Frequently Asked Questions

WHY SOLAR?
GOING SOLAR IS A SOLID, PREDICTABLE INVESTMENT. NOT ONLY OF YOUR MONEY BUT ALSO AS AN INVESTMENT IN OUR NATURAL ENVIRONMENT.
WHAT IS THE PAYBACK PERIOD?
USUALLY 6 TO 7 YEARS
ROI (RETURN ON INVESTMENT)?
NORMALLY AROUND 11% TO 13% OVER 25 YEARS. AS HIGH AS 30%.
TYPICAL SYSTEM COST?
FOR A CASH PURCHASE, NORMALLY $12,000 – $16,000 UPFRONT, WITH 30% FEDERAL TAX REBATE. $8,400 – $11,200 OUT OF POCKET. THIS IS FOR A 3-4kW SYSTEM WHICH IS TYPICAL FOR A MARIN COUNTY RESIDENCE. IN THE END, IT ALL DEPENDS ON SYSTEM SIZE. QUATTRO SOLAR’S BIGGEST PROJECT YET ( May 2014 ) WAS A COMMERCIAL SYSTEM THAT COST $165,000 – WITH A TAX CREDIT OF $49,500
REBATES?
FEDERAL TAX REBATE = 30% OF GROSS COST. RECEIVED WHEN YOU FILE TAXES FOR THAT FISCAL YEAR.
DOES THE CONDITION OF MY ROOF MATTER?
YES. IF YOU’RE GETTING A NEW ROOF, THIS IS THE PERFECT TIME TO GO SOLAR. THE PANELS WILL PROTECT THE ROOF FROM UV RAYS, WILL PRESERVE THE ROOF UNDERNEATH INDEFINITELY, AND WILL KEEP THE HOUSE COOLER.
WHAT ARE THE WARRANTY TERMS?
25 YEARS FOR SOLAR PANELS. MICRO-INVERTERS 25 YEARS. CONVENTIONAL INVERTERS 10 YEARS. QUATTRO SOLAR OFFERS A 4 YEAR WORKMANSHIP WARRANTY – THISINCLUDES ELECTRICAL WORK, STRUCTURAL ATTACHMENTS, AND WATERPROOFING.
IF I GET AN ELECTRIC CAR, WILL SOLAR REALLY HELP WITH THAT?
YES! ABSOLUTELY. FOR EACH ELECTRIC CAR, YOU WILL NEED ABOUT 1.5kW OF SOLAR TO OFFSET YOUR INCREASED ENERGY USAGE.
INTERNET MONITORING?
MICRO-INVERTERS COME WITH INTERNET MONITORING INCLUDED. CONVENTIONAL INVERTERS ARE A LITTLE CHEAPER, DON’T COME WITH MONITORING, AND ALSO ARE MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO INEFFICIENCY.
MAINTENANCE?
LOOK AT INVERTER ABOUT ONCE EVERY 2 WEEKS TO MAKE SURE IT IS WORKING CORRECTLY. CLEAN PANELS 1 TIME A YEAR WITH WATER AND A SOFT-BRISTLED BRUSH. QUATTRO SOLAR OFFERS MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR SERVICES.
DO YOU OFFER LEASE / FINANCE OPTIONS?
 YES! WE OFFER SOLAR LEASES THROUGH SUNNOVA. WHAT YOU AS THE HOME OWNER WILL SEE: NO DOWN PAYMENT. LEASE-TO-OWN IN 15 YEARS. AVERAGE 15% DECREASE IN YOUR MONTHLY ELECTRIC BILL. LOCK IN YOUR RATES FOR ELECTRICITY FOR THE NEXT 15 YEARS! (ESCAPE PG&E INFLATION)