Helping families with solar for 7 years
I have always been interested in the environment and therefore focused on it as part of my education. I have also always enjoyed helping families in any way I can. It seemed to be the perfect industry for me to combine my love of the environment with my desire to help people by lowering energy costs.
It has been quite the learning experience over the years. I have worked for several good companies and several not so good companies. However, I would not change a thing. The experience has provided me the ability to understand what is good for the client and what is not.
The reason I started SincereSolar.Earth is because I did not want to be limited by only one option for my clients. As a result, I now work with many different solar companies and banks to find the perfect solar option for you. I consider my role as a guide to explain honestly and sincerely how solar can help each homeowner and the various options available.
There is no bad way to go solar, but that doesn’t mean solar makes sense for every homeowner. I often say, solar isn’t right for everyone, but everyone has the right to find out!
Give us a call and we will be happy to go over all options with you.
Benefits of Solar
Reduce your utility bill
Solar panel systems can significantly reduce your utility bill. Any energy produced for free by the sun and your solar panel system is energy that you don’t have to purchase from your utility. This translates into direct savings on your monthly utility bill. In addition to the direct savings, the solar panel arrays also act as a sunshade for your roof, reflecting heat from the sun that would otherwise be absorbed by your house. A shaded roof area can reduce the air temperature of your house, reducing the energy required by your air-conditioner to keep a comfortable temperature in your home.
You will also decrease your use of foreign oil and minimize utility company price increases.
Increase the resale value of your home
According to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) your home will increase in value on average 4.1% in the United States but does vary based on what State you live in. In NJ it is 9.9% and in PA it is 4.9%
By using a renewable power source, you’re helping reduce the impact of global warming and climate change. You will avoid producing hundreds of tons of greenhouse gases during the solar panel system lifetime.
In this section, we help our readers answer questions such as: What is a solar panel system? What are the benefits of having solar panels? How much do solar panels cost? What solar rebates and incentives are available? What’s a solar renewable energy certificate (SREC)?
What is a solar panel system?
Solar panel systems (or solar energy systems) use Photovoltaic (PV) cells to convert sunlight into direct current (DC) electricity. Solar panel cells are made from silicon and were originally developed to power spacecraft and space stations. The cells are wired together in panels that typically measure about 6 feet by 3.5 ft by 1.5 inches deep. A group of solar panels mounted on a frame is called a solar panel array.
To provide electricity reliably and safely, solar panel system components typically include an inverter, wiring and optional battery storage and charge controller. Most solar panel systems convert the DC electricity that is produced by the solar panels into the common household form of electricity, alternating current (AC), by using an inverter. AC electricity can then be used to power your appliances directly, or feedback to an electric utility’s grid. The DC electricity can also be stored directly in batteries for later use. In this case, to prevent overcharging or discharging of the batteries, a charge controller is used.
How Do I Go Solar In New Jersey and Pennsylvania?
Going solar in NJ and PA is a simple as 1-2-3.
Schedule your phone or in person appointment through our website. The representative will ask you a few simple questions and survey your home (via satellite roof evaluation) – to evaluate your home’s solar potential. Based on your Solar Site Assessment and your financial goals our team will determine which solar financing options make the most sense for you. After that an in-person initial site assessment will take place.
Solar Design, Permitting and Solar Installation. Once you feel comfortable with the solar program designed for you, we’ll handle all of the permitting to install the solar panel system – typically installing your system in just one day!
Utility Approval (PTO) and Activation. Once permission to operate is received from your utility provider, your solar energy system can be turned on to power your home – saving your family money while saving the environment.
How much do solar panels cost?
The actual cost of solar panels will depend on equipment options, solar installation costs, and the solar panel manufacturer. Please let me know if you would like to have a brief conversation to see what solar can do for you!
What solar rebates and incentives are available for businesses in New Jersey and Pennsylvania?
There are currently two solar incentives available to home owners in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The first solar incentive is the investment tax credit (ITC), which currently allows you to deduct 30 percent of the cost of your solar energy system from your taxes. The second incentive is the Solar renewable Energy Certificate (SREC) program.
How should I finance my solar panel system?
After you get past the mechanics of how solar works, you should come to realize that “going solar” is more like making a financial investment than doing a capital improvement on your home. Aside from the great environmental benefits of solar, most homeowners are focused on saving money by installing solar — or, more importantly making money by installing solar panels.
Will solar panels in New Jersey and Pennsylvania require additional insurance?
Typically, homeowners that purchase their solar system will need to add the system to the home owners policy. Most solar systems generally adds only $20-$30/year in insurance premium.
Will my property taxes go up if I install solar New Jersey?
No, in October of 2008, New Jersey enacted legislation exempting renewable energy systems used to meet on-site electricity, heating, cooling, or general energy needs from local property taxes. Please see Property Tax Exemption for Renewable Energy Systems for more information.
Can Solar Panels Increase the Value of my home in New Jersey?
Yes, according to a report produced by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory entitled “A New Market Paradigm for Zero-Energy Homes: December 2006 The Comparative San Diego Case Study”, Solar panels can increase the value of your home.
“The greatest single gain in value was $446,410 for a home in the Shea Homes communities with a PV system owned for 26.9 months (a 79% increase in value). In comparison, the single largest gain for a home in the comparison community was $378,769 for a home owned for 40.2 months (a 61% increase).”
When you lease your system, things are going to be different. “Fannie Mae, B2-3-04: Special Property Eligibility Considerations (12/16/2014)”, indicates that: If the solar panels are leased from or owned by a third party under a power purchase agreement or other similar arrangement, the following are some of the requirements that apply: The solar panels may not be included in the appraised value of the property. The lease payment must be included in the debt-to-income (DTI) ratio calculation. This requirement does not apply in the case of a power purchase agreement if the payment goes entirely to pay for the energy. Any portion of the payment that does not go toward the purchase of the energy must be included in the DTI ratio.
What solar rebates and incentives are available for homeowners in New Jersey and Pennsylvania?
There are currently two solar incentives available to homeowners in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The first solar incentive is the investment tax credit (ITC), which currently allows you to deduct 30 percent of the cost of your solar energy system from your taxes. The second incentive is the Solar renewable Energy Certificate (SREC) program, followed by sales tax exemption and property tax exemption.
What’s a solar renewable energy certificate (SREC)?
Solar renewable energy certificates or SRECs show that a certain amount of electricity was produced using solar energy. They are typically used in conjunction with New Jersey’s and Pennsylvania’s renewable energy standards (also called renewable portfolio standards or RPS) to show that regulated entities are meeting their solar energy goals.
In New Jersey’s and Pennsylvania’s RPS rules, an SREC is issued once a solar facility has generated 1,000 kWh (1MWh) through actual metered production. The SREC represents all the clean energy benefits of electricity generated from a solar electric system. SRECs can be sold or traded separately from the power, thus providing solar system owners a source of revenue to help offset the cost of the solar panel installation.
Are solar renewable energy certificates (SRECs) Taxable in NJ/PA?
We are not in a position to provide tax advice and we always recommend that clients should consult their tax advisors when it comes to making tax related decisions, but you can click here to see some information provided by a New Jersey CPA along with the supporting IRS documenting the following “You can exclude from gross income any subsidy provided, either directly or indirectly, by public utilities for the purchase or installation of an energy conservation measure for a dwelling unit.”
What clients are saying
Let me just say that Tim is the most honest ethical person I have ever talked to. They debunked all the lies from the other solar companies and were able to get me exactly what I wanted 10-15k less than all the other companies. Tim was also able to find me financing due to a bankruptcy. They went the extra mile to help and only took them a day. When speaking to them it’s like speaking with family. They listen to every concern and respond with the truth. They have no fancy sales tricks. They are straight forward and honest with their business. Castle energy is the way to go. And I plan to let everyone Know about you guys. Truly an amazing company. My advice to anyone looking for solar. Do your research or just call Tim.
I had the pleasure of working with Castle Energy to get my SunPower solar panels installed. I am really happy with the service provided. From the sales working with Tim who really did whatever he could for me to be satisfied with the terms of this project. I appreciate his patience working with me until I was completely happy. This meant a lot to me as it set the tone for future interactions and customer service. The install came around at a fairly reasonable time. The installers were beyond amazing, and I truly appreciate their very hard work! They explained to me the process and at what stages they were on with the project. They were so friendly and professional- I’m just blown away with their customer service as well and they take pride in their work. Overall, this experience was a great one thus far based on sales and install- and even Reyna at the office. Answering all my questions and explaining to me the next steps as the project proceeded.
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