Because we don't fit the traditional solar installation model of roof, ground, or pole, people are naturally curious about what makes us a great option that is cost-comparable to mainstream installations. Our Maine Solar Sheds are engineered prefabricated buildings with solar arrays installed at our workshop, saving our customers money and hassle. If roof installation isn't an option and you don't want to look at clunky ground or pole panels, our solar shed meets aesthetic and functional needs while adding valuable space for storage, a workshop, a business office, or employee housing.
Can a Maine Solar Shed offset our home’s entire energy consumption?
Every home is different, but for most, the shed and solar array are designed to meet your home's energy needs. They’ve been built anywhere from 12-32’ long. Our largest model, The 32’ Bigelow, typically generates around 11,400-kilowatt hours/year with good solar access, resulting in an average annual savings of $3078.00, or $256/ month.
How does the customization process work with the Amish?
Customers work directly with the Amish (Backyard Buildings) to customize the building component of their project. While some opt for the base building, others can choose their own specifications, such as siding material, door options, and roof color. The solar installation is completed by us before the building is delivered, saving our customers money.
What site prep is involved?
Maine Solar Sheds manages the entire project beyond the solar array installation. Before the solar-equipped shed is delivered, we work with local contractors to create the gravel pad and then integrate the building with the home after delivery. For many projects, we handle the entire gravel pad installation and electrical integration process in-house.
Does solar work effectively in Maine?
Absolutely! Our solar installations are designed to be efficient in Maine's conditions. Every project has a thorough site analysis for solar access, and each array’s generation is modeled using PV Watts, a free online resource from the National Renewable Energy Labor.
How does the Federal tax credit apply to Upright Energy projects?
The Federal tax credit, currently at 30%, is generally applicable to the entire project, covering solar, base shed, ground work, electrical interconnection, and delivery. Please note we do not offer tax advice and we encourage customers to consult with a tax advisor to maximize the benefits and make their own determinations.
“I already have a shed or building. Can I have solar installed by Upright Energy?”
Sorry, no-can-do. The reason a Maine Solar Shed is such a great option in Maine is due to the efficiency of building these as prefabricated modules. All our work is done at a single location with no travel time or time spent loading and unloading materials and staging. We love our work model and certainly understand when a Maine Solar Shed isn’t the right fit if an existing building is a better option.
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