The Benefits of Buying Solar
1. Reap Savings Immediately
One advantage of purchasing a home solar panel system up front is that you immediately begin to reap 100% of the rewards of using a sustainable, renewable solar energy. Switching to solar energy allows you to take advantage of the free power of the sun.
2. Sell Power Back to the Grid
If you’re producing even more solar power than you are using, you may be able to sell that power back to your local power company in a process called net metering. The terms of net metering vary by area, but it’s like having your meter run backwards as you send power back to the grid, and is yet another pro of buying solar panels for your home.
3. Take Advantage of Tax Credits
To fully take advantage of the current federal tax credit, you’ll need to buy your solar panels. Under the Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit, eligible homeowners receive 30 percent of qualified expenditures for a solar system purchase. As well, many states have tax incentives that will lower the cost of a solar panel installation even further.
4. Increase Your Home’s Value
Did you know that solar energy panels can add up to $15,000 to the value of your home? That’s according to a study by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkley Laboratory. It’s a finding that’s bolstered by Fannie Mae’s guidelines specifying that appraisers should take into account solar systems when determining a house’s appraised value.