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According to the US Department of Energy, national average electric rates have increased by 5% each year since 1970, and this trend is expected to continue. So if your electric bill is $200 you will be looking at $260-$280 soon.
How does a solar electric system work?
Solar electric, or photostatic (PV), systems generate electricity silently and without any moving parts. The systems consist of solar panels, which create direct current (DC) power from sunlight and convert the direct current power to the alternating current (AC) power that matches the utility grid. A solar electric system sends power into a home by tying directly into its electrical system at the load center or a sub-panel, offsetting the amount of electricity purchased from the utility.
Do panels work in cloudy weather?
Yes, although they produce less electricity. Production estimates for solar electric systems typically take into account 30-year historic weather data from The National Renewable Energy Laboratory. This means that any losses due to weather are already factored in, usually within plus or minus 9% for any given year.
Will a Solar in a Box system work if the utility grid power goes out?
If the grid power goes down, the utility requires that the solar system will shut down. This is to protect utility line workers that will be repairing the grid power lines. The system will automatically shut down if power is out, and it will automatically restart when grid power is turned on.
How much value will a solar electric system add to a home?
According to The Home Appraisal Journal, an energy efficiency improvement like solar will add 20x the first year savings to the value of the home. A solar equipped home will have lower operating costs than a non-solar home.
What about extreme weather conditions, like wind and hail?
Solar in Box systems is built and tested to UL-standards to withstand 125-mph winds and 1″ diameter hail at 50 mph.
What are the environmental benefits of solar energy?
Traditional electric grid electricity is primarily generated by burning coal (49%) or natural gas (22%), or at nuclear facilities (19%). The clean power from a 2 kW Ready Solar system will prevent the following pollutants from being released into the atmosphere:
• 89,000 lbs. of CO2, the leading global warming gas.
• 1,000 lbs. of NOx and SO2 which cause smog and acid rain.
• 18 lbs. of fine particulates, which are linked to respiratory illness.
These benefits are the equivalent of:
• Planting .8 acres of trees.
• Offsetting 114,000 miles driven by the average car.
What rebates and incentives are available?
The federal solar tax credit, also known as the investment tax credit (ITC), allows you to deduct 26 percent of the cost of installing a solar energy system from your federal taxes. The ITC applies to both residential and commercial systems, and there is no cap on its value. Thanks to the ITC, the average Solar shopper saves thousands of dollars on the cost of going solar in 2020. Many electric utilities have rebates or buy-down programs to reduce the upfront costs of solar. Some state governments pay out rebates directly or give personal tax credits for solar purchases. Rebates and incentives vary by state and utility.
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