Why Solar

HOW SOLAR WORKS

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Solar Benefits

Lower Your Electricity Bills

Solar allows you to control your energy costs. While Washington enjoys cheap hydro power for now, energy needs are growing and there is no opportunity to further expand this energy source. Electricity rates are expected to continue increasing in coming years, but with solar you can insulate yourself from rising prices. Depending on the system you choose and your local utility’s incentives, you can significantly reduce your utility costs by investing in solar.

Take Advantage Of Incentives

It’s never been more affordable to go solar! Washington State boasts some of the most progressive and beneficial solar reward systems in the country and its many incentives and cost-reducing programs make solar an increasingly affordable and viable option for everyone. But these programs won’t last forever- Federal and State programs are currently slated to extend for only 4-5 more years, and several WA local utility incentives have already reached capacity. Give us a call today to get started so you don’t miss out on your full solar discounts!

Environmentally Friendly

Solar doesn’t just make financial sense- it makes a significant impact on the environment. A solar system produces 100% clean energy, meaning less air pollution, less fossil fuel consumption, and another milestone towards a future of renewable energy. And unlike other renewable sources such as hydroelectric, solar panels have an almost zero disruptive impact on the environment and the ubiquity of sunlight means that it’s a solution that can work effectively almost anywhere on the globe.

Fossil fuels still comprise almost 25% of energy used in WA state, contributing to the hundreds of thousands of pounds of greenhouse gases and acid rain produced annually in the US. These man-made toxins are a detriment to human health and create long-term consequences for the environment. Simply put, switching to solar is an investment in a cleaner, healthier future for you, your community, and the world at large. If you want to make a statement about the importance of sustainable energy practices and responsible stewardship of our natural resources, there is no better way than going solar.

Increased Appraised Value of Your Property

Solar can be a smart investment for your property. According to this 2011 study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, any home improvement that lowers electricity bills by $1000 annually will increase a home’s value by about $20,000.

Solar Incentives

30% Federal Tax Credit

The Federal Investment Tax Credit offered by the Federal government is a tax credit towards solar electric systems, meaning solar purchasers are entitled to claim a tax credit up to 30% of the total cost of their solar system.

Washington State Production Incentive Program

The Washington State Production Incentive provides each WA state consumer annual incentives from their utilities. You can earn up to $.54/kWh, up to a total of $5,000 per year from a participating utility, based on the power your system produces. However, space is limited and some utilities have already met or will meet their caps soon, so don’t wait to take advantage of these savings!

Net Metering

Solar power that isn’t used is fed back to your utility grid so that your excess power can be used by others. When your production exceeds consumption, this builds credits with your utility which can be used toward months with less sunshine, meaning even lower electricity bills for solar owners!