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System / October 7, 2015

In sunny parts of the country where electricity rates are high, a home solar installation, also called a photovoltaic (PV) system, generates electricity for much less than your local utility. That’s why there are over 250, 000 rooftop systems in California — and Silicon Valley has more home solar installations per capita than anywhere else in the country.

Over the past few years, equipment has become standardized and much more affordable. Since there are no moving parts, a home solar installation provides clean, reliable, maintenance-free electricity for 25+ years with negligible maintenance.

The system we will design for your home uses the highest quality solar panels, most reliable inverters (maximizing energy harvest during shaded conditions), and tried-and-true mounting systems. Cinnamon Solar strives to make the overall buying, installation and operations process as easy as possible for customers.

Battery Storage

We began installing battery storage systems in 2001. These early systems used lead acid batteries and required regular maintenance. As a result, historically it has been more cost effective to install a generator for battery backup. However, with new battery systems currently on the market from companies such as JuiceBox, Enphase, SolarEdge, and Tesla — homeowners have good options for silent and clean battery storage. Since batteries are expensive now (but dropping in price quickly) and current rates are not very favorable to batteries, most of our customers opt to install a “storage ready” solar system with a battery-capable inverter — and then installing the batteries in a few years when battery incentives are available in California, the prices are much lower and electric rates are more “battery friendly.” Call Cinnamon Solar if you are interested in a battery storage system to go along with your home solar installation. We will give you the straight scoop about battery storage, and take care of your entire system, including a critical loads subpanel, system design, solar integration, installation and monitoring. For more on battery backup systems, listen to our blog post on Backup Power and check out our reviews on Battery Storage Systems.

Panel Cleaning and Maintenance Services

Dirt, grime, and pollen can accumulate on the surface of your solar panels—reducing the performance of your system from 5-15% or more. Although steady rains do a pretty good job of cleaning the panels, every few years you may want to consider a good detergent-based cleaning. Cinnamon Solar will send out a crew to clean your panels.

While we’re there we will check the operation of your system, make sure the wiring is still secure, and clean any dust, debris or cobwebs from your inverter. To cover our cost of a qualified, insured crew the charge for these cleaning and checkup services range from $150 to $250 depending on system size and complexity. Transportation charges may apply to locations beyond 20 miles of our headquarters location. Click here if you are interested in Cinnamon Solar’s cleaning and maintenance services.

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