Q. Will a solar system increase my property taxes?
A. No. New York State tax laws are set up so you will see no rise in property taxes as a result of the property value increasing. This is yet another reason a solar energy system is one of the best investments you can make.
Q. Is the IslandWide Energy System a purchase or a lease?
A. Our company has always, and only, been a solar purchase provider. We believe – and the industry agrees with us – that a lease program is simply not a good financial choice. If you were to lease, you would not receive the 30% Federal tax credit and you will be left making payments forever. This can also further complicate the selling process if you ever decided to move. Purchasing our system makes you the utility and puts you in a position of leverage and financial flexibility.
Q.Will my panels produce energy when it snows or on cloudy/rainy days?
A. Yes, the system will always produce when sunlight is present but at a fractional amount. Our micro invertor technology isolates any panel(s) that experience less sunlight, allowing for optimal efficiency from the remainder of the system.
Q. Will the system heat my house water and/or pool?
A. If the equipment used to heat any source of water on your property is electric then yes, the water will be heated by the solar energy system. In fact, we advise homeowners to consider using electric as a heat source to capitalize on the clean and free energy they will produce.
Q. Do you sell ‘solar shingles’?
A. Nope. Solar shingles have a much lower efficiency rating and are - on average - 3x the average cost of a mounted system. Installation of solar shingles requires the messy and expensive removal of all existing roofing material. Many in the industry consider the solar shingle to still be in the ‘testing-phase’.