Frequently Asked Questions

 

G&S Solar is offering a program where businesses can save significant $ on their electric costs by deploying a solar array on their building rooftop or ground. This program comes at $0 cost to the business whether the business is a tenant, owner operator, or site owner.

All G&S Solar need to prepare a proposal is site address, a few months of electric bills, and to understand whether you own or lease the site.

After a contract is signed, it generally takes us 3-4 months to complete the engineering, receive interconnect application approval, receive all permits, and to install the system. As soon as the system is installed and connected, the customer will immediately start seeing savings.

A solar electric system generates electricity more efficiently than the local utility and as such, we are able to pass along those savings to the customer. The “fuel” for the system is the sun and it is a renewable energy source that is free.

Solar panels are completely passive and have no moving parts; this means that photovoltaic systems are completely reliable. The technology used in our solar arrays have 99% uptime. In addition, Part of the installation is a monitoring system that measures the solar system on a real time basis. This allows us to ensure that the solar array is performing as designed.

Yes. The roof should be in a good condition and G&S Solar will make certain that your existing warranties will stay in effect.

The customer remains connected to the grid and continue to have a relationship with his local utility. If for whatever reason the solar system stops working, because the customer continues to be connected to the electric grid, it will automatically provide the customer power. There will be no interruption of power.

The utility will approve up to 100% of the customer energy consumption to be offset by a solar array. The customer will remain connected to the utility for electric usage when the solar array is not generating (rainy day or night are examples). Since the customer continues to be connected to the grid, they will continue to have power. The system automatically cycles back and forth between solar power and public grid power as conditions dictate – the customer will not notice any difference in power as the process takes place.

The customer is billed on a monthly basis.

G&S Solar, as the system owner insures the system. We will obtain all appropriate insurance for the installation and operation of the solar system.

G&S Solar are responsible for the maintenance of the system.

After the full term of the PPA, G&S and the customer can extend the PPA. At the end of the term of the site lease, G&S can remove the system, or G&S and the landlord can extend the term of the site lease.

No, the State of New Jersey has a law that prevents any increase in property taxes as the result of a solar system being installed.

If for whatever reason the solar system stops working, the customer is always connected to the electricity grid and will continue to operate per usual. There will be no interruption of power.

We will maintain the system because if it is broken or doesn’t produce electricity we do not earn a return on our investment.

The customer’s roofer will have access to all parts of the roof and can maintain the roof as normal.

We design and install the solar system to have space around the perimeter of the roof and around the existing equipment to allow access and space for new equipment.

This system offsets a part of the need of the local utility to burn oil and gas to produce electricity for the public grid and therefore reduces greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere. A typical 1MW solar array in the Northeast will be equivalent to offsetting 900 Metric tons of greenhouse gasses on an annual basis. This is equivalent to 2,100,000 miles driven by an average car annually, or CO2 emissions from burning 937,000 pounds of coal, or carbon sequestered by 832 acres of forests. By any measurement, the environmental impact is significant.

G&S Solar will obtain all local permits and approvals. If you are the site owner and sell the site, the site lease is transferrable.

If you are the site owner and sell the site, the site lease is assignable.

We will provide you a savings chart that will provide you with clear projections of your savings on an annual basis

G&S Solar designs to the latest NEC and UL codes. The current NEC code has safety features in it such as rapid shutdown and arc fault protection. Following this code, the invertrs will be on the rooftops eliminating the need for a concrete pad on your ground. The NEC code assures that a solar array on your rooftop is as safe as having an AC unit on your roof.

G&S Solar PPAs are coterminous with your lease. If you vacate the building, your PPA terminates and your obligation to purchase solar electric from G&S Solar ends. There are no termination penalties

In the unlikely event that electric rates go down below the solar electric rate, G&S Solar will lower the solar electric rate. We guarantee savings

Most roof types are appropriate for solar. G&S Solar has completed installations on ballasted roofs, EPDM roofs, metal seam roofs, etc

G&S Solar handles the process from start to finish. We need very little of your time to execute a project. Your time requirements are limited to providing electric bills, reviewing proposal, accommodating a site visit for engineering analysis, and review of formal documents. You can be involved as much as you like but we really require very little of your time.