Solar

Go Solar in Loomis Ca

Posted on December 11, 2016 · Posted in Home Appliance And Design, Home Security

Sunshine is Free

The best part about solar energy is that its free. We all grew up with solar-powered dryers (clothes lines) and that kiddie pool in the back yard was solar heated (until it got to hot to swim in). Now solar panels have made generating our own electricity practical and affordable.

Photovoltaic (PV) is how we describe converting sunlight into electricity, “photo” means light, and “voltaic” means voltage. In 1954 a group of scientists at Bell Labs invented a way of converting solar to electricity using silicon-based solar cells. By the 1960s the efficiency was close to 10 percent as the space program took an interest in PV panels to power satellites and spacecraft. All that development has resulted today in solar panels that are efficient, safe and strong enough to be part of the roof of your house.

Energy in your Backyard

The internet is a great place to start if you are looking for solar energy information Loomis CA. If you are considering a solar panel project at your home know that Loomis, in Placer County, has one of the highest total peak sunlight hours per year in the US. It also has higher than average energy costs so you have a shorter payback period for your solar project investment. To make your search for solar energy information Loomis CA easier, the city has a Solar Road Map Project with one place to find out about permitting, planning and financial options.

Paying for your Project

California Governor Jerry Brown issued a mandate that California generate 33 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2020. Because of this there are many grants and rebate programs designed to help lower-income homeowners adopt solar. These programs are designed to slowly reduced over time so the longer you wait the less money there is available.

The largest is a solar investment tax credit you can apply for from the federal IRS. This one-time tax credit will be 30 percent of the total cost of purchasing and installing your solar panels based on the net cost of your complete system including labor after all rebates, discounts and tax incentives are deducted. This tax credit may only be around until the end of the year so don’t wait.

Electricity goes both ways

California passed a law that requires power utilities to buy the excess energy generated by power systems belonging to residential homeowners. This system, called net metering, lets the customer receives credit on their power bill. Net metering is another way that you can improve the budget on your return on investment for your solar project.

Finally if you want to find out if your home is a good match for a solar project, get quotes from solar installation companies recommended by your utility, and by friend and family that have completed these projects. Most will gladly inspect your property and give you both an estimate for the project costs and for how much electricity you can expect to generate over the course of a year.