Benefits of Solar
Solar energy today costs less than grid energy
Because more people are going solar, and thanks to improving technology, energy from your own solar system costs way less than it used to. In fact, it costs less than grid energy generated from fossil fuels. All things being equal, solar is almost always cheaper than grid energy.
Solar energy is generated locally
The energy you use can come from anywhere on the power grid...even if that’s thousands of miles away. Not to mention the fuel it’s generated from, which can be shipped in from all over the world. Oil and gas, for instance, are often imported from unfriendly, authoritarian regimes.
Solar is installed by local tradespeople, and is generated from photons that would otherwise just be beating down on your roof and cooking whatever you keep in your attic. Solar means energy independence, in more ways than one.
No-hassle financing means solar is affordable for every homeowner
Solar for your home will save you plenty of money, but the system itself is a pretty big investment. If you don’t have the cash now, don’t worry. We can help you get financed so you don’t have to wait.
Solar has minimal impact on its immediate environment.
Coal plants spew heavy smoke. Nuclear plants put out radioactive waste that have to be carefully stored for centuries. Even hydroelectric power reshapes landscapes and permanently floods natural areas.
Solar makes no noise, gives off no exhaust, and only adds about four inches to the top of your house. You–and the surrounding wildlife–barely know it’s there.
Solar insulates you from volatile changes in energy prices
If history is any indicator, grid energy prices will continue to go up over time, just as they always have. Buying solar for your home now means that your future energy costs are fixed, thereby predictable. Grid energy prices could spike, and you will be largely unaffected.
Solar spreads out energy production
Our national power grids are widely interconnected. We mostly rely on power that’s generated in large plants and conveyed on enormous transmission lines. When any of these critical components goes offline, it affects a lot of people. By putting solar on individual buildings all across the USA, energy production is widely distributed, and the whole infrastructure becomes much less vulnerable to failure.
A federal tax credit saves you 30%...for now
2019 is the last year for the maximum value of the Solar Investment Tax Credit. It’s a direct, federal tax benefit that pays you back for a portion of your system when you file your next tax return. The credit is scheduled to step down to 26% in 2020, which means that this year is currently prime time for maximum savings.
Solar energy is 100% carbon neutral
Photovoltaic panels sit in one place their entire lives, catching sunshine and turning it into energy. Nothing gets pumped out of the ground, nothing gets burned, and nothing contributes to the greenhouse effect.
Commercial solar qualifies for accelerated depreciation
If the solar is purchased by a business entity, it qualifies for 100% depreciation in the first year after the purchase. In addition to the tax credit–and any local incentives that may apply–you’ll save even more on your solar, to the tune of your business’ income tax rate. Please consult your accountant to understand how this will apply to your specific tax situation.