Reading the Maxed Out Solar installation guide allows you to make smarter financial decisions and get informed about the benefits of solar. So, how do you know if you have a great roof?

Simple. I’ll tell you exactly what to look for. However, not every roof will be a good solar roof. If that’s the case, I’ll be honest and tell you since my reputation means way more to me than the value of a quick sale.

But if you DO have a good roof to install solar, you can save tens of thousands of dollars on energy costs. You’ll also build home equity. On average, homes with solar on the roof sell faster- and for more money, than homes without solar.

So simply put, I wrote this solar installation guide because too many good people struggle to keep up with increasing energy costs.

If your roof is good for solar, the simple value proposition is to consider redirecting the money you already spend on your monthly energy bill. I may be able to help you plan financially by turning an expense into a stable and predictable income-generating asset.

My rooftop solar installation guide offers you an unbeatable warranty and zero-down financing.

After all, you’re the most important part of my business, and I want to ensure you have access to the best possible prices, a world-class warranty, and top-notch service.

In short, investing in solar panels on your home’s roof can help you plan for the future.

Why choose me?

My rooftop solar installation guide will NEVER tell you how much solar panels cost upfront. But that’s a good thing. Trust me.

Many solar companies quote customers’ prices without asking about your home’s unique needs. That should immediately raise red flags. How can I quote you a fair price if I know nothing about your roof and your unique energy needs?

Instead of being pushy and hard-selling prospects at the door, my solar installation guide focuses on providing education on the benefits of solar. I create easy and affordable clean energy solutions and work around your busy schedule. That’s why I wrote you a free solar installation guide.

I want to make your switch to solar an easy, convenient, and financially savvy decision.

My solar installation guide helps people and the planet.

By choosing Maxed Out Solar, you can access a team of environmental activists, former educators, and highly knowledgeable solar professionals.

Maxed Out Solar operates as a distributed team across several states and time zones. I formed this business during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. My goal is to help communities recover economically from the damage of Covid-19 while improving my clients’ air and water quality.

We are a top-notch, fully remote solar consulting team. Maxed Out Solar can handle all aspects of your rooftop solar panel installation. From start to finish, you are in good hands here.

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What states does Maxed Out Solar install in?

At present, I offer rooftop solar panel installation in select zip codes in the following states:

  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Idaho
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • Nevada
  • South Carolina
  • Utah
  • West Virginia
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • North Carolina
  • New Mexico
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas
  • Virginia

Six fast facts about rooftop solar panel technology

Solar panels can power your house and feed excess electricity back into the grid.

What is an optimal roof for solar?

To have an optimal roof for solar, your home will need ample square footage and surface area. The roof should be newly installed, and structurally secure. If necessary, I’ll help you navigate rooftop replacement options before your solar installation.

Ideally, your roof will be South, West, or East facing.

South-facing roofs perform best, but this is not absolutely necessary. If we can avoid placing solar panels facing North, your rooftop will likely be an optimal fit.

Installers will optimize mounting angles by latitude location during installation. Your home’s roof should have minimal shade caused by trees or other objects.

What happens to my rooftop solar panels at night?

All the rules for different solar programs tend to vary state by state. This is why it’s important to hire someone who knows the ins and outs of solar to help instead of trying to do it yourself.

Many utility companies have net metering programs that credit you when your system produces more electricity than you use. You can use your credits during periods of low production, such as at night or during winter months.

Does rooftop solar let me go fully off-grid?

Not exactly. Unfortunately, you can’t go “off-grid” in the true sense of the word.

Batteries can provide backup power during power outages, but many benefits of going solar may be outweighed by a battery’s high financial and environmental costs. I’ll help you evaluate your options.

Many times home batteries are an unnecessary and expensive upsell. However, in other situations, having a home battery backup system may be a good solution for your needs.

Does rooftop solar work in adverse weather conditions?

In blizzard conditions, the heat will help the snow melt quickly.

Further, the sunlight will still reach the panels through the snow. If you live in an area with sunny weather, more often than not, you’ll see consistent energy production.

I also offer solar panels designed to withstand gale-force winds during hurricanes. Every solar solution is customized to your unique needs and situation.

How do I clean my solar panels?

The short answer is that once they’re installed, you don’t usually need to clean your solar panels.

Solar panels tend to be low maintenance, and with our best-in-class warranty, all maintenance is automatically covered. The occasional rainy day usually takes care of the cleaning!

However, consider if you live in a hot and dry area with a lot of dust building up, such as in a desert region. You may not get much rain during dry seasons. In that case, you might consider using a pressure washer to clean your solar panels about once a year.

Five quick reasons why you should go solar

Remember to bookmark this page. There’s a lot of useful information contained within. Here are the five top reasons why people switch to solar.

Installing solar on your roof saves you money

Electric vehicle drivers can save over $1,000 on gas costs annually by choosing rooftop solar. Installing solar panels on your roof will add $15,000 to your home’s value on average.

Rooftop solar is also one of the best home improvement investments.

On average, our customers will save $26,000 on energy costs during the next 20 years. The more we invest in protecting our environment now, the more we can protect and preserve your property values in the future. Installing rooftop solar ensures every community investing in protecting the planet will benefit financially and ecologically.

Solar panels also lower the overall cost of electricity for everyone, not just you. The more people choose solar, the lower local electricity costs will become overall!

Rooftop solar panel installation lowers carbon emissions

Residential rooftop solar can protect your local air and water quality.

The more solar we install, the less energy we’ll need to draw from other sources. This means your decision to switch can also help prevent oil spills and sea-level rise. By switching to renewable solar energy, you can lower your carbon footprint and take meaningful climate action to ensure a livable planet for future generations.

Gain many practical benefits from buying rooftop solar panels

Installing solar panels solves problems before they happen.

You can get your home ready to charge an electric vehicle without waiting in line. You can also ensure the energy used to power your EV is truly renewable.

Installing rooftop solar can help lower electricity costs if you work from home.

Usually, home battery backups only make sense in limited scenarios, such as if you run a home-based business and can’t afford outages or if you have medical equipment that can’t ever be shut off.

Your home will be safer from the risk of power outages caused by climate disasters. More solar panels mean fewer climate disasters.

Buying rooftop solar is a smart choice, period

Installing rooftop solar allows you to transform a former expense into an asset designed to produce wealth. Remember, this is money you’d already be spending on the power bill. That power bill has only gone up in the last 20 years.

The more people switch to solar, the more resilient our grid becomes. Investing in solar panels for your roof is an investment to build and own your own renewable energy infrastructure.

Solar panels are a great way to reduce the risks of power outages and mitigate some of the dangers of climate change. Instead of considering solar expensive, think of installing solar as a way to get paid to take climate action.

Going solar has never been more cost-effective

Over the last ten years, the price of solar has decreased by almost 90%.

However, since the early 2000s, the electricity cost has nearly doubled.

Inflation is driving energy costs higher every year. As a result, solar is now the most cost-effective method of electricity generation in history.

Lastly, along with the mass adoption of electric vehicles and all the government incentives being rolled out, there’s never been a better time to switch to solar.

Four myths about buying rooftop solar panels

There’s a good amount of bad information out there. I’ll make sure you have access to good information. Here are four common solar energy myths debunked.

Myth: Solar panel system installation costs too much

You might think so, but you might also find that solar panel installation can save you tremendous amounts of money while adding value to your home.

I can help secure your solar energy system financing if you have decent credit. You’re likely already paying too much money for electricity. Fossil fuels are more expensive than solar panels, as long as your roof is good!

I don’t know if solar panels can help you financially, but I would like to find out together. Giving me a call or sending me a text is easy, quick, and free.

Myth: The government is giving away free solar panels.

First of all, no, they aren’t. Sorry.

If you see any advertisements with this messaging, that should raise red flags. Tax incentives can help you offset the cost of installing solar on your roof, but not everyone qualifies. I always recommend talking to a tax advisor. My personal policy is never to give tax advice.

I am a solar guy and not a tax guy, after all. The bottom line? No one is giving away free solar panels, period. There are always strings attached, and you’re better off coming to me instead.

Myth: Solar panels are bad for the planet.

Nope. In fact, we offset all carbon emissions released during solar panel manufacturing to ensure your panels are carbon-neutral and clean on day one.

Additionally, solar panel recycling technology ensures that an already sustainable power source becomes even more sustainable over time. To avoid supply chain issues, we will need to recycle solar panels. So don’t worry. I’m staying on top of it. I’m a climate activist too, and I care about these things.

Lastly, solar panel recycling technology is improving tremendously every year. Solar technology is going to create huge numbers of jobs and make a positive impact on our environment.

Myth: Solar panel installers will put holes in my roof.

Damage during solar panel installation is a very infrequent occurrence.

Sure, it may happen every now and then, but that’s why I offer the best available solar warranty in the industry.

My warranty includes coverage for rooftop penetration damage. If damage to your roof occurs during installation, I offer a world-class warranty that ensures you are covered no matter what.

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Your rooftop solar panel installers are top-notch and trained to do good work.

Three rooftop solar panel options and features

I carry high-quality, US-made, tier-one solar panels.

In addition to offering a world-class warranty, our solar panel installations come with various configuration options.

Sleek black-on-black, aesthetically pleasing, modern solar panels are in high demand and look awesome. 

Half-cut split solar panels

Partial shading is never an issue with this revolutionary new clean energy technology.

Our half-cut split solar panels ensure that when shade hits one part of a solar panel, the other parts of your home energy system operate efficiently, minimally affected by shade.

High-output, high-efficiency solar panels

Our premium design and configuration options include high-output, high-efficiency solar panels guaranteed to produce 90% of their original power after 25 years.

However, most solar panels are only warrantied for 80% in that same time period.

If you want the best solar panels money can buy, I’ve got them. No supply chain issues here.

Hurricane-rated solar panels

If you live in an area increasingly vulnerable to severe hurricane weather, that’s all the more reason why you should go solar. Power outages could become more commonplace as a result.

As I mentioned earlier, I also offer solar panels that withstand powerful gale-force winds during Hurricanes. These solar panels can also help prevent power grid outages from affecting your home during severe weather if paired with a home battery.

This is one of those situations where getting a home battery may make more sense for you.

Two things I need from you after reading my solar installation guide

I’ll start out by asking you a few questions about your roof and where you live.

Additionally, I’ll want to know what kind of projected energy use increases you might expect, if any.

Energy usage increases can result from charging an electric vehicle, expanding the family, or having relatives move back in. There are many reasons your use might increase, so let’s discuss it on the phone to ensure all your bases are covered.

Increased energy use may also result from projects like growing veggies or running a business out of the home.

Whatever your situation may be, I will need to know some details. This way, I can design a system that gets you everything you need and nothing you don’t.

Your contact information

I need to be able to contact you. So when you click the orange button, I’ll collect your name, email, and phone number to provide you with top-notch service.

If, for some reason, you decide you no longer want to be contacted, just let me know. I fully respect and value your right to privacy. I don’t want to intrude, I want to help you save money.

Your power bill

I need a copy of your power bill. This way, I can design an energy-efficient rooftop solar system that will work for your home’s energy needs.

Your power bill gives me all the necessary energy usage information to design the best system for your needs.

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Buying Rooftop Solar from Maxed Out Solar is easy. I offer flexible online meeting options and can work around your schedule and needs.

One easy, convenient remote design session

I can work around your schedule to accommodate your needs.

However, all household decision-makers should set aside 30-45 minutes for an interactive Zoom session. I provide personalized service during the entire system design process. Start to finish.

I’ll ensure your system is sized appropriately by asking and answering questions and using your feedback. I customize all rooftop solar systems to your specifications and design them for your home’s unique energy needs.

The process for buying rooftop solar

I make it easy and affordable to make the switch to solar panels.

If you’re ready to switch, here’s how the process works.

Phase One: Solar panel cost-benefit analysis

  • You sign up on my website. Just click the orange button.
  • I will contact you via phone, email, or text within 1 business day.
  • Once we have a quick phone call, I’ll take 15 minutes to ask you questions about your home, energy use, and rooftop.
  • If you don’t have a good roof, it’s okay! I’ll be honest and tell you. You can give me a positive reference, and I’ll pay you $1,000 for the honor of helping your friends and families. My reputation is more important to me than any sale.
  • If your roof passes my screening process, congrats! We’ll schedule a follow-up solar Zoom appointment at the end of that call.
  • After receiving your free quote over Zoom, there is no obligation to make a purchase. This quote is provided for free for your convenience and reference.
  • Purchasing a high-quality and affordable rooftop solar installation generally takes 1-3 months. I am focused on providing a good experience and saving you lots of money.

Phase Two: Design & Installation

If we learn your roof is a good candidate for solar, congratulations!

You’re going to be saving tons of money!

We will set up a time to meet over Zoom to design an affordable and energy-efficient solar panel system.

  • Once the design is complete and all questions have been answered, we’ll discuss payment options.
  • If you like what you see, go ahead and apply for the loan or make a cash deposit.
  • Next, it’s time to get started! Once the loan has been approved or a cash deposit has been made, we will schedule a site survey visit to take rooftop measurements at your home and ensure the system will meet your needs.
  • Installation day! A team of solar installation technicians will arrive and install your rooftop solar panels at your residence. Installation typically takes 1-3 days to complete, although it’s usually completed in one day. Another inspection occurs, and then we receive permission to turn it on from the power company.

Please note: I am happy to make myself available if you require more than one meeting to go solar.

Some of my solar panel brands and manufacturers

Selection may vary based on availability. For solar panel power inverters, I offer either SolarEdge or Enphase, depending on your unique needs.

Enphase

Enphase systems use a microinverter on each solar panel. This is a valuable consideration when deciding how vital decentralization is in the system design. However, with Enphase, no single point of failure would disrupt the entire system in the way a failed central inverter would.

SolarEdge

SolarEdge’s central inverters have an optimizer on each solar panel, which ensures the system’s energy output is fully maxed out. As a result, each solar panel will produce power independently regardless. This technology also adds a boost to solar panel system efficiency.

Our rooftop solar panel manufacturers

I carry a variety of rooftop solar panel product options. Here are examples of some of the brands in my product lineup.

Mid-grade tier-one panels

Mid-Grade Tier One Panels are some of our most affordable and commonly selected options. These panels balance high quality and affordable pricing. So if you’re looking for the best of the best, keep reading.

Some examples of Mid-Grade Tier One Solar Panels: Hanwha Q Cell, Jinko Eagle, Mission Solar

Premium tier one panels

Premium Tier One Panels often contain one or more of the features I listed earlier and are widely regarded as top-of-the-line. The high output warranty of 90% after 25 years sets these solar panels apart.

Some examples of Premium Tier One Solar Panels: Panasonic EverVolt, LG Neon

Our solar panel installation warranty

Coverage lasts 30 years, including solar panels, inverters, and mounting systems. Our warranty also covers labor costs and includes gap coverage.

Additionally, rooftop penetration is also covered if damage occurs during solar panel installation. I cover all the bases to make this as easy as possible, prioritizing affordability and total value over price.

Get a world-class rooftop solar panel warranty

The warranty I offer is fully transferable to new homeowners if you sell your home.

I pride myself on putting people and the planet first. The strength of my guarantee reflects my commitment to your financial security and peace of mind.

What to look for In a solar panel warranty

Good WarrantyWorld-Class Warranty
12-25 years parts30 years parts
10-15 year labor/work30 years labor/work
Little to no gap coverage30 years of gap coverage
Dependent on me remaining in businessYou’re covered no matter what
Non-transferable if you sell your homeWarranty transferable, even if you sell your home
Little to no hidden feesNo hidden fees, period.
I offer a world-class warranty for rooftop solar panels and installation services.

I offer this warranty through an A-rated third-party insurance company, SolarInsure.

SolarInsure is backed by Lloyd’s of London, a company that has been around longer than the United States of America has.

So no matter what, the world-class warranty has you covered.

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Federal and local tax incentives for rooftop solar panel installation

In addition to a massive federal tax credit, many local municipalities and utilities have their own rebates and incentives. Your solar consultant will be able to walk you through any local perks available in your area.

I recommend talking to a tax advisor if you have tax-related questions about going solar. I don’t give tax advice out of respect for you. I’m a solar guy.

Refer a friend to buy rooftop solar from me

I love sharing and building community wealth together.

Of course, I think I do an excellent job. Otherwise, I wouldn’t do what I do.

If you help spread the word, I’ll make it financially worthwhile.

I want to use the power of solar energy to help you become more financially free. The clean energy revolution must include you and your family too.

Let me guide your rooftop solar installation experience

Want to talk with a human being instead of reading marketing copy?

I’m available.

Email max [at] maxedoutsolar.com to schedule some time to meet. Or call or text the business line listed.

Thanks for reading my solar installation guide

I do this for you because I care. Your energy costs are skyrocketing, and the climate crisis is heating up. Everyone is stressed out and wants easy, affordable solutions. That’s where I come in.

Time is of the essence in this fast-paced day and age, so I appreciate the time you took to read this. 

Let me handle your rooftop solar panel installation if you are concerned about the climate crisis, your family’s wealth, or both.

Rooftop solar panel installation is one of the best ways to take climate action, secure and stabilize our energy grid, and ensure a prosperous renewable-powered future for you and your families.