Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a PV system cost?

Solar PV prices are at their lowest ever. A typical residential PV system costs about as much as an economy car. Because of current subsidies and incentive programs, your system can pay for itself in 6-9 years. Financing is available through local banks.

What incentives are currently available?

  • There is a 30% federal tax credit on the total cost of your PV installation.
  • Massachusetts offers a $1000 tax credit on your PV array.
  • Solar is property tax exempt
  • No sales tax on PV systems

How will a PV system affect my house value or taxes?

A solar PV system will increase your home’s resale value and is exempt from additional property taxes.

What size system do I need?

This will depend on roof size, budget, and electrical usage. A typical residential PV system will cover 50% - 100% of your electrical usage and provide an additional source of income for up to ten years.

Will I still have solar power when there is a blackout?

Most PV systems shut down when the electrical grid is down, but a battery backup system can keep everything from your furnace to your refrigerator up and running in the event of an outage. Northeast Solar is currently installing state-of-the-art backup systems and we would be happy to discuss the benefits of batteries with you during your free phone consultation.

What will I have to do to maintain my system?

There is little to no maintenance required for PV systems. Rain will clean your PV array of dust, and snow will melt off quickly. Your system can be monitored via the internet and smartphone.

How long do solar PV systems last?

Solar PV systems are designed to last 25-30 years. Many PV systems installed in the 1980s are still going strong.

What about insurance?

Most residential PV systems are covered under your existing homeowner's policy. A small annual fee may be added.

If I can’t put solar on my roof, are there other options?

Yes. We offer ground mount, pole mount, carports, and tracker systems.

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