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February: Best Month to Sign Up for Solar

by: Jesse Feinberg
Posted on: February 12, 2021

 

Yes, that’s right. You may not believe it now, but read this post and it’s pretty clear: February—yes, February—is the best month to sign up to go solar. Skeptical? Read on!

February Sign-Up Means Early Spring Install

Early spring is the best time of year to have your system installed. And if you sign up to go solar in February, you’re in all likelihood getting installed in May, or maybe April or June (solar projects typically take 90 days, but can sometimes be faster or slower depending on permitting and utility permissions).

Why is early spring the best time of year to be installed? A few reasons:

  1. Get off to good start!  Your solar system produces the most energy when days are the longest; and they’re longest in May, June, and July.
  2. Net metering!  Start building your stockpile of bill credits in spring so you have plenty leftover for winter.
  3. Avoid the rush!  Every year we’re deluged with late-year sign-ups trying to get installed before 12/31.  Sign up early in the year to avoid the rush.

More details are below.

Get Off to a Good Start

Solar’s a long-term investment.  Our panels have a 25-year warranty and an expected useful life of 40 years.  So we sometimes focus on the long-term to the detriment of the short-term.  But the short-term obviously matters!  

That’s why signing up in February to get installed in early spring is a smart idea.  Spring is when your solar system starts to produce a lot of energy.  No surprise there: The sun is out and the days are long.  So why shouldn’t you benefit from this sunshine right away?  If you wait to sign up and get installed in November or December, it’s not a problem—but you’ll be happier if your first few months with solar are ones where your bill is substantially lower.

 

Net Metering!

In spring, it’s not just your solar production that’s high; it’s also that your usage is modest.  Thus, spring is a perfect time to be banking bill credits to use later in the year when your usage is still high but your system produces less energy.  (FYI: this system of banking excess production bill credits to use later is called “net metering”.)

One important thing to note is that it can take a billing cycle or two after your panels are installed before your net metering becomes active.  Thus, an April install might not have net metering come active until May or June.

Avoid the Rush

It happens every year: A huge rush of customers signing up in late summer and early fall desperate to get installed before 12/31 so they can benefit from this year’s federal tax credit.

Why participate in that rush when you can cut the line and get installed in spring instead?  You see, in February, everyone’s still thinking about the snow and cold.  But you’re reading this blog post.  And now you know: February is the best month to sign up to go solar!  So what are you waiting for?  Fill out the form below and set up a free consultation with one of our expert solar consultants.  We’ll give you the information and answers you need to decide if solar’s a good fit for you.

 

by: Jesse Feinberg
Jesse is Certasun's Vice President of Sales & Marketing.

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