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Are the tax credits still available?

The the 30% federal tax credit is set to expire on 12/31/21 and the 25% South Carolina tax credit has no expiration date.

Do solar electric systems require batteries?

The majority of the PV systems we install don’t require batteries. They are installed under a system known as Net Metered, which means that you will have one electric meter and one account with the utility company. When you are producing more power than you are consuming, you generate credits (and spin the meter backwards). When you are consuming more power than you are producing, you use those credits or buy power when you are out of credits.

Does solar add value to my house?

According to recent independent studies, solar-powered homes on average garner $17,000 more than comparable homes without a solar energy system. Compared to other home renovations, solar can often recover 100% of the original cost, where some home improvements can recover as little as 4% of the original cost. According to the U.S. Dept. of Energy, a home with solar energy sells twice as fast as a home without solar energy – even in a depressed market ( As the industry continues to mature, the value of solar will only increase.

What is the payback time for solar electric and solar hot water?

Approximately 11 to 12 years for residential systems and 5 to 7 years for commercial.

Can my electric bill really be $0?

Some solar systems produce more electricity than is used each month, bringing net electricity costs to $0. However, there is still a minimal connection fee (typically about $100 per year) to remain connected to the electrical grid.

How does a solar system affect my roof integrity?

With proper design and installation following industry best practices, your roof should maintain all its pre-solar integrity. Our design crew will assess any unusual circumstances.

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Wanna join the Sugar Hollow team?

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Pints for Power (today!) plus two other awesome local sustainability events

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Trinity Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville Goes Solar

May 2, 2018: Seven members of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville met to explore the possibility of bringing ...
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Got climate change paralysis? (plus, save the date!)

Do you ever feel climate change paralysis? Maybe you heard sixteen year old Greta Thunberg remind the world ...
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But we don’t want another power plant

Imagine:   It’s 6:30, morning, a frosty blue ridge Thursday: You roll over in bed, switch off your ...
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Why one Flat Rock couple went solar

"How can I be a good neighbor?"   That’s the question Bill Miller asked himself when he designed ...
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What will happen to the Appalachian Trail? (Sustainability Series, January edition)

Ever notice how quickly young people get to the heart of the matter? When the team behind I ...
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Wanna drink free beer, support Green Opportunities, & learn how to save with solar? (Pints for Power)

Can you believe it’s already October? Whoa. Butternut squash soup, roasted root veggie everything, and pumpkin beer… mmmm. ...
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How to save $6,000

How to save $6000 on solar with Duke’s 2020 rebate (updated 5/29/19)

It’s simple. Really! If you’re a Duke customer, you can save up to $6000 on your home solar ...
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How to kick the coal habit

How to kick the coal habit, shrink your carbon footprint, and start saving with solar

Recently we had a great question come in through our Facebook page. "Where does a homeowner start? How ...
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Making Solar Affordable

Making Solar Energy More Approachable

We are excited to announce that Sugar Hollow Solar now offers financing for residential solar in North Carolina as well ...
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Mountains of paperwork down. NC rooftop solar ahead.

We know. It’s been confusing. But it’s true: Duke Energy has officially announced the launch of their much ...
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Imitate the Trees

Imitate the Trees

Surrounding a small house and dilapidated barn of the same warm rust-red color stands a grove of trees; ...
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Snowy House

Thanks to your Energy Leadership…

It’s 2018! We made it! This month we realized something that made us nearly burst with WNC pride. ...
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1.21 Gigawatts!

1.5 gigawatt hours! Great Scott!

Happy Almost 2018! This month we realized something that made us nearly burst with WNC pride. Here at Sugar ...
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Saving on Solar in South Carolina

Upstate South Carolinians– this blog is for you! We’re excited to announce that current Duke Energy solar rebates ...
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What is Net-Metering?

If you’re new to the concept of solar energy, one of the most difficult pieces of the puzzle ...
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– Hans Doellgast, Jade Mountain Builders

"In a word, FANTASTIC. Whenever you hire a contractor you're taking a chance they treat your job as a priority. There was never any question about that with SH. In fact, the project manager on my job was simply outstanding."

Barbara Walker, Home Owner

"From the initial visit to the final wrap up the company communicated well even as they moved the project from one department to another. The guys who did the installation came when they said they would and kept the site clean. I cannot think of a single negative point."

Philip Wiehe, Home Owner

"Since our initial contact I have been 100% satisfied. Your careful explanations, your commitment to details, and your work ethic were especially appealing. We appreciate the professionalism of your crew. We are totally satisfied. Hope Sugar Hollow is a huge success."

— Ralph Johnson, Home Owner

"Should anyone be considering solar addition to their business or home they should look no further than Sugar Hollow Solar."

— Doctors Dean Hutsell and Charles Lloyd, The Fairview Animal Hospital

"Sugar Hollow Solar really went the extra mile to make my project work. I love reading the output info on the electrical box that informs me of how many TONS of CO2 I have saved from entering the atmosphere."

— Kathy Triplett, Home Owner

"I am delighted to recommend Sugar Hollow Solar without reservation. I found them knowledgeable, professional, courteous, prompt, willing to listen and answer questions, enthusiastic, strongly committed to customer satisfaction and very competitively priced.

— Mike Levi, Home Owner

"These guys bring excitement to the job and enjoy what they do and it shows in their quality and service. You can look around if you like, but these are the guys to go with!"

- Larry Papula, Home Owner