Frequently Asked Questions

Based on the price of electricity in Wisconsin, with an average of 14¢ per Kwh and average amount of sun exposure, solar power is 3% more cost effective in Wisconsin than the rest of the nation.

**Miami, FL receives an average of 5.62 sun hours per day. Madison, WI receives an average of 4.29 sun hours per day. 1 sun hours equals 1 KW of solar energy per 1 sq. meter.

In 2020, homeowners and businesses are eligible to receive a federal solar investment tax credit equal to 26% of the total cost of their solar energy system installation. This credit is available on installations on a homeowners’ primary and/or secondary residence. In 2021, the residential and business solar investment tax credit will be reduced to 22%. In 2022, the residential credit will be phased out completely, while businesses will continue to receive a 10% credit. This credit is limited to the taxpayer’s tax liability (nonrefundable credit), but can be carried over to subsequent years.

Most solar installations are also eligible for Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy Renewable Energy rebates. Focus on Energy rebates are limited, reserved on a first come, first serve basis and are depleting quickly.

See residential solar PV incentives and eligibility requirements here: https://www.focusonenergy.com/residential#program-renewable-energy

See participating utilities here: https://www.focusonenergy.com/about/participating-utilities

Homeowners with eligible installations will receive a $200 rebate per KW installed limited to $1000.

See eligible rural zip codes here: https://www.focusonenergy.com/sites/default/files/inline-files/2020_Renewable_Zip_Code_List.pdf.

See business solar PV incentives here: https://www.focusonenergy.com/programs/solar-electric-systems

Currently, the majority our residential systems’ payoff periods range from 7 to 10 years. Commercial systems are typically in the 5 to 7 year payback range. Your Endries Solar and Electric estimate will include a detailed projection of savings over the life of your system.

Systems are expected to last 30+ years. All of the panels that Endries Solar and Electric install have panel production warranties of 25 years.

Yes. Your Endries Solar and Electric solar consultant will be glad to tell you about your options and strategies homeowners have utilized in the past. **Homeowners that finance are eligible for the same Focus on Energy rebate and 26% Federal Tax Credit as homeowners that do not elect to finance.**

Yes. Believe it or not, many homeowners and businesses can remain cash flow positive throughout the term of their loan. By taking a term that has monthly payments of less than or equal to their monthly savings they substitute their pre-solar payment to the utility for a payment towards their loan. When their Focus on Energy rebate and Federal Tax Credit are received homeowners/businesses have the option to pay down their loan further, increasing the gap of current loan payment and what they would have paid their utility.  This gap continues to increase as retail electric rates increase and your loan payment stays the same.

Yes, we work with lenders that have flexible loan structures with highly competitive rates offering no money down.

Endries Solar & Electric will custom design and install a solar system that will best align with the electrical consumption of your lifestyle. Current energy consumption, future energy consumption expectations, available space and cost will all be details discussed with your Endries Solar and Electric solar consultant in determining what size system is best suited for you.

Yes, all the systems we install allow you to view your solar system online. If you have the internet at your site, we can connect to it.

Solar panels do not damage your roof when installed properly. For most homeowners, installing solar panels will not result in roof damage as long as your solar installer is a licensed, qualified professional and your roof is in good condition.

Yes, solar panels could get damaged by hailstones, especially if their sizes are greater than 2 inches. However, solar panels are designed and tested to endure severe hailstorms and other weather conditions that will not allow solar panels to break easily.

Keeping your array clean and free from debris is the most important when it comes to maintenance of a roof mounted solar array. Ensuring all the components are working optimally is another way to maintain your system and can be done with wireless monitoring on your smartphone, tablet or computer from anywhere.  For ground mounted arrays, keeping the foliage around the array trimmed is very important. Scheduling a visit by your certified installer to check your system every few years is always a good idea.

For the majority of solar energy systems, yes. These systems use the utility grid as the backup for their solar energy system. If you choose to install a battery backup system, your system can maintain power even though the power goes out.

In states and municipalities that have a property tax exemption for solar energy, the addition of a solar energy system to your home will not increase the assessed value of your home. Your Wisconsin property taxes will not increase due to adding a solar energy system. Realtors report that home's with solar sell faster and can command a premium of 5-10% more. 

Endries Solar and Electric is a certified installer of Generac Clean Energy Storage (formerly Pika Energy). Battery storage allows a homeowner to power their critical loads when power is not available from the utility grid.