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Consumer Reports: Now is a good time to consider solar

07/01/16

  02:14:00 pm, by Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO   , 378 words  
Categories: All About Solar Power, Residential Solar

Consumer Reports: Now is a good time to consider solar

solar housesConsumer watchdog and advocacy organization Consumer Reports is out with an article on the benefits of going solar now!  Titled Shedding Light on Solar Power, the article outlines why now may be the time to get off the sidelines, and get solar on your roof.

From the article:

There has probably never been a better time to switch to solar. Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia have regulations that are solar-friendly enough (and electricity rates high enough) to make residential solar financially attractive (see map below), and last December Congress extended through 2021 the generous federal tax credits on solar projects that had been set to expire at the end of this year. Residential solar installations increased almost 60 percent between 2014 and 2015, and in 2015 America averaged one new residential solar installation about every 100 seconds.

Those who want to wait on the sidelines for further price reductions could be disappointed: The cost of solar panels has started to plateau and, while installation labor and other soft costs continue to fall, the phasing out of state tax incentives and utility rebates and grants has largely offset those savings. Adding an element of urgency to the equation are proposals in a number of states that would radically shrink the utility-bill savings of switching to solar power. Because, generally speaking, existing solar customers haven’t been subject to those changes, getting your deal done before new regulations are implemented could save you hundreds of dollars each year.

Clearly California is one of those states where the combination of high utility rates and favorable policies has combined to make going solar now pretty much a no-brainer!

If you are in Pasadena, there is one more element to add to your sense of urgency - the PWP solar rebate will be cut by 1/3 come August 1!

So you don’t need to take our word for it, Consumer Reports agrees - now is the time to go solar!

As you start your Independence Day holiday, just think how much more fitting it would be if you could declare your independence from high electric bills!  So give us a call today, or maybe Tuesday! (Oh and did I mention, when you call Run on Sun you get to work with a NABCEP certified PV professional, just like Consumer Reports recommends?  Sweet!)

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Jim Jenal is the Founder & CEO of Run on Sun, Pasadena's premier installer and integrator of top-of-the-line solar power installations.
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