FAQs

Does Photon Brothers outsource any part of the solar installation process?

No, Photon Brothers has solar consultants, electricians, NABCEP certified installers and customer service representatives all under one company. It’s a big part of what makes going solar with Photon Brothers such a smooth, easy process.

What makes Photon Brothers different?

Our quality technology, attention to detail, expert knowledge, aggressive financing, and white glove treatment set us apart from other installers. Photon Brothers has a passion for installing solar panels that look good and work great, and it shows.

Do you offer $0 down leasing and financing options?

Yes. Photon Brothers offers a variety of flexible leasing and financing options, including $0 down. We’re happy to consult on which option is best for you. Just contact us for more info.

How long does it take to install a solar power system?

It generally takes 1-2 days for the average rooftop system to be installed. From start to finish, the entire process takes 10-60 weeks from the time you get an evaluation to the time your solar power is turned on.  The big time gap depends on the electrical utility you are with. Our experts will guide you through the entire process, making it as smooth as possible. For more information, check out our 5 steps above.

Will my property taxes increase?

No! In fact, California and Colorado currently have tax exclusions for solar energy systems.

How long will my system last?

We use only world-class products to insure the best quality panels. All our solar panel products are backed with the best in class SunPower 25 year warranty, though panels routinely outlast the warranty.  SunPower panels are expected to last 40 years. Please call for warranty details.

What if the system produces more energy than expected?

The amount of electricity produced by your photovoltaic (PV) system is tracked by your electric meter. For systems that are tied to the electrical grid, when PV panels produce more electricity than your house is currently using, the meter spins backward. This excess electricity will be credited to you on your monthly electric bill at the rate you would have been charged to use it. At the end of the year, the utility you are in determines whether any transactions need to occur.

How do I know if the panels are working?

Besides the display on the inverter, Photon Brothers sets you up with a monitoring system you can track using the internet and your computer. We also have access to the monitoring system and are here to help with any questions you have about how your system is working.

What are the environmental benefits of "going solar?"

Solar energy creates electricity and heat and avoids pollution from conventional coal plants and nuclear plants. Using national average emission factors, every megawatt-hour of electricity generated through a solar system avoids more than 1,300 lbs of carbon dioxide (CO2), more than 5 lbs of sulfur dioxide (SO2), and almost 2 lbs of nitrogen oxide (NOx), and it also avoids producing radioactive nuclear wastes.

Solar energy production is highest on hot, sunny days when air conditioners are running and electricity demand peaks. By providing energy during peak demand times, solar provides a clean alternative to ‘peaking plants,’ that are often the dirtiest and least efficient coal and oil plants.

Where are Photon Brothers solar energy services available?

We currently offer service throughout Colorado and the Central Coast in California but are growing every day.

Will my solar power system require maintenance?

Our solar systems require very little maintenance. The panels are typically cleaned when it snows, rains and some owners additionally hose them down once a year. Don’t spray down the panels under a hot sun, as a major heat differential could cause them to crack.

How many solar panels will I need for my home?

The amount of solar panels needed is determined by a number of factors: capacity of your roof or ground area, current utility bill amount, and the percentage of bill desired to be covered. During our solar consultation, our engineering team will give you all the options and work hard to figure out what system will produce the maximum possible.

How does solar power work at night?

Your solar system is working very hard during daylight to produce electricity. When your system is not generating energy, the excess of power that was created during the day offsets the cost of electricity used at night. The result is a lower electricity bill (and a much happier you).

What rebates and incentives are available for solar power systems?

Currently, the federal government allows you to deduct 30% of your solar power system costs off your federal taxes through an investment tax credit (ITC). Depending on the area that you live in, the state or utility rebate will differ. Please call us for more info regarding your specific city and we will be glad to give you up-to-date details about the state and federal rebates. Or try here: http://www.dsireusa.org/

How much energy can my rooftop produce?

Compared to a conventional panel, a SunPower panel produces 70% more energy in the same space over the first 25 years. Our average customer generates a significant amount of their annual electrical bill. While we hate to give you the “it depends” answer, it really does depend on the size of the system and the amount of sunlight the rooftop receives. To understand your exact situation, click here.

Is my house a good candidate for solar power?

In North America, south-facing roofs receive the most sunlight, making them ideal candidates; however, we have often been able to put panels where other solar installers thought it was too difficult. If necessary, our experts will analyze your rooftop and create a complex shading report to determine if solar is feasible for your roof. Our experts can help you decide on if and how to trim surrounding trees to ensure maximum solar access. Lastly, if rooftop panels aren’t practical for your property, we can work with you to design a ground mount to maximize solar production.