Frequently asked questions

What is the 26% tax credit for my residential solar system? What is the difference between a credit and a rebate?


Unlike a tax rebate/refund, where you receive a return on the excess amount of taxes you have paid to the state/federal government in the past year, the federal government provides a solar tax credit (also known as the investment tax credit) that enables you to deduct 26% of the cost of a solar energy system from your taxes, dollar for dollar. As a credit you take the amount directly off your tax payment, rather than as a deduction from your taxable income. To claim the credit, you must file IRS form 5695 as part of your tax return, you calculate the credit on the form, and then enter the result on your 1040. For example, if you paid $25,000 for the installation of a solar energy system, you qualify for a $7,500 tax credit. If you were to owe $10,000 in taxes when tax season rolls around, you could apply the entire $7,500 credit and you would owe Uncle Sam the remaining $2,500. In order to qualify for this 26% tax credit, one must be actively paying taxes. Also, the credit does not apply for installations on rental properties. Anyone who installs panels on an existing home, new construction, or second residence / vacation home will be able to utilize the tax credit.




What does buying a solar system do to the value of my home?


Your Blue Energy Electric investment can raise the value of your home by 15-20%, determined by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.




Who is responsible for the interconnection and activation of my system?


Once your County Inspector(s) approves the system, your utility company has 30 calendar days to switch your electric meter with its solar replacement, the bi-directional meter. We always advocate on your behalf and do our best to ensure constant communication with the utility company. However, please be aware that similar to county departments, we have no way to tangibly impact the time frame. Please work with us as teammates to check in with your utility company to ensure completion as quickly as possible.




When does the Installation team come? What is the procedure?


After working together to submit all the required permits for your county, a team member will contact you to set up an installation date and to give you a rundown of what to expect. A team member will contact you the day before the installation date to confirm. Upon the completion of the installation, a team member will follow up once more to speak with you about the interconnection procedures, signing the Certificate of Completion (COC), and to answer any additional questions you may have.




I already signed the agreement, why is there more planning?


Our structural and electrical engineers verify the accuracy of the proposal production matches the findings from the site visit, and then we design your project plans. Unanticipated tree coverage, roof damage, and other variables can affect the timeframe of this stage, please be patient with the process so we can provide the highest level of precision and accuracy.




Why is there so much paperwork involved, I thought you were taking care of this?


Your county of residence requires permit applications, interconnection agreements, a Notice of Commencement, as well as some additional documents depending on where you live. Some of these require your notarization, we ask that you work with us as teammates to ensure a smooth and quick process through your immediate attention with these documents and responsiveness with our communications.




Who is responsible for warranties?


The “25 Year Solar Performance Warranty” and the “20 Year Extended Warranty” are both through the product manufacturers. The “10 Year Workmanship Warranty on the Solar System” and the “5 Year Roof Warranty” where the panels are installed are serviced through Blue Energy Electric.




Will I still receive an electric bill from my utility company?


Going off the Grid may be an option for some who choose battery backup systems like the Enphase Storage, however most of our Solar customers choose to stay on the grid. Depending on the utility company (co-operatives tend to be more expensive), you could be charged $9-30 a month for the metering fee required to keep you connected to the grid.




Why should I buy solar?


The biggest benefit, besides being energy independent, would be that by owning your own solar you are able to levelize your cost of power, while your neighbors will be paying rate increases year by year.




Do I get the 26% tax credit if I buy batteries to go with my solar?


Yes, you can either buy the battery storage system with your solar or add it to a preexisting solar system.. Either way you will receive the tax credit.




Does solar work in a power outage?


A solar PV system will work in a power outage if you have battery storage as well. The battery storage system allows your solar to continue to create power during a power outage to feed your home and continue to charge your batteries.




Will a battery system run my entire house?


While most customers choose to go with a smaller battery storage system to run the Essential Loads in their home, It is possible to run the entire house with a larger battery storage system.




How can I refer a friend?


We love working with new clients, mainly ones that come from a trusted source like our past customers. Simply email us at info@blueenergyelectric.com or call us at 772-232-6594 and provide the persons name, email and phone number. We'll kindly reach out to them and let them know you referred them.




If I refer someone, when would I receive my referral bonus?


Once your referral becomes a qualified customer of Blue Energy Electric and their installation has been completed. You will receive a check within 45 days. If you need the address updated on where we should send it, please contact us at info@blueenergyelectric.com




Do you offer roof installation?


Absolutley! Need a new roof and solar panels installed? We can can custom design and that for your home or business. This can be done under one financing package and we also offer a 10 year labor warranty. Please contact us at info@blueenergyelectric.com for more information.