Congratulations on moving towards energy independence!
This transition will require your time and attention, but you will forever be free from the 4% annual inflation rate of utility power. Your guide throughout this process is a solar designer who will:
- Describe the functionality of solar for homeowners in your district
- Educate you upon all state and federal incentives
- Analyze your usage data and various site conditions to present you with a solar PV (photovoltaic) system tailored to your unique needs and vision
To smooth this process, here are some aspects of your project to consider before your call:
- Energy Consumption Data: If you’d like a ballpark price on the phone call, please download your electric usage before your call. Select your utility for step-by-step instructions on downloading your data:
- Roof Assessment: A compromised roof is not an eligible candidate for a solar installation. So please determine the age of your roof before our call.
- Budget and Financing Options: By purchasing a PV system, you will effectively be pre-purchasing your electricity for the next 40-50 years. Fortunately, local credit unions offer incredibly competitive solar loan rates. But if the cost of a full offset is untenable right now, covering a portion of your current usage and expanding upon the system later is always an option as well.
- Future Plans: Consider your visions of home expansions, hot tubs, electric vehicles and energy storage. Help your solar designer future-proof your PV system.
- Research: Not all PV systems are created equal. Dive into the world of solar technology and emerge as a solar-savvy savant. A great place to start is to learn more about the two inverter systems you’ll encounter on your learning journey.
- Incentives and Rebates: Ask your system designer about the 30% federal tax credit available through the ITC, as well as zero sales tax here in Washington for solar.
- Time Commitment: Set aside enough time to dig into this lengthy topic. Twenty minutes should do.