Power Your Savings with Palmetto Solar
Count On Savings
Reduce unexpected costs and take control of your power. With best-in-class technologies and the intuitive Palmetto App, you can track your savings before the bill arrives.
Boost Your Impact
Unlike fossil fuels, solar energy is both clean and renewable—a better solution for your home, your community, and the environment.
Add battery storage to your solar power system so when the grid goes down, your lights stay on. Enjoy uninterrupted power regardless of blackouts or “maintenance in your area”.
Planning to sell? Solar-powered homes have been shown to stand out, earn more, and sell faster in the national real estate market.
Three Steps to Solar Savings
Palmetto is Solar Savings, Simplified. Our three-step process is designed to get you up and running so you can plug into savings with less time and no hassle. Here’s how it works:
See how much you could save
Get a custom quote in less than 5 minutes with Palmetto’s solar savings estimator.
Let us make it happen
Together, we’ll define a solution to maximize your savings. Then, we’ll make it happen! From survey and design to permitting and installation—we manage the details so you don’t have to.
Tap into lifetime savings and support
With ongoing support, maintenance and monitoring plus our optional Palmetto Protect program, you can count on risk-free savings with Palmetto.
We Manage the Details So You Don’t Have To
- Survey & Design
Together, we’ll clarify your goals, address any questions, identify purchase options and incentives, and outline the solar process—placing you in the driver’s seat for everything moving forward.
Survey & Design
Our solar specialists will take a survey of your property and define specific requirements in your area. Then, we’ll design a solar energy system to maximize your savings.
We work on your behalf to navigate state and municipal requirements, homeowners associations, and utility paperwork—moving your project from design to install with the ultimate efficiency.
Once permits are in place, our experienced build team steps in. We’ve vetted and partnered with the best clean energy experts in your area to ensure your solar power installation is skillful, timely, and precise.
We’ll schedule the final inspection and work with your local utility company to get you connected, fast, to solar power energy and savings.
Our customer care team will make sure you fully understand your new solar power system. With the intuitive Palmetto App, you can track savings right away.
With ongoing support, maintenance, and monitoring plus our optional Palmetto Protect program, we guarantee a lifetime of returns from your residential solar power system.
25 year warrantyPanel, Power and Weatherization Warranty
2:12 - 20:12Roof Pitch
Class 3 ANSI FM 4473Hail Rating (Up to 1.75” diameter hail)
Class F ASTM D3161Wind Rating (Up to 130 mph winds)
Class A UL 790Fire Rating
Why Palmetto?Since 2009, we’ve helped thousands of homeowners across the US access clean solar energy with end-to-end solutions that promise results you can track and savings you can count on.
11 years in business
5000+ clients served
Across 15 states
1000s of trusted sales members and build partners
95% of clients recommend our services*
B-Impact score: 94.2
The average Palmetto homeowner saves more than $18,000 over 25 years by going solar. Resources are precious. Why waste yours?
Track Your Savings with the Palmetto App
Track Your Savings with the Palmetto App
Residential Solar Frequently Asked Questions
What is solar energy? How do solar panels work?
Solar panels, also called photovoltaic or PV panels, consist of solar cells that are designed to capture the radiant light and heat contained in sunlight and convert it into usable clean energy for your home. When sunlight hits your solar panel, the photons of energy are converted into DC (direct current) electricity, which is then converted into AC (alternating current) electricity for use in your home. Solar panels are often grouped together to form a solar grid or solar array, allowing you to capture and harness the right amount of energy for your needs.
Are solar panels really worth it?
Yes! Whether you're looking to save money, save resources, or protect the natural environment from the effects of climate change, adding solar power to your home is an effective way to tackle all three. Palmetto solar customers can save thousands over the lifetime of their residential solar power systems—often earning credit on power they generate through net metering programs and recouping costs via various rebates and incentives. Meanwhile, the cost of conventional electricity is only going up. On the environmental front, an investment in sustainable, solar energy allows you to dramatically decrease your carbon footprint and your reliance on fossil fuels. It’s also a great way to boost interest in clean technologies and the economies they support.
How do I know if solar is right for me?
There are several factors we can look at to determine if solar might be a good solution for your needs, including roof space, home energy usage, credit health, and eligibility for incentives. At Palmetto, we start by calculating a quick savings estimate based on your home, location, and current utility costs. Then, we’ll schedule a meeting to clarify your goals, address any questions, identify purchase options, and outline the solar process. All of this happens before you pay, allowing you to decide if a solar power system is right for you based on a complete understanding of the potential costs and savings.
Where do I start? It seems complicated.
You’re right, residential solar power systems can feel very complex, especially if you’re researching providers, technologies, incentives, municipal requirements, permits, the list goes on. That’s why Palmetto created end-to-end solar energy solutions that allow you to plug into savings with less time and no hassle. From financing and design through decades of maintenance, tracking, and protection, we oversee every detail so you don’t have to.
How is my solar array designed? How many solar panels do I need?
The right solar power system for your home will depend on a variety of factors, including your current energy usage, the size and layout of your roof, and your preferred level of energy independence. To hone in on the right solution for your home, we always begin with a personal consultation and a survey, both of which serve to clarify your goals and outline available options. Should you choose to invest, we’ll design a custom solution to meet your goals and maximize your savings—no haggling, no upselling, just right.
What type of solar panels and inverters do you use?
At Palmetto, we rely on best-in-class solar panels from Silfab and inverters from SolarEdge to ensure that every custom solar energy solution promises peak performance, efficiency, and reliability.
What are the product specifications for Silfab solar panels?
Our preferred solar panel is Silfab's Sil-33o NL, a high-efficiency monocrystalline PV module. Dimensions: 66.9" L x 39.4" W x 1.5" D Module Power (Pmax): 330 Wp in standard test conditions Maximum System Voltage (VDC): 1000 Volts Hail Impact Resistance: up to 1" diameter at 51.6 mph Maximum Wind/Snow Surface Load: 83.5/112.8 lb/ft^2 25-year product workmanship warranty
How do I get the most out of my solar panels?
Great question! Silfab solar panels are very efficient and require little to no maintenance. That said, there are a few things you can do to ensure you’re getting the most out of your solar array. For peak efficiency, make sure your solar panels are free of dust and debris. Regular weather patterns will do most of the work for you but annual cleanings can be of benefit. Monitor production via the Palmetto App and/or Palmetto Protect to better understand your energy production and usage patterns. Active monitoring can also alert you to dramatic changes in production which may indicate a need for maintenance. Smart home features and devices such as thermostats, shade and lighting solutions, energy-efficient appliances, and home automation systems can dramatically reduce your overall energy usage. You can also optimize your clean energy usage by scheduling high energy chores (such as doing the laundry or running your dishwasher) for sunny hours/days when production levels are at their highest.
How much of my home can be powered by solar energy?
That depends on your overall household energy usage relative to the total capacity of your solar array.
What does it mean to be “off-grid”? Do I have to be connected to public utilities?
A home that functions “off the grid” is not dependent on public utilities, namely power and water. That said, wherever public utilities are available, we recommend maintaining a connection. This allows you to source power from both public utilities and solar panels depending on your usage needs relative to the power generated by your solar array. Homeowners who wish to function “off the grid”, whether by location/necessity or choice, typically require a larger solar array and the addition of a solar energy storage system (also known as a battery storage system).
If there is a power outage, will my power go out?
If your solar power system includes solar batteries, no. You will typically have enough energy in store to ride out any interruptions in power. If your solar power system does not include solar storage, yes. In the event of an outage, all standalone solar power systems are automatically shut down in accordance with grid codes and mandatory inverter specifications.
What happens if I produce more power than I need?
If your home is connected to the grid and you’re located in a net metering area, any excess energy produced will flow back into the grid, earning you a credit on your utility bill. If you choose to integrate energy storage with your solar power system, any excess energy that is produced and not immediately used by your household will function to charge your battery. This, in turn, allows you to access stored solar power for your home any time your energy usage exceeds production. Homeowners not connected to the grid often choose to increase their solar storage capacity to enable uninterrupted power regardless of weather or time of day.
How do I find solar energy building codes for my area?
Researching policies, building codes, and permits can be of the more challenging aspects of installing residential solar power. Our dedicated customer care specialists will work on your behalf to navigate state and municipal requirements, homeowners associations, utility paperwork, and the like. We’re always up-to-date on the processes in your area so can move through building codes and permits with the ultimate efficiency.
Will I no longer receive an electric bill with solar panels?
If you make use of a larger solar array and sufficient solar energy storage, you can go “off the grid” and will no longer need to receive power from the local utility company. However, if you maintain a connection to the utility company, you will still receive an electric bill, though you can dramatically reduce the amount you pay each month thanks to the energy produced by your solar panels.
How does solar energy work with my utility company?
It depends on how utilities are structured in your area. If you’re in an area with full net metering, every kilowatt-hour (kWh) of energy produced by your solar power system counts as a credit towards your energy bill. When your panels produce more energy than you use, the excess power is fed into the grid for use in your community. When your panels produce less energy than you use, you can draw power from the grid. Your bill will be calculated based on the total energy you use relative to the total energy you produce. If, however, you’re in an area with time-of-use rates, your utility fees are structured to increase during peak usage hours and decrease during low usage or off-peak hours. In this case, solar storage may be an easy way to save money on your monthly utility costs by allowing you to tap into stored energy when rates go up, and rely on grid power only when rates are low.
Is it easy to care for solar panels? What sort of maintenance is required?
Solar panels require little to no maintenance and can even reduce overall maintenance costs on your home by protecting the structure of your roof. To maximize the performance of your solar power system, it is important to keep panels free of dust and debris. Natural patterns of wind and rainfall will do most of the work for you, but annual cleanings can help to keep them functioning at their best. When advanced maintenance is required, it's often due to unusual circumstances such as pests or home renovations and can easily be performed by a licensed Palmetto specialist.
Do solar panels work on cloudy or rainy days? What if I live in a cloudy area?
It’s a common misconception that solar panels won’t work in cloudy, rainy, or snowy areas. In reality, your solar panels can still capture and generate power from indirect light. During the initial consultation, survey, and design process, we’ll examine your overall energy usage relative to your potential solar energy production and structure your array to optimize savings. Geography and weather are key factors in this process. In some cases, we may recommend integrating battery storage with your solar power system to extend the benefits of energy produced across cloudy and inclement weather.
How long will solar panels last?
The first solar cells were manufactured by Bell Laboratories in the late 1950s and are still functional today. Likewise, panels installed on homes in the 1970s and 80s continue to generate power. Most solar modules today have a 25-year power output warranty, and may continue to produce power well beyond that point. Homeowners interested in additional protection and savings can enroll in Palmetto Protect and earn quick access to energy monitoring, dedicated customer support, exclusive discounts, and best-in-class maintenance services.
Does my solar array come with a warranty?
All Silfab solar panels come with a 25-year manufacturer warranty that covers panel, power, and weatherization. Homeowners interested in additional protection and savings can enroll in Palmetto Protect and earn quick access to energy monitoring, dedicated customer support, exclusive discounts, and best-in-class maintenance services.
Will solar panels work with my roof?
Before designing your home solar power system, we’ll take a detailed survey of your property and assess the solar energy potential of your roof. Beyond the size, angle, and orientation of your roof, we’ll look at shading, estimated tree growth, materials, ventilation and drain pipes, and overall health. Because solar panel arrays can last 25-30 years without the need for repair or replacement, it’s important the roof beneath is in good shape. Once installed, solar panels can protect your roof and reduce the need for ongoing repairs.
How do I prepare my roof for solar panels?
Before you agree to install solar panels on your home, it’s best to have your roof inspected. Removing and reinstalling solar panels to fix a roof can be costly and time-consuming. In some cases, it may be advisable to have your roof repaired or replaced entirely before installing your solar array.
How much does a solar power system cost?
The cost of your solar power system will vary based on a number of factors including your location, the size and complexity of your solar array, installation fees in your area, and the amount of energy storage you require. That said, solar technologies have never been more affordable and each dollar paid gets you closer to energy independence. During the initial consultation, survey, and design process, we’ll work with you to outline your overall costs as well as financing options and any incentives you may be eligible for.
How can I pay for my solar power system? Are there financing options available?
Solar equipment and installation costs aren’t a cash-only thing—there are several financing options available. Two of the more common options are 1) a solar energy loan, which functions like a home improvement loan and 2) an energy efficiency mortgage designed to help homeowners fund updates on fixtures and features. If you’re interested in financing a solar array, Palmetto’s dedicated customer care team is available to help clarify your options and identify which solution might work best for your needs.
How do solar tax incentives and rebates work?
Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) can be applied toward solar panels, solar batteries, and in-home vehicle chargers, allowing you to deduct a percentage of the equipment and installation costs of your home solar power system from your federal taxes. That said, the percentage has declined each year since 2019 and is due to disappear in 2022. On top of the Federal Investment Tax Credit, many states, municipalities, and electric utilities offer tax credits, incentives, and rebates. These vary by location but our customer care specialists are familiar with the offerings in your area and can help you optimize your returns.
When will I make my money back?
Most homeowners can anticipate a break-even point or payback period between two and seven years. This is when your total energy savings will exceed your total installation costs, and varies based on a number of factors including the cost of utilities in your area, the amount of energy you use relative to the amount of energy you produce, the size and complexity of your solar power system, your energy storage capacity, your eligibility for local and federal incentives, and your preferred financing method. That said, while utility rates continue to rise, clean technologies have never been more affordable or efficient. The result: homeowners are seeing a faster return on investment.
What about DIY solar? Can I install my own solar panels?
While it is possible to install your own solar array, it’s not advisable for a few key reasons. 1) The materials are typically more expensive. 2) It can be difficult to determine the best position for your panels. 3) The electrical work requires special training to complete. 4) A DIY installation may void any warranties on the solar panels. Also, depending on where you live, the permitting process can be quite difficult and you may miss out on tax incentives and rebates that a certified Palmetto specialist will be familiar with and can help you navigate.
What if I need to move or sell my home after I’ve installed solar panels?
While it is possible to remove solar panels and reinstall on a new home, it's often preferable to sell the home with the panels in place. Solar panels increase the value of your home, making it stand out, sell faster, and earn more in the national real estate market. If you choose to lease your solar array, it can easily be transferred to a new homeowner.
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