Frequently Asked Questions
Below are the most common questions groups ask who are considering partnering with us to raise funds for them.
“We just signed the paperwork to get 120% of our energy from solar panels. We had been interested in looking into solar for a while but weren’t really satisfied with the options. Then we heard about Ovanova through a friend. Not only did they make a donation to a worth cause just because I scheduled a time and answered the phone, they also patiently worked with me for six months to make sure I had the design, equipment, pricing, and financing options that were best for me. It turned out to be an awesome deal. If you’ve ever been interested in looking into solar, Ovanova is a friendly way to learn and to save yourself thousands of dollars if you go solar. And the process is all done on the phone and online to make it convenient for you.”–S. Ogburn
“It was nice to get a donation for something I care about, but those guys get way too excited about solar on the phone for my taste.”–Probably some people.
Any organization or cause who has members and supporters who own a home or property in one of our active service areas.
Instead of using marketing dollars to connect with people willing to explore solar via expensive channels owned by large corporations, we give those funds directly to organizations adding value to their communities.
Partnering with organizations and causes is our only form of marketing which saves us money we can then pass along to the folks who choose to transition to solar after exploring with us.
We can partner with organizations whose primary supporter base is located in an area where their utility company has net-metering (or similar agreements) available for residential solar energy producers.
Supporters living in other states who support those organizations can still use our service if invited by a friend or relative, but it will take longer in those places to fulfill the requests of people who choose to transition to solar after exploring.
Ovanova is a currently a small team of dedicated people.
The timeline for activating your campaign is based on when we have the resources and people on the team who can connect with your supporters and provide a professional, inspiring solar exploration experience.
Depending on the size and location of your group, we can sometimes activate a campaign immediately.
Sometimes it may take up to six months in order for us to make the preparations necessary to serve you fully.
We call the people on our team who connect directly with your organization’s supporters “Solar Exploration Guides.”
Each supporter we connect with has their own, personal Guide to serve as a personal concierge throughout their entire solar exploration journey.
Homeowners in single family dwellings where solar isn’t already installed who live in one of our active service areas .
Your organization will receive a donation within minutes of one of your supporters connecting with their solar exploration guide.
We give first.
And then we give people a chance to explore solar.
If your organization would prefer to receive one check at the end of the campaign or on a certain schedule, we can do that as well.
You’ll receive notice of each donation as it happens via paypal or your donation website, and we can provide detailed metrics upon request.
Visit our Homepage and click “Register an Organization.” We will be in touch and will let you know when we have the capacity to activate your campaign.
Below are the questions supporters of organizations regularly want to know before using our service.
We Give First. Like the Sun.
Your Ovanova Solar Exploration Guide will make the donation as soon as they connect with you at your chosen time.
This is up to you.
We give the donation at the very beginning of your call; there is no set amount of time “required” in order to receive the donation.
Because we believe solar is wonderful, feel more people would be using it if they understood the benefits, and realize this may be our only chance to connect with you, there are a few things we really like to help you understand on your initial call, and those things seem to take between fifteen to thirty minutes to convey well.
We will invest all the time you need to answer any questions you have, and you’re welcome to hang up whenever you choose.
Our shortest call so far was under a minute and our longest was over an hour.
There is no type of equipment we can’t source and have installed for you.
We find folks who have the ability to hook up your equipment, wire it correctly and safely, and live locally so they can stand behind their work.
Every home and property is different, and this is one of the reasons we started our program–to make it easy to find out exactly what that number is for the folks who are curious. We create a free, personal solar design for anyone who requests one after they explore.
These are the variables which determine the cost:
1. How much electricity do you use?
The more electricity you use, the more panels you’ll need. More panels means more cost simply because you need to make more electricity, which is what solar panels do.
2. Which direction does your home, or the place you’ll install your solar equipment, face?
Southern exposure equals more sunlight.
More sunlight equals fewer panels required to make the electricity you need. Fewer panels equals less cost.
Facing east or west is good too, but facing north, at least in the Northern Hemisphere, is only good in special cases.
3. Where do you live?
Where you live affects the cost of going solar for four main reasons.
The first is that some places get more or less sunlight over the course of a year; and some places have more trees that will need to be trimmed.
The second is that labor to install and connect your equipment costs more in Los Angeles or Boston than in Greensboro or Tallahassee.
The third is that the cost of government permits vary greatly from place to place.
And the fourth reason location matters is based on the agreements with utility companies in your area. If you live in a place with net metering agreements, going solar is simple; if you don’t, you’ll need batteries which add to the cost of the equipment and installation, but are pretty cool to have when the power goes out.
4. What type of equipment would you like to use?
We believe the best solar equipment is the equipment which makes the most electricity at the lowest price over the lifetime warranty of the equipment.
Some people believe the best solar equipment is a particular brand they’ve read about online which may be more expensive.
Ultimately, that choice is yours, but it does affect the price.
And in some cases folks may need a utility panel upgrade which adds to the price as well.
5. What kind of roof do you have?
There are many types of roofs.
Some are steep and require special equipment to keep the installers safe.
Some have many facets and require more planning to protect the roof integrity and aesthetics.
Some are made from metal and require special mounting brackets.
Some people use a ground-mounted system to install their solar instead of their roof. And the list goes on and on.
We work with local installers because they know what it will take to do excellent work whatever your situation may be.
One last thing to consider
Perhaps the most important thing people seem to miss about going solar is that it isn’t an additional purchase decision; it’s a bill swap.
Unless you become Amish, you’re going to keep paying for electricity. When you can make your own electricity, you don’t pay the electric company to make it for you.
The savings from not paying the electricity company for the energy you can produce yourself become your solar payment for your solar financing or your payment to yourself if you paid cash for your system. Your money comes back, but after your equipment is paid off or you’ve paid yourself back, your electricity bill doesn’t.
The most expensive part of going solar is waiting because each monthly electricity bill you pay is money that could have gone towards owning your solar equipment-
This varies from location to location.
When the stars align, it can happen in under two weeks from the time you connect with us.
Usually it takes a few months.
One factor is the availability of an installer who does quality work.
The biggest factors which delay installation are homeowner procrastination, HOA approval, and local government permitting policies. You can control the first one individually, and you can influence the other two with a little help from your friends.