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Is Solar Right for Me?

Explore the possibility of your own solar

You may be wondering how much it costs to have private on-site solar installed at home or how solar works. We'll answer your questions. All you have to do is follow the steps below.

Step 1 - Understanding Solar

How does solar work?

  1. The solar panel turns sunlight into direct current (DC) electricity.
  2. An inverter turns the DC power into alternating current (AC) power. AC power is what's used in your home.
  3. Any solar energy you don't use goes onto the electrical grid or is stored in a battery for future use.


Step 2 - Using Google's Project Sunroof1 

Google takes the location of your home to determine sun exposure. To use Project Sunroof, put in your address and adjust the solar size based on your electric bill. You'll be given a breakdown from Google of estimated costs, energy savings, finance options, and list of solar providers. Our FAQ can help understand these numbers.

Visit Project Sunroof

After you're done calculating, come back to Step 3 to look at our solar program options. Are you a renter? Go to Step 4.

Step 3 - Selecting a Solar Option

Ready to see your solar program options? We offer two options- Net Metering and our incentivized Solar*Rewards® program. See which option is right for you.

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Is having solar on your home not your best option? Go to Step 4.

Get a pricing plan that could make solar a better deal. Explore options here.

Step 4 - Consider Other Renewable Programs

If you're a renter, have a home that's not ideal for solar panels, or aren't ready to have your own solar, don't worry. You have more options. Our renewable programs allow to participate in renewable energy without owning solar panels or a wind turbine. See which program is right for you.


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