WHAT ARE THE TOP 10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT GOING SOLAR?
#1 Solar panel systems are a great way for you to save money – no matter what your budget
If you can afford to pay your electricity bill (and have good credit), you can afford to install a solar panel system. You can finance your solar panel system without investing any money upfront.
#2 Installing a solar panel system can be a great investment
An investment in a solar panel system can deliver returns that compare favorably to an investment in stocks and bonds. Also, it’s a good time to install solar now. While solar panels are getting slightly more efficient and cheaper every year, the incentives that are available for solar are declining every year.
#3 Solar Photovoltaic systems have been around for a long time
Solar Photovoltaic systems are a well proven, well developed technology. Solar panels were first invented in 1954 by scientists at Bell Labs. Today, solar panels are installed at over 500,000 homes in the U.S. More than 100,000 homeowners installed solar panels in 2013 alone.
#4 Solar Panel systems are highly durable
Solar panels and inverters carry a warranty of 25 and 10 years, respectively. Solar panels can withstand hail, snow, rain, high winds and even protect your roof from wear and tear.
#5 Solar power systems can produce electricity for 25 or more years
#6 Solar power systems are practically maintenance-free
Solar panel systems are incredibly durable and they don’t need to be washed or cleaned.
#7 Solar panels can be installed almost anywhere in the United States.
Most locations in the United States get enough sunlight to produce sufficient electricity. The most important factor for you to consider is the rates you pay for electricity and the rebates and incentives available to you.
#8 These systems are tied to the grid and do not require batteries to store power.
When your system produces more electricity than you use – your electricity meter will run backwards and give you a full credit for the electricity you sent to the grid. When you need more electricity than your system is producing, you take it from the electricity supplied by the grid (utility company). Now your meter runs forward and first uses the credit that you accumulated earlier. This is called Net Metering.
#9 Solar power systems can eliminate most of your electricity bill.
Your system can be large enough to generate enough electricity to meet your needs over a 12-month period. If you have enough space to install solar panels, you may be able to produce enough power to eliminate most of your electricity bill. You only pay for the net electricity you buy via the grid.
#10 Solar panels can be installed on the roof of your home or commercial property, on the ground or on canopies.
Solar panels can be installed practically anywhere that gets direct sunshine most of the day and is not obstructed by trees or buildings. It is best to face the solar panels towards the south, but they can also be installed facing east or west.
Electricity prices keep going up! The check you write to your utility every month is likely to TRIPLE in the next 20 years. By going solar, you can:
- Reduce or eliminate your electric bill immediately
- Remove the risk of run-away utility inflation
- Make money from your roof
- Take advantage of generous government incentives
- Reduce pollution
Whether your goal is to lower your electric bill with no money out of pocket, or to earn a great return on an investment, Solar combines a unique set of financial advantages to make payback from going solar 100% certain!
- Utility savings is guaranteed – as long as you continue to use electricity, the power created from your solar system reduces the payment you need to make to your utility
- Through federal tax credits, the government is offering 26% off the cost of a solar system
- Many states offer additional incentives, including cash rebates and energy credits (TRECs)
- Property values increase with solar. A home or business with lower energy bills is worth more than it was before with higher energy bills
According to the EPA, buildings and homes alone are responsible for producing 35% of all carbon emissions in The United States. A typical residential installation alone eliminates enough carbon in our atmosphere to compensate for planting 100 trees per year. As our knowledge of the environmental benefits of Solar Energy has increased, consumers and communities look to do business with companies that are committed to operating with a green philosophy.