Frequently Asked Questions


Thinking of having Phoenix Construction Group install solar on your house or project? Below are some the most frequently asked questions that we get from our customers. If you have additional questions or can't find the information you need, please contact us.


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General Questions

  • Why go solar?

    PV solar panels harness energy provided by the sun’s rays. This means that this production of energy is “clean energy” or “green energy”. Basically, this means that no green house gases were emitted to produce this energy and thus it is environmentally friendly. Another huge benefit is that a well designed PV solar array can potentially offset your utility bill. So, let’s say you financed a solar system over 20 years at a payment of $250 per month.

    If your average utility bill over a 12-month period is $350, then you are saving $100 a month.

  • Is the price of electricity going up?

    Electricity usage is measured by kilowatt hours, or kWh. In 2004 Pacific gas and electric company charged .20 per unit of tier 4 energy used, in 2016 this same tier 4 energy was billed at .349, that’s a 75% increase over 12 years! This information was pulled directly from PG&E’s website. So it makes sense for most people that are in a position to get financing or pay for a solar system out right, to do so.

  • Is solar for everyone?

    Here’s something you may have never heard, solar is not for everyone. The whole idea behind Photovoltaic solar panels is that they capture sun rays, but what if your house is shaded most of the day by an unmovable object? There may be towering buildings that cast a shadow over the home, or maybe the area you live in is overcast 90% of the time. It is very important for the solar company to carefully consider the customers specific case and design a custom system according to all circumstances present. Energy consumption, geographical location, future plans, and customer concerns all need to be carefully considered before deciding to go solar.

  • How much does a solar system cost?

    There are several variables that will change the outcome of a solar system. The size of the system, your location, local solar incentives, etc…

  • Can my electric bill really be $0?

    Some solar power systems produce more electricity than is used each month, bringing net-electricity costs to $0. However, there is still a minimal connection fee (typically about $100 per year) to remain connected to the electrical grid.

  • Do I get paid for my extra energy production?

    Currently, most of America is under a system known as Net Metering. Net Metering allows your electricity bill costs to be reduced to zero, but no further. In a select few areas in the U.S., you can be paid for any excess electricity you create, in what is known as a Feed-In Tariff system.

  • Can I install solar panels myself?

    It is not recommended. The process requires both licensed electrical skills and roofing expertise to ensure the solar power system is safe and optimally designed for its 30+ years of operation.

  • How does a solar system affect my roof's integrity?

    With proper design and installation following industry best practices, your roof should maintain all its pre-solar integrity. We audit and trains all our Installers on best practices so that you can have peace of mind about your roof.

  • How much maintenance will my solar system need?

    Little to none. With no moving parts and at least a 30-year expected lifespan, solar panels require very little maintenance. In fact, their design ensures that they remain relatively clean as long as they are exposed to rain or a quick rinse with a garden hose every few months.

  • Is solar a viable solution in cold climates?

    Yes. A general rule of thumb is that if you can clearly see your solar panels, they can produce electricity. In fact, given equal sunlight, a solar panel on a cold day will out-produce a solar panel on a hot day.

  • How will snow affect my solar system's performance?

    While snow will decrease production while it is on your panels, it should not damage your system when designed and installed properly. Given the angle of the panels and their tendency to produce some heat, the snow will fall off your panels faster than it would fall off your roof, quickly returning your system to its full potential.

  • Will my solar system still generate power during a blackout?

    For the safety of workers attempting to fix power outages, solar systems that are connected to the electrical grid are required by utility regulations to shut off during blackouts. We recommend battery backup or traditional generators in places where blackouts occur regularly.

  • Can my solar system be "off-grid"?

    Yes, provided you install optional battery-backup systems to provide power when your demands exceed your production, such as at night.

  • Can solar panels heat my swimming pool?

    Most pools are heated by natural gas, so solar electric power will not be able to assist in heating outdoor swimming pools. However, an upside is our solar panels can offset the power used by a pool’s electric pump.

  • Can my HOA or neighbors prevent me from installing a solar system?

    In most cases, no. Currently, 39 states have solar access laws that provide varying degrees of protection against restrictions that can be imposed on you. We will be able to discuss the laws and policies in your area.

  • I may sell my home, why would I install solar?

    People move more frequently now than ever before, but that shouldn’t impact your solar decision. A solar system can save you money today and even pay for itself in as little as five to seven years. Even if you move before your solar investment is completely paid off, studies show the cost will likely be returned in added value to your home.

    Plus, your home will most likely sell faster. Who doesn’t want a home with a guaranteed low electric bill? Our warranty is even transferable one time to a new owner.

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