s family during the twelve weeks of the project, so this day is especially important to all of us. We arrived with a special gift and together we celebrated this momentous occasion. Our client was happy. Our Golden Group team was happy. The system is working, and Zachary and his family are reaping the benefits.
Some benefits of solar roofing:
- Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels are still productive even when there is cloud coverage.
- In MA the average payback period is about 9 years, with a typical range of 6 to 12 years. Even if your breakeven point is at the longer end, you’ll still end up saving money in the long run.
- The Massachusetts net metering policy helps you to minimize your electric bills and maximize your savings.
- Income tax credit for installing solar power in Massachusetts
- Increases your home resale value
- Solar panels are eco-friendly. This reduces the dependence on fossil fuels, further reducing emissions, pollution, global warming, and your carbon footprint.
Incentives for a new roof and solar power:
Once the roof and solar installation were finished, it was time for the electrical building inspector and the building inspector to pay a visit to the home. Golden Group Solar submitted all the paperwork and once the inspectors signed off, there is a four-week period before the system can be turned on for the homeowners. Golden Group sent National Grid information on everything that was done, and they installed a new electric meter. Net Metering measures electric usage vs the amount of electricity “banked” as surplus from the newly installed solar system. Known as the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program, this is a huge benefit for any solar customer.
During the ROI calculation phase, Golden Group informed Zachary of the current policies that govern solar power, including federal Income Tax Credits available in Massachusetts that can represent 30% of the total cost of the solar system. In addition, Massachusetts exempts homeowners from having to pay MA state sales tax on solar power photovoltaic (PV) equipment and installation… a significant savings in real dollars.
Integrated Installation Conclusion:
Is a roof and solar installation right for your home? Solar power and new roofing are becoming more popular for homeowners who:
- Don’t mind spending more for a product that will stand up to the test of time
- Looking for extra state incentives and tax credits
- Want to reduce energy costs in the long run
- Are environmentally conscious
- Want to increase their real estate value
Have you explored the benefits of solar power and a new roof all at once? So when it’s time for the next roof replacement on your property, give us a call. We’ll walk you through all of the options to get the most out of your investment.
If you are thinking of installing a solar power system or have questions about a roof and solar integration, call Golden Group at 508-873-1884 or schedule a one-hour consultation with one of our solar experts.