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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Solar Energy

Solar energy is one of the hottest topics today when it comes to the various types of renewable and non-renewable energy sources. Solar power is one of the most popular renewable energy sources  that can not only help reduce your carbon footprint, but can also save you money on your monthly energy bills. 

Like any source of energy, though, solar energy has its associated pros and cons. We’ll take an in-depth look at those so you can make an informed decision as to whether solar power is right for your house. 

Solar Energy and How It Works

This article is about the advantages and disadvantages of solar energy, but before we can get into those, it’s important to give a quick rundown of what exactly solar energy is, and also how it works. Check out our full length article on solar energy and power if you want even more in-depth information! https://convert-solar.com/what-is-solar-energy-complete-solar-power-guide/

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What is Solar Energy

Solar energy is the energy, or radiation, given off by the sun. This fact alone makes solar energy the most dependable and renewable of all the renewable energy sources. As long as the sun continues to exist, there will always be solar energy available to us to convert into usable forms of power. 

Needless to say, solar energy is abundant, clean, and essentially endless. Renewable energy is a hot topic today, especially now, as we face global warming and climate change resulting in large part from excessive use of fossil fuels. 

The Creation of Solar Energy

Solar energy is the byproduct of a process called nuclear fusion. Nuclear fusion is an extremely powerful reaction that is happening in sun’s core at all times. Hydrogen atoms collide and fuse, resulting in a reaction that produces helium atoms. 

This type of nuclear fusion occurring in the sun’s core is also called the Proton-Proton Chain Reaction (PP reaction). The protons are essentially interchangeable with the hydrogen atoms. The only difference here is that the PP reaction results in truly unbelievable amounts of energy being released. This is the solar energy that makes its way to earth and that we can harness for our own use. 

The energy we’re capturing is also known as electromagnetic radiation (or EMR). EMR travels in wavelengths and we recognize these as ultraviolet rays, gamma rays, X-rays, and infrared radiation. Though none of these rays are visible to the human eye, infrared rays are worth noting because these are the rays that produce the heat we can feel on our skin. 

Solar at dusk

Solar Energy to Solar Power

Like we said, solar energy is abundant, renewable, and constantly available as long as the sun exists. However, the trick is to turn the solar energy into actual solar power. So what’s solar power? Simply put, solar power is when the sun’s energy is converted into electricity. 

According to environmentalscience.org, there is “an estimated 173,000 terawatts of solar energy continuously hitting the Earth’s surface…[which is]…more than enough energy to meet the world’s current consumption levels of 15 terawatts per year”.  

Solar Panels Allow Us To Use Solar Energy

So with all of this solar energy hitting the earth and being out there for us to use, the question becomes, “how do we harness it?” 

On its own, solar radiation gives off heat and energy that’s usable by plants and animals. But in order for humans to use solar energy, we have to capture it and convert it into a useable form. The easiest way for us to do this is by using solar panels. But how would a solar panel capture solar energy? 

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Solar Cells and the Photovoltaic Effect

Solar panels are made up of thousands of solar cells. These cells essentially capture the radiation given off by the sun, and then convert that radiation into energy. The solar cells are able to do this using a process called the photovoltaic effect. This is the physical and chemical process that “powers” all of our modern solar technology. 

Solar cells are semiconductors which are basically materials that are really good at absorbing and converting solar radiation into electricity. After the solar cells have turned the solar radiation into electricity, that electricity is sent to a solar inverter. 

Solar Inverters

The solar inverter’s job is to take that electricity and convert it to AC (alternating current), which is the current that most household appliances use. Once the electricity is converted to AC, the inverter sends it throughout your house. 

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The Advantages of Solar Energy

In our opinion, the advantages of solar energy (and power) far outweigh any disadvantages. However, because the decision to go solar is such a big one, we want to give our customers as much information on the subject as possible, so that you can make the correct choice for your individual home and situation. 

Solar Energy is Renewable

Probably one of the biggest advantages of solar energy is that it’s renewable. This means that it’s infinite; so long as the sun exists, there will be solar energy. Solar energy’s renewability really sets it apart because so many other forms of energy used by humans are finite. 

Solar Energy Reduces Reliance on Fossil Fuels

Fossil fuels are finite forms of energy. The main examples of human-used fossil fuels are coal, petroleum, and natural gas. Fossil fuels are the byproducts of the breakdown of organic matter (primarily plants) over the course of millennia. 

As the organic matter broke down and decayed, it got pushed further and further under the earth’s surface. There, it was exposed to extreme pressure and temperature, both of which caused the organic matter to turn into what we know as fossil fuels. It goes without saying that these materials took a long time to form, and as a result, the supplies are limited and finite. 

Because human’s will never not need power and energy, it makes sense that we would need to look elsewhere for energy sources that are renewable. Hence, solar energy and power.

Clean Environment

Solar Energy is Clean/Reduces Your Carbon Footprint

We know that solar energy is infinite, but another huge advantage is that it’s clean. By this, we mean solar energy isn’t producing the greenhouse gases that are the byproducts of burning fossil fuels. 

When fossil fuels are burned, they release enormous amounts of pollutants into the air, all of which contribute to climate change, damage to the environment, and damage to our own health. 

When you use solar panels to harness and convert solar energy, you can have full confidence knowing that your panels aren’t releasing anything harmful into the environment. 

Another way in which solar panels are environmentally friendly is that their installation requires no mining, drilling, or water use. There are no buried pipes or cables required for a solar panel installation. Therefore there is less impact on your immediate environment. 

Solar Energy Saves You Money

When you choose to go solar, you can opt to remain grid-tied, meaning that you’ll be powering your home with both solar energy and energy from the electric grid. You can also choose to go completely off-grid, meaning that your solar energy system will be responsible for all of your home’s energy needs. 

Regardless of which option you choose – grid-tied or off-grid – having a solar energy system will save you money. Your monthly electric bill will either be greatly reduced, or even completely eliminated.

Oftentimes, your solar energy system will produce more energy than you’ll need for your home. In this case, you actually will end up selling that excess energy to the utility company, and then you’ll receive money back. 

Solar Backup Batteries 

Yes, buying and installing a solar backup battery system will add to the initial high purchase price of your solar energy system. However, backup batteries play a huge role in your long term saving. 

Solar panels work during daylight hours since that’s when the sun is shining. This means that they’re constantly taking in the sun’s energy and converting it to usable power. As we mentioned, your solar panels will likely produce more power than your home will need. 

This is where the backup batteries come into play. They store the excess power and you can then use it any time you need it, generally at night, or during especially terrible weather. 

Tax Incentives for Going Solar

No matter where you live, there are tax incentives available for going solar. The tax breaks will vary depending on what state or country you live in, but regardless of your location, a tax break is a tax break!

In Virginia, a solar panel installation won’t be cheap. However, and this is huge, Virginia residents can expect to see a huge tax break, averaging close to $4,000 per year! 

Solar Panels Have a Long Lifespan

Although the initial installation cost of a solar energy system is high, the long-term return on investment is huge. This is due in part to the fact that solar panels have an average lifespan of 25-30 years. 

Solar panels are also relatively low maintenance, so as long as you keep tree branches, etc. clear of your solar system, you’re not going to have to constantly be buying expensive replacement parts, or even worse, and entire new system every few years. 

Solar Energy Works in All Climates

Solar energy works in all climates and in all parts of the world. One of the main questions we get at Convert Solar is, “but does solar power work on cloudy days?” Yes, it absolutely works!

The sun’s radiation can penetrate clouds, as evidenced by most of us having experienced a sunburn on a cloudy day. So regardless of if you live in a sunny, warm climate, or a cold, cloudy, rainy/snowy climate, you can still install solar panels and power your home with solar energy. 

Solar Panels Increase Home’s Value

Simply by having a solar energy system installed, your home’s value will increase. When comparing two, almost identical homes, the home with a solar system will typically sell for around $15,000 more than the home without a solar system. 

The value increase can also be a result of a cumulative amount of money saved over time, like on monthly electric bills and such. 

Solar Energy Benefits the Economy

The solar industry is proving beneficial to the economy. This is due primarily to jobs being created. Solar panels need to be made; the panels need to be installed, serviced, etc. All of these processes require humans, which in turn boosts the local economy. 

How Much Do Solar Panels Cost

Solar Systems are Becoming More Efficient

The increased efficiency of solar energy systems is an important part. As the efficiency increases, the cost (purchase and even installation) will decrease. This in turn makes solar energy more accessible to more people around the globe. 

The increased efficiency, decreased cost, and greater accessibility all mean we’re heading towards a cleaner way of powering the world, which in turn can help reverse (or at least slow down) the harm caused to the environment from the use of fossil fuels. 

Disadvantages of Solar Energy

As we already mentioned, the advantages of solar energy far outweigh the disadvantages. But, as with anything, there are pros and cons, and we feel it’s important to give our customers all the information on both sides. 

Solar Installation is Expensive

Purchasing, and then installing, a solar energy system is expensive. Solar panels aren’t cheap, especially if you go with ones that are middle-of-the-road or better, which is what you’d want in order to ensure panel longevity. 

It’s important to hire qualified solar panel installers. Any highly skilled worker or technician will charge a higher fee, but again, we think it’s worth it when it comes to your solar system installation. You want to make sure that your panels are set up in the appropriate spot, and are properly secured. 

High Cost of Backup Battery System

In order to get the most out of your solar energy system, you’ll want to buy a backup battery system. These aren’t cheap, but, just like your solar system itself, the backup battery system will end up paying for itself over time, both monetarily, and in terms of convenience and ease of use. 

Solar Panels Aren’t Yet Mass Produced

The reason we’re listing this as a “con” is because mass production lowers costs. In order for mass production of anything to happen, there needs to be enough materials and technology to allow for said mass production, and subsequent cost reduction.  

Although solar panels are becoming easier to produce, the materials and technology are slower to come along. This keeps the costs high, but over time, we’re seeing a gradual reduction in this cost.  

Solar Panels Take Up Lots of Space

Whether your solar system is on your roof, your lawn, or in a field, it won’t be small. This means that you’ll need adequate space wherever you decide to have your panels installed. Unfortunately, some homes simply don’t have the space and therefore installing a solar system isn’t possible. Also, some rooves won’t meet the necessary criteria for rooftop solar panels.  

Panel Sizes Needed Can Vary Greatly

The size of the solar panels you’ll need can, and will, vary greatly depending on your actual geographic location, and on the orientation of your home and roof. For example, if you live in an area with less sunlight, you might need to buy larger solar panels in order to maximize the energy taken in and power produced. This can increase your initial cost. 

Solar Energy is Dependent on Sunlight

This isn’t as big a “con” as many people initially think. Like we said, solar power will absolutely work on cloudy or otherwise inclement days.

Your panels won’t produce as much energy and power as they would on a sunny day, however, they won’t stop working just because the sun is obscured behind clouds. You might see a slight decrease in amount of power produced, but that decrease isn’t enough to warrant deciding against going solar. 

Your solar panels won’t, however, be able to produce power at night. But again, this isn’t a huge negative simply because you can either switch to using power from the grid, or the power stored in your backup batteries. 

Long Permitting Process

You’ll actually need a permit from your local government office prior to being allowed to install a solar energy system on your home. As with any process involving permitting and government, this can be tedious and time consuming. However, the good news here is that most reputable solar companies will actually take care of the permitting process so that you won’t have to. 

Now that you’ve read about the advantages and disadvantages of solar energy, we hope you’re feeling confident and more knowledgeable on the in’s and out’s of solar power, and ready to make the decision to go solar! Contact us today to get started! 

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J Byrd
J Byrd
15:50 29 Aug 22
I called to ask a question concerning my solar panels. Someone named Jordan answered the phone immediately. He was... extremely kind, patient and knowledgeable when he answered all of my questions and explained in a way that was understandable. I have been a convert solar customer for almost a year and I am pleased with the company.read more
Yasmin Valdes
Yasmin Valdes
12:32 29 Aug 22
My experience with this company has been very good. I received a few quotes from different companies and there’s was... very competitive. The sales rep Melissa has been very helpful in providing information but really what has prompted me to write this amazing review is their service rep Jordan. He is amazingly responsive and really on top of our system to ensure we’re getting the maximum output. Right after the install I was hearing some buzzing sounds from our panel and he came out on a Sunday afternoon to get this fixed. Also, While we were on vacation he actually came by the house because he noticed a few of the panels were not performing as they were supposed to. I am very happy we signed out with this company and our panels look amazing! I am awaiting one final thing to be completed for the job to be done but so far I’m very happy with their service and product.read more
John F. Childress, Ph.D,
John F. Childress, Ph.D,
18:49 22 Aug 22
I contracted with Convert Solar to install panels on our roof. From the very first contact, the staff was... professional, responsive, and timely. I was always kept apprised of progress of our project. It was completed on time, on budget, and passed all inspections. Installers, electricians, and staff were all pleasant to work with. I am particularly impressed Dylan Kowal who went above and beyond what could have been expected to make sure our needs were met and we were not sold anything we didn’t need. I cannot recommend this company more highly.read more
William OConnor
William OConnor
17:10 18 Aug 22
I started the solar due diligence process in February. I spoke with four companies and am very happy I took the time... to pick the right solar supplier. Convert Solar made solid commitments and met every one of them. Dylan, the representative, was incredibly knowledgeable and professional; the installation went better than expected; and the system is generating more than I thought it would. The entire team was a pleasure to work with. Convert Solar gets my heartiest recommendation!read more
Mark
Mark
15:03 25 Jul 22
Had the sales person come out. Def not pushy but signed up. Installation was great. I did have a prob from where the... placement of the panels was diff from the plans. I also did not like how line was ran on the side of the building. I mentioned this and they came out and rerouted the wire on my concern.....def a recommended company for meMark Sread more
Bob Marietta
Bob Marietta
13:56 20 Jul 22
I had a great experience with Convert-Solar. Every aspect of the process went smooth. They offered me a great price,... were experts in solar and installed a solar system without issue. The installers went above and beyond. They routed a cable through my attic in such a way to optimize the cosmetic experience from the exterior. Highly recommend this company. After the system was installed, I discovered solar had an added benefit of reflecting or absorbing heat. My house was cooler and the HVAC didn't have to work as hard to keep up.read more
Garry Johns
Garry Johns
16:43 12 Jul 22
Just had my power company come out and change over to my new meter for solar. Immediately called Convert Solar. They... were fabulous! walked me through final process with turning the system on while answering all my questions as well. Finally, they helped me with the application download and setup.Now, I am solar! These guys and Earth Right Mid-Atlantic have been outstanding, prompt, and quick from the very beginning.Thank you very much!!read more
Bruce Frickey
Bruce Frickey
17:09 20 Jun 22
After almost a year of enjoying my Convert Solar installed system on my house I called with a quick question. Jordan... answered quickly, looked up my account and gave me what I needed. The energy production from my roof has been great, along with the continued customer support from Convert. There is a real benefit from choosing a local company established in the community when purchasing a system you expect to use for 30 years!read more
Tyler Ryan
Tyler Ryan
22:43 13 Jun 22
Let me preface and state that I am individual that seeks out local business as opposed to big chains. I had already... made the immediate decision to get solar on our new home the day we had moved in. When we began calling local solar companies, those that we did meet with did not give us exactly what we were looking for. They were either not giving us enough panels, offset, or to much in terms of pricing vs competitors. When I contacted VA energy Solutions not only did they hear us loud and clear they understood our urgency to immediately get the ball rolling.When we had met with Steven I had instantly told him that I wanted as many panels as possible so that we can get our offset as close to if not over 100%. After initial inputs and testing and then coming back later on after they had gotten drone footage, they were able to get 62 panels on our home. This put our offset at ~90% and mind you this is with many many trees around us that were blocking potential energy from hitting our panels. We have since gotten down some of the trees and are still working on getting rid of the other trees that are blocking the panels at sunrise and sunset, once the said trees are down we should easily be at 100% offset if not extraordinarily close.On the day of the installation for the 62 panels the workers had arrived at our home at 7am, and they did not leave until almost 9pm. These workers wanted to ensure that the panels were installed on the day of and not a day later, they worked through such high temperatures. We had given them lots of water, and Gatorade and even snacks for how hard they worked on getting everything done. It was surreal with how much they pushed themselves to ensure that the job was done on the same day. Our installation is an uncommon one with the way our roof is and with how many we had to be installed mind you. Overall the experience has been great and we are looking forward to being able to have our 100% power once we get the rest of the trees down. It is going to be great to see the lack of an energy bill from dominion once we are at that point.read more
Tyler Ryan
Tyler Ryan
22:43 13 Jun 22
Let me preface and state that I am individual that seeks out local business as opposed to big chains. I had already... made the immediate decision to get solar on our new home the day we had moved in. When we began calling local solar companies, those that we did meet with did not give us exactly what we were looking for. They were either not giving us enough panels, offset, or to much in terms of pricing vs competitors. When I contacted VA energy Solutions not only did they hear us loud and clear they understood our urgency to immediately get the ball rolling.When we had met with Steven I had instantly told him that I wanted as many panels as possible so that we can get our offset as close to if not over 100%. After initial inputs and testing and then coming back later on after they had gotten drone footage, they were able to get 62 panels on our home. This put our offset at ~90% and mind you this is with many many trees around us that were blocking potential energy from hitting our panels. We have since gotten down some of the trees and are still working on getting rid of the other trees that are blocking the panels at sunrise and sunset, once the said trees are down we should easily be at 100% offset if not extraordinarily close.On the day of the installation for the 62 panels the workers had arrived at our home at 7am, and they did not leave until almost 9pm. These workers wanted to ensure that the panels were installed on the day of and not a day later, they worked through such high temperatures. We had given them lots of water, and Gatorade and even snacks for how hard they worked on getting everything done. It was surreal with how much they pushed themselves to ensure that the job was done on the same day. Our installation is an uncommon one with the way our roof is and with how many we had to be installed mind you. Overall the experience has been great and we are looking forward to being able to have our 100% power once we get the rest of the trees down. It is going to be great to see the lack of an energy bill from dominion once we are at that point.read more
Lynn Miller
Lynn Miller
18:56 10 Jun 22
I knew for my new home I wanted Solar and I interviewed several companies before deciding on Convert Solar. Why... Convert? First, they educated me on solar not to sell me but to explain how it worked, what questions I needed to ask them and others and where to look for independent information. Then I asked them who their strongest competitor was and they immediately gave a name of a company that i had heard was good. I interviewed the other company and liked them a lot and their pricing was the same. So why again? Because they took multiple steps to educate me. Have had follow up time to talk with me way after the sale. Oh, and my solar works fantastic in that Convert estimated that solar would only cover about 78% of the cost of power at the house, today it is covering 100%.read more
JAMES FAST
JAMES FAST
18:40 10 Jun 22
Excellent experience. No gimmicks of "discounting" the cost by my tax incentive. Everything went according to plan... with exception of needing to get a roof vent moved. I pointed this out to the sales folks and they should have just told me to take care of that before installation rather than saying it was going to be fine. Installers had to stop and come back another day to finish after I got the vent moved.read more
Todd Bollinger
Todd Bollinger
18:25 10 Jun 22
The roofing contractor they use likes to add parts without discussing it with the homeowner before installation. Which... led to an unexpected $1600 bill a month later. Secondly, be sure you review all of the contract. The tax credit is non-refundable, meaning it just reduces how much you owe (if you owe anything to begin with).The solar is great as it just replaces the electric bill which will only increase while this bill will eventually go away. The salesman is responsive. Overall it will be a good investment but the communication could be better.read more
Nash Thakker
Nash Thakker
16:06 10 Jun 22
My experience with Solar Energy was A+ with Convert SolarTony was great and very helpful; he gave me an awesome deal... which was much better than anyone in the solar market. He explained everything and showed comparative data from the start and handled our 1,000+ questions that we had.Convert solar team did an awesome job installing the panels; the crew was very professional and walked me through the entire process during installation and adjusted the solar panel according to the way we were anticipating. Overall, this project required very little from me once I made the initial choices and was managed well from start to finish. The timelines were met, the build was fast, and it looks good. The quality of consulting and professionalism were excellent. The electrician also conducted excellent work (wiring the panel) and explaining all the information. The best part, they also cleaned up everything (inside and outside) the house after installation (left no debris behind). We are happy with the installation and looking forward to many years of solar bliss. I would recommend Tony for Solar needs and his team to anyone. Thank you to everyone on the team. Great job!read more
Joe and Amal Hall
Joe and Amal Hall
16:34 27 May 22
We got solar panels done on our very first home and it was definitely a big risk and and a big decision.We... interviewed many solar companies but eventually found honesty and real customer service with Convert Solar. Our salesperson was Jeremy Davis and my husband and I were so pleased with the work they did. Many solar companies try to confuse you and aren't clear about certain terms in the contract and what they provide. With Jeremy, he proved us wrong. All our questions were answered and explained extremely well (an we were very detailed with the contract). Jeremy provided a customer service that we did not experience with any other solar power company. He truly wanted the best for us and our home and his enthusiasm for solar and his career showed through every conversation.I highly recommend convert solar. They offer competitive prices and strong customer service that puts them above the rest. Our panels have been doing well and we couldn't be happier.If you work with convert solar, ask for Jeremy - he will make your experience 10x better.read more
Dylan Hunger
Dylan Hunger
16:29 17 May 22
I worked with Convert Solar to get a system that was installed five years ago by a different company (that is no longer... in business) repaired. I specifically worked with Jordan, and I must say he was fantastic. The system was completely non-functional due to a "DC Isolation Fault" (it is a SolarEdge system). Jordan had everything up and running again in just a few hours, he cleaned up behind himself, and answered every question I had. Would have went with them initially, if I knew about their business in 2017. Would highly recommend their services to anyone that is seeking them.read more
William Weatherly
William Weatherly
00:46 03 May 22
I would like to start by saying I’m a very Skeptical person with anything new that I don’t fully understand. With that... said I really appreciate the professional approach that Convert Solar had with the initial call and throughout the whole install process. I want to especially shout out appreciation to Freddie(our salesman) who took the time to explain everything so that we felt completely comfortable. I would strongly recommend using this company to take care of all your solar power needs.read more
Xavier Manzeralla
Xavier Manzeralla
23:08 25 Apr 22
I’m leaving a review now, after having my solar panels installed about a year and a half ago by Convert Solar. I am so... happy to have gone with this company for my solar panels! I love that they are a Virginia company, and they have never let me feel like I just spent a ton of money with a company and then was forgotten about. They have been just a call, text, or email away, for any of my questions about my system, and I just wanted to let everyone know - I couldn’t be happier with this company! 😊read more
Pete Kern
Pete Kern
23:46 15 Mar 22
Convert Solar!!! Especially Jordan (Tech Guy) and Mara (spelling? Customer Service). They do a great job!!! I have had... my 28 panel solar array for about two years and I am starting to see a massive impact to my electric bill. Very Happy with Convert!!!Shopped around to a few Solar companies and Convert is the standard!!!read more
Monique Farrington
Monique Farrington
12:29 08 Mar 22
The interactions during my entire process of installation was remarkable! I appreciated the professionalism, work... ethic, timeliness, attention to detail, and responsiveness of this company. Julie, my project manager was EVERYTHING! She was able to quickly get my needs met and questions answered. I am so thankful too to those who were tasked to tend to my needs. After my install and inspection, I had a coincidental (we discovered after troubleshooting, thoroughly) power outage to only 1 section of my home. Hunter and his supervisor figured out the problem and fixed it (unrelated to the solar panel install). They went above and beyond. For this too, I am so grateful! I highly recommend Convert Solar when you decide to go solar! 🙂read more
Jack Kauffman (Vegantreehugger3)
Jack Kauffman (Vegantreehugger3)
20:19 11 Feb 22
We are so happy with our solar system. We have had it for two years and love that we are doing something for the... environment. The system was well planned and we have just a little more solar power than our consumption these last two years. Their service has been above expectation. Twice in the two years our inverter failed and once they came out to replaced it before we were aware that it was not functioning properly. They are just as good with their warrantee service and support as they were with the planning and installation of the system.read more
Chris Long
Chris Long
19:14 27 Jan 22
I'm ecstatic to share my experience and install with Convert Solar! Fred and Pierre gave an awesome presentation to my... wife and I and answered EVERY question and concern that we had! Install was today and I couldn't be more pleased and happy with the professionalism and work done! Roofers/Panel install (Matt and his team (sorry I cant remember all of your names) ) were super professional and explained the process before they started! I hovered a lot (sorry lol) but I had so many "what if's" circling in my head and I didn't want a rush job! Matt and the team didn't mind and continued to make me at ease with their work! The Electricians Robert and Cameron were awesome! The level of anxiety I feel whenever it comes to electricity and the thought of having to do anything inside of my electrical panel were intensified when adding wires, junction boxes and power sources to the mix! But these two gentlemen quickly extinguished those thoughts of uncertainty and doubt with their knowledgeable explanations, installation and all around professionalism! A few more steps are needed before the system is completely up and running but I write this review from my couch, relaxed and without any cares or regrets! Thanks Convert Solar, everyone mentioned and those that were here but I didn't get your names! My wife and I appreciate you all!read more
Heather Gotliboski
Heather Gotliboski
13:30 17 Nov 21
Convert Solar has kept us informed every step of the way, fully and patiently explained the process of going solar, and... have been extremely responsive in each encounter with them to include coming out to our home 1 hour after reporting a panel error and fixing it immediately! They even followed the visit up with a phone call to ensure great service!read more
Andrew Guzman
Andrew Guzman
02:37 15 Nov 21
My experience with Convert Solar has been amazing. Fred MacArthur was a wonderful salesman that explained the entire... process honestly and did not hold anything back. The install crew were super professional and had the install of 20 panels complete within 5 hours. I have had an absolutely great experience with the company and 10/10 recommend it for anyone looking to convert!!!read more
Tal Day
Tal Day
18:55 12 Nov 21
We retrofitted an existing home with a southwest exposure in Virginia's Northern Neck in spring 2021. The first step... in the process was a visit by a sales representative who inspected the site. This included looking at rafters in the attic and running a drone to construct a heat map of the roof surface. He also looked at a year's worth of utility bills. With that information he furnished an estimate which we accepted and the install was scheduled. The installation crew consisted of four people to install roof panels and an electrician and assistant to connect into a home system, through the transfer switch for an emergecy generator. The entire install took 4-hours. This was a well-planned, custom installation that was efficiently implemented on-site. Outstanding!read more
robert caley
robert caley
16:11 11 Nov 21
Sales representative was great , knowledgeable and answered all my questions. The guys showed up on time as scheduled.... My system was installed and operational the same day. I highly recommend Convert Solar. My electric bill is only about $9.00 per month and that is for the utility service and taxes. Love it, Thank you Convert Solar!read more
Samuel Dillon
Samuel Dillon
14:53 11 Nov 21
My experience working with the folks at Convert Solar has been truly awesome! Mara Gianini did a fantastic job leading... me through the many steps in the project from helping with the technical specs through the installation process and the inspection/certification effort. I could not be more pleased. I have to say also that I was particularly impressed by Winston and his installation crew. Their level of professionalism was evident from the moment they arrived at my home until they packed up for the day. They answered all of my questions, were responsive to my concerns, and were incredibly polite and well spoken. My hat is off to the entire Convert Solar team.read more
Rosana OBrien
Rosana OBrien
15:50 25 Jun 21
Installation crew was spectacular! Got all panels and electrical connections nicely done in less than a day! Job... completed looks neatly done and works very efficiently! Finance and price is very affordable. No money out of pocket was needed! Bow i am just enjoying producing my own clean energy and no more power bills! Love it!read more
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