Installing solar can be a modest upfront investment, but when looking at the big picture and your annual savings it's one of the best returning and safest investments you can make in your property. Today there are plenty of good ways to finance with zero down that can make it even easier
Anyone with taxable income qualifies for the Federal ITC (investment tax credit) for a solar installation. You do need to own the property for this to apply.
Almost any type of roof can be safely installed upon. Across the industry the installation practices and hardware used are becoming very uniform and I always make sure to only work with trained, experienced contractors.
Very common concern. Any of the equipment we work with is built and warrantied to last at least 25 years. The technology does not change very much year to year so once you have installed a good quality system you should have little to worry about for a long time to come.
Like any glass surface outdoors the will get dirty over time. Solar panels have very low friction glass so any rain gets them nice and clean. Otherwise we recommend that they get hosed off once or twice a year. All of today's systems come with internet based monitoring functionality so it's very easy to keep tabs on your system.
Depending on where you live a battery can be a useful addition. In most regions we have "net metering" which allows you to sell back power during the day when it's not being used by the home. Typically you will get the retail credit for this power being sold back which you can use at night or at times when solar is not producing enough (winter?). If your region is prone to power outages there are now several reliable battery technologies that can help supplement your solar panels and keep the power flowing night or day.
These are only a few common questions so feel free to send us any other questions you have about going solar!