FAQ

What is solar energy?

Solar energy harnesses the power of the sun and transforms it into electricity you can use in your home.

Why should I consider going solar?

There are three main benefits to going solar:

  1. Save money – in many areas you can pay less on a monthly loan than you are right now on your electricity bill. You also avoid future energy cost spikes.
  2. Help the environment – By switching to solar energy, you improve air quality, reduce destruction of animal habitats and help reduce greenhouse emissions.
  3. Energy independence – Though disconnecting entirely is impractical for most people, you can significantly reduce the amount of dependence you have on your area’s energy grid. You can even install a solar backup battery that will keep your system operational for a few hours in the event of an outage.

What is SolarStory?

SolarStory is a service designed to help you make smart decisions around solar energy. We have analyzed hard-to-reach data and developed methodologies designed to help you find the most cost-effective solar system and the best installer for the job.

Where do you source your data?

Our data is provided by three of the top resources in solar energy knowledge: Berkeley Lab, the National Renewable Energy Lab and the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Where is this data used on SolarStory?

We use this data to provide cost and savings estimates by metro area, to determine the most popular panels used in each metro area and the top installers by metro area.

How can I use your website?

Simply type in your city or zip code for real-time information on solar energy in your neighborhood, including the average cost of solar systems, the most popular types of systems, the average annual savings and the average amount of time it takes people to pay off their systems. We also have information on available tax credits, and we can help you determine the size of the system you’ll need for your home.

Once you’re ready to move forward with solar energy, we can get you a price quote and connect you to an installer who has experience with the exact type of solar system you’re looking for.