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December 22, 2016 RBI Solar Inc

Solar FAQ: Going Solar for Homeowners

  • August 1st, 2016
  • Alicia Auhagen

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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 »

December 22, 2016 RBI Solar Inc

Solar FAQ: What You Need to Know About Solar Energy

  • July 18th, 2016
  • Alicia Auhagen

Frequently asked questions about residential solar

Question: Is solar energy even relevant?

Absolutely! And now more than ever. With the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement, hundreds of countries around the world have committed to reducing their carbon emission output. Solar plays a big role in these reduction goals by swapping sources of carbon-emitting energy like coal and other fossil fuels, which contribute to the warming of the planet, with sources of non-carbon emitting energy. Because solar photovoltaic (PV) systems do not emit carbon pollution, they are a great option for meeting our world’s renewable energy goals. Read the rest of this entry »

December 22, 2016 RBI Solar Inc

How to Find the Right Solar Partners

  • July 10th, 2016
  • Alicia Auhagen

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As the solar industry continues to grow, so do the number of solar companies and installers. You might be looking at your options wondering “how do I choose the right partners?” The good news is you’re asking the right question. Your solar team should be just that—a partnership. Going solar is a big decision, and like any major-league life change, you want the right team at your side. Here are a few tips for selecting the best players for your solar team. Read the rest of this entry »

December 22, 2016 RBI Solar Inc

Solar Installations Surpass New Natural Gas Plants for First Time in U.S. History

  • February 29th, 2016
  • Alicia Auhagen

Why this is a Big Moment for Solar Energy

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The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) released a report on February 22, 2016 regarding new energy sources built in the U.S. in 2015. According to the report, more new solar PV systems were installed than natural gas plants across the country for the first time in history.

For a nation that has historically relied on coal, natural gas, and other fossil fuels, this is a big moment for several reasons. Read the rest of this entry »