Top 5 Reasons to Go Solar in 2019


The year may have just barely begun, but that’s no reason to put off the things that could make 2019 a stellar year. We put together our list of “Top 5 Reasons to Go Solar in 2019” because today is always the best day to plan for your future.

1.    2019 is the last year for the full 30% federal income tax credit

Starting in 2020, the tax credit will reduce to 26%.  In 2021, it is down to 22%. From there, it will continue to decrease until it is fully phased out. It is reasonable to expect that solar installation prices will not fall as quickly as the tax credit, so 2019 may be a homeowner’s best chance to optimize their financial return on solar.

2.    Utility rates continued to rise from 2018 to 2019

The US national average for electricity rose from January 2018 to late 2018. This means that in 2019, the return on a solar investment is more attractive, the payback period is shorter, and if you install this year, you can offset more future costs.

3.    The price of a solar installation in Florida fell in 2018

According to Solar Power World Online, the average price of a residential solar installation in the US fell in 2018 by almost 6%.  That can amount to meaningful savings for a household seeking to invest in solar in 2019!

4.    Having a solar PV system contributes to household financial stability 

For households that pay cash for a system, there is an immediate reduction in their monthly expenses through a reduction in energy bills.  For households that choose to finance their system, they are trading a volatile monthly payment for a fixed monthly payment over the life of the loan. Of course, once the loan is paid off, the real savings begin rolling in!

5.    Investing in Florida helps the local economy and long-term health of the State

Optimus Solar has written about the compounding power of producing electricity locally vs. importing it from out of State.  Furthermore, using Florida-based solar installers, and Florida-manufactured solar panels compounds the local positive impacts and leads to a multiplier of positive economic activity.

There you have it! This Top 5 list is pretty convincing, but if you need more info or want to chat about what a solar PV system could do for your home this year, give us a call! 352-535-0227

Top Five Questions to Ask Your Solar Installer


Every homeowner considering investing in solar can benefit from knowing the right questions to ask prospective vendors. Below are our top five questions solar investors should be asking. We included some vendor inputs that may affect the answers to questions.  We hope you find this helpful in your search for quality 30+ year solar solutions.

1.    How do you calculate overall system production representations?

This is one of the most critical questions as it determines overall ROI of the system, including the payback period. The critical assumptions that go into this calculation are orientation of panels, tilt of panels, shading and other variables.  Optimus Solar uses the most advanced software available to ensure these inputs are accurate. Additionally, before presenting to a potential investor, we double-check these numbers against our internal prediction tools to ensure accuracy.  Lastly, as part of all of our installs, we offer a “Payback Period Guarantee”.

2.    How can you stand behind your warranty representations?

The reality in any industry is that there is no guarantee a company will be around to service and fulfill their warranty commitments.  Optimus Solar escrows a percentage of each job in a separate account, not usable for business operations, that is available during all warranty period representations.  This makes it ‘arm’s length’ from the business and ensures our commitments will always be met.

3.    What insurance do you have in place?  

All solar contractors should have general liability and worker’s compensation insurances.  Each solar investor is well within their rights to request copies of these prior to signing a contract.

4.    Do you have job-site management practices in place?

A major concern for homeowners and businesses is the effect of on-site work on daily life and operations.  Ensuring a solar company has proper jobsite management documentation in writing and in practice is critical to a good experience. Optimus Solar has written policies that we share with each owner prior to the job to ensure we are accountable to those standards throughout the entire installation process.

5.    How ‘Green’ is your company overall?

Solar has a reputation for being ‘Green,’ but as with any product, there are exceptions.  These include everything from production byproducts to end-of-life questions around solar panel recycling.  Optimus Solar uses 100% US-manufactured solar panels and racking systems to reduce transport costs and ensure future availability of parts.  Additionally, Optimus escrows a percentage of each job for future recycling of panels.  Nearly all materials in a solar panel are recyclable, and we believe it is the responsibility of all involved in solar to ensure provisions for future reuse of parts. Finally, we recycle all packaging of all parts shipped to us.

Quality experiences and honest representations help make for the best solar experience for all parties involved.  If homeowners know which questions to ask before signing a contract, they can help ensure a positive overall solar experience!