RESIDENTIAL SOLAR PANEL SERVICEAlbuquerque & Rio Rancho Residential Electrician Service
Solar Panel Service
In Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, we’re fortunate to have sunshine almost every day of the year, making our climate perfect for a solar system to generate and store electricity. While they aren’t cheap initially, tax credits and the monthly cost savings from not having an electricity bill can make it a very smart investment, and over time it will pay for itself and more. The federal solar Investment Tax Credit is a 30% tax credit for residential properties that convert to solar, but it goes away at the end of 2016, so if you’d like to take advantage, it’s important to get started now.
You need to evaluate your home to determine what your true electrical needs are, and if you have the room for a solar system, since they can be quite large, depending on the amount of power you need to generate. If you can reduce your power consumption by using energy-efficient appliances, turning off lights and appliances when not in use, and dialing back your use in general, it will allow you to use a smaller solar system. There are some practical considerations as well. Do you want to be off the grid, or on? If you’re off the grid, your system won’t be integrated into the energy distribution system, it will be completely self-contained. If you’re on the grid, you’ll be connected, and will still be able to access power if your system doesn’t produce enough, and you’ll be able to sell excess power back to the utility company. From a physical standpoint, tall trees blocking the panels can decrease the amount of power that can be generated. If you plan to install it on a roof, is your structure capable of carrying the weight? And will the panels be oriented to take full advantage of the sun’s rays? Also, you’ll need to compare the amount of electricity the solar system will produce, to the amount you actually use. Look at your electric bill to find out how many kilowatts you’re using on a typical day. Multiply that by .25, and that should be a good guide to the size system you need. A system that produces less than you use means you’ll still be paying a utility company for the extra electricity you’re using. On the flip side, if you produce more power than you use, it can be fed back into the grid, and the power company will pay you for the power you supply.
Solar systems can be great for the environment, great for the value of your home, and over time you should realize significant cost savings. There are lots of subsidies, rebates and tax credits available to make the purchase and installation more affordable. It’s definitely worth considering!