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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

Solar FAQ: Debunking Solar Energy Myths

  • July 25th, 2016
  • Alicia Auhagen

Frequently asked questions about rooftop solar energy 

Question: If the sun is not out, will I have no power?

The primary requirement for a solar PV system to work is UV light. Direct light works best, but solar modules can still operate with indirect light. Clouds and rain are not opaque barriers through which light cannot get through, meaning sunlight can reflect or partially break through the clouds and reach the rooftop solar energy system. Solar systems are able to operate at night and at other times when the sun is not directly shining on the solar modules because the system harvests and stores unused energy for future use. Read the rest of this entry »

August 9, 2016 RBI Solar Inc

Infographic: What You Need to Know Before Getting Rooftop Solar

  • July 6th, 2016
  • Alicia Auhagen

 

what  you need to know before getting rooftop solar

December 22, 2016 RBI Solar Inc

Rooftop Solar: Resources to Help Determine if your Home is a Candidate

  • July 5th, 2016
  • Alicia Auhagen

Resources to determine if your home is a candidate for solar

As you begin your solar journey, one of the first steps is to determine whether your home is a candidate for rooftop solar. Several resources are available to give you an early assessment of the feasibility of solar for your house. Though a solar professional will evaluate multiple factors like roof type, roof condition, the direction your home faces, and the region you’re in, solar calculators and estimators are a good way to begin setting realistic expectations for how a solar power system could contribute to your energy needs. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »