As Earth Day approaches, it’s essential to reflect on our environmental impact and consider how we can make positive changes, especially within the confines of our homes. The mission for Earth Day is simple: let’s leave the planet in a better place than when we found it. While the task may seem daunting at first, no effort is too small or insignificant – you just have to start. And what better place to start than where you wake up each and every day? At Green House Solar, we understand the importance of sustainability and have compiled a few easy ways that homeowners can be more environmentally conscious in preparation for Earth Day and everyday moving forward. 

Energy-Efficient Appliances: Start by replacing old, energy-guzzling appliances with newer, more efficient models. Look for appliances with ENERGY STAR ratings, which indicate they meet high standards for energy efficiency. By reducing your energy consumption, you can lower your carbon footprint and even save money on your utility bills each month. 

LED Lighting: Another simple yet effective way to reduce energy consumption is by switching to LED lighting. LED bulbs use significantly less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and last much longer, reducing the need for frequent replacements. Make the switch throughout your home to save energy, while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Proper Insulation and Sealing: Seal gaps and cracks around windows, doors, and other openings to prevent heat loss in the winter and keep cool air inside during the summer. Adequate insulation helps maintain a comfortable indoor temperature year-round, while reducing the need for excess heating and cooling.

Solar Energy: One of the most impactful decisions you can make for both the environment (and your finances) is to switch to solar energy. Solar panels harness the power of the sun to generate clean, renewable electricity for your home. By investing in solar power, you can reduce or even eliminate your reliance on fossil fuels, significantly reducing your carbon footprint. Plus, with various incentives and rebates available, there’s never been a better time to make the switch. With the federal solar tax credit, homeowners can save 30% on all solar panel installations beginning in 2022 and extending all the way to 2032. 

Energy-Efficient Solar Panels for Your NJ Home

At Green House Solar, we’re here to help you every step of the way on your journey to solar energy. Our team can assist you in navigating the available incentives and finding the best solar solution for your home. From the initial consultation to the installation of your SunPower solar panel system, we’ll be with you throughout the process to ensure a smooth and seamless transition.

This Earth Day, let’s all commit to making environmentally-friendly choices starting with where we have the most control – in our homes. Whether it’s upgrading to energy-efficient appliances or finally investing in solar energy, every step we take can positively affect the world we live in and future generations to come. 

To learn more about the benefits of solar energy for your home in New Jersey, please give us a call or visit our website at: https://greenhouse.solar/

 

Solar power is an ideal sustainable solution for powering your home or your business. And the state of New Jersey has a range of incentives and tax credits you can use to your advantage to make it even more affordable. If you’ve been considering installing a solar system at home or at your business, now is an excellent time to invest in clean energy. Here’s why:

New Jersey’s Solar Incentives

New Jersey’s Successor Solar Incentive (SuSI) Program is divided into two sub-programs:

  • Administratively Determined Incentive (ADI): This program provides a fixed-incentive payment for residential, most commercial and industrial, and community net metered solar projects, and the payment is guaranteed for 15 years. The type and size of the solar project will determine the value of the incentive, and it generally ranges from $70 to $120 for every megawatt hour of energy the system produces. 
  • Competitive Solar Incentive (CSI): This program is for projects larger than 5 megawatts and grid supply projects, and it involves a competitive solicitation process. The goal is to set the lowest financial contribution from rate-payers for solar projects that provide energy directly to the grid, and for larger-scale commercial and industrial projects.

  • NJ Solar Sales Tax Exemption: This incentive allows a 100% sales tax exemption on all major solar equipment you buy for your home, which means you save 7% upfront. All taxpayers are eligible for this incentive.

  • NJ Property Tax Exemption: Under this incentive, home and business owners are not taxed on the increase in value to their properties when a solar system is added.  

Solar Tax Credit – NJ Residential and Commercial

The Federal solar tax credit reduces the cost of solar panels for both residential and commercial buildings. Also known as the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), it allows you to deduct 30% of the installation costs from your federal income taxes. Switch and Save Today with Green House Solar

If you’re ready to make the switch from traditional energy to solar energy, our team at Green House Solar is happy to help. We’ve helped plenty of homeowners and business owners across New Jersey make the change, so they can harness the free, clean, renewable power of the sun. 

For more information about solar power and how you can take advantage of New Jersey solar incentives, please contact our team at Green House Solar today or visit our website at: https://greenhouse.solar/



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                           

Madison, NJ – 10/25/23 – Green House Solar, a leading New Jersey-based electrical contracting company specializing in solar installation, backup power and solar panel maintenance, is proud to announce that it has achieved SunPower® Elite Dealer status, reflecting their high level of workmanship, expertise and partnership in the solar industry.

To earn and maintain SunPower Elite Dealer status, Green House Solar has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to excellence. This accolade recognizes the company’s completion of SunPower Advanced Training, exceptional customer satisfaction, and surpassing stringent performance standards for quality, design and service.

“We are thrilled to elevate our partnership with SunPower and bring the best solar solutions in the world to our clients,” stated Frank Curran, owner of Green House Solar. “Our team is dedicated to providing environmentally conscious, high-quality solar installations and energy storage solutions. This achievement is a testament to our growing business and our commitment, and we look forward to helping more customers make the switch to clean, renewable energy.”

About SunPower®

With over 35 years of dedicated experience, SunPower is the only U.S.-based solar company that’s been around longer than their 25-year comprehensive warranty. As an industry leader in providing residential solar panels and storage solutions, they have received more than 1,000 patents for their innovative solar technologies. 

One of the standout features of SunPower’s technology is its Maxeon solar cell technology, engineered to adapt to the changing seasons and thermal expansion in all environments. SunPower panels are built to last, with an expected 40-year lifespan and minimal annual degradation. This durability ensures that customers continue to benefit from their solar investment for decades to come.

Additionally, SunPower’s commitment to aesthetics is evident through their exclusive backplate technology. This innovative design eliminates the unsightly lines or silver wires often found on the front of solar cells. Instead, SunPower uses solid copper backplates, resulting in a sleeker, cleaner look that seamlessly integrates panels into any environment.

About Green House Solar

Green House Solar has been at the forefront of the solar energy industry in New Jersey since its inception in 2015. The company’s core focus is on solar energy system installation and energy storage solutions, making them a one-stop shop for all solar needs. As a licensed New Jersey electrical contractor, Green House Solar also specializes in designing and installing backup power systems such as generators and backup battery systems for homes and businesses. In addition, they offer services like electrical upgrades, EV chargers, and power monitoring systems to help solar customers achieve a more sustainable and energy efficient future.

For more information about Green House Solar and their residential and commercial solar solutions in NJ, please visit: 

https://greenhouse.solar

 

Solar Installation Morris County NJ

In an age where renewable energy solutions are not just a choice but a necessity, the appeal of solar power has never been stronger. With its promise of reduced electricity bills, a lighter carbon footprint, and energy independence, transitioning to solar energy seems like a no-brainer. Yet, a surprising number of homeowners are still hesitant to embrace this clean, sustainable power source. 

At Green House Solar, we understand the concerns that often cloud the decision to go solar. That’s why our team of solar panel experts in NJ are going to debunk the most common misconceptions that keep people from harnessing the sun’s abundant energy and saving money on electric bills. In this article, we’ll shed light on the top four reasons why people don’t go solar (pun intended) – providing the peace of mind you need to make a more informed choice.

#1. Solar Panels are Too Expensive! 

 

This is no longer the case! Did you know that the Federal Investment Tax Credit is 30% for solar panel installations starting in 2022 and has been extended through 2032. That is major installation cost savings you don’t want to miss out on. Plus, you may be eligible for other incentives like the NJ Solar Sales Tax Exemption which involves decreased costs for equipment and the NJ Property Tax Exemption that ensures homeowners are not paying increased taxes for installing solar panels that enhance their property value.

Not to mention that zero dollars down solar is an option for many homeowners.  Let your electrical bill savings pay for your solar! If you’d like to know more about the solar incentives available and which ones you qualify for, give us a call – we’d be happy to help. 

#2. Solar Panels Look Ugly! 

 

The look of solar panels have really come a long way over the years. They aren’t as bulky and have a sleeker look overall. At Green House Solar, we install SUNPOWER® panels, which just happen to be industry leading in durability, efficiency and aesthetics. And if you’re still not sold on having panels all over your roof, we can discuss other options like ground mounts. Believe it or not, some homeowners actually benefit more when their solar panels are placed elsewhere on the property. 

#3. Solar Systems Require Maintenance

 

Solar systems by SUNPOWER® are built to last and require minimal maintenance over their 25 year lifetime warranty. In the event that something does go wrong, your system components fall under the warranty that would cover replacement and repair costs. The best part about leasing a solar panel system is that repairs and routine maintenance are the leasing company’s responsibility, not yours. In layman’s terms, if you have a problem – just give Green House Solar a call and we’ll send over one of our solar technicians as soon as possible. 

#4. Solar Salesman can be Obnoxious

There are some big box solar salesmen out there that are really pushy, which give the rest of us a bad rap. At Green House Solar, we will never force you into something you’re not comfortable with and it’s an honest conversation. We are passionate about solar energy and have no problem taking the time to explain all aspects of installation and maintenance thoroughly. If all your roofs face north and are covered by trees, we’ll be honest about solar not being a good idea for you. From safety concerns to overall energy costs, our team will guide you from steps A to Z. The last thing we want is for you to be disappointed, confused or blindsided by anything that comes along with your home solar system. 

If you’d like to talk more about anything that has to do with home solar, please don’t hesitate to call us today! You could also learn more about our solar panel installation services by visiting our website at: https://greenhouse.solar

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At a high level, installing a home solar panel system is really establishing a power plant on your roof. So, it’s only natural to ask, is it safe? We understand that when it comes to your home and your loved ones living inside, safety is the number one priority – as it should be! That being said, the solar energy experts at Green House Solar are here to put your worries to rest. Our team has answered some frequently asked solar safety questions. Let’s take a closer look: 

Is solar safe for my home? 

There are a few aspects to Solar energy safety when looking at Residential Solar which typically involves panels installed on the roof. One aspect is the physical safety of the installation, the weight of them on your roof. Green House Solar’s team carefully inspects the condition of your roof, the age of your shingles, the sub-roof plywood and many other elements. Measurements are taken and calculations made to ensure that the roof structure is sufficient to support the weight of the solar system, including snow loads and anticipated wind shears and we will make or recommend appropriate repairs if necessary, prior to an installation. We will never place a solar array on a roof that can’t confidently support the weight for the lifetime of the panels. And with decades of solar experience, we don’t take shortcuts with materials or mounting options because they are faster/cheaper.

Are some solar systems safer for my home than others?

Another safety concern is the electrical aspects of solar safety. After all, the whole point of this is to have the panels generate and distribute voltages and currents to your home and possibly the grid, and potentially charge your backup battery system. All of this must be handled correctly and carefully to ensure maximum safety. 

At Green House Solar, we prefer systems utilizing micro-inverters for our residential customers. Micro-inverters convert the electricity generated from DC to AC at the solar panel. This means that the electricity on the roof is lower voltage (and safer) with micro-inverters as opposed to string inverters. Micro-inverters also have other advantages that maximize production when partial shading is a concern. 

One other thing to consider is the electrical knowledge base of the company designing and installing your solar system.  The owner of Green House Solar is a licensed electrical contractor. Our knowledge of code and general electrical work gives us a leg up on many installers who need to stick to one way of doing things.

What about solar back-up batteries? Which battery is safest for my home?

There are two main chemistry types of home energy storage batteries currently on the market – Nickel Manganese Cobalt (NMC) and Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP).  Here at Green House Solar, we recommend and install LFP batteries exclusively because of their safer chemistry – they will not combust when punctured. 

What kinds of permits and approvals are required before my system can be installed? 

At the local municipal level, permit applications are submitted for structural and electrical approval, including fire official approval. State and utility submissions are also required. As is the case with many home improvement projects, following installation and commissioning, inspectors will review the work to ensure compliance with applicable codes and ordinances. 

What are some of the regulations that ensure my solar system is safe? 

There are many regulations in place to ensure that the design of your residential solar system is safe. These have evolved over time so that solar systems installed today are safer than ever.  Green House Solar follows all requirements and as mentioned before, we are licensed electricians. Regulations include fire codes which specify the size and location of pathways for firefighters should they need access. In addition, there are specific requirements for disconnects and shutoff capabilities that will stop electricity production immediately should the need arise. Stamped electrical and structural engineering designs are generally required for residential systems and are part of the permit application process.

Safe and Affordable Home Solar Panels in New Jersey

By choosing solar panels installed by licensed electricians, you not only enjoy the economic benefits of solar energy, but also do your part to create a cleaner and greener future. At Green House Solar, we can address all your safety concerns, help you navigate the process of installing solar panels, and take advantage of all the tax incentives available. From design to installation, our team will be there every step along the way to ensure a safe and reliable solar energy system for your home.

To learn more about the safety of solar panels, visit our website at: https://greenhouse.solar or book a free consult with us.

 

The Importance of Solar Panel Alignment

If you’re installing a home solar system, have you thought about solar panel alignment yet? The angles of your solar panels will determine how much energy they generate for your home, and ideally you want your solar system to generate as much energy as possible. Our team will take a closer look at why solar panel alignment is so important. 

Why Is Solar Panel Alignment Important?

You want your solar panels to be placed at the angle that allows them to absorb the maximum amount of sunlight, which is when your panels are perpendicular to the sun. Not everyone’s roof allows for this possibility, so it’s important to work with a qualified solar technician who can place your solar panels at the best angle. 

Factors That Affect Your Solar Panel Angle

  • Latitude: The further away your house is from the equator, the steeper your solar panels need to be tilted to get the maximum amount of sunlight. Someone who lives in Arizona, for example, will have a different optimal tilt to their solar panels than someone who lives in Minnesota. 
  • The Season: The ideal angle for your solar panels is different depending on the season. Mainly, this is because during the winter the sun is much lower in the sky than in the summer. 
  • Your Roof Design: This factor isn’t one that you have much control over, unless you’re building a new home from scratch. Whether your roof is flat or angled, a solar technician can advise on the best solar panel alignment for you. 

What else affects your solar panels?

  • Roof pitch: The pitch of your roof refers to how steep the angles are. A flat roof has zero pitch, while angled roofs are all pitched, just at different steepness levels. 
  • Shade: If you have a lot of tree cover on your property, this will need to be considered when installing your solar panels. Ideally you want as little shade as possible, because sometimes trees and shrubs can get in the way. 
  • Property orientation: Some homes are north-facing, some are south-facing, and so on. You will have one part of your roof that is most suitable for solar panels, and the orientation of that part of the roof will determine the best angle for your solar system. 

For more information about solar panel alignment, or if you have any other solar panel installation questions, please visit us at:  https://greenhouse.solar/

What The Rural Energy For America Program Means For Solar

The U.S. government, through various pieces of legislation and several programs, is incentivizing both homeowners and business owners to use renewable energy. We’ve seen a range of tax credits and other financial incentives rolled out recently, and people across the country are not hesitating to take advantage. One incentivized program in particular is the Rural Energy for America Program, called REAP. In this article, our team of solar panel installers will explain REAP, including who qualifies and how to apply. 

What is the REAP Program?

The REAP is a government program that provides guaranteed grant funding of up to 40% of the value of the project and loan financing for up to 75% of the project value to small, rural businesses and agricultural producers for renewable energy systems, or to make energy efficiency improvements. According to REAP, agricultural producers may also apply for new energy efficient equipment, and for new system loans for agricultural production and processing. 

Who Qualifies for REAP?

Rural small businesses, meaning businesses located in areas with a population of 50,000 residents or fewer, and agricultural producers in both rural and non-rural areas qualify for the funding available through REAP. All applicants must prove they are citizens of the United States, or can prove they are residing legally in the country. Borrowers must prove that the loan funds will stay in the United States.

How to Apply for REAP

To apply for the REAP, visit the United States Department of Agriculture’s website and select your state from the drop-down menu. Once you’ve chosen your state, the appropriate form and accompanying instructions will follow. This website also contains important information about deadlines. 

How Green House Solar Can Help You with REAP

At Green House Solar, we work closely with several REAP specialists and can help you complete the necessary paperwork for the REAP program in New Jersey. The March 2023 deadline is quickly approaching, so we recommend you submit your application as soon as possible. Don’t miss out on this excellent chance to invest in a renewable energy system for your rural business in NJ. 

For more information about the REAP, if you need assistance completing your application, or if you have any other renewable energy questions, please contact our team at Green House Solar today. You could also visit our website to learn more about harnessing solar energy for your home or small business: https://greenhouse.solar/

Solar Panel Consultation with Green House Solar

Perhaps you’ve been considering installing a solar panel system at home, but you have questions and you’re not quite ready to commit. Why not schedule a solar panel consultation with a reputable company in your area, like Green House Solar? Choosing to install a solar system panels for your home is certainly an investment, and a consultation is a great way to answer your questions, manage your expectations, and help you make a final decision on solar that’s right for you. 

What To Expect From Your Residential Solar Consultation 

We offer on-site and virtual consultations via Zoom for your convenience, so there’s no need to come to our office in Madisondrive all the way to our store, unless of course that’s your preference. A typical solar panel consultation is simply a conversation between you and one of our experienced team members. We’ll discuss the range of market-leading home solar systems we install and maintain, while also learning more about your energy needs and your desire to harness the power of clean, renewable energy. Once we know more about what type of roof you have, we’ll explain what your best options are for solar panel placements. 

We encourage you to ask a lot of questions during the consultation, because this is your chance to gather all of the important information needed to make your decision. 

Questions You May Want To Ask Your Solar Panel Consultant

  • What incentives are available for going solar in my area?
  • Is my roof suitable to support solar panels? If not, what are my options?
  • Where can I put panels and how many will I need to power my home?
  • Will the solar system produce enough power to eliminate my electric bill?
  • What happens when it’s dark, cloudy, or raining?
  • What kind of maintenance does a home solar system require?
  • Can you tell me more about solar batteries, and do I absolutely need one?

Next Steps When Moving Forward With Your Solar Install in NJ

Once you’ve made the decision to install a home solar system, our team in NJ will visit your home and do a survey of your property, including a roof check. During our site survey, we’ll confirm that the design you have selected will work on your property, and we will submit engineering designs and permits, and schedule your installation. Most solar installations take around two days, so you’ll be using renewable energy to power your home in no time.

If you’d like more information, or if you’re ready to schedule your solar panel consultation, please contact our team at Green House Solar today at: https://greenhouse.solar/

If you’ve made the decision to invest in solar panels, you’re probably curious about the solar panel installation process. How much does it cost? What important factors do you need to consider? What are all the elements involved? What should you expect?

Home solar systems are becoming more common since they are now more affordable. We’re also seeing more people desiring to break free from their city’s electricity grid and to generate free, clean energy for their household. Just as your home is unique, the specific type of solar system you install will also be unique. Home solar systems depend on several factors, and these factors will determine your installation needs, as well as your cost. Let’s explore some of these factors:

  • Roof size and shape. Most of us live in homes with slanted roofs, so in order for the solar panels to stay in place, it sometimes requires a bit of extra equipment to be installed to secure your panels. Some roofs are not suitable for solar panels, period. But don’t worry, the panels can be installed on another area of your property instead, such as a front or side lawn. 
  • Size of your home. If you live in a large, five-bedroom home and want as many solar panels as possible, then you’ll have different needs from someone who lives in a smaller, one-bedroom ranch. It’s worth noting that larger solar installations aren’t that much more time consuming – installation is usually quick and tidy.
  • Solar battery storage and other additional elements. Solar battery storage allows you to store extra energy your panels generate for use at a later date. Home solar systems have several additional elements you can use with your panels, and the team at Green House Solar would be happy to discuss them with you.

Home solar systems in Morris County NJ

Summer is finally here and we’re all enjoying the bright, sunny days. How convenient would it be if you could harness the power of the sun and turn it into clean energy for your home, at absolutely no cost to you? Many people in New Jersey have made the first step to invest in home solar systems and are now powering their homes with free, renewable energy. Having solar panels means you no longer have to rely on your town’s electricity, and it puts you in total control of your energy production and usage. 

For more information about home solar installation or home solar systems, please contact our team at Green House Solar today. We look forward to taking the next step with you towards free, renewable energy. 

Solar Installation Cost Morris County NJ

Do you have questions about solar panel installation costs? Many people know how solar panels work and that they reduce your monthly energy bill, but not many people understand the details associated with installation costs and other associated costs. In this article, we’ll review some of the most commonly-asked questions about solar panels and installation costs.

  • Is there a standard size solar panel system, or are there different size systems to choose from?

Each system is different and your solar panels will be customized to fit your roof. Solar systems range from $3,500 to $10,000 and your system will depend on a variety of factors, including property size, roof shape, and the material of your roof.

  • Does the quality of the solar panels matter?

As the saying goes, you get what you pay for. Solar panels will provide your home with clean energy for years to come, and we recommend investing in the highest quality solar panels on the market. Green House Solar uses Sunpower solar panels exclusively because after many years of installing and using other types of panels, we came to the conclusion that Sunpower was simply the best. They are of higher quality, work more efficiently, and are more design forward (better aesthetics) than any other panels we’ve tried in the past.  

  • Will I have to pay to modify my roof before installation?

In short, no. If your roof isn’t suitable for solar panels, our team will find another location on your property where we can install them. Many people have solar panels installed on their lawn instead of their roof.

  • Will solar panels eliminate my energy bill entirely, or just reduce it?

Solar panels can accomplish both, but it depends on your budget and the type of system your property can accommodate. Talk to your solar installer who can help you make the most informed decision.

  • How long will it take to pay off the cost of my system via reduced energy bills?

This depends on several factors. Generally speaking, you can get these systems purchased and installed without putting up any money, and use your savings on your utility bills to pay it off over time, typically within 5-7 years.However, your solar installer can give you a more accurate timeline of what costs to expect.

  • Will I need to pay to replace my solar panels frequently?

No, high-quality solar panels have a very long life span and are generally low maintenance. Once installed, they’ll be there for many years to come! 

  • Does the cost of installation also include post-installation support?

You’ll undoubtedly have questions after installation, so ensure you choose a solar company that includes ongoing customer support in the initial estimate. 

Guidance from your local solar expert in Morris County

If you’d like to know how much it will cost to install solar panels on your home, please contact your local solar company and they’ll provide you with an estimate. Many people who have solar panels enjoy greatly reduced monthly energy bills, and they’re doing their part for the environment by investing in completely clean, renewable energy. 

For more information about solar installation costs, or if you have any questions about solar panels for your home or small business, please contact our team at Green House Solar today. Discover why we’re the trusted solar supplier for so many people in Morris County, NJ. We look forward to hearing from you.