Solar Panels

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the top benefits of going solar?


  • Cost-Effective: Reduce electricity cost and creates a predictable electric bill.
  • Sustainability: By reducing our dependence on fossil fuel-based energy, we can prevent the release of air pollutants that are harmful to the environment and our health.
  • Home Value: Can increase property value when it’s a solar panel system purchase
  • Tax Saving: Financial incentives for installation which may include Federal and State tax credits.




Will I ever need to replace my solar panels?


Not likely, solar panels have been designed to withstand exposure to harsh outdoor elements. Most solar panel manufacturers offer 20- and 25-year equipment warranties.




What are my solar financing options?


We offer several types of financing and leasing programs that are tailored to the specific needs of the homeowner. Or maximize savings and buy outright. Contact us to find out the best way to finance your solar panels.




Will bad weather and snow affect my production?


Yes and no. The amount of power your solar energy system can generate is dependent on sunlight. So, if the weather is cloudy or if your panels are covered in snow, your solar panels will produce slightly less energy.




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How can I reduce my electricity use?


Going solar is a great way to reduce your electric bill, but don’t stop there! Consider switching to LED light bulbs, using smart home technology like the smart SPAN panel, and replacing old appliances with high ENERGY STAR rated new appliances. You can also save electricity by simply turning off lights, televisions, computers and other energy-using devices when not in use.




What is the SuSI Program?


The Successor Solar Incentive (SuSI) Program provides New Jersey homeowners and non-residential solar users with a set Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC-II) for the megawatt-hours of electricity created by their solar panels. To take advantage of the SuSI Program, register your energy generating system with the NJ Cleanenergy Program’s Administratively Determined Incentive (ADI) portal. As of this writing, the rules state, “ the ADI Program will accept new registrations on a first come, first serve basis unti lthe megawatt block for that market segment is fully subscribed or until June 1, 2022, whichever comes first.” Be sure to go solar and start your application soon to qualify!




Are solar panels sturdy?


YES! Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) found only 0.05% of photovoltaic (PV) solar panel modules installed after 2000 experience failure during their lifetime.




How long do solar panels last?


With Steve Whitman’s pledge to provide the best service in the roofing, siding and solar solutions industries, you can expect your new solar panels (installed on a good roof) to last at least 25 years.




How do I find the best solar installation company near me?


1. Read customer reviews. 2. Choose an experienced roofing and solar expert 3. Talk to a company representative to ask questions and get a quote 4. Be wary of large companies who only do solar installations 5. Choosing Steve Whitman Roofing, Siding and Solar means an expert is always just a phone call away - no automated prompts to get to a representative who doesn't know your project!




What are the best roofs for solar panels?


Orientation – Southern Exposure (New Jersey)
Amount of Shade – Little to no shade from trees or other buildings
Shape and Size – At least 300sq.ft. of surface area
Pitch – Ideal angle for a solar panel is 30 degrees
Materials – Asphalt shingles, or tile roofs are best

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Are solar panels wasteful?


Solar panels have a decades-long lifespan that makes up for the energy needed to make them, and they are recyclable.




Is solar energy more expensive than traditional energy?


Solar energy can make huge cuts in monthly electricity bills, and is an investment that starts paying off the moment it is activated. To help homeowners offset more than 30% of a solar purchase, there are federal and state tax incentives, and some local utilites will credit you for the excess power your solar power system produces.




Will solar panels damage my roof?


Your roof will benefit from the portion of the roof they cover by protecting and preserving it, and can be easily removed since they aren't directly attached to the roof.




Will reselling my home be harder with solar panels?


Many studies have found that homes with solar panels actually sell faster than homes without solar panels. They also sell 17% higher than the competitive homes.




What are the solar tax credits and incentives in NJ?


The PV energy sales tax exemption means you do not have to pay any sales tax, which is currently 7%, on the purchase of a solar system for your residential property. The Investment Tax Credit allows for an installation cost reduction of up to 26% on your federal income taxes.




What is the warranty on my solar panels?


Steve Whitman offers a 25-year manufacturer warranty on all of its products.




What is the TREC Program?


In December of 2019, Transition Renewable Energy Certificates were introduced as a way to receive incentives for your solar power production. Depending on the type of solar generation system you have installed on your home, you will receive a set megawatt per hour price for the power created by the solar panels. In 2020, that price was set at $152 for each TREC you have for a period of fifteen years.