Residential and Commercial Solar Powered Energy FAQ
At Baker Electric Solar we understand that getting a new residential solar system installed is a significant investment and so we don't expect our customers to make the decision to switch to solar powered energy lightly. If you need more information than the answers to these frequently asked questions, please contact us to discuss the advantages of solar powered homes.
Why is solar "green" or eco-friendly?
Most homes in Southern California are powered by fossil fuels. The company to which you pay your utility bill generates or buys its electricity from a company that burns coal, natural gas, or petroleum to create it. Harvesting and burning those fuels does a number of types of damage to the Earth. A home that has enough solar panels to cover all or part of its electricity needs will help to offset their carbon footprint and become part of the solution.
Baker Electric has been doing electrical installation in the region since 1938 and our experience makes our professional technicians the best in the business. Our partnership with solar panel manufacturer SunPower means we get the best technology and can pass incredible deals on to customers. Our reputation is everything, so we're going to stand by our product and services no matter what. And we're a part of this community, so you know you are contributing to creating a stronger community by supporting local business.
What does photovoltaic mean?
There are a few different types of solar panel technology and they differ in how they turn sunlight into electricity. Photovoltaic simply means that they all take that sunlight broken down into packets called "photons," and turn it into energy, volts.
Is the installation affordable?
BES offers both financing and upfront payment options. The price of the investment is very reasonable relative to the benefits our solar systems generate, and it varies depending on the size of solar system you need. If you decide to finance or lease a solar system, you can start creating savings right away! If you decide to outright purchase a system, the right system will pay for itself in a few years. How's that for affordable?
Will it really decrease my energy costs?
100% - Absolutely yes. We start by evaluating your energy needs and energy-saving goals so that we can use this information when we design your system. The solar energy systems that we install typically meet at least 50% of the customer's energy needs depending on what size system they choose, meaning they cut their energy utility bill by that much each month as well.
How will the solar panels look?
Solar panels do need to be installed in the right spot to maximize sunlight and effectiveness. But SunPower panels are sleek and our designers are great at integrating them into the design of the home. This website contains several examples of how visually appealing our systems are.
How much work is the maintenance?
Solar panels only require the occasional hosing down in most situations. They're durable and long-lasting. No moving parts, so little-to-no maintenance is required.
What do I have to do to get ready for installation?
Our installation is relatively painless and simple. We'll walk you through every step before moving on. If you're installation date is coming up and you have questions please contact us. Once the installation begins, we'll be in and out quickly, usually within 1-3 days depending on the size of the project.
Will I get to approve designs before you start?
YES! Whether we're doing a commercial or residential solar system installation, we provide you with a copy of the plans and explain the design to you to get your approval before moving forward.
Why Choose Us?
Better Customer Service than any contractor you’ve ever worked with!
SunPower’s #1 San Diego County Dealer in 2010
Solar Purchase qualifies for at least 33% government incentives
Company history since 1938
Financial strength to make your project run on-time & on-budget