What types of panels does Make It Right Solar use?
Do you have a preference?
How do you attach your panels to the roof?
Are your installers in-house at Make It Right?
What installers have you used in Louisiana?
Do you do projects other than MIR or outside of Louisiana?
Do you do individual houses?
How big does the solar array need to be to power a house?
Do you get government credits for installing solar?
Are your houses hooked up to the grid?
What are the pros and cons of hooking up to the grid versus having a battery array?
Are your panels in a chain, or do you use micro-inverters? Why?
What panel type is most efficient?
How much does a typical solar installation for your houses cost?
What problems with your equipment have you encountered?
Have you thought about using solar thermal?
Does solar work well for existing houses?
What is the best way to size a solar array for my house?
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What types of panels does Make It Right Solar use?

Mono and Poly Silicon, Thinfilm Laminate, high-efficiency modules including SunPower and Sanyo. We have also used a Lumos module with a clear backsheet.

Do you have a preference?

It depends on the project. Smaller roofs need higher efficiency panels. Higher efficiency panels are able to harness more energy in a smaller area – but high efficiency panels increase cost. As the industry has matured, manufacturing quality is improving and solar panels are becoming more like a commodity rather than a specialized product.

How do you attach your panels to the roof?

It depends on the project and panel type:

  • If the roof is metal standing seam and we’re using mono or poly panels, we use an S-5! clip. The S-5! clip attached to the seam and does not penetrate the roof.
  • On asphalt shingles, we use quick mounts that are fully flashed and attached to rafters.
  • On TPO roofs, we use a Rayport Stainless Roof Ballast Rack.
  • For thin film on a standing seam metal roof or TPO roof, we use a peel and stick system that is applied directly to the panel.

Are your installers in-house at Make It Right Solar?

No. To create jobs in the community and spread knowledge of solar installations throughout a region, we use local subcontractors, some of whom were trained on homes in our New Orleans’ neighborhood.

What installers have you used in Louisiana?

We have worked with more than 20 different solar installation companies based in Louisiana.

Does Make It Right Solar do projects outside of Make It Right or outside of Louisiana?

Yes. We have partnered with Project Home Again, New Orleans Neighborhood Development Collaborative (NONDC), Broadmoor Development Corp, Volunteers of America, Jericho Road, Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO), Neighborhood Housing Services of Kansas City and HELP USA in Newark, New Jersey.

Do you do individual houses?

Not currently. We are currently working on a broader leasing program that will be available to individual homeowners.

How big does the solar array need to be to power a house?

Depends on the house. A solar company should perform energy analysis on your home to determine the consumption habits. A solar system is then designed to supply a significant amount of power to your home. A typical residential system ranges from 3kW to 5kW.

Do you get government credits for installing solar?

Yes. Federal and State tax credits are available for solar energy equipment.

Federal – Currently there is a 30% Investment Tax Credit that is available to owners of solar systems. The Federal Tax Credit is available for both residential and commercial solar systems.

State – In Louisiana, there is a 50% refundable tax credit that is available to owners of solar systems that are installed on residences only.

What is net-metering? Are Make It Right homes grid-tied / net-metered?

Net metering allows you to get credit, at retail rates, for power produced by solar panels, in effect running your meter backwards. When power generated is greater than your home’s consumption, you effectively get a refund!

Yes, Make It Right’s homes are grid-tied and net-metered. Grid-tied systems do not waste a single drop of clean energy due to the benefits of net-metering (by selling excess power back to the grid).

What are the pros and cons of hooking up to the grid versus having a battery array?

Battery backup systems are intended for off-grid systems where the home does not access to a public grid. Batteries are expensive and require maintenance; grid-tied systems have fewer hassles for homeowners.

Are your panels in a chain or do you use micro-inverters? Why?

We utilize both central and micro-inverters. If shading is a concern, micro-inverters maximize energy production from the solar system. For larger systems without shading concerns, centralized inverters are more than adequate and they are typically more cost effective.

What panel type is most efficient?

Mono or Polycrystalline panels are more efficient than thin film. High efficiency modules like SunPower or Sanyo are more expensive but they have higher energy conversion rates than conventional modules.

How much does a typical solar installation for your houses cost?

Residential systems can cost between $15,000 – $30,000. Leasing programs make solar energy much more affordable for a single homeowner.

What problems with your equipment have you encountered?

We have run into very minimal warrantied problems with our equipment. Solar panels typically have a 25 year power production guarantee. Depending on the inverter, the warranty will run between 10 and 25 years. So far, any issue we have encountered has been covered by warranty.

Have you thought about using solar thermal?

We use tankless water heaters that were donated by Noritz. A solar thermal system would be redundant and we often need the roof space for our solar panels.

Does solar work well for existing houses?

Yes! Solar panels are very easily integrated in existing structures.

What is the best way to size a solar array for my house?

There are many factors in sizing the appropriate solar system for your home including roof size, roof orientation, shading and energy consumption. The best way to size is to call a fully licensed and experienced solar integrator with good references who can provide more details for your specific needs.

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