All You Need to Know About Solar Panels at Home

Residential solar panels are a great way to save money every month and reduce energy bills. Almost nonexistent just a decade ago, solar panels have taken a giant step into the consumer market, bolstered by great federal and state tax incentives. While the process is easy and straightforward, it’s not quite as simple as just tacking up a panel and plugging in some cords. If you’re getting ready to make the switch to solar for your home, you need an expert like Palmetto Solar.

What are the benefits of Solar?

Whether your goal is environmental or financial, you’ll find installing photo-voltaic panels has great benefits from every angle. Your house has a carbon footprint, and unless you’re in the business of planting 88 trees every year, going solar can offset that footprint with an average 35,000 pound reduction of carbon dioxide annually. Although you can’t put a price on that, your solar panels will save you money. By reducing electric grid usage, or even selling excess energy back to the utility company, homeowners from Charleston, South Carolina to New Orleans, Louisiana have reduced their monthly bills by an average of 84 dollars a month, or more than $1000 per year.

How does solar work?

A solar panel is made up of photo-voltaic cells. These cells work like leaves on a tree, absorbing sunshine and converting it into usable energy. The energy is then sent through wires to an inverter, which changes the type of electricity from direct current to the standard alternating current usable in our homes. After that, the electricity is sent directly into the home.

Solar – Buy, lease or finance?

The good news is, you have options when its time to reduce your energy bills. Buy, leasing or financing all have their advantages. For example, if you buy your solar system entirely, you can take advantage of state and federal tax credits and subsidies like a 30 percent tax credit for residential properties that convert to solar by the end of 2016. If you lease your solar panels and inverter, you can defray some of the up-front costs of energy saving, and your leasing company will usually take care of repair and maintenance. With Palmetto Solar, the choice is easy. We buy and install the system for you; you lock in today’s rates, so you’ll never have an electric bill surprise again.

How long do Solar Installation take?

The actual installation for switching to solar only takes a few days, assessing the site, testing solar radiation levels and receiving the proper permits can take a little longer. Generally, your installer will take care of all permits necessary, giving you one more easy reason to leave it to the pros.

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