Why Should I Go Solar?

In addition providing a clean, renewable energy source, solar power can also save you money on your monthly electric bills. With additional tax credits from the Federal Government and local incentive programs, it is easy to see why everyone is going solar.

What are the financial benefits of getting solar power?

From lowering your monthly energy bills to providing a cleaner, quicker, cheaper way to charge your electric vehicle, there are many financial benefits of solar power. 

What are the environmental benefits of converting to residential solar power?

Photon Rainbow was founded because we strongly believe in our commitment to providing a cleaner more sustainable future for generations to come. When you choose to buy solar panels you are investing holistically in the future of our planet. 

What is Solar Net Metering?

Net metering allows solar energy users to store and use solar energy anytime, not just when the sun is shining. This is an extremely important benefit of buying solar panels, as you will be able to store energy from sunny days to use in the colder months.  

How does adding solar panels to my home effect the property value?

Do you own your own home? Investing in solar panels has been shown to significantly increase the desirability and value of your home.

How do solar panels work?

Depending on the brand of solar panel you choose, and how you will be using the collected energy we can provide tips on how to get the most out of your new solar power installation.

Do solar panels produce solar power when the sun isn’t shining?

Solar panels do not produce power at night. However, cloudy and snowy days can produce minimum energy and are included in the estimated solar production amount.

Can I go “off grid” with solar panels?

A fully off-grid system is possible! However, most systems are grid tied and have the option for a solar battery back up in the event of power failure.

Will I still get an electric bill if I have solar panels installed?

Your utility company may have a connection fee. However, you will save money by going solar. As long as your electricity habits stay the same you will not be billed for electricity from your utility company.

Do solar panels still work during a blackout?

Your solar panels will only work during a blackout if you have battery backup connected to your solar power system. Contact our offices to learn more about battery backup options for residential properties in New Mexico.

How much does solar panel maintenance cost each year?

The Photon Rainbow solar panel warranty will cover any problems that arise for 25 years! Most of your standard solar panel maintenance will be covered by our extended warranties. Cleaning the panels every few months is not necessary, but is suggested.

Are there any solar panel rebates or incentives available?

Yes! Photon Rainbow and other, local solar panel manufacturers are always promoting special offers, deals and discounts. You can view current solar panel incentives on our company blog or by following us on Facebook and YouTube

How can I get approved for solar panel financing?

Getting pre-approved for solar panel financing is fast and easy! Just click here to learn more about solar panel financing options in Albuquerque, NM. Remember, we now offer Zero Down Solar Financing for local, New Mexico residents!

How much money can I save each year by going solar?

Because every home’s layout and energy use is slightly different your total annual savings from converting to solar panels will vary. However, you can schedule a free, virtual consultation with our team to get a more exact dollar amount. Learn more!

Can I afford to buy solar panels for my home?

Our philosophy is simple. We provide top quality solar power at affordable prices. Our goal is for every family in New Mexico to benefit from the clean energy produced by going solar. In order to achieve this goal, we proudly offer Zero Down Solar Panel Financing options.  

Is my roof suitable for solar panels?

Most of our local customers choose to have solar panels installed on the roof. However, in some situations the roof or structure will not support our lightweight, roofing fixtures. If you need a ground mounted solar panel, we can help! 

What size solar energy system do I need for a single family residence?

Our professionals will analyze your electricity usage to give you the appropriate size system needed. The average household in New Mexico needs 7.5 (KWDC) Kilowatt DC. 

Do I need to replace my roof before installing solar panels?

No, you will not need to replace your roof prior to installing solar panels. Our solar panel system will outlive any roofing material, so you can expect us to remove and reinstall your system at least once during it’s life time. Ask about our roofing plus solar package for extra savings!

What happens when I sell my home?

*Adding solar panels will help you sell your home faster and for more value. Your remaining solar panel warranty will transfer to the new home owner. Additionally, any outstanding payments can simply be taken over by the new home owner.

How do I choose a solar panel installer?

Choosing the best solar panel company can be difficult. Click here to speak with a licensed professional that will answer all your questions without giving ambiguous answers. Make sure you find ethical company that has a solid, five star rating. Make sure to read solar panel reviews on Google before you buy solar! Remember to ask about the length of warranty and financing options. Photon Rainbow proudly offers a 25 year warranty on workmanship equipment and for your roof.

How do I compare solar panel quotes?

The biggest thing to keep in mind when comparing solar panel quotes is Education. Make sure to research the length of warranty and any production guarantees on your panels. Additionally ask for a justification on your system size. Lastly research solar incentives and rebates. Such as energy saving products, LED light bulbs, smart power strips, weatherization, and extended warranties.

What are the different types of solar panels?

There are many different types of solar panel to chose from. Ask about and compare both American Made and Internationally made solar panels. Please note, many of the more affordable panels contain toxic materials and are not recyclable. You will find that the better performing solar panels are cleaner (do not contain any toxic materials) and are produced using minimal resources. Additional things to consider are extended worker rights and pay. Solar panels can be either monocrystalline or polycrystalline and vary in efficiency and long term production degradation.

What are the different types of power inverters?

The two main types of power inverters are the centralized hybrid inverter and the microinverter. Hybrid solar inverters are good for benefits beyond just solar, such as EV charging and battery storage. The benefits of using a microinverter is that they are typically easier to install. However, the drawback of microinverters is that the are not as efficient and will require more service.

What does the solar panel installation process look like?

Start by scheduling a virtual consultation. Secondly, get a free quote and savings estimate on solar panels. If everything looks good, go ahead and sign up. You will receive an onsite visit from our certified solar panel technician. Then we will get all the required permits taken care of on your behalf. Finally, the installation can happen. This process takes one or two days. Typically two or three workers will be working on your roof at one time. There will also be a certified electrician who will be onsite. Once your solar panel installation is completed, the utility company and jurisdiction will inspect the system. Upon final approval, you can start enjoying the benefits of solar power and clean energy.

How long does it take to install solar panels on my home?

From start to finish the entire can process can take anywhere from 8-12 weeks. Although the actual solar panel installation only takes one or two days, the entire process to being fully operational can be 8-12 weeks.

Do I need a solar monitoring system for my home?

Yes, we strongly recommend a solar monitoring system for your home. Because many of the warranties we offer depend upon individual panel performance solar monitoring is essential. Don’t worry, every Photon Rainbow solar system includes solar monitoring as part of our standard issue.

Do I need to install solar batteries for my new system?

It is not necessary to install solar batteries in order to enjoy the full benefits of your system. However, solar batteries are recommended for people who absolutely can not be without power. Furthermore, areas with high peak usage rates may also see improved economics from going solar. 

What is shared solar?

Shared solar is a subscription to a community solar farm. Shared solar is typically for people who do not own their homes. Please note, the benefits of going solar are significantly greater if you own your own system. Unfortunately, the Photon Rainbow solar energy company currently does offer shared solar.

Can I charge my Electric Vehicle EV with solar power?

Yes! We make it easy for you to charge your electric vehicle with solar power. In addition to being cleaner, quicker and cheaper, we currently are including a free EV inverter when you sign up with Photon Rainbow!