Solar Walk Through With a Homeowner
This is information to be shared with a new homeowner regarding their solar system. This is a living document that will be modified over time based on user feedback and additional experience.
- General description of the component parts of the solar system and how it operates
- Share sample energy bill from another Habitat solar homeowner
- Explain seasonality of solar production and variability of electricity bills
- Explain what the homeowner can expect if they are careful with their energy usage (a small electric bill)
- Explain the various components of an electric bill: usage, fuel cost adjustment, taxes, minimum bill
- Minimize your electricity bill handout (refrigerator magnet)
- Warrantees–solar panels, inverters, and installation (provided by solar installer)
- Interconnection agreement (Sometimes, the interconnection agreement has not been completed by the date of the walk through)
- Solar Fact sheet – What to expect from your solar system
- Solar Investment Tax Credit – In some cases, Habitat homeowners may qualify for the Investment Tax Credit. This tax credit, if applicable, can reduce the amount of federal income taxes owed by 30% of the cost of the solar system (assuming that the homeowner incurred the cost of the solar system AND they owe federal income taxes). As an example, if the homeowner paid $10,000 for their solar system, then they are eligible to claim a $3000 tax credit on their federal income tax return. This credit can be claimed over five years.
During the solar walk through, verify:
1. Homeowners insurance policy (policy declarations page)
2. Signed interconnection agreement with electric utility
3. Turn on solar breaker