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Increasing interest in alternative energy sources is being fueled by decreasing costs for rooftop solar systems, the availability of financial incentives and the proliferation of companies offering solar panel installation services.
However, as attractive and popular as rooftop solar may appear, it is important for consumers to fully understand its true costs, the operational reality of this form of energy and actual energy savings. To determine whether rooftop solar is right for their particular situation, homeowners should do their due diligence.
Is Rooftop Solar Right for You?
Solar panel companies have one objective: to sell their products and services. For that reason, it’s important to have a knowledgeable and trusted expert who isn’t a salesperson help you determine the best options for your home. While rooftop solar certainly works for many people, it’s not the answer for all.
To help determine whether rooftop solar is right for you, have a trusted expert consider the following:
You also need to weigh many financial considerations before installing rooftop solar:
When assessing solar options, it is an excellent time to examine other potential energy efficiency improvements for your home. For example, it may make sense to insulate the attic while also installing solar panels.
Magic Valley Electric Cooperative recognizes that consumer interest in green energy sources and renewables is at an all-time high, and we stand ready to help our members determine their best options.
Questions to Ask When Considering Solar Panels
You have until the end of 2020 to take advantage of a 26 percent federal tax credit for installing solar panels on the roof of your home. Here are some questions to ask before you invest in them: