Why would anyone go solar? The pros and cons

Why would anyone go solar? The pros and cons

Every day we get the question, "Why install solar panels?" Let's make a quick list of all the common reasons to do it - reasons that hold true for both homeowners and business owners:

  • Save on your electric bill
  • Take advantage of the current Tax Credits (federal 30%)
  • Create a passive income. This can be a significant income, depending on which state you have your property
  • Increase the value of your home or commercial building without impacting tax assessment or payments
  • Become more energy independent
  • Avoid price fluctuation from the utility provider, because solar has a fixed price and utility rates go up over time, from new power purchases or escalating fuel costs
  • Create U.S. based jobs (engineering, installation, high-tech design and manufacturing, software development etc)
  • Reduce your carbon emissions
  • Strengthen the local economy as local businesses work and trade with each other
  • Show your customer or neighbors that you are ahead of the curve and responsible
  • Help the grid become less vulnerable to widespread outages by increasing distributed energy

Screen Shot 2019-01-14 at 10.15.50 PMWhy you shouldn't go solar:

  • You have trees that create shading. If your solar resource is blocked and you can't cut the trees, that's a problem.
  • Your roof needs repair before putting solar panels on it (but you could repair it before installing solar panels)
  • You will sell your property in the next 3 years. Average payback time is 3.5 years in Washington DC - 9 years is closer to the average in Virginia, and in Maryland it may be a bit shorter. Some financing methods will only make sense if the resident plans to stay at the home 20 years or more.
  • The high-tech looking panels don't look good on your property - some people consider it an aesthetic clash.

Lastly, there might be some misconceptions that you would have thought of which we recommend you don't worry about:

We quantify these benefits for your business or home. Contact us to hear the specifics and review our Guide to Go Solar to learn more about some key related topics.


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