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Top 7 Myths About Solar Energy

1.  Solar energy is too expensive. According to a nation-wide poll, 97% of Americans overestimate the upfront cost of going solar. [1] The price of photovoltaics (a.k.a. solar)  has been declining, renewable energy is more affordable than ever.  Click here to view solar panels as low as $0.70 Watt! There are financial incentives at the federal and state level that help solar compete with fossil fuels, which also subsidized by the government.  Having the financial incentives in place for renewable energy makes solar energy a cost-effective alternative to fossil fuels and a often a practical investment for homeowners. Solar systems in the United States qualify for a 30% federal tax credit.  If you have tax liability and you put a solar system in service, you can claim a tax credit that’s equal to 30% of qualified expenditures that went into your solar system. To learn about state and regional incentives in your geographic location, visit dsireusa.org. “Soft costs” associated with permitting are also going to depend on your local Authority Having Jursidiction (AHJ).  Unfortunately, the U.S. has yet to streamline permitting so much of this is going to be specific to your location. Want to see how you can save by switching to solar?  Get your monthly energy usage in kilowatt hours (kWh) from your electric bill and use our Solar Energy Savings Calculator! 2.  Solar panels only work on hot, sunny days. Contrary to the common misconception that solar only works on sunny days, solar panels work best on clear, cool days.   Even if it’s overcast and a bit foggy, your solar panels will continue to generate at about 30% of their normal energy output.    Germany, which doesn’t have a reputation for being the sunniest of places, had about 21.6 times more solar power installations per capita than the United States by the end of 2011.  Solar panels can also take a beating.   Quality solar panels are manufactured with tempered glass and “hail-tested” with golf-ball sized projectiles to ensure that they will withstand environmental pressures.  Click here to read about solar panel hail testing. 3.  You can size a solar PV system based on the square footage of your home. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to get an accurate idea of how many kW of solar you should install without doing some homework first.   The first step is determining your load, or the average amount of energy consumed (kWh). Dig out your electric bills for the past 12 months and average the kilowatt hours (kWh) used by your home or business.  If you don’t have this on hand but want to figure out how much electricity you use,...

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How Much Will Solar Cost You?
Jan09

How Much Will Solar Cost You?

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