What are the financial benefits of solar energy?
When you decide to install a solar energy system on your home, it is important to consider the financial benefits. First, you will save money on your electricity bills and protect yourself against rising electricity rates in the future with the utility since you will be generating your own energy. Second, you may also be eligible for the 30% federal tax credit or other state and local rebates which all go right back in your wallet. This is a huge savings and should be one of the main reasons to go solar this year or next year while the federal tax credit is available.
Can I go off grid with solar panels?
When you install solar panels on your property, you will still be connected to the grid. This allows you to receive electricity from the grid when your system is not producing all of the power that you need as well as providing your system with the ability to send power back to the grid when you produce more than you use. In order to go off the grid completely, you will need the proper battery storage which comes with its own expense and is not necessary for all homeowners. Please ask your sales representative to tell you more about battery storage options.
What are the environmental benefits of solar energy?
There are many environmental benefits of solar energy including reduction of greenhouse gas emissions which contribute to climate change and reduces our dependence on fossil fuels. Traditional electricity is sourced from fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas. When fossil fuels are burned to produce electricity, they emit harmful gases which are the primary cause of air pollution and global warming. Fossil fuels are bad for the environment and our budgets as energy prices have the ability to increase dramatically and as a utility customer, we just simply have to pay the bill. As a solar energy generator, you have much more control over your energy costs.
Does having a solar system increase my property value?
If you purchase instead of lease your solar system, this increases your property value as you have an energy generating asset that you have added which will have a significant value to home, you and the next homeowner. This is an important factor in going solar.
Will I reduce my electricity bill by going solar?
Yes, going solar can significantly reduce or even eliminate your electric bill so that electricity costs are no longer an expense in your household budget. How much you save will depend on the size and energy output of your system and what you could be paying alternatively to your utility. The real savings are the costs you are avoiding paying the utility by going solar and with electricity prices rising, your savings by going solar will continue to grow.