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December 22, 2016 RBI Solar Inc

October Solar Roundup

  • October 31st, 2016
  • Alicia Auhagen

October solar industry news

What happened in solar this month? Check out these must-read updates from around the industry. Read the rest of this entry »

December 22, 2016 RBI Solar Inc

Solar FAQ: Going Solar for Homeowners

  • August 1st, 2016
  • Alicia Auhagen

getting rooftop solar for homeowners

Question: How much can I really expect to save with solar?

There are many different factors that go into estimating your solar savings. A few important ones include the following:

  • Your state’s policies: Some states offer significant tax credits, incentives, and rebates to homeowners who install solar. These offerings change frequently, so make sure you check the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) for your state.
  • Federal Investment Tax Credit (FITC): This tax credit applies to all 50 states and affects each equally. With this credit, you can use 30% of the cost of your solar PV system to reduce your federal income tax.
  • Your energy usage: Before installing a solar system, you’ll need to assess your energy usage. Getting a PV system that meets all of your energy needs can bring you significant savings over time. But even if your system does not meet 100% of your energy needs, you can still utilize electricity from the grid in many states. Check your state’s utility rates first—some utilities charge homeowners who use less energy a higher rate. Other states offer a lower rate to those who use less energy.
  • How you pay for your PV system: Buying your solar system outright typically offers the best long-term savings, but for many homeowners, this is not an option. Purchasing a solar system does require a decent amount of capital, but you are not paying any interest through a loan or lease and you have access to nearly all available tax incentives.

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December 22, 2016 RBI Solar Inc

Oregon Cutting Coal by 2030: How Solar Can Fill the Gap

  • April 15th, 2016
  • Alicia Auhagen

how solar energy can help Oregon meet its clean energy goals

In an important move toward clean energy, the Oregon state legislature recently passed a bill called the “Clean Energy and Coal Transition Plan” that will wean the state off coal completely by 2030. This huge step shows that the U.S. takes its carbon reduction commitment seriously and paves the way for more states to follow suit with clean energy plans of their own. Read the rest of this entry »