FAQ For Homeowners

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At Baker Electric Home Energy, we know the switch to residential solar in San Diego is a big investment. That’s why we do all we can to provide you with the information you’ll need to make the choice that’s best for you. It’s The Baker Way. At any time that you need more information than we’ve provided here, please contact us and we’ll be happy to help you start the process of obtaining San Diego solar energy. 

How much do solar panels cost?

Cost is among the first questions that homeowners ask considering residential solar in San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino or Orange County. The typical conversation goes something like this: “My house is X square feet. How much will solar panels cost?” or “What’s the typical cost of solar panels in San Diego?”

While these commonly asked questions are valid, there’s no short answer to them. The cost of residential solar panels in San Diego varies from customer to customer. Some of the factors we consider when determining the cost of solar panel installations include our customers’ historical energy usage, future energy plans and the size of solar panel system needed.

Roof orientation and material represent another consideration. Composition shingle, for example, is easiest for a rooftop solar installation, while clay tiles require a lot more attention. Also, a roof must be in a somewhat good condition prior to having a solar panel system installed on it. Roofing work may need to take place, which may factor into the total solar panel cost.

Baker Electric Home Energy offers leasing, financing, and upfront payment options for residential solar in San Diego and other Southern California cities. The price of the investment is reasonable considering the benefits solar panels in San Diego generates, such as the thousands of dollars our customers typically save each year over traditional utility payments. If you decide to finance or lease a home solar system, you can begin creating savings right away with a lower monthly payment for solar than you now pay for your electric bill. If you decide to outright purchase solar panels in San Diego or solar panel systems, the right system will pay for itself in just a few years.

Will solar panels decrease my energy costs?

Absolutely, yes. In most cases, solar panel equipment pays for itself within five to seven years. Remember, switching to residential solar in San Diego or other Southern California counties allows you to generate your own electricity and reduces or eliminates your dependence on electric utility companies, which can save you thousands of dollars each year!

We start your solar panel installation by evaluating your energy needs and energy-saving goals. We then use this information as we design your customized solar panel system. The solar energy systems we install routinely meet at least 70%, but often up to 100%, of our customers’ energy needs, depending on the size of the system they choose. Our customers cut their energy utility bill by that much each month as well when they choose San Diego solar energy. 

Why should I choose Baker Electric Home Energy?

The Baker family of companies has been exclusively focused on electrical installations in Southern California since 1938. Our experience makes our professional technicians the best in the business. Our partnerships with top solar panel manufacturers and suppliers, including SunPower, make us the go-to solar installer in the region. It also means we have access to the best San Diego, San Bernardino, Riverside or Orange County solar panel technology available and can pass along incredible deals to our customers.

We’re passionate about what we do, and we stand by our product and services no matter what. Our work on every installation consistently exceeds industry standards and is backed by our workmanship warranty. Doing work the right way — with hyper attention to quality service and without subcontracting so you know who you’re dealing with at all times — is what we call the Baker Way. Plus, we’re a local, family-owned business that’s proud to be part of our community. We’re proud of the active role we play in building a strong community through our community service initiatives, donations, sponsorships, and volunteerism.

Why is solar energy “green” or eco-friendly?

Most homes in Southern California are powered by fossil fuels. The company to which you pay your utility bill generates or buys its electricity from a company that burns coal, natural gas or petroleum to create it. Fossil fuels are not only limited in supply but burning them also damages the environment by trapping gases like carbon dioxide and chlorofluorocarbons in the earth’s atmosphere. These elements are known as greenhouse gasses. A home that has enough solar panels to cover all or part of its electricity needs relies on the unlimited power of the sun rather than fossil fuels, eliminates greenhouse gas emissions and helps to offset its carbon footprint. San Diego solar power isn't just economical, it's extremely eco-friendly. 

How much energy does my home use?

Your energy use is an important consideration in ensuring the best solar panel installation. When our Solar Energy Consultants work with potential customers to determine their cost of residential solar in San Diego, they ask for electricity bills because these documents help determine the historical energy usage of the household. While home size does affect this, there’s more to it than X amount of square feet equals Y kWh of electricity. Our consultants also ask customers about their lifestyle habits and future plans. Do you run your AC as often as you’d like? Are you considering an electric vehicle? Are your kids moving out in the near future?

What does photovoltaic mean?

We encourage you to research residential solar in San Diego and solar panel technology. When you do, you’ll likely run across the word “photovoltaic.” There are a few different types of solar panel technology and they differ in how they turn sunlight into energy. Photovoltaic cells are basically solar cells. Photovoltaic simply means that solar panels take sunlight broken down into packets called “photons,” and turn it into an electrical current.

How will solar panels look on my home?

It’s your home. We know the way it looks is important to you. Home solar panels need to be installed in the right spot to maximize sunlight and effectiveness. Some panels are designed specifically with appealing aesthetics in mind. SunPower panels are sleek, and our designers are expert at integrating them into the design of any home. Don't worry, your San Diego solar energy system will blend into your house seamlessly! 

Can I approve designs before you start?

Yes, of course. We want you to be completely satisfied with your solar panel system and your input is vital to the success of your installation. Whether we’re completing a commercial or residential solar system installation, we provide you with a copy of the installation plans, explain the design to you in detail and get your approval before we move forward with the installation.

How much maintenance is involved?

Solar panels only require the occasional hosing down with water in most situations. Overall, they are very durable and have long useful lifespans. They don’t’ include moving parts, so little to no ongoing maintenance is required on San Diego solar panels and systems. 

What should I do to get ready for installation?

Our installation process involves 10 steps, but we work hard to make the process simple and painless. We’ll walk you through every phase of the process before moving to the next step. If your installation date is coming up and you have questions, please contact us. Once the installation begins, we’ll be in and out quickly, usually within one to three days depending on the size of the project.

What if I have additional questions?

We’re here to help. Contact us by phone at (877) 543-8765 or send an email to info@bakerelectricsolar.com. Connect with us on our social media channels, too. We look forward to hearing from you to start your residential solar San Diego journey.