Solar energy pros and cons

If you’re considering solar you may be weighing the pros and cons you’ve heard about. As solar pros ourselves – professionals, that is – we’ve seen a thing or two since our company was established in 2010 and we’re happy to help you navigate the process.

Pros

The benefits of solar are clear for the many thousands of residents in the Carolinas that use solar power:

  • Take federal and South Carolina tax incentives if you qualify
  • Leverage utility rebates if they are available in your area
  • Protect your family budget or your business’ bottomline from rising utility rates
  • Pair your solar with storage to backup your renewable energy and keep your lights on in an outage
  • Re-commit to a sustainable lifestyle and make your home or business more green-friendly
  • Dramatically reduce or eliminate your high electric bills
  • Increase the value of your home, based on prominent studies published by the National Renewable Energy Laboratories

Cons

You have probably been told to watch out for the downsides of a solar purchase, but some of what you’ve heard may be outdated or based on misconceptions, so here is a summary of some perceived pitfalls of solar and what you need to know:

  • The upfront cost of solar – The adage that “There’s no such thing as a free lunch” is still true, but that doesn’t mean solar is out of your reach. Financing tools and innovative methods of applying the tax incentives and rebates can help solve the upfront cost issue.
  • Roof penetrations – To avoid issues with your roof, it’s critical to choose an experienced installer, which will prevent any negatives associated with your roof. Are you due for a roof replacement anyway? Discuss it with your solar rep and you may be surprised at the benefits of coinciding your solar with a new roof.
  • Not all utilities pay the customer back full retail value for any excess solar energy they produce. Wondering how your utility treats solar? We can help you pinpoint your solar crediting rate and drill down into your solar economics with you.

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