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Safely Switching to Solar During COVID-19

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COVID-19 has changed the world in many ways, but it hasn't stopped the demand for affordable electricity that reduces our carbon footprint. But can solar power technology be installed in ways that protect family and loved ones?

The answer is: YES! And Vinyasun is here to help. 

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, we've followed recommendations set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and adhered to all state and local rules. Additionally, our company has made the process of switching to solar contact free. That's right, we put safety first – always – and give customers the best options in service and equipment.

*Please note: We are continuously examining and updating policies designed to help keep customers, employees, and crews safe.

How does Vinyasun ensure safety for both customers and employees?

With up-to-date software and socially distanced practices, our experienced professionals are trained and ready to safely serve customers solar solutions, quotes and even complete installations from "virtually" anywhere. When COVID-19 emerged, many companies scrambled to find ways to help customers online. But Vinyasun was already there. We've been giving customers "no contact" quotes and installation options since 2019. 

What can I expect initially with Vinyasun? 

Our remote booking link enables anyone who is interested in solar to pick a time that works best for them and schedule a 30 min appointment with one of our solar advisors to discuss their options. 

The goal of the initial meeting is to verify your homes needs and better understand what you're looking to achieve. From there we take your requirements into consideration and utilize state-of-the-art satellite imagery and system design software to show a homeowner what their solar layout could look like, estimated energy production, and projected cost savings within a limited time frame.

This enables you to identify solar panel product options and determine what is best for your home. From there a quote is generated and you are able to make a decision on whether or not switching to solar is right for you. 

What kind of person-to-person contact can I expect during the sales process?

Much of the preliminary legwork that goes into a solar power project can be handled without in-person meetings. In fact, we can do everything remotely using our relatively seamless process. 

For instance, photos taken by the homeowner and drones can allow Vinyasun to complete rooftop surveys, and many of the tasks tied to the permitting and engineering process. In certain occasions there might be a need to access your garage or another area of your home where the electrical panel resides. But if the photos are detailed and follow our guidelines, there is typically no need to have any contact.

If I decide to switch to solar, what does the installation process involve?

When it comes to Installing a solar system and connecting you to the local grid, a majority of that work takes place on a roof.  So there's usually no need for customers to be in direct contact with any members of the installation team.

During the installation, all crew members are instructed to engage in regular hand sanitation without needing access to a customer's home or business.

Again, there is in certain circumstances projects that require work in a homeowner's garage due to the location of the electric service panel. And sometimes Vinyasun employees or third-party contractors may need to come out for site audits. However, when situations like this arise, Vinyasun employees and contractors are trained to take social distancing seriously. Plus, our employees are instructed to use phones, text, email or any digital medium to stay in touch with customers where possible instead of performing a site visit or work inside the garage or home. 

When we absolutely cannot avoid scenarios with extenuating circumstances, employees have been instructed to wear gloves, face coverings and other personal protective equipment, and to maintain six-foot social distancing. 

Thank you for helping us safely and responsibly change the way our world is powered! 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can FPL or my HOA prevent me from switching to solar?

The Florida Solar Rights Act is a law that forbids any entity—including homeowner associations—from prohibiting the installation of solar or other renewable energy devices on Florida buildings.

An association may require approval of a system installation and may establish restrictions for installations. However, any such restrictions must be reasonable, not arbitrary, and applied in a uniform manner for all association members. Also, any restrictions must not have the effect of impairing the performance, or increasing the cost, of a solar system.

In particular, a homeowner association may not prevent the installation of solar collectors on the roof of a home. The association may determine where on the roof the collectors may be installed, so long as the collectors face within 45 degrees of due south.

Finally, any requirement(s) that a system be screened from view by trees, fences, ground mounting racks, or a remote roof location that is hidden from the street, will generally violate the statute.

Click here to verify information is provided by the Florida Solar Energy Industry Association

Is solar free for Florida homeowners?
  • The sun is free to everyone.
  • Solar panels and specific back-up battery systems qualify for a number of rebates, tax credits and incentives.
  • There is a cost associated with solar energy because you are paying for your system. 
  • Financing enables homeowners to make the transition with $0 upfront costs
  • Systems often cost the same amount monthly as your current FPL bill
  • Solar puts equity in your home because you own the system and increases the value a minimum of 4.1% - click here for the Zillow case study

Does solar increase my home value?

Not only can adding solar panels to a home save energy costs and help the environment, it also can potentially increase a home’s value. In 2019 Zillow found that homes with solar energy systems sold for 4.1% more on average than comparable homes without solar power. For the median-valued home, that translates to an additional $9,274.

The sale premium varies substantially by market. In Riverside, Calif., for example, homes with solar-energy systems sold for 2.7% more than comparable homes without solar power—a markup of $9,926 for the median-valued home in the metro. In the greater New York City metro, solar-powered homes have a premium that is double that of Riverside. At 5.4%, that’s an extra $23,989 in value for the typical home in New York. In three other coastal metro areas—Los Angeles, San Francisco and Orlando, Fla.—homes with solar power can fetch a premium of around 4%.

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