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Three Big Reasons to Go With Trinity Solar

Experience, Reliability, Savings
Sep 08, 2017

If you are one of the millions of Americans who have suffered through a wave of robocalls the past couple of years, even on your cell phones, declaring, “this is an urgent call about your energy bill” or “this is an important public service announcement,” you’re probably sick of solar energy pitches.

But the fact is that installing a solar energy system can, in many cases, save homeowners and businesses money, quite a bit of money.

The key is dealing with a reputable firm such as Wall’s Trinity Solar.

Trinity, a family-owned business that began in 1994 as Trinity Heating & Air, moved into the solar field in 2004. It was a wise business decision, considering that Trinity now has over 1,000 workers in six states – Maryland, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts as well as the Garden State. It has installed over 20,000 solar electric systems, has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, is licensed and is certified by both the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, which offers certification and entry level testing in the various renewable energy disciplines, and the Building Performance Institute, which provides certification for energy auditing professionals.

Trinity provides a full five-year warranty (it also offers extended warranties) on its systems – in addition to extensive manufacturer warranties on modules (panels) and inverters (the boxes located in your garage or basement that convert the DC power produced by your solar array into usable AC power).

There are plenty of reasons for considering going solar.

You help the environment by reducing carbon emissions. You may save, sometimes considerably, on your utility bill. You can take advantage of generous government incentives – the federal government alone offers a 30 percent tax credit on the price of a solar system, good through the end of 2019. A well-installed, dependable solar system can increase the resale value of your home.

Now, solar isn’t for everybody. You wouldn’t want to have solar panels installed on your roof if you know a new roof is in order in the next couple of years. And if your house is surrounded by high trees so that it is almost constantly in the shade, obviously solar isn’t for you. Finally, if you have a very small monthly electricity bill, solar might be a waste of your time because the main savings with solar come from replacing the electric company’s energy with energy you generate yourself, reducing your bill. If there isn’t much to reduce to begin with, cost avoidance probably won’t quickly make up for the cost of installation.

That’s why your first experience with a Trinity Solar representative will be a sit down. He or she will ascertain your energy needs while also conducting a detailed site analysis. The company will then determine the optimal system size to fit your needs and your financial goals.

If you decide to move ahead, Trinity will then design, procure and install your new solar electric system. The company will manage all of the logistics, paperwork associated with rebates, financing, permitting and utility interconnection.

That’s right, the solar system will be connected to your utility’s system. There are a couple of reasons for that.

First, solar panels, obviously, can only create power on sunny days. You’ll still need electric company juice during cloudy weeks and especially at night. But the other reason to remain connected with your electric company is that when your solar system creates more energy than your home can immediately use, it is sent back into the utility grid, actually spinning your meter backwards.

There are ways to install solar power systems without a huge upfront cost. One is to lease the apparatus, paying the company that actually owns the system a low, fixed amount every month. Another is to enter into a PPA (power purchase agreement), where you pay a fixed price for every kWh for power generated by the system.

However, financial experts will tell you that owning your own system will pay off more in the end. The key is the payback period, an estimate of how long it will take to recoup your solar energy investment via savings in your electric bill. In New Jersey, with fairly high electricity costs and several state incentives, it typically takes six to eight years to break even on a 5-kW solar installation.

So a talk with Trinity Solar may be in order. But Trinity, unlike those aforementioned robocallers, won’t call you (unless you give them permission on their website, trinity-solar.com). You’ll have to call them toll-free at 1-800-373-3765.

—R.M.

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