What is a solar electric or photovoltaic (PV) system?

Spreck’s state-of-the-art PV panels are constructed of silicon cells that function as semiconductors which convert light directly into DC electricity. The DC electricity is then converted into AC electricity for household use. Spreck uses the most efficient solar panels commercially available that have a 25-year warranty and a 40-year life expectancy.

Aren’t solar power system expensive?

They used to be. But now, with advances in technology and the growth of the industry, as well as with with state and federal incentives and innovative financing programs, solar is not only a much more affordable energy option, it actually pays for itself through savings and the additional income your system will generate for you.

Why should I purchase a PV system?

Solar electricity makes great financial sense — offering an internal rate of return of as much as 15%, and you can recoup your investment in as quickly as 3-5 years. You can meet up to 100% of your home’s electricity needs, virtually eliminate your electric bill and protect against future utility price increases.

How much does a solar system cost and how much could I save?

Since each home is unique, a solar consultation and assessment is required to measure your roof and sun exposure in order to give you the most accurate estimate of costs and potential savings figures. During your free consultation, we will give you our recommendations for the best system according to your home and needs.

How does the 30% Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) work?

Established by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, owners of renewable energy property are eligible for a Federal Incentive Tax Credit equal to 30% of the eligible system cost. If the tax credit exceeds the customer’s first year tax liability, the excess amount may be continuously carried forward for 20 years. Commercial projects may also apply for a 30% Department of Treasury Cash Grant in lieu of the Incentive Tax Credit. This credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction in the amount of federal taxes owed.

Permit requirements vary in each jurisdiction. Spreck will handle all permitting issues, project management and all details related to installing a solar electric system on your property.Will I need to apply for permits?

Will I need to apply for permits?

Permit requirements vary in each jurisdiction. Spreck will handle all permitting issues, project management and all details related to installing a solar electric system on your property.Will I need to apply for permits?

Permit requirements vary in each jurisdiction. Spreck will handle all permitting issues, project management and all details related to installing a solar electric system on your property.

How long does the installation process take?

Installation time depends on the size of the system. Once permitting is finalized, the actual installation time for a residential system takes an average of 3 to 5 days to complete, depending on system size and complexity.

What is Net Metering?

California’s net metering law allows residential users to get PG&E credit for extra electricity produced by their solar panels at peak retail prices during the day and draw from the grid during the night, at lower off-peak rates. During the day, the electric meter spins backwards as it feeds excess electricity back into the utility grid. At night, or during off-peak producing times, the electric meter spins forward as it returns electricity from the grid into the customer’s home.

PG&E’s standard net energy metering program offers customers the opportunity to get credit for the electricity they have produced in excess of the amount that they have used within a given month. The credit appears on the customer’s monthly utility statement, and is applied to electricity-related charges within each 12-month reconciliation period. At the end of the year, the utility will “true up” how much electricity it provided to you, and compare it to how much your solar system fed back to the utility grid. Net kilowatt-hours produced by you and exported to the grid are valued at the same price per kilowatt-hour that would charge during that same time of use period.

Will I still need my utility?

Yes, typically. Your solar power system generates electricity when the sun is out, during the peak hours of demand. But your utility will continue to supply your electricity at night and at other times when you are using more electricity than you are generating.

If the power goes out, will my home solar system keep producing electricity?

No. For safety reasons, your home solar power system will automatically shut off if the power goes out. This is to protect utility workers who might be working on power lines in the event of an outage. You will not have power during this time unless you were to have a battery backup system installed to support a small portion of your home’s electricity needs.

Do you have a monitoring system?

Yes. We include lifetime monitoring with our Enphase microinverter system. This allows you to see live production of your system. Enphase also monitors your system and sends you monthly production reports. It also alerts you and us if there is a problem with your system.