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Frequently Asked Questions

Elevated at a Glance:

Why Elevated?

Elevated Independent Energy is a Denver-based renewable energy installer that believes in energy independence, conservation, and community. We are a family-owned business that empowers our neighbors through custom solar energy solutions to power their homes and businesses. Our services include solar design and installation, energy storage solutions, SPAN smart panel installation, and EV charging. As both a preferred Tesla solar contractor and Colorado’s first SPAN certified installer, we procure and install cutting edge technology at competitive prices. We pride ourselves on communicating with our customers clearly every step of the way, delivering reliable clean energy you can count on.

That’s great, but what do your customers have to say?

We are proud to maintain a 5 star average rating across major online customer review platforms:

  1. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars average rating on Energy Sage
  2. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4.8 stars average rating on Google Reviews
  3. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars average rating on Yelp

We'll let our customers speak for themselves:

Elevated Independent Energy just installed a full PV and Battery storage system on my home, along with a main panel upgrade. They were able to get the products I wanted (Tesla PW and full interactive components) at a very competitive price. They were great communicators throughout the process and professional team. Good folks all around and I have been recommending them to everyone I can!

Jarret C

Google review

I am very impressed with Elevated. In fact, I am so impressed that I recommended them to my good friends, who are also off grid. They are knowledgeable, prompt, and very professional. They didn't try to upsell me. I did have a few hiccups after the install, but they were there promptly to address and remedy the problem even though my new system was 3 hours away from their office. I will be using them again for additional projects.

Rod F

Google review

Elevated installed a new Tesla/Span solar power system for me. 5/5 stars! The new Tesla panels produce about twice as much power in the same roof area as my old system. The solar is powering my home and my Tesla EV 100%. The technology and product quality is amazing.

Frank Z

Energy Sage review

If you're looking for a knowledgeable, professional, trustworthy solar installer then look no further!  Kyle and his team are simply the best of the best!  They went above and beyond to help me with the removal and reinstallation of my Tesla solar panels when I had my roof replaced.

Stephanie M

Google review

What Warranties does Elevated offer on its products and services?

Elevated delivers quality craftsmanship and installation expertise to our customers. We stand by our work, offering  a 10 year labor and workmanship warranty on all projects.

Elevated is a certified installer for all products we install. As such, factory warranties for every component are honored (these vary by brand and product and more information on this can be found in the “Manufacturers we install” section).

Does Elevated offer financing options?

Yes. We are a registered contractor with the RENU Loan Program. The RENU Loan is a statewide residential loan program sponsored by the Colorado Clean Energy Fund in partnership with Colorado-based credit unions. It makes home energy upgrades easy and affordable by offering low-cost, long-term financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements.

Who is eligible? Colorado property owners of existing, single-family homes in Colorado including primary, secondary or income properties, as well as townhomes and condos that don’t have shared heating or cooling systems.

Click here to learn more about the RENU Loan program and begin your journey to financing solar today!

We also offer financing through national financing partners Sunlight Financials and Mosaic.

If I sign a contract today, when can I expect my system to be installed and operational?

Depending on your project type, we typically schedule installation 3 to 4 months out from contract signature. Solar and battery installations will receive permission to operate (PTO) following final inspection with your building department and utility approval.

It is important to differentiate installation from permission to operate (PTO). Installation will be performed by one of our expert field crews, and involves the physical job of installing all components at your home (solar, batteries, SPAN, EV charger, etc.). Once installed, your system will not be operational until PTO is scheduled and approved by your utility provider. The timing for this is specific to your utility provider and may vary greatly depending on where you live.

We are a small team and strive to offer consistent and quality experiences to our customers. Our sales and operations teams will communicate the most accurate and up to date information on your project based on our timeline and those of your utility and building department. Your patience is appreciated.

What is Net Metering and how does it benefit me?

Net Metering is a residential solar incentive that essentially rewards you (the homeowner) for using solar energy. It works by selling any surplus power generated by your solar panels to the utility operator in exchange for credits, which offset any electricity you may need to use from the grid. The credit is applied at the retail rate, which means the rate that you pay for electricity.

This means when your solar energy system produces more electricity than your home needs, the excess electricity is sent to the power grid and your utility pays you for it. Net metering is part of what makes rooftop solar such a great way to save money!

What is the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and how does it impact pricing for my solar system?

The Inflation Reduction Act was signed into law in August 2022 and is the most significant climate legislation in U.S. history. It includes measures to finance renewable energy and lower costs through tax credits.

Use the Rewiring America IRA calculator to see how much you can save on home electrification projects!

Specific to homeowners interested in solar — The IRA expands the Solar Investment Tax Credit to 30% which allows eligible households to receive a 30% tax refund for solar panels.

The IRA also extends the 30% credit to stand alone energy storage (battery backup) for the first time. Electrical panel upgrades, such as installation of the SPAN smart panel, are applicable for rebates up to $4,000 and an additional $600 tax incentive.

Homeowners should always consult resources such as the Rewiring America IRA calculator and tax professionals to gain more insight into how they can best benefit.

What manufacturers  and components does Elevated install?

We install the highest quality products based on decades of experience in the solar industry and strive to install American manufactured components whenever possible. We are certified installers for the following brands and honor all product warranties:

Tesla (Powerwall - batteries, inverters, & EV chargers)
Tesla is a leading American tech company that believes in building a world powered by solar energy, running on batteries and transported by electric vehicles. Their Powerwall product is an industry leading integrated battery system that stores your solar energy for backup protection, so when the grid goes down your power stays on. Your system detects outages and automatically recharges with sunlight to keep your appliances running for days. With easy installation and a minimalist design, Powerwall complements a variety of home styles and solar systems. The compact, all-in-one construction features versatile mounting options for indoor or outdoor spaces.

SPAN (Smart panels & EV chargers)
As Colorado’s first Certified SPAN Installer, we are excited to bring this state-of-the-art technology to our customers' homes.

The SPAN panel is a smart electrical panel designed to modernize your home energy system by completely replacing your existing panel. With SPAN, you can control and monitor every circuit in your home from a smartphone or tablet, understand how your home is sourcing, storing, and using energy in real time, and modernize your home with electrification upgrades like solar and battery storage.

More recently, SPAN released its SPAN Drive electric vehicle charger, the only universal EV charger that gives you fast and dynamic charging without a service upgrade. SPAN Drive delivers 48 amps (11.52 kW) of power and is compatible with all EVs, including Tesla.SPAN Drive qualifies for the EVSE Investment Tax Credit (Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Credit or 30C) 30% up to $1,000.

Silfab (Solar panels)
Silfab Solar is the North American manufacturing leader in the design and development of ultra-high-efficiency, premium-quality solar panels. Silfab leverages more than 40 years of solar experience and operates out of facilities in Bellingham and Burlington, Washington and Toronto, Canada. All locations feature fully automated, ISO certified production lines and utilize just-in-time manufacturing to deliver millions of North American-made top-performing solar panels designed specifically for the North American market.

Enphase (Microinverters & batteries)
Founded in 2006, Enphase is an American energy technology company headquartered in Fremont, California.

We love Enphase microinverters because they work well in extreme weather conditions, have high production levels, and are seamless to install. Microinverters are known to be very efficient in general and Enphase inverters show great conversion rates. The efficiency of most of their models is close to 100% (96%-98%) — almost no energy is lost in the process. When it comes to installation, all of the microinverters go on top of your solar panels and it’s done. After that you can monitor the performance of your system via the app on your smartphone or a laptop.  

SolarEdge (Inverters)
SolarEdge is an Israeli company with offices in the United States that develops and sells solar inverters. Since its founding, SolarEdge has been committed to developing innovative solutions to make solar energy more accessible. It forever changed the way power is harvested and managed in solar energy systems with the development its DC optimized inverter topology. Throughout the years, SolarEdge has continued advancing solar energy technology. Its HD-Wave inverter technology represented one of the most significant leaps in solar technology over the past 20 years by decreasing inverter size and weight, while achieving record efficiency. While its StorEdge® solution uses one inverter to manage solar energy, battery storage, and smart consumption. SolarEdge also developed the world’s first EV charging solar inverter that increases charging rates with solar and makes EV charging more environmentally friendly.

Blue Planet Energy (Batteries)
Blue Planet Energy was founded to enable everyone to become energy independent. Today they’re known for their premier energy storage systems found in homes, businesses, and communities around the world. With Blue Ion – the industry’s most powerful, most reliable, and safest energy storage solution – Blue Planet Energy customers experience true freedom from the energy monopoly held by utilities.

Hanwha Q-Cells (Solar panels)
With world-class technology and high quality, Hanwha Q CELLS captured the biggest market share in major markets across the globe. Since their entry into the solar energy business in 2010, the Hanwha Group has transformed Hanwha Q CELLS into the world’s leading producer of solar cells and modules. Their current production networks include the US. Bolstered by strong revenue and driven to stay ahead of the growing worldwide demand, they’ve continued to invest in R&D and manufacturing innovations.

Unirac (Mounting systems)  
Headquartered in New Mexico, Unirac has delivered the best solar PV racking products and services for over two decades. With over 1,500,000 installations, Unirac delivers mounting solutions we can rely on.

IronRidge (Mounting systems)
IronRidge is a California-based company that produces high quality solar mounting systems. Since their inception in the mid 1990’s, IronRidge has worked closely with solar energy professionals worldwide to build, design and deliver products that are strong, simple and cost-effective.

What is a SPAN smart panel and how will it work in my home?

The electrical panel is an essential part of your home, interfacing with the grid, solar, battery storage, and everything you power. The SPAN Panel is a smart electrical panel designed to modernize your home energy system by completely replacing your existing electrical panel, whether new-build or retrofit.

With SPAN you can control and monitor every circuit in your home from your phone, understand how your home is sourcing, storing, and using energy in real-time, and modernize your home without worrying about your existing electrical system. SPAN provides your home with:

  • Customizable Battery Backup
  • Backup Time Remaining Estimates
  • Real-time Load Control
  • Energy Monitoring & Insights
  • Load Management for Upgrade Avoidance

You can use the SPAN Home App to monitor your home’s energy consumption, solar production, battery system, and EV charging. You have the ability to turn circuits on/off manually while at home or away. You can automate which circuits should take priority to remain on during off-grid operation when your home is relying on your battery.

When paired with solar and battery storage, SPAN makes your home more self-reliant and helps you endure even the most severe power outages by enabling more flexible backup. With SPAN, you can extend your backup duration by powering only the circuits you need during an outage, and none of the ones you don’t.

Finally, SPAN Panel enables high-value electrification upgrades (induction stoves, heat pumps, EV chargers, etc.) that help you move away from gas appliances and prepare your home for an all-electric future.

Learn more about SPAN by visiting their website: Span.io.

Why does Elevated only install battery back-up with the inclusion of a SPAN smart panel?

We require a Span panel to be installed in conjunction with any home battery back-up such as the Tesla Powerwall. We feel that going with a traditional "critical loads panel" is a thing of the past and that the added benefits Span delivers for our customers outweigh the cost. Additionally, with the recent introduction of rebates and tax incentives for electrical panel upgrades, SPAN makes more financial sense than ever before (see the Rewiring America IRA Calculator to learn more). Visit www.span.io to learn more about the benefits and capabilities of installing a smart panel.