Solar

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What is Solar Energy

Solar Energy is when the sun’s rays are converted to electricity. This is one of the cleanest forms of energy available and a renewable energy source. America gets a large amount of its power from solar energy, making it an abundant resource in our daily lives.

Why Solar Energy?

Solar energy use has increased significantly around the world, rising by 20 percent over the past 15 years. Solar installations are most abundant in Japan, Germany, and the U.S. There has been tremendous growth in the solar industry, creating a path to a more sustainable future. In recent years, the cost has gone down significantly – providing more natural energy to American families and businesses. By participating in the movement, you not only keep the environment a little cleaner but also keep money in your pocket!

Financing

There are many financing options available today. The three most popular options are:

  1. Purchase: The system owner purchases the solar installation using cash or their own private funding source. This option has the largest return on investment over the life of the system, yet requires the most capital up front. The customer is responsible for all of the equipment.
  2. Lease: A third party finances the installation and the customer agrees to a fixed monthly payment over a fixed term. Typically, the term is 15-25 years. The customer may not take any of the incentives, responsibility of the equipment depends on the lease agreement.
  3. Power Purchase Agreement (PPA): The customer purchases only the power that is produced from the solar each month. The customer may not take any of the incentives, the PPA provider owns and is responsible for the equipment.

Contact us today to discuss which option is right for you.

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Incentives

There are currently cash incentives offered to both residential and commercial customers. Both types of customers may also claim a 30% federal tax credit from the amount they invest in the system. Business owners can also take advantage of accelerated depreciation for the first five years. A solar installation adds value to your property without increasing your property tax liability. Solar panels now cost less than getting electricity from most electric companies.

Will The Panels Damage My Roof?

When properly installed, the panels will not damage your roof. They actually protect the roof from  weather elements such as snow, rain, light, and heat. The rooms below the panels may actually stay warmer during the winter and cooler during the summer. Find the correct installer to put the solar panels in place, and you will not have a problem.

Maintenance

Solar Panels are nearly maintenance-free and quiet, so you do not have to worry about them breaking down. Over the years, certain aspects will require preventative maintenance, but with the proper attention by a knowledgeable staff, most substantial problems can be avoided. The panels typically last 30 years and perform well with little maintenance necessary up until then. Solar panels are generally guaranteed to lose no more than half a percent in power every year, which means after 25 years the system will still be performing at 90 percent! Call today and ask us about a maintenance plan for your new or existing solar installation.

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