Frequently asked questions
$2.50 per watt installed? Really? How can your price be so much less than other installers?
Our groundbreaking Fencepost Solar Mounting System is more affordable by design than roof-mount or rack-mount systems. We have also carefully selected affordable solar panels and inverters from respected, stable manufacturers. And our array connects to the electrical grid, since going off-grid requires a significant investment in batteries for storage.
Why does your ground-mount design use wood instead of metal?
Traditional ground-mount solar arrays rack panels together, creating a large, heavy surface area for wind and snow; consequently, they need mounts anchored in concrete footings set deep in the ground. By contrast, our Fencepost Solar Mounting System aligns single panels horizontally to minimize weight and surface area, and supports each single 40-pound panel with two 6' treated wood posts sunk in 3 feet of concrete. The posts are rated for ground contact, resisting damage from rot or insects, and are designed to last for decades. Our elegantly simple design is engineered to withstand snow loads of 20 pounds per square foot and and wind speeds of 90 mph. It's worth noting that our electricity distribution system also relies greatly on wood utility poles.
Why don’t you offer zero down financing, like other installers?
We aren’t a bank, a leasing company, or an electric utility – we’re in business to make solar as affordable to own as possible. (If your primary business is ag-related or you have a rural small business, we can certainly help you apply for a Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grant or loan.) Installers who retain ownership of your solar array (through a lease or PPA) also get to keep the 30 percent investment tax credit. Also, if you decide to sell your home, the buyer will be responsible for those payments.
Can you put a solar array on my roof?
No. Our Fencepost Solar Mounting System requires some sunny space on the ground.
Is the 30 percent tax credit going away this year?
No - Congress extended the tax credit past 2016. Hooray!
Where do you operate?
Do your solar panels adjust to track the sun?
No. That ability would add significant cost and maintenance to the system.
I want to go off the grid. Do you do off-grid solar arrays?
No. Battery storage would add significant cost and maintenance to the system.
What if I want to use different solar panels or inverters?
Using consistent solar equipment helps us stay affordable by eliminating re-design and testing for different configurations.