Residential solar energy systems can be used to provide electrical power and/or Solar Thermal Water Heating. Residential systems can be either roof- or ground-mount; the type of system depends on which will provide maximum capture of the sun’s energy as determined by the initial site evaluation. The system can be sized to offset a portion of the electrical usage in the home or all of it.

Solar is a modular technology, meaning you can install as many or as few panels as you like and then continue to add to the system as time goes by. One of many benefits to a homeowner is the control they have over rising energy prices, since the price of solar energy from the sun will remain free of cost year after year.

Beyond utility savings, a homeowner qualifies for the Federal Tax Credit of 30% (immediately, in Year 1), and will also see an increase in home value of $20 per $1 electric bill savings.

The Solar PV system can also generate income in the form of SREC’s (Solar Renewable Energy Credits), in which large consumers of energy or utility providers are required by law to offset the energy they produce in the form of renewable energy credits. These are sold on the open market at various values per 1,000 kilowatts produced depending on the state in which you’re registered.

Yes, Solar has financial benefits to each individual system owner, but just as important is the part you play in the movement towards energy independence in our country. As each new solar energy system is installed, we’re using more and more clean and free power from the sun to preserve our environment for years to come.