Making the choice to get solar panels in Fresno is a financial investment, but it can save you money. Is investing in solar panels the right choice for you?
Fresno is a sunny place. It gets a lot a sun in the summer and very good amounts in spring and fall. Winter can be a bit cloudy, but the sun manages to make its way through pretty often. The average number of sunny days in Fresno is 267 days. With all this sun, Fresno is a great place to invest in solar panels.
Are Solar Panels Right For You?
The decision to get solar panels depends on a number of things.
- First of all, the position of your house is a factor. In the Northern Hemisphere, solar panels should generally be position true south. Not all houses are positioned in a way to allow that. Solar panels can be placed east or west, but they won’t be as efficient.
- Another factor is that there may be too much shade surrounding your home. Sometimes it’s an easy fix like cutting back a branch of a tree, but if there’s a building in the way, there’s nothing you can do about it. If your neighbor’s tree is blocking the sun from your solar panels, then you can rely on the Solar Bill of Rights which allows you to cut down your neighbor’s tree. But priority usually goes to whichever was there first, the tree or the solar panels.
- Do you have the space? Solar panels take up space. Typically they are placed on the roof of your home or business, but they can be placed in the backyard as well. This is something you would need to discuss with your solar panels installer.
- The initial cost of solar panels can be high, so something that needs to be considered is how long you’ll be living in your current home. You wouldn’t install solar panels and sell your home in a year. You would need to stay at your current home for years to come.
Investing in solar panels is like investing in stock, it gets you a financial return. Except with solar panels, your return can be precisely calculated, which means little or no risk. While solar panels can be pricey at first, there are ways to help. Some of the types of financing include low interest loans, tax credits, grants, and rebates. All US residents can collect a 30 percent tax credit for installing solar panels through the end of 2016, but this incentive will no longer be in effect after this year. With all of the federal, state, and local incentives to invest in solar panels, the market has been booming. But as the the market for solar panels matures, the incentives will go away. With the cost of solar plummeting the past few years, now is the time to buy. Investing is solar panels is the best way to save money on energy costs. You don’t have to rely on an energy company for your energy needs because you can harvest your own energy from the sun, and Fresno is a great place to do that.
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