Going Solar with Momentum: Panels, Storage and More

With over a decade in the business and thousands of customers nationwide, you can trust Momentum Solar to be your go-to solar installer. Our team strives to provide the best service to our customers from start to finish – which is why we were ranked the top residential solar installer by Solar Power World in 2020.

Even though we’re proud experts in the solar industry, we understand that people may not know about the ins and outs like we do. That’s why we put together a quick guide to Momentum, solar technology and what you can expect when you make the switch to clean, price-protected energy.

So, sit back, relax and become a solar expert in no time.

Solar Panels 101

First things first. How do solar panels work?

It’s important to understand that solar energy is the most abundant natural energy source on Earth, and on a basic level, solar panels help us capture and convert the rays from the sun into usable energy.

Did you know that the sun is made up of tiny particles called photons? This is what your panels will convert into electricity for your home.[1] Long story short, the sun creates endless energy that your panels can capture and (with the help of some super cool technology) convert into usable electricity. Without getting too technical, there are three main types of solar technologies.

  1. Solar Heating and Cooling: Solar Heating and Cooling (SHC) systems collect thermal energy to provide hot water and air heating or conditioning for your home.[2]
  2. Concentrating Solar Power: Concentrating Solar Power (CSP), although it uses the heat generated by the sun like SHC systems, it is more commonly used for traditional electricity-generating turbines in the case of power plants.[2]
  3. Photovoltaics: Photovoltaics are used to generate electricity from the sun that can be used to power anything from a small electronic to a home or large commercial business. Momentum Solar provides photovoltaic solar panel systems.2

Momentum Solar Now Offers Battery Storage!

Now that you’re an expert on how solar panels work and the type of panel installations Momentum Solar has to offer, let’s talk battery storage. Depending on where you live, when you produce excess power with your solar panels, the power could get sent back to the grid and you could be credited with a feature called net metering. The same sort of energy banking applies for solar battery storage! However, instead sending excess power to the grid, it gets sent and stored in your solar battery system at your home.

Essentially, homebuyers who choose to install battery storage can harness their extra power and save it for a rainy day – literally! Another bonus to installing battery storage is that your home has back-up power for you to use should there be an outage in your area.[3]

We are excited to offer battery storage to our homeowners thanks to our exclusive partnership with Enphase. The Enphase Encharge battery backup system seamlessly stores excess electricity produced by your solar panels and helps you break away from the grid whenever you want. In fact, homeowners can be completely independent from the grid by selecting when to pull electricity from the grid and when to pull from their battery.

To help homeowners with all sizing needs, we offer two modular options for battery storage.

Encharge 3: This storage system is a 3.36kWh battery unit that is flexible and scalable.

Encharge 10: For more capacity, the Encharge 10 boasts a 10.08 kWh battery without sacrificing its flexibility and scalability.

We’re More Than Your Average Solar Company

Founded in 2009, Momentum Solar is one of the fastest growing solar companies in the United States. Over the last decade, we have expanded across the country into nine states and now have over 2,000 employees in more than 20 offices nationwide. With in-house experts and customer service gurus, you can feel comfortable that you’re choosing the best when you go with Momentum.

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Our dedicated team of solar experts is ready to help you start your journey to cleaner, price-protected, renewable and reusable energy today. Call 1 (888) MOMENTUM or visit momentumsolar.com for more information about our company and services.

[1] Energy Sage- https://news.energysage.com/what-is-solar-energy/
[2] Solar Energy Industries Association- https://www.seia.org/initiatives/about-solar-energy
[3] Energy.gov– https://www.energy.gov/eere/solarpoweringamerica/solar-energy-united-states#:~:text=Solar%20power%20is%20more%20affordable,million%20average%20Am

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Go Solar: Top 5 Benefits When You Make the Switch

Making the switch to solar energy is an incredibly personal choice – and each homeowner decides to transition to clean energy for their own motives. However, the most common reasons are their passion to help the environment and the opportunity to dramatically cut down on energy costs.

While you certainly can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your home’s efficiency while potentially slashing monthly electricity costs, let’s explore these benefits a little deeper to see why so many Americans are making the switch.

1. Price-protected Energy

Over the past decade, the average cost of electricity has risen on average about 3% each year.1 By installing a solar energy system that meets your home’s needs, you can significantly reduce or eliminate the cost of electricity. These savings make a huge difference in the long run. By going solar, you are protecting yourself from rising energy costs and making your monthly utilities more predictable.[1]

Financial freedom is undoubtedly one of the biggest motivators out there. But what other reasons should homeowners consider before switching to solar?

2. Increase Your Property Value

Studies have shown that homes with solar panel systems saw an increased value and sold at higher prices than similar homes in the same neighborhood. In a study done by Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, a research laboratory affiliated with the Department of Energy, they looked into homes equipped with solar panels in 8 different states. The study lasted over 11 years and it was found that on average, homebuyers are “consistently willing to pay PV home premiums” of approximately $4 per watt of installed solar capacity.”[2] For a standard 6-kilowatt solar PV system, this means that solar can add $24,000 to your home’s resale value.”1

Long story short, solar panels will help increase the value of your home!

3. Reduce that Energy Bill… Or Better… Eliminate It!

By making the switch to solar, you can eliminate or drastically reduce your monthly electric bill. On average, the monthly utility bill is $100, and at the end of the year you’ve dished out a whopping $1,200 to keep the lights on the plugs functional. Now, multiply that out over the course of the expected 20 years you’ll spend in your home.

After two decades, you’ve spent more than $24,000 on your electric bill. That doesn’t even take into account the roughly 4% yearly increase from the electrical company. Essentially, if you install a PV solar panel system on your home that covers 100% of your needs, whatever you would have spent on that electricity bill, stays in your wallet and out of the hands of utility companies.1

4. Great Return on Investment

Many people look at solar panels as an expense, but what if we told you that it is actually an investment. The average homeowner will pay off their system in roughly eight years and can earn a strong ROI by receiving free electricity for the remainder of their systems 25+ year lifespan. 1 Think about it, if you paid off your system and become completely independent from the grid, all of the money you would have spent on your system or electricity bill can be put towards other expenses or into a savings account for future use. List some fun things to spend extra cash on here – vacations, kids’ college expenses, etc

5. Protect the Environment

One of the biggest factors, if not the biggest motivators for eco-friendly homeowners, is going solar to help the environment. Solar panels help address environmental issues like climate change and health problems caused by carbon emissions. In a study done by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, “the average household emits approximately 20 metric tons of carbon pollution each year. By installing a solar power system, a typical two-person household reduces their carbon emissions by three to four tons annually.”1

Let’s Get Started

Here at Momentum Solar we have the knowledge and the resources to create the perfect solar panel system for your home. With over a decade of experience and offices around the country, we are ready to take on any job, no matter the size.

To talk with one of our solar experts today call 1-888-MOMENTUM or visit our website at www.momentumsolar.com!

[1] https://www.energysage.com/solar/why-go-solar/protect-the-environment/
[2] (Note: this study only covered homes where the solar PV system was owned, not leased).

Momentum Solar Now Offering Virtual Appointments

In an ongoing commitment to the health and safety of our customers and employees, Momentum Solar is launching a new and contact-free way to go solar.  

Pick a date and a time that works best for you and we will connect you with a solar specialist to review a tailored proposal for your home and answer any questions over the phone or using Zoom. 

It’s easy to get started, and absolutely FREE!  

Schedule Now

Just follow some easy steps to get going and a solar specialist will help you qualify for $0 upfront solar programs by using federal and local: Solar Tax incentives and rebates to maximize your savings and reduce your power bills. All for free, with no commitment required.

What you’ll need for a Virtual appointment:

 

  • Please enter your contact information and address and answer a few short questions about your home and energy usage. 
  • You will need to upload a copy or photo of your recent power bill. This will allow a solar specialist to tailor a system to fulfill your current power demands. (If you are using a cellphone or tablet you can also take a photo of your bill to share it with your solar specialist or you can upload your bill later if you do not have it ready or you can upload your bill later if you do not have it ready.)
  • If you have a photo of your power bill you can proceed immediately to schedule an appointment and the Momentum Solar team will build your proposal, no commitment necessary. 
  • Once you have confirmed your date and time you will be emailed a calendar invite for your appointment with a link to the video chat, for you and your solar specialist. 
  • We encourage you to take an appointment from a laptop or desktop computer with access to the internet. 
  • Should you plan on taking an appointment by cellphone or tablet, please ensure you have a strong Wi-Fi or data connection for best results. 

If your home qualifies, our solar specialist calculates your savings and discuss purchase options for your home solar system. And if you decide to move forwards with a rooftop solar system by Momentum Solar your specialist will guide you through your Momentum App where you can monitor the permitting process, schedule your installation, and once you are hooked up – monitor your home’s solar usage.  

Get Started today and schedule a Virtual Appointment for a Free Quote with Momentum Solar.