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Why isn’t solar power used more often?

If solar power is so great why isn’t it on every roof already? Did you know in 1980 President Regan removed perfectly working solar panels from the White House’s roof! There are many reasons why solar power hasn’t gone mainstream, besides the minimal support by the government. Purchasing solar power is a complex investment decision (it’s not easy to go solar!) Solar Power is associated with a large upfront cost There is no nationwide standard for solar power rebates Lack of Feed-in tariffs (a requirement for utilities to buy power generated through your solar power system at a premium) People are used to buying power as a service (month-to-month), consumers aren’t used to “pre-paying” for energy. Lack of information for consumers to make educated decisions Are the people who purchased solar power already eco-freaks? No way, the number one reason consumers who have bought solar power systems already is because it makes great financial sense. If you look at a solar power system in terms of an investment, the rate of return is much higher compared to a Bond, Bank C.D. or even the S&P 500 The best way to start in figuring out if solar power is right for you is to start looking at your utility bills. Figure out how much energy you are using per month…its shocking people have no idea what they are paying for, because most consumers I talk to often pay their bill without even looking at it….when buying solar power most consumers finally understands what the heck their electrical bill really...

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Get your solar energy / wind power system this year!

Congress has decided not to extend the federal renewable energy production tax credit for 2009. So what does that mean to you as a consumer? Well it depends. If you are a residence you qualify for a $2,000 tax credit when purchasing a solar energy or small scale wind power system. A commercial entity can qualify for 30% of the total cost of the system is refunded through a tax credit from the federal government; this tax credit is a primary reason for many residential and commercial renewable energy systems being installed. So think of this year as renewable energy systems being on sale! Take advantage of it, if you are thinking about going solar or producing your own clean green energy, stop waiting around because now is the time. To qualify for the federal tax credit your system has to be installed and active by December 31st, 2008. To get started the first step is to get a quote from a service provider in your...

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Solar Power Rebates and Tax Credits

Rebates and Tax Credits make renewable energy power generation (solar energy, wind power, hydrogen fuel cell systems) affordable. Rebates vary state to state and they can have a significant impact on the final cost of a renewable energy system, a consumer should study them carefully and understand what incentives are available. Typically a service provider who has experience installing in your state can advise you on the rebates, but it’s always great to double check what a service provider is telling you. I’ll tell you where the service providers go to learn about rebates and tax credits. DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. The website provides rebate & tax credit information for the following technologies; Solar Photovoltaic (Electric), Wind Power, Solar Water Heating, Biomass, Solar...

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