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What is a Solar System?

Forget everything you learned in school about the “solar system”. When we say solar system in this context, we’re talking about the network of electrical components designed to convert solar energy into electricity for your home or business.

The defining components of a solar system are the solar panels, the inverter (or micro-inverters), the electrical panel in the home, and the electricity meter; all of which connect to the utility company known as the grid.

An easy way to understand how solar systems work is to follow the diagram below:

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Solar Panels

Solar cells are combined in solar modules, which are combined into solar panels, which produce electricity from sunlight through the photovoltaic (PV) effect.

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Inverter

Your solar electricity is then sent to an inverter, which transforms the electricity from DC (Direct Current) to the AC (Alternating Current) that we use in our homes and appliances.

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Electrical Panel

The inverter then feeds this AC electricity to the building's electrical panel, allowing it to power the electrical appliances and lights in the building.

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Electricity Meter

Any excess electricity that is not used within the building is then measured by an electricity meter as it flows into the utility's electricity network, also known as the grid.

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The Grid

For every kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity a solar system sends back to the grid, homeowners get a credit on their electric bill. The 2 main ways a credit is calculated is either through net metering or a feed-in tariff. Net metering is where purchased and sold electricity are at equal $/kWh rates. A feed-in tariff is where the sold rate is preset, and normally below the purchasing $/kWh rate.

How Do Solar Panels Work?

When photons hit a solar cell, they knock electrons loose from their atoms. If conductors are attached to the positive and negative sides of a cell, it forms an electrical circuit. When electrons flow through such a circuit, they generate electricity. Multiple cells make up a solar panel, and multiple panels (modules) can be wired together to form a solar array. The more panels you can deploy, the more energy you can expect to generate.

Why Switch To Solar

There are many reasons why homeowners go solar, but the two most common are financial savings and to help the environment. Whether your motivation to go solar is economic, environmental or both, here’s a list of benefits to consider when considering solar.

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Drastically reduce or even eliminate your electric bills

Electricity costs can make up a large portion of your monthly expenses. With a solar system, you’ll generate free electricity throughout your system’s 25-30 year lifespan. Even if you don’t produce 100% of the energy you consume, you will still reduce your electricity bill costs and save a lot of money.

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Avoid rising energy costs

Every year, electricity prices continue to increase throughout the country. By investing in a solar energy system now, you can lock-in the price you pay for electricity today in order to protect against future increases in electricity costs.

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Increase your property value

Homes with solar sell for more than homes without. And when you consider that solar allows you to reduce or eliminate electricity bills, it makes it an easy choice to go solar.

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Drastically reduce or even eliminate your electric bills

Electricity costs can make up a large portion of your monthly expenses. With a solar system, you’ll generate free electricity throughout your system’s 25-30 year lifespan. Even if you don’t produce 100% of the energy you consume, you will still reduce your electricity bill costs and save a lot of money.

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Avoid rising energy costs

Every year, electricity prices continue to increase throughout the country. By investing in a solar energy system now, you can lock-in the price you pay for electricity today in order to protect against future increases in electricity costs.

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Increase your property value

Homes with solar sell for more than homes without. And when you consider that solar allows you to reduce or eliminate electricity bills, it makes it an easy choice to go solar.

Earn a great return on your investment

At the end of the day, solar is one of the best investments you can make. The average American solar purchaser sees a return on their investment of 20% or more, with most solar panel systems paying for themselves multiple times over the course of their decades-long lifetime. 

Solar Tax Incentives

Right now there are lucrative federal solar tax incentives available that can offset the purchase price of a solar system through a 30% federal tax credit. Moreover, every individual state provides a range of enticing incentives, including personal income tax incentives, and more!

Environmental Footprint

When you put a solar panel system on your property, you can avoid purchasing carbon-emitting electricity from the grid, pulling directly from your solar panels instead. And even when you’re not using the solar electricity directly, you’re offsetting the need for carbon-emitting generation by putting your solar energy into the grid. At the end of the day, a typical residential solar panel system will eliminate three to four tons of carbon emissions each year, the equivalent of planting over 100 trees annually.

Installation Process

If you’re in the market for solar, you probably want to know what actually happens during a solar panel installation. There are five big steps that need to happen after you sign your solar contract before the solar panels on your roof can actually power your home, and a lot of it is behind the scenes. To show you what you can expect, we’ve outlined a simple four-step guide for the typical solar installation process.

Find The Right System For You.

Our solar consultants will work with you to determine the right solar system to suit your needs. Some of the factors include: budget, electricity usage, available space, utility provider, and future anticipated usage. Once we have all of this information, a system will be designed to suit your exact needs.

Designing Your System.

iVee's engineers will review your system layout and electrical requirements, and design the electrical package. Once the electrical design is finalized, they submit the project application for local permits, utility permits, and homeowner’s association approval (if required). This approval process typically takes a few weeks to a month. During this time, we ensure that we have all the necessary parts in our warehouse and order any additional required parts. Once all permits, approvals, and parts are on-hand, we then schedule the installation.

Installing Your System.

It's installation time! A typical installation takes between 1 to 3 days. The length of time depends on the complexity of the design and uniqueness of the roof. These are the steps related to the installation:
1) The field installers often start by preparing the roof to ensure the tiles or shingles are attached appropriately
2) The panel racking is installed to support the panels
3) The panels are placed and attached to the racking
4) The electrical components between the solar modules, inverter, and main service panel are connected

Commissioning Your System.

Once the installation is complete, we notify the city that the project is ready for inspection. A representative from the city will visit the home to inspect the solar installation and approve that the system was installed per the approved plans and satisfy local regulations. Depending on the city, a technician may need to be sent out to walk the inspector through the plans of the system. After the reviewing of the project, someone from the utility company will arrive onsite to give the green light. Your solar system is officially ready to be connected to the grid. Our field technician will flip the switch and the solar panels will start generating clean renewable energy for decades to come!

Our Services

Residential Install

Purchase a solar system for your house and make your own clean renewable energy. Get both immediate and long-term financial benefits while also protecting the environment. Rest assured, iVee League Solar is ready to answer any questions you may have along the process.
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Residential Install

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Purchase a solar system for your house and make your own clean renewable energy. Get both immediate and long-term financial benefits while also protecting the environment. Rest assured, iVee League Solar is ready to answer any questions you may have along the process.

Choose a Solar Plan that works for you:

Solar Loan

Finance your purchase with an affordable monthly payment:
  • No upfront cost
  • Low monthly payments
  • 25 Year Panel & Inverter Warranty
  • Benefit from tax credits and incentives

Solar Purchase

Purchase your solar system outright and see immediate monthly savings on your power bill.
  • Own your system outright
  • No monthly payments
  • 25 Year Panel & Inverter Warranty
  • Benefit from tax credits and incentives

Removal and Reinstall

Solar arrays contain delicate circuits, as well as hundreds of electrical connections that can be easily damaged if handled improperly. Panels must be stored in a safe place when they’re not on your roof to avoid damage. iVee League Solar handles all of these technical aspects for you. Our process is extremely thorough and designed to protect your property and panels while ensuring that your system works exactly as designed, or better when it’s time to switch it back on.
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Removal and Reinstall

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Solar arrays contain delicate circuits, as well as hundreds of electrical connections that can be easily damaged if handled improperly. Panels must be stored in a safe place when they’re not on your roof to avoid damage. iVee League Solar handles all of these technical aspects for you. Our process is extremely thorough and designed to protect your property and panels while ensuring that your system works exactly as designed, or better when it’s time to switch it back on.

Most of our removal and reinstallation jobs start with a comprehensive site visit. Our Engineering team will use this information to create a complete site plan for your solar removal and reinstallation project. This plan will be shared with you prior to project execution and serve as the roadmap for our installation crews throughout the project.

Our service department will work directly with you and your roofer (if applicable) to coordinate all removal and reinstallation dates.

Once we have removed all panels and racking, we will safely bundle your panels and store them at your property in a predetermined safe location.

Our service department will coordinate the nearest installation date that best aligns with your schedule.

Your solar energy system will be reinstalled with clean panels and hardware. To conclude our installation process, we will conduct a final onsite quality audit to ensure the system is working properly.

If you would like iVee League Solar to provide a free estimate for your solar panel removal and reinstallation project

Maintenance & Service Requests

As solar panels have no moving parts, minimal service and maintenance are required. To keep your solar panels generating efficiently we recommend an annual service to ensure your system is kept in full working order and any fault or drop in the generation is flagged immediately and resolved. An annual check will ensure that you do not lose generation due to dirty panels.
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Maintenance & Service Requests

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As solar panels have no moving parts, minimal service and maintenance are required. To keep your solar panels generating efficiently we recommend an annual service to ensure your system is kept in full working order and any fault or drop in the generation is flagged immediately and resolved. An annual check will ensure that you do not lose generation due to dirty panels.

Contracted Solar Installation

At iVee League Solar, we're not just a solar solutions provider — we're your reliable partner in achieving solar success. We understand that the solar industry thrives on innovation, expertise, and collaboration. That's why we offer solar installation services tailored for other solar companies seeking a dedicated and skilled team to assist in completing their projects.

Why Collaborate with iVee League Solar?

Expert Solar Installation Team

Our solar installation experts bring years of experience to the table. By collaborating with us, you're tapping into a team that's well-versed in the intricacies of solar projects, ensuring smooth execution and quality results.

Flexibility and Adaptability

We understand that every solar project is unique. Our team excels in adapting to varying project scopes, timelines, and requirements, ensuring a seamless integration with your team's efforts.

Enhance Efficiency

By contracting our solar installation team, you can enhance the overall efficiency of your project. We specialize in managing installation tasks, allowing your team to focus on other critical aspects of your solar venture.

Quality Assurance

We uphold the highest standards of quality throughout the installation process. Your reputation matters to us, and we ensure that our work reflects the professionalism and excellence that your clients expect

How Our Collaboration Works

Collaborating with iVee League Solar is a straightforward and rewarding experience.

  1. Initial Consultation

    We begin with a thorough discussion to understand the specifics of your project, your timeline, and your goals.

  2. Tailored Solution

    Our team crafts a customized plan that aligns with your project’s requirements and complements your existing efforts seamlessly.

  3. Execution

    Our skilled installation team works closely with you to execute the installation phase efficiently and to the highest industry standards.

  4. Open Communication

    Throughout the collaboration, we maintain open communication, ensuring that you’re informed at every step of the process.

Let's Power Up Your Solar Projects Together

Whether you’re a solar company looking to expand your capabilities or seeking to streamline your project timeline, iVee League Solar is your go-to partner. Collaborate with us to leverage our expertise, commitment to quality, and dedication to solar excellence.

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FAQ's

Yes, you will still receive an electricity bill. Many utilities include a monthly service charge on your bill, and based on your solar production and energy consumption, you may still have to purchase additional power. The only exception is if you’ve installed an off-grid system where you disconnected from the grid completely.

The amount of power your solar energy system can generate is dependent on direct and reflected sunlight. As a result, your solar panels will produce slightly less energy when the weather is cloudy, but there still will be production. Your panels won’t produce electricity at night.

If your solar system is connected to the grid, it will shut off in the event of a blackout. This is to prevent emergency responders and electricity utility repair-people from being injured by your panels sending power back to the grid. The exception is if you have a solar battery as part of your system. These batteries can provide power to your home in the event that the grid goes down.

Solar rebates and incentives vary depending on where you live. The most significant incentive is the 30% federal investment tax credit (ITC), which allows you to deduct 30% of the cost of your solar system from your federal income tax payable. The tax credit can be carried forward to future years if you are not able to deduct the full amount of your following tax years. Check with your tax professional to determine if you are eligible and to plan your income tax strategy for the upcoming year.

Moreover, every individual state provides a range of enticing incentives, including personal income tax incentives, and more!

After seeking professional tax advice and ensuring you are eligible for the credit, you can complete and attach IRS Form 5695 to your federal tax return (Form 1040 or Form 1040NR). The form and instructions are located here:

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Southern-facing panels produce the highest amounts of electricity. East and West facing panels produce slightly less, and north-facing panels produce the least. Ideal roof conditions have little to no shading. Also, the condition of the roof is important as older or damaged roofs may require repairs before a solar installation can proceed.

Solar systems can last up to 25 or 35 years, and it can be costly to remove and reinstall your solar panels if you need to replace your roof during that period. If your roof needs maintenance or repair in the near term, you should consider completing this before your solar installation. iVee League Solar can provide you removal and reinstall services if you are looking to repair your roof.

If you own your solar system, you generally receive a premium on the value of your home. National studies have shown that solar systems can increase your home’s value at an average of 4% but can be as high as 9%.

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