Good planning can minimize the effect of weather and other environmental conditions on solar panel systems.
Good planning can minimize the effect of weather and other environmental conditions on solar panel systems.
With rising utility rates and a dramatic drop in installation costs, residential solar power panels save homeowners more money every year.
If you have decided to install a home solar power system to reduce your energy bills, the excitement of saving money long-term may be shadowed by the initial cost of the installation. In fact, this is a major reason many prospective solar panel users may hold back, so you are not alone.
Installing PV panels is indeed not a scenario for your coin jar. For the average homeowner, it is an upfront investment that sounds a bit intimidating. But so is your yearly electricity bill that does not offer you the privilege to pay it only when you’re ready. Unlike the decision to go to solar energy, one that you can just toy with, bills are unforgiving.
So let us put the installation cost in a better light for you to make the transition to renewable energy resources a little easier. First, we should emphasize that solar panels do not necessarily deserve this aura of inaccessibility, and much of it comes from misinformation. Homeowners may be surprised to find out that there are many ways to chip away at the cost of installation to bring it to a manageable level. They may also fall into a more positive state of mind when told that they can recuperate their initial investment in as little as 6.5 years. We have already explained in detail how this is possible.
First, a large part of the initial investment in solar electricity is written off by the federal solar tax credit that accounts for 30% of the installation cost. Furthermore, state incentives may come in the form of solar rebate programs. These two considerably offset the initial cost of installation. Also, low-interest loans may be an option that minimizes your initial investment even more.
Down the road, consider the fact that getting more solar power that your house needs – for instance when you are not at home – means that you can sell the extra power to the grid, earning rather than spending money. This consideration is the reason vacation homes are good contenders for PV panel installations, ending up generating income with extra solar electricity.
But here is one more important point that has to do with us. As successful owners of businesses in other areas tangent with improving homes, we have practiced for years the art of finding cheaper solutions to expensive projects without compromising on quality. Part of it understands that price is the main restricting factor when undertaking such a project. Partis experience and exercised skills.
As a Florida resident, you do not have the privilege of just “toughening up” and enduring the humid heat. Air conditioning is a way of life in the Sunshine State, and so are the unpleasant moments when you read your energy bills. Using solar panels may be just the solution to your never-ending energy cost problem. So call us if you are interested in low cost solar panel installation in Tampa and want to find a solution for your home.
More business owners and homeowners seek solar power because it offers clean and renewable energy at an affordable price. These individuals understand the immediate and long-term benefits of solar panels, including the ability to achieve complete energy independence, the opportunity to improve the environment through the use of safe, clean energy, and the chance to improve property value and earn credits or cash via net metering.
However, questions remain about the installation process, as consumers are rightfully concerned about the timetable, costs and effort involved in installing solar panels. The veteran designers, electricians and installers at MC2 Solar are prepared to answer these questions and offer experienced consultation to business owners and homeowners around Tampa Bay.
MC2 Solar is a top-of-the-line solar service provider with the experience and expertise to provide your home or business with premium solar panel installation. We will oversee the entire process, from start to finish, providing a single point of contact and continued support after the installation is complete. If you have any questions before, during or after the installation process, we’re there to answer them. If you have concerns that a solar panel isn’t working correctly, we’re there to fix it. Throughout the entire lifetime of your system, we will provide unmatched support and service.
The process of installation itself is painless and usually only takes a day. We’ll schedule a day that works for you and take care of the permits and inspections required. All you have to do is sit back, enjoy the money-saving sunshine and watch as your sleek solar panels sprout up on your roof.
Solar panel systems are incredibly durable and require little to no maintenance over the 25-30 years that you will have them. A few times a year, the panels should be inspected for any dirt or debris that may collect on them. Always make sure you are safety conscious when inspecting panels and don’t take any needless risks! If your panels are too high up on the roof to see very well from the ground, use caution with ladders.
Solar panels are made of tempered glass, so they’re built to withstand hail and other rough weather. With the exception of tracking mounts, solar panel systems don’t have movable parts, so this also cuts down on the possibility of any problems. When there is an issue, it’s usually related to production. That’s why it’s always advisable to monitor your system’s production so that you will be aware of any problems and be able proactively address them.
It’s generally not necessary to clean your solar panels and most warranties don’t require regular cleanings. If you live somewhere where there is a lot of smog, dust, or dirt, it’s possible that you may see a dip in your production that might require cleaning your panels. Cleaning your panels is similar to cleaning your windshield. Depending on where your panels are mounted, however, your best option is to hire a professional cleaning service versus cleaning them yourself.
On the outside chance that something were to go wrong, the parts of your solar PV system have very long warranties that would cover the cost of replacement or repairs. For more information on maintenance, give us a call and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.
Evaluate your home’s current energy use to find out how to improve energy efficiency. This energy review will help you make decisions to manage your energy costs and make wise energy improvements.After determining the efficiency of your home, we’ll give suggestions on how to improve your energy efficiency.
How it works
An energy review is a comprehensive assessment of a house’s performance. Specially trained contractors, we’ll call them energy auditors, look at all components of a home – exterior doors, insulation, windows, heating and cooling, refrigeration and lighting – and show you how to maximize energy efficiency. An energy auditor is a modern day Sherlock Holmes, using observation and science to diagnose home performance issues. The amount of time required for the energy review depends on the size of your home and the complexity of your current energy usage, ranging from an hour to five hours.
The final product contains a snapshot of the current condition of the house and current energy usage, recommendations to improve comfort and reduce energy usage, and a financial breakdown of financial costs and savings. The report includes enough information to help you make decisions on which recommendations, if any, to pursue.
For questions or concerns, give us a call and we’ll be happy to talk.
If you are new to the solar movement, the first step is determining if solar panels are a good idea for your home or business. To help you in this process, we offer consultations that look at your energy usage and your potential for solar energy usage to determine potential savings.
It starts with a ten or fifteen minute phone call. We’ll ask a few questions about your energy usage and take a look at your roof through satellite imagery. After we determine your roof’s potential for solar panels, our installation experts will put together a customized plan and quote. The plan will include the physical layout of the array, projected savings and projected time to break even. We’ll talk you though the entire plan and answer any questions.
After we have reached an agreement and you fully understand the process, we’ll schedule a day for installation of your new solar panels. Soon enough you’ll have your own solar array and you can sit back and watch your savings pile high.
If you’ve ever wondered how long it will take to see a full return on the investment of solar panels, this article is for you. Using solar panels is saving people thousands of dollars a year. If you don’t take my word for it, take a look at the numbers.
A typical 7 kW system costs a total of $24,000. To start off, you get a 30% federal income tax credit, which comes out to $7,200. This tax credit offsets taxes on real estate, stocks and carries over until you use all of it. The net cost of the system then comes out to $16,800.
So you have the system set up, now let’s talk about savings on energy costs. A typical system of this size will save about $180 per month. In one year, you’ll save $2160 ($180 x 12 months). This means that your investment of $16,800 yields a return of 13% in just the first year.
Considering that the cost of energy increases each year by around 6%, your savings will increase each year following the installation of the system. Using 6% as the average increase in energy cost, your savings will be $2289 (14% return on investment) in the second year and $2426 (15% return on investment) in the third year. This means that each year that you have your solar system, your yearly return on investment will increase by about 1%. Using this calculation, you’ll have 100% return on investment between six and seven years. And after ten years? You’ll have saved $28,455.
Not only will you pay for your system in about 6.5 years, you also have a 25-year warranty to protect your investment and a 30-35 year average solar panel lifespan. Not a bad deal at all. On top of that, having solar panels increases the value of your home. Think about it this way, would you rather live in a house that pays full electric bills or one that has significantly reduced electric bills. Now is the time to take advantage of the federal tax credit and start saving on your electric bill!