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Let’s get you the utility bills your neighbors only dream of

Switching to solar is the reliable way to steer clear of unstable and ever-rising electric rates. 

We install solar for savvy homeowners in Asheville, NC, and the surrounding area.

Owning your home is good.

Owning your home's power source is even better.

Turn your roof into your power plant:

Schedule a Custom Home Solar Assessment Today

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Benefits of Solar

What can solar do for you?

It's alarming to watch your utility bill climb higher and higher -- with no sign of stopping. And fluctuating fuel costs make planning for your financial future challenging at best.

Putting solar on your home gives you month-to-month financial stability, while also protecting you from rising rates.

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Switching to solar means:

Raising your home's value

Your house will sell for more, and faster. According to a recent study, solar-powered homes on average sell for $11,229 more in North Carolina — and nearly twice as fast — as similar homes without solar. Unlike most home upgrades, solar investments often recover 100% or more of the original cost. As the demand for solar keeps growing, the value will only increase.

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Lowering and stabilizing your energy bills

A few factors have to come together to put that sunshine to work. For starters: a helpful utility, some complicated mth, and a sunny roof (or open space for a ground mount). But when your solar stars align, you can drastically reduce your monthly energy bills. So you can start saving more for that kitchen upgrade you've been dreaming of.

Making an investment that actually makes you money

While the life of a solar energy system can be more than 20 years, homeowners often see a return within eight or ten years. Depending on the size and location of your home, an energy expert can calculate your return and show you what a smart investment solar can be.

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Hedging against rising electric rates

Many utilities are implementing tiered rate structures, which can be extremely costly to companies operating primarily during peak business hours. As these rates rise, implementing a solar power system is no longer an environmental decision; it’s a financial decision. Whether you purchase outright or finance the project, installing solar offers an alternative energy source during the normal 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. workday – greatly reducing, and even eliminating, your exposure to those rising rates.

Reducing your dependence on fossil fuels

Many people are concerned about the effects of fossil fuels on our environment and our planet. From deep-water oil drilling to carbon emissions generated by our vehicles, there are many dangers associated with generating energy to support our modern lives. By choosing solar, you reduce the demand for fossil fuels and begin to minimize the risks associated with conventional energy use and collection.

Decreasing our national dependency on foreign oil

Many factors contribute to the concern about relying on foreign energy sources. By switching to solar, you reduce your exposure to the volatility of foreign markets.

Shrinking your carbon footprint

In the U.S., the average household using conventional energy sources emits 16,290 pounds of CO2, (a greenhouse gas), while a home with a typical solar energy system installed reduces CO2 emissions by more than half.

Helping preserve our precious resources for years to come

Solar energy is a responsible, dependable, renewable energy source. With a solar energy system on your home, you’re decreasing demand on our limited natural resources and the impact extracting those resources has on our environment and on us.

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FAQs

Are the tax credits still available?

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.

How much maintenance does a solar system need?

With no moving parts and at least a 25-year expected life-span, solar panels require very little maintenance. They remain relatively clean as long as they are exposed to rain or a quick rinse with a garden hose every few months.

How does snow affect a solar system’s performance?

While snow will decrease production while it is on your panels, it should not damage your system when designed and installed properly. Given the angle of the panels and their tendency to produce some heat, the snow will fall off your panels faster than it would fall off your roof, quickly returning your system to its full potential.

Will my system still generate power during a blackout?

For the safety of workers attempting to fix power outages, solar systems that are connected to the electrical grid are required by utility regulations to shut off during blackouts. For people who want power during power outages, we recommend battery backup systems or traditional generators.

Can I take my home off the electrical grid?

Yes, provided you install a battery-backup system to provide power when your demands exceed your production, such as at night.

Can my HOA or neighbors prevent me from installing a solar system?

In a lot of cases, no. Currently, 39 states have solar access laws that provide varying degrees of protection against restrictions that can be imposed on you.

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"Very professional and honest."

– 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

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Why choose us?

We're committed.

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    to our community.

    We're (long-time) local. Here to stay. Once we connect, we'll always be here for you.

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    to excellence in everything we do.

    Our experienced team is dedicated to doing things right. Every single time.

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    to honesty.

    Solar isn't right for every homeowner. Our job is to get you the information you need to make a smart decision for you and your family.

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    to a learning frame of mind.

    So we stay at the top of our game, and keep growing. You'll always get our best.

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    to your experience with us being amazing.

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Turn your roof into your power plant:

Schedule a Custom Home Solar Assessment Today

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It's Here.

A financially smart — and worry-free — way to power your morning coffee, your hot showers, even your (electric) car.

179 years ago, a 19-year-old French kid created the first solar cell in his basement!

Today we can finally use solar to power our daily lives, affordably.

It's simple. It's sustainable. It's time.

Ready for the switch?

Discover if your home is right for solar.

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