Frequently Asked Questions

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Want the straight facts on solar energy and everything SunEdison has to offer? Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions.

Common Homeowner Questions:

How does a SunEdison Home Solar system increase the value of my property?
How does a SunEdison Home Solar system work?
How many solar panels will I need for my property?
How much maintenance is required?
If my roof is shaded, does that make a difference?
What is the warranty on the solar panels?
What rebates and incentives are available?
Will I have power in a blackout?

Common Questions from Businesses and Public Organizations:

How are SunEdison solar energy services different from other solar offers?
How do I know if I'm a good candidate for SunEdison's solar energy services?
How do I know if my facilities are appropriate for a SunEdison® installation?
How do I know if my location receives enough solar energy to make electricity?
How do I know what technology is best for my facility?
How much does it cost to implement SunEdison's solutions?
What are the financial considerations with a SunEdison solution?
What if I want just the equipment, not the services?
What types of solar panel configurations does SunEdison offer?
Where are SunEdison's solar energy services available?
Who does SunEdison partner with?

How does a SunEdison Home Solar system increase the value of my property?
By reducing electricity costs, solar increases a home's value. The National Appraisal Institute has found that for every $1,000 saved in annual energy costs, $20,000 is added to the value of the home.
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How does a SunEdison Home Solar system work?
Photovoltaic panels made of semiconductor material (silicon) capture sunlight and convert it to direct electric current (DC). Inverters installed on each panel convert the DC current to safe alternating current (AC) that can be used in your home. The AC is connected to your electrical panel (sometimes called an electrical breaker panel or electrical box) for electricity distribution throughout your house, or return to the utility grid for credit.
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How many solar panels will I need for my property?
Your SunEdison Authorized Dealer will calculate how many panels you need based on your electricity usage over the past year and the size of your roof.
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How much maintenance is required?
SunEdison Home Solar Systems generally require very little maintenance. Spraying them down with water once a year to remove excessive dirt and debris is typically all that is needed.
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If my roof is shaded, does that make a difference?
Shade reduces the amount of electricity your system can produce. With the SunEdison system the panels operate independently, so if one panel is in shade during part of the day, the others still generate electricity. Our Authorized Dealers will design your system for maximum sun exposure, but sometimes a roof may be too shady to make solar feasible
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What is the warranty on the solar panels?
SunEdison solar panels have a 25-year factory warranty when you buy a SunEdison Home Solar System. If you lease, all equipment is covered during the term of the lease, and you'll also receive SunEdison Home Solar System maintenance and output monitoring for free. If your energy production falls short, we'll pay the difference.
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What rebates and incentives are available?
The federal and many state governments have incentives for home solar projects. Often, incentive programs operate on a first-come, first-served basis, so there's never been a better time to go solar.
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Will I have power in a blackout?
To ensure your safety, the inverters on the panels shut down automatically during a blackout. When power is restored to the grid, your system automatically resumes operation.
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How are SunEdison solar energy services different from other solar offers?
Because we finance, develop, install, own, operate and maintain the solar power plants as a single provider for multiple sites, you benefit from predictable energy prices without paying high initial capital outlays.
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How do I know if I'm a good candidate for SunEdison's solar energy services?
If you are a corporation or Real Estate Investment Trust with multiple sites, a utility looking to implement a renewable program for your ratepayers, or a government institution located in North America, you may be a good candidate. If you are experiencing high or volatile energy costs, are using a lot of high-peak energy, are faced with clean energy mandates, or want to reduce your dependence on fossil fuels, you are probably a great candidate for our solar energy services.
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How do I know if my facilities are appropriate for a SunEdison® installation?
Most solar deployments fall into two categories, requiring either a large, flat structure such as a rooftop or available ground space. For roof-mounted systems, generally you should have a minimum of 50,000 square feet and the roof should be less than seven years old. For ground-mounted systems, the amount of land needed varies, but typically a minimum of 5-10 acres is needed for every MW.
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How do I know if my location receives enough solar energy to make electricity?
We conduct a complete site examination, including shade analysis, to determine whether solar is a viable solution for your location(s).
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How do I know what technology is best for my facility?
SunEdison evaluates the options of various technologies, configurations and selected sites to bring the best returns and savings to the project. As your trusted partner, we will listen to your needs and concerns, and identify the best solution for your facilities. A program manager will guide you through our decision process, ensuring that your needs are fully met.
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How much does it cost to implement SunEdison's solutions?
Getting started with solar costs you nothing. Because there is no capital outlay, your costs to initiate a solar project are nonexistent. Our business model offers solar energy services, and you pay only for the electricity we generate. Since we only make money on the kilowatt hours used, we have a strong incentive to install highly efficient and reliable systems. And you receive fixed energy rates for the entirety of the agreement.
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What are the financial considerations with a SunEdison solution?
Businesses and public sector customers should consider the annualized, average price per kilowatt hour you're paying for peak and non-peak usage. Utilities under pressure to implement solar programs should consider the capital and recurring costs of implementing a solar program. They should also consider their ability to absorb available solar incentives. In many cases, SunEdison is able to offer more competitive energy and/or REC prices.
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What if I want just the equipment, not the services?
We offer the option to purchase solar equipment outright.
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What types of solar panel configurations does SunEdison offer?
SunEdison offers roof-mounted systems, parking canopy systems and fixed or tracking ground-mount systems.
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Where are SunEdison's solar energy services available?
SunEdison provides solar energy services in North America, Europe and Asia. We expand our service territory as the regulatory and financial environments permit throughout the globe.
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Who does SunEdison partner with?
We work with partners in the financial, technology and equipment supplier communities. Across this spectrum of industry participants, we help drive industry standards to make solar a meaningful energy resource.
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