Solar 101 from Our Northern California Solar Experts
Do You Know Everything You Should About Solar?
SunPower® by Hooked on Solar has put together a comprehensive list
of questions that should be asked and answered before you have a solar
system installed in California.
Read answers to our frequently asked questions or call (888) 411-2840 to
schedule your free quote.
Is your solar panel installer a certified, trained professional?
Ask if he or she is a licensed and insured solar energy specialist trained
for residential solar power installation. All Northern California solar
installers at SunPower® by Hooked on Solar are handpicked and rigorously
trained to be your solar advocates, providing careful but timely installation
and responsive service. In addition, we conduct solar energy installation
quality checks to ensure the product is up to our high standards.
Should your household be 100% solar?
Generally, the most economical choice for homeowners is to combine solar
energy with electricity provided by your utility. With solar, you can
offset the most expensive electricity (usually during the day) and purchase
electricity from the utility when it’s cheaper (usually at night).
Is your solar installer recommending storing solar energy with battery systems?
We believe this is unnecessary. Batteries are complicated, expensive, short-lived
and require more maintenance.
Excess solar energy generated by a solar system is sent to your utility’s
power grid and will offset portions (or all) of your electricity bill.
This is called Net Metering and could offset your bill by up to 100%.
Is the amount of power my solar energy system is capable of producing differ
from the amount of actual electricity it will generate?
Residential solar systems are often described in terms of the amount of
power they are capable of producing in a given instant (measured in watts
The most important factor to take into account, however, is the amount
of actual electricity the system is expected to generate during its lifetime
(measured in kilowatt-hours). Our solar panels produce the most electricity
in a range of conditions, over the lifetime of your solar energy system.
Are there other energy efficiency measures you can take for even greater
What kind of warranty does the solar panel manufacturer offer?
Most solar providers guarantee their product for 10 years. We guarantee
the workmanship of our solar panels for 10 years and our manufacture provides
25 year, bumper to bumper guarantee.
Do you think that all solar power is created equal?
Solar technology can vary widely. Our solar panels generate about 50% more
power than other solar panels and about four times more power than thin-film
technology. More power cuts your electricity bill and delivers a greater
return on your solar power investment for years to come.
Does the financing option sound too good to be true?
You should review a range of solar power financing options before choosing
the one that’s right for you. The best solutions maximize your return
on your solar energy installation for both the short and long term.