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- Reduce Your Electric Bill By Up To 80%*
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How Solar Works
Generate clean power from the sun that costs less than your current utility company rate
Utilizing a solar system on your roof allows you to generate clean power from the sun that costs less than your current utility company rate. Solar leases allow you to pay monthly, like your normal electric bill, but with a lower rate, so you start seeing savings from day one.
Invest in Your Future and Reap Big Dividends
Save an Average of $44 to $187 On Your Energy Bill
A Study at North Carolina State University determined that in America's 50 biggest cities, customers that invested in a solar system saved an average of $44 to $187 per month during the first year that they owned their system.
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“It's really kind of cool to have solar panels on your roof.”
— Bill Gates
What Are People Saying?
“It just makes sense.”
Financially it's worked out so well for us, so why would we not want to share that with other people. It just makes sense.
I am really excited about the installation and anxious to get it connected.
“More money in my pocket”
To be honest I forget [the solar panels] are there, until it's time to pay the bill and there is a little bit more money in my pocket.
Will solar get less expensive if I wait?
No. These days the media loves to hype emerging technologies, but the truth is we're still using the same solar technology we were back in the 1960's. Since then, solar has become only moderately more efficient (unlike computers or cellphones which experience dramatic improvements in short periods of time). Given this stable technology profile and the 30 percent federal solar tax credit (plus many state incentive programs) solar makes sense right now. Once installed, your panels will continue to work for decades.
Does solar work in cool, cloudy climates?
Yes. Solar panels work just fine in ambient light and will produce significant energy in the fog or on overcast days. In fact, solar panels are actually more efficient at cooler temperatures than hot ones. Although this might seem counter-intuitive, consider that solar panels on a rooftop in cool, foggy San Francisco produce only one percent less electricity than one in nearby Sacramento, where it's sunny and hot. Consider too that Germany leads the world in residential solar right now, and doesn't have a sunny climate.
Can I store the excess energy I generate into batteries?
Yes. Nearly all modern solar panel systems are grid tied which means they're connected to the conventional electricity grid. Your system generates power during the day and excess is fed back into the grid through a system called net metering. When this happens, your meter spins backward and your utility company credits you for that power. At night or on overcast days, you'll use grid power, but you don't generally get charged for it because of all the credit you've generated. This grid tied method tends to be the most convenient for homeowners. Batteries are an option for those who really want them, but they're expensive, bulky, and have to be replaced every five to ten years.
Do solar panels require maintenance?
Minimal. Solar panels have no moving parts and do not require regular maintenance. Typically the recommendation is to hose off the panels once a year or so, but many panel owners actually never clean the panels and instead rely on the rain to do the job for them. Typically this will cause only a very slight loss in efficiency (about 5 percent) over the lifetime of the panels. Of course, if any large debris falls onto the panels, it's recommended you remove it. These days, solar systems come with monitoring software that allows you to spot any drops in power generation right away. Often your installer is linked into your monitoring system too, so sometimes they'll even be aware of drops in a panel's power output before you are! Pretty slick.
How long before solar will pay for itself?
Depends. Perhaps one of the most unfortunate solar myths is that it's only for rich people and/or environmentalists, when in reality many homeowners choose to go solar simply because it eliminates their big monthly electricity bill. In fact, solar is a very wise choice for people who could actually use the extra couple hundred bucks a month that they're currently paying in power bills. Modern financing options have all but eliminated the barrier to entry for solar (big upfront costs), so many households are now able to go solar for little to no money down. Solar is one of the very few household purchases that will actually pay for itself. Studies show that on average, solar panels return two to four times their cost in saved electricity bills and typically pay for themselves completely within 7 to 15 years. If you live in a state with good incentives, the payback period can be as short as 2 to 4 years.
Will solar panels cause my roof to leak, deteriorate, or collapse?
No. Solar panels actually protect and preserve the portion of the roof they cover, but don't take our word for it. Check out this picture of solar panels that have been through a hurricane. If there's ever a problem with the roof that needs to be repaired, panels can easily be removed. Most solar panels are not attached directly to the roof itself, but rather to a mounted railing system. Installers add sealants to fill in any gaps and often the mounts are surrounded by metal "flashing", or coverings that act as an extra barrier from the elements. Note: if your roof already leaks or needs to be replaced, it makes sense to make roof repairs first before installing solar panels.
How will the solar panels look on my home?
Great! In the last ten years there's been a growing awareness of how smart renewable energy is from both environmental and economic perspective, so solar panels are finally coming into their own and being regarded as an enhancement instead of an eyesore. It's about time! Homeowners' associations that used to be steadfastly against solar have changed their policies and are now going solar in groups. For homeowners who don't like the look of traditional solar panels, there are now many options and styles, including thin-film and non-reflective solar panel roofing shingles. These styles are discreet and lower-profile than the panels of the 1960's. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder (and the buck holder)!
Will solar increase my property taxes?
No. In many other states, solar installations are property-tax exempt. From an investment perspective, this means that installing solar panels could increase the resale value of your house without costing you an extra dime in property taxes. The same cannot be said for other home investments such as swimming pools, a new deck, etc.
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Practical Tools and Information
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