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Frequently Asked Questions – Is Solar Right for Me?

Q. Is my home or business right for solar?
A: As the solar industry has grown it has adapted to work in a wide spectrum of applications. There are now many ways in which we can make solar work for you. Contact us today, and with a quick glance at a satellite photo of your property we can evaluate if solar will work for you and your energy needs.

Q. Is solar affordable?
A: Thanks to rebates, tax credits and low-interest financing options solar is now more accessible to New Yorker’s then it has ever been before. Contact us to get a free quote.

Q. Do you have financing available?
A: For qualified customers, we are offer On-Bill Recovery Financing. This convenient financing option bases loan payments around the amount of money you are already saving from your installed system. Rates are as low as (3.49%) and your payments show up on your current utility bill so there are no extra bills to pay.  Contact us to see if On-Bill Recovery Financing is right for you.

Q. How much solar electricity do I need?
A: Ideally, your system will be designed to offset 100% of your energy needs. This will vary depending on your energy use and the efficiency of your lights, refrigerator, washing machine, computers, and other appliances. To produce all the power for your home you typically need 3-10 kilowatts (1 kilowatt = 1,000 watts). Obviously, the more efficient your home is, the smaller your system needs to be.  System size is also determined by site conditions, including the amount of southern exposure. We’ll work closely with you to determine the most efficient design for your needs and your budget.

Q. Does a solar system make financial sense for me?
A: Solar is cleaner and less expensive than power from the utility company. Solar is a smart financial investment because you will save money on electrical costs for years to come and increase the value of your home. Our customers who purchase their system typically see a strong Return on Investment (ROI) and expect to recoup their solar system investment within 4-9 years. Depending on the rebates and incentives offered in your area, you may be able to pay back your system even sooner.

Q. What geographic area do you cover?
A: Autonomous Energies currently serves Columbia, Dutchess, Ulster and Greene County in New York’s Hudson Valley. We travel outside of those areas for special projects.