Solar Panel Installation by Yancey Home Improvements

Solar panel installation is one of the best investments that smart home and business owners can make to not only improve the value of their property but also to drastically reduce the overall costs of energy consumption.

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As you may be aware, solar panel installation is definitely not a do-it-yourself job. You need a good, qualified, licensed roofer and electrician.

For the property owner who wants to realize all of the cost savings and many benefits of switching to solar power, leave design and installation to the Experts.

That’s why Sacramento Homeowners considering generating their own clean energy should consider Yancey Home Improvements for their solar panel installation by a qualified residential solar energy contractor.

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The popular Silfab 360NX rooftop solar panel - all black.

Sacramento Solar Panel Installation Pros

There are three key reasons why customers hire Yancey Home Improvements for professional solar panel installation:

✓ EXPERIENCE

Yancey Home Improvements has, over the years of doing business, earned a reputation as the Sacramento area’s premiere roofing specialist. The same dedication to experience and quality workmanship that Yancey Home Improvements has demonstrated in all facets of its custom roofing systems is now extended to include solar panel installation.

We not only install solar panels for our residential and commercial customers, we provide customers with the expert advice they need to select the right solar panels to suit their roofing configurations as well as their specific energy needs. Our job isn’t to sell you on a specific type of solar panel, but to provide you with all of the information you need so that the solar panels we ultimately install on your roof give you the energy savings and reliability you expect.

✓ CREDIBILITY

When you hire a Solar Panel Installation Company in Sacramento, be sure to check them out:

✓ RELIABILITY

Yancey Home Improvements and its team is fully licensed and insured. As proven local electrical contractors and roofers, we are the ideal company to professionally install solar panels and complete solar energy solution that not only saves you money but will also increase the value of your home by making it more environmentally friendly.

Enphase systems are unique. Older solar energy technology has all that DC power traveling down into a single inverter, the equipment that converts the DC (direct current) the solar panels generate into AC (alternating current) your house uses. A single inverter is a single point of failure. With Enphase, each solar module on your roof has it’s own dedicated microinverter. Power is converted from DC to AC right there on your roof. Each microinverter operates independently. This means if one fails, the rest of the modules are still producing power.

Each micro inverter communicates with the Envoy every 15 minutes which allows for near real time monitoring of performance matrix.

FINANCING AVAILABLE!

Yancey Home Improvements offers financing from several banks and financial programs.

12 Months Same As Cash Financing

12 Months Same-As-Cash *

*Credit and loans provided by EnerBank USA, Member FDIC, (1245 Brickyard Rd., Suite 600, Salt Lake City, UT 84106) on approved credit, for a limited time. 17.99% fixed APR, effective as of September 1, 2021, subject to change. Minimum loan amounts apply. Interest starts accruing when funds are disbursed. Interest is waived if repaid in 365 days. Repayment terms vary from 24 to 132 months. Actual loan term may be shorter if less than the full approved amount of credit is used. First monthly loan payment due 365 days after funds are disbursed.

✓ Solar Panel Installation ONE-STOP SHOPPING

Home owners who want solar panel installation find everything they need from Yancey Home Improvements because we are fully licensed for all trades involved in the project. This means we can handle everything from the design of your new solar panel energy system to its professional installation that will meet all necessary local building safety standards.

Since we are a Licensed Contractor with the State of California CSLB# 714569, you can rest assured that all city permits will be filed and handled correctly.

Extend your Solar Panel Installation project with the addition of back-up battery power systems and prep your home to charge your Electric Vehicle.

A professional solar panel installation from Yancey Home Improvements will be paying attention to every detail about your solar panel installation project, which means that installing solar energy will be a simple and hassle-free process from start to finish.

Solar Energy Production Monitoring

An Enphase solar energy system has advanced monitoring capabilities. This is possible due to each solar panel module has it’s own dedicated computer – the Enphase IQ Micro Inverter. The microinverter communicates with the Enphase IQ Envoy contained inside the Enphase Combiner Box using wire line communication.

With the Envoy system, you will have an account on MyEnlighten enabling you to check on your system and watch the production and performance of each solar PV module on your roof. You’ll see the wattage produced on graphs in a variety of views. Enphase and Yancey Home Improvements will be able to connect to your system remotely as well. This is for warranty and system software updates.

Enphase Combiner Box
Enphase IQ 10 battery

Enphase Battery Systems

Adding an Enphase IQ Battery system to your solar is a way to achieve from partial battery backup to full battery back up. With the right system and settings you may even be able to go off grid.

Enphase batteries are not your typical lithium ion or nickel cadmium batteries. Those technologies are older technologies and are prone to overheating and fire.  Enphase IQ batteries are LFP (lithium iron phosphate) for maximum safety and logevity.

Enphase offers two battery versions. The IQ 3 and the IQ 10. Enphase IQ batteries are scalable…you can have a single IQ 3 for partial home backup which will power your critical items like refrigerators and some plugs. Add another IQ 3 to enable back up power to additional plugs and appliances.

Homes with larger loads who also want to run air conditioning during outages will want to upgrade to one or two IQ 10 battery units. The IQ 10 is three IQ 3 units in a single cabinet.

IQ 10 Specifications:

  • Power rating: 3.84 kW
  • Energy capacity: 10.08 kWh
  • Peak output power: 5.76 kVA
  • Rated output power: 3.84 kVA
  • Round trip efficiency: 96%
Solar Backup Battery

IQ 3 Specifications: 

  • Power rating: 1.28 kW
  • Energy capacity: 3.36 kWh
  • Peak output power: 1.92 kVA
  • Rated output power: 1.28 kVA
  • Round trip efficiency: 96%

Mix and match your system to meet the requirements of your home and your backup time needed for your family.

Solar FAQ’s

What is a Microinverter?

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Example of the Enphase Microinverter IQ7+

The microinverter is basically a computer that converts the DC Power from your solar panels to AC power…and a lot more! They are the brains installed under each panel and are the communications transceiver making the reporting functions of the Envoy system possible. These are fully waterproof and remotely updated for software and firmware updates.

How are Solar Panels attached to my roof?

Rooftop Solar Array mounting system
Example of a typical rail mounting system

Solar panels are installed on a rail system. First we install water tight feet directly bolted to your roof rafters. The rails get attached with bolts to the feet and the panels are bolted to the rails. Wiring passes through a boot called the soladeck into the attic and is routed to the electrical panel side of your house. It typically emerges into some conduit to the combiner box.

Can Solar Be Installed on My Tile Roof?

Yes, We can install solar panels on any style roof. Our roofing division is certified by both GAF and Owens Corning programs. We replace and repair mainly asphalt shingle roofs but, solar can be installed on Tile, composite, metal and asphalt roofs.

How Do I Know How My Solar Is Performing?

Yancey Home Improvements uses Enphase components. This means Microinverters installed under each solar panel module. These are interconnected and joined into the Enphase Combiner Box. Inside the combiner box is a communications module called Envoy. We connect the Envoy to your Wifi and configure your array on Enlighten. When you log into MyEnlighten, you can see the power produced by each solar panel (module) and trends for 7 day, month to date, all time power production as well as graphed out hour by hour. It’s a slick system.

Solar Panel Installation Company

When choosing a solar panel installation company, make sure they are qualified for the job. We are GAF Solar Elite Certified and we are GAF Master Elite Certified. That mean you get both a highly qualified solar panel installation company and roofing company wrapped into one package. In addition, with $2 Million in General Liability insurance, workers comp insurance for our crews and a license for roofing and solar work, Yancey Home Improvements is hard to beat.

Is Solar Energy Renewable?

Solar energy in one of the world’s currently available renewable energy resources. It is joined by wind, hydroelectric, wave energy and thermal energy from the below the surface.

How solar energy is stored

The electricity produced by a solar photovoltaic array can be stored in battery systems. It can be used to recharge your RV battery, electric vehicles and much more. For households, solar energy is stored in battery arrays such as the Tesla Powerwall and Enphase Encharge. Yancey Home Improvements can design storage into your new solar array system or design an add on for your existing system.  Yancey Home Improvements can design and install a complete energy generation and storage system or add the battery back up to your home whether you have solar or not.

Where solar energy is used

Solar energy is used around the world. Where is solar energy found? It’s efficiency is only limited by the amount of sunlight that reaches the surface. So in the arctic circle and in the rain forests, solar sunlight can be either very seasonal or none existent.

How solar energy is beneficial for the environment

Solar energy is beneficial by replacing some of the other means of producing electricity such as natural gas, coal, fossil fuels and nuclear. Wind and hydroelectric are two other green energy producing technologies. You help slow depletion of natural resources while reducing carbon emissions.

How much solar energy do I need?

When we visit your home we will evaluate your electricity bill and the amount of shade vs. direct sun light exposure your home has. We’ll design a system to create as much energy as possible for your home’s sunlight exposure. Anywhere from 50% of the homes needs up to 100% of the needs.

Solar Energy Loans

Many banks and savings and loan companies offer various types of home improvement loans. Yancey Home Improvements has several financing plans offered which can allow you to qualify for very low financing rates and up to a decade to pay. Ask your residential solar consultant at your appointment.

What solar energy can be used for

Anything run by electricity basically. Depending on the size of a solar cell, a solar panel and a solar energy system, the amount of energy/electricity generated will vary. You’ve seen solar panels used to operate entry gates, recreational vehicles and even smaller system like landscape lighting. Yancey Home Improvements specialized in designing systems to run the electrical needs of a residence.

How solar energy is created

Solar energy is created by sunlight shining on the photovoltaic panels. Light is collected and 12v power is created by the cells in the pv absorbing electromagnetic radiation and converting to negatively charged electrons.