RAIDEN ELECTRIC - Solar DIVISION IS PROUD TO BE YOUR GREEN ENERGY SOLAR INSTALLER FOR ALL COMMERCIAL, INDUSTRIAL, AND RESIDENTIAL APPLICATIONS!
Here at Raiden Electric Solar, we want you to keep more of your hard earned money in your pocket where it belongs, and installing solar is a fantastic way to do that. We believe that everyone has a right to control their own energy production and pricing. We also think it’s our responsibility to help protect this Earth for future generations, and feel that green energy installations, like solar, are a great way to achieve that.
Here at Raiden Electric Solar, we realize that many people have questions about installing solar. We feel that there is a lack of information out there for the public to look at to understand what is involved with installing Solar. At Raiden Electric Solar, we are here to educate just as much as we want to install solar. Below are some questions that we hear frequently, and our answers to them. If you have a question that isn’t listed, please feel free to use our contact form, find us on social media, or just give us a call to ask, and we will make sure that we get you answers!
How does Solar work?
- Solar Panels get installed. They are made up of photovoltaic (PV) cells, which convert sunlight into direct current (DC) electricity.
- An inverter converts the DC electricity generated by the PV panels into the alternating current (AC) electricity used in homes.
- Each panel will have a micro-inverter which goes into a combiner box, or we use power optimizers on each panel and run them into a large inverter.
- Each inverter system comes with a monitoring system that sends information about your solar installation, including the amount of energy it generates, to your own private portal.
Electric Utility Grid
- Your solar system is then connected to a local utility grid after the inverter so that you can sill get power after sundown. Connection to the grid also allows your solar system to return to the grid any excess clean energy your system generates during the day. Your new utility net meter measures your power consumption and solar output, so at the end of the month you will only pay if you consumed more than you used from the power grid.
Q: What does it cost to put solar on my house or business?
A: Well, there is no simple answer to this. While the price of solar drops yearly, it can vary widely depending on the type of panels you want to install, along with what kind of equipment you want to go with them, how much power you want to generate, and where you want to put solar. The national average of solar can range from $2.50 to $3+ per watt installed. Here at Raiden Electric Solar, we only install the highest quality components because we want your investment to last. As an average though, a typical 5000 watt roof install costs about $17,000 before the tax credit, and $12,580 after. The power generation or savings from that type of system will vary greatly depending on which direction your roof faces, the angle of your roof, and if there is any shading from trees, for example.
As a company, Raiden Electric Solar strives to install systems that generate a monthly savings of at least the amount of money you would pay back to a loan each month, or the cost of your monthly bill. That way, there is no extra money coming out of your monthly budget. We also strive to beat the national averages in pricing, and guarantee that we can beat any solar quote from another company, or we will give you $50.
Q: Why should I choose Raiden Electric to install solar on my property?
A: Firstly, since we are an electrical contractor, we don’t need to sub-contract out that work when doing your solar installation. You will see the same smiling faces from the start of the process to the very end. Second, since we are a small business, we have lower overhead than other solar installers, and can offer very competitive pricing. We even guarantee we can beat the pricing from other companies. We also don’t believe in high pressure sales. We stand by what we do, and believe everyone is capable of making their own decisions. Thirdly, we believe in high quality products and workmanship, and will only install superior products. We will walk away from a job rather than try to compete with someone that wants to install inferior products on your property. We also offer a 7 year workmanship warranty on our solar installs. Fourth, we really believe in green energy, and as a company we feel that everyone should have the right to control their own energy production and pricing, while also helping the environment for future generations. Lastly, we don’t try to inflate production numbers just to get your business. We only use the minimum calculations on energy production and annual cost savings to give you realistic expectations of what you are installing.
Q: What is the return on investment that I will get from installing solar?
A: The return on your investment varies depending on what energy market you are in, and how many watts you install (i.e. if you install enough to sell power back to the energy company), but generally we try to install systems that have an ROI under 12 years for Duke Energy, and Dayton Power & Light markets, and under 10 years for Butler Rural Markets. That is well below the national average.
Q. How long will my solar panel system last if my ROI can be 12 years?
A. Most solar panels come with a 25 to 30 year warranty! That means that manufactures typically guarantee that the system won’t degrade below 80% efficiency before the end of the warranty period. This also means, that you don’t want to install solar on an old roof, because if you need to replace your roof, removing and re-installing your solar panels can be very costly. As an installer, we generally won’t install solar on roofs that are older than 15 years, because we want your investment in solar to last. We have seen solar panel systems that are fully functioning well beyond the warranty period as well, so you can rest assured that your solar panel system will be giving you great returns for years to come!
Q: Are there any tax incentives that I can take advantage of?
A: Absolutely! Currently, residential and commercial customers can take advantage of a Federal Tax Credit of 30% of the total cost of a solar installation through 2032. This Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for solar makes it more affordable for homeowners and businesses by granting a dollar-for-dollar tax deduction equal to 30% of the total cost of a solar energy system. For more information, please visit the Energy.gov website here. Also, installing EV chargers qualifies for a 30% tax credit as well!
Q: Will the value of my home increase if I install solar?
A: Yes! Actually, it is the only home improvement project that increases the value of your home more than it costs to install. The average increase to your home is $20 per $1 in utility savings, or about $3.50 per watt installed. What does that mean? Well on the same average 5000 watt roof install we mentioned earlier, if the cost was $17,000 before the tax credit, your home value increase would be $17,500. This also means that if you turn around and sell your house immediately, you would immediately get your investment back, and then some. The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory actually did a study on this, you can view the report here. The US Department of energy also published a document on this, which can be found here. While we can’t guarantee any dollar amount; more data is being compiled all the time as more residential properties are installing solar. See below for a before an after that shows how visually stunning solar can be. It adds beauty, functionality, and character to any home.
Q: Do you deal/work with H.O.A.’s?
A: Installing solar is probably brand new for a lot of H.O.A.’s. It is usually their concern that a high level of aesthetics of the community are maintained. We are willing to work with any H.O.A. and show them different types of installation options that will not degrade the appearance of a home. If your HOA has banned solar, mention the recent bill signed by Ohio’s Governor, Senate Bill 61 (SB61). The bipartisan legislation prevents homeowner associations (HOAs) from imposing unfair restrictions on homeowners that want to go solar, and it went into law in September 2022. The legislation eliminates unreasonable restrictions on rooftop solar in all HOAs across Ohio. It also limits an HOA’s ability to influence the design or size of a rooftop solar array, and prevents HOAs from banning solar installations outright. This was a significant victory for solar rights in Ohio!
Q: Speaking of aesthetics, my only south facing roof is on the front of my home, doesn’t it look bad?
A: Of course not! Solar panels have come a long way in the last few years, and there are even many color options to choose from. Most customers opt to install “black on black” panels to the front of their home that actually gives a very classy, and sleek appearance. See the picture below for an example.
In recent years, we have seen these large high pressure sales solar companies install solar on front facing roofs, and they look awful. Non even designs, piping running all across the roof, and rail-less designs that cause your panels to be wavy instead of even. If you want to go with another company, do your due diligence to ensure your install will look great. You don’t want your neighbors to be upset, and it causes others not to want to go solar.
Q: What is the impact to my roof if I install solar?
A: There are two points to discuss here. First, since solar installations last upwards of 35+ years, a lot of homeowners put new roofs on their home before installing solar panels. This ensures that your investment lasts, and you won’t run into extra costs down the road when you finally need a new roof. It becomes very costly to remove and re-install solar panels. Here at Raiden Electric, we do not prefer to install solar on roofs older than 15 years. Second, we install the highest quality racking and rail components, which exceed all major shingle manufacturer guidelines for continuation of roof warranties. That being said, an installer that does not take their time to ensure they have found the center of roof rafters, opens the door for long term water leaks. That is why we use a variety of methods to ensure we hit the center of roof rafters every time, to ensure your installation is of the highest quality.
Q: Where do the batteries go with my solar install?
A: Actually, Ohio has something called net metering, so you don’t need a battery at all! You sign an interconnection agreement with your energy company when they approve your solar install, and they come out and install a meter that will spin backwards if you generate more power than you use. That is called a “net meter.” You would only want to install a battery if you want back-up power during an outage for a limited number of circuits, like a fridge, sump pump, or even saltwater fish tanks. Commercial customers might want to install batteries to reduce their peak demand load, which would help reduce their electrical cost even more. If you are interested in installing a battery, let us know. We are certified to install LG Chem batteries with Solar Edge, and would be happy to include that in your solar installation proposal. See below for a typical energy flow diagram of a roof-top solar install, and to see how a battery would fit into that.
Q: What is the design process?
A: It all starts with an assessment of your property. Do you have a south facing roof? Or any roof top space that is un-shaded? Or do you have a large open yard and would like a ground mounted system, which is also an option if you have a very shaded roof. Contrary to popular belief, not every property is a good candidate for a solar installation. After an initial assessment, we can draw up a solar production capability worksheet to go over with you. From there, depending on your individual requirements, like budget, and amount of power you want to produce, we can tailor a final design proposal for you.
Q: What are my financing options?
A: There are a lot of ways our customers choose to finance their solar installs if they don’t want to pay cash. Now, the usual options for financing are a standard bank loan, a home equity loan, and a personal 401k loan. However, we are proud to offer 0% interest loans for Solar installations from WPCU! If you would like a quote and to see what your monthly payment would be, head to our contact us page, or home page and fill out the form! We can often get you a lower monthly payment than your current monthly electrical bill.
Ohio also has 2 other financing programs, the first is PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy), which finances energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, sometimes with no out of pocket costs. More information on PACE can be found here, and here. The other program is ECO-Link for residential properties, and Re-Energize Ohio for commercial properties. Once an applicant successfully applies, they are eligible to receive up to a 3% interest rate reduction on bank loans for up to 7 years. More information for homeowners can be found here.
As a company, Raiden Electric strives to install systems that will save you at least the amount of money that you would have to pay a loan back every month. That way, there is no extra cost in your monthly budget. That makes solar extremely affordable!
Q: I’m still unsure, does solar really work in Ohio, the weather isn’t always favorable here?
A: Of course it does! If we didn’t believe in going green, we wouldn’t be sharing all of this information with you. We even have it on our own houses and business! Sometimes it’s hard to believe something without seeing it in action. Check below to see a home energy report from one of our customers! Feel free to ask us to see more bills from customers, or check out our Facebook for solar updates! See below for a Duke Energy supplemental comparing energy usage for a home on a rolling yearly calendar. There is a drastic difference before and after solar!
We are proud to offer the following services in the Cincinnati and Dayton metro areas!
Rooftop Solar Installations for Commercial, Industrial, and Residential
Ground Mounted Solar Installations for Commercial, Residential, Industrial, and Agricultural
Custom Solar Carports, Solar Pergolas, and Electric Vehicle Charging for Residential, Commercial, and Industrial
Solar Roof Mounts
Solar Ground Mounts
Electric Vehicle Chargers
Solar Battery Back-up Systems
Commercial Solar and EV Chargers
AREAS OF SERVICE:
We are based out of Mason, OH, but service all of of the Cincinnati and Dayton metro areas, including but not limited to:
West Chester, OH. Liberty Township, OH. Hamilton, OH. Fairfield, OH. Oxford, OH. Monroe, OH. Middletown, OH. Springboro, OH. Lebanon, OH. Franklin, OH. Miamisburg, OH. Centerville, OH. Kings Mills, OH. Kenwood, OH. Blue Ash, OH. Symmes Township, OH. Montgomery, OH. Evendale, OH. Wyoming, OH. Mount Healthy, OH. Springdale, OH. Norwood, OH. College Hill, OH. Lockland, OH. Madeira, OH. Hyde Park, OH. Miamitown, OH. Morrow, OH. Kettering, OH. Bellbrook, OH. Loveland, OH. Ross, OH. Finneytown, OH. Landen, OH. Maineville, OH. Norwood, OH.
730 Reading Rd. Suite C
Mason, OH 45040
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