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Solar energy production estimates

“Another company gave me a much greater energy production estimate than yours.”

We hear this occasionally. When asking the question, “How much electricity will a solar energy system produce” people sometimes get different answers from different companies.

Our production estimates are conservative — we try not to over-state the amount of energy you can expect to get from a specific-sized solar energy system. An internal company mantra of ours is, “Under-promise and over-deliver.”

That said, we use standard industry tools to make our energy production estimates. For most of our energy production estimates we use PVWatts, which is a publicly-available tool for solar energy estimating put out by the National Renewable Energy Labs (NREL) for anyone to use.

Like any calculator, NREL’s takes a bit of skill and knowledge to use. We have, on occasion, walked a prospective customer through the process to help them understand proper data input as well as how to interpret the results.

There are other solar companies that offer sky-high estimates and unrealistic promises. We do not.

 

Solar energy production estimates: ours and theirs

Solar is a new, emerging industry. To date, there are no industry standards for how to predict the energy output of a completed solar system in the real world. Each solar sales person can use his own assumptions in making this prediction. Some are intentionally optimistic, some are naïve and don’t have enough experience to make realistic predictions. As a company, our approach is to be intentionally conservative in making performance predictions. We live by our reputation and we want you to be very satisfied with your solar system. We’d rather lose the sale than make an overly-optimistic prediction and have you end up disappointed in a couple of years. Our company mantra is, under-promise and over-deliver. We feel it’s the best way to be as a company. And it is one of the reasons why we are a B Corp.

We build great solar electric systems. We under-promise and over-deliver. And we sleep very well at night.