FAQs

Sungevity Solar Energy Plan

Why a Sungevity Solar energy plan?

Sungevity solar energy plans are designed to make solar more affordable. Many homeowners who want the benefits of solar energy can't afford the upfront cost associated with a cash system, so with a solar energy plan, we make the upfront investment. We’re responsible for the system's operation, repairs, and monitoring. And we guarantee that your system will produce what we say it will or we’ll pay you.* Our customers get solar electricity at a locked in price. We have different payment options available and provide 24/7 monitoring.

How long will my Sungevity solar energy plan last?

Sungevity solar energy plans are a 20 year commitment to solar-powered living and locked-in rates for solar energy.

Why do you need to know my energy consumption over each of the last 12 months?

Your historical energy consumption helps us customize a solar solution that matches your lifestyle, current and future. Having it makes our solar iQuote more accurate and best predicts your potential savings when going solar.

What happens when my solar energy plan ends?

Your Sungevity solar energy plan lasts 20 years. At the end of the agreement, you can choose to renew your lease or have the system removed from your house.

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What locations does Sungevity serve?

Sungevity's service area is growing fast.  We currently serve areas within these states: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island and Vermont.

What are my payments?

We offer a number of payment options for those who qualify, including a $0 money down solar lease, a pre-paid lease, fixed payment lease, and a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). Note that financing options differ by location and credit history. Please request your free solar iQuote at www.sungevity.com/solar-quote to learn whether solar is right for you and explore your personalized financial options. After we've consulted with you about your current (and future) energy use, we use our remote proprietary design tool to engineer a custom solar solution for your home. We use handpicked, local solar experts to install your solar system.

What happens after I sign up to go solar with Sungevity?

After you sign up, we'll start working on getting your solar system up and running by scheduling a home visit with one of our excellent local installers. We'll also handle the permits and other paperwork for you. After installation, we provide monitoring tools so you can track your system’s production.

What if my system generates more electricity than I use?

Depending on your utility, you may get a credit for this excess production. The additional electricity your system produces flows back into the grid and runs your meter backwards, earning you credits. Then, when it's dark, you draw electricity back from the grid.

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Is solar right for my home?

We offer a no-pressure consultation to help figure out if going solar works for you. First, we'll gather all 12 months of your past energy use. That's what makes our quotes as accurate as possible, by both the amount by which we can offset your use and the cost/savings potential of going solar. By learning how your usage fluctuates from month to month, and because both solar production and utility rates fluctuate as well, knowing all 12 months makes the quotes as accurate and personalized as possible. We'll then use our remote proprietary design tool to engineer a custom solar solution for your home. Of course, we also complete all of the interconnection paperwork on your behalf. And finally, we use local solar experts to install your solar system hassle-free.

How big a roof do I need?

This depends on your usage history. When you request an iQuote, Sungevity will use our proprietary design tool to look at your roof and determine how many panels it can accommodate.

Should I re-roof my house before I install solar panels?

Solar panels last a long time so it makes sense to avoid having to remove and reinstall them. Your Solar Consultant will help you assess the need to re-roof.

What if my roof is shaded?

Shade reduces the amount of electricity your system can produce. Our remote solar design team will work to position your panels where they will get maximum sun exposure. On occasion, we find that a roof is too shady to make solar feasible.

Do solar systems require maintenance?

Home solar systems generally require very little maintenance. If you lease a system, we guarantee your system's energy production. If you ever have any questions about what maintenance is necessary, please contact us at customerservice@sungevity.com.

Will I have power during a blackout?

In the event of a blackout, your inverter will automatically shut down for safety reasons. Thus you will not have electricity until power is restored to the grid.

Do batteries come with my solar system?

No. Sungevity's solar systems are grid-tied, meaning they're connected to the local utility that supplies electricity to your home.

Do solar panels generate electricity in bad weather?

Solar panels need sun to generate electricity, but even in areas with bad weather your system will still produce. If you live in a cloudy area, or an area with seasonal snow, your expected weather conditions will be factored into our estimates for your energy production.

Does solar work in foggy neighborhoods?

Solar systems continue to produce even when it's cloudy. For example, on a cloudy day, your panels might produce 30% of what they normally would. If you live in a cloudy area, or an area with seasonal snow, your expected weather conditions will be factored into our estimates for your energy production.

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