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Why Go Solar?

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Go Solar
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Solar Homes
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Solar Panels
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Solar Energy
Solar Benefits
Solar Benefits
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Solar Power

There are many good reasons to go solar! It is a "green" form of energy. Using solar power in your home can reduce the cost of your electric bill. The purchase of solar panels is a one-time investment that pays you back as time goes on. You can even take advantage of government incentives to go solar!

Solar power is a "green" form of energy. It comes to us naturally from the Sun. We don't have to mine for this resource, or grow more, and we will never run out of it. Solar energy doesn't produce pollution or other waste products that can harm the environment. Those of you who are concerned about your "carbon footprint" can lower it by using solar energy in your home.

Solar energy can lower the cost of your electric bill. Every month, you use a certain amount of electricity when you turn on a light, use your computer, watch television, or use other appliances and electronics. You receive a bill from your utility company for the electricity you used. Solar panels can convert the sun's radiant energy into electricity. Use the energy generated by the solar panels on your roof, and you will use less of the electricity that your utility company charges you for.

In order to be able to use solar energy, a consumer must purchase some solar panels. You also have to pay for the labor it requires to have someone come over and install them. You may be expected to pay for costs such as permitting, zoning, and hooking a solar energy system up to "the grid". You only have to pay for these costs one time. After that, you get a continual return on your initial investment in the form of a reduced electricity bill.

There are some government incentives that homeowners who use solar energy can take advantage of. One is called the Federal Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit. It allows the owner of a home that is located within the United States to claim a credit of 30% of the qualified expenditures for a solar power system that is used in the residence of the taxpayer. There is no maximum credit for solar-electric systems that were put in place after 2008. This credit will be offered through 2016.

Consumers can visit Energy.Gov to find out if there are state incentives that you can take advantage of when you convert your home to use solar power. CPS Energy has a Solar Photovoltaic PV Rebate. It is possible to qualify for a CPS rebate and a federal rebate at the same time. The CPS Energy Solar Initiative Rebate Program offers tiered incentives that range from $1.30 to $2.50 per AC watt based on the calculated expected performance of the system. Solar projects are rebated up to $25,000 for residential homes.