How to Use the Solar Calculator
The best way to learn about local rebates, your home’s energy potential, and your eventual return on investment is to use our ModSun Solar Cost Calculator (see above). Enter your home address in the box, then click Check My Roof. You’ll get an instant picture of your roof’s productivity, your average energy expenses, and installation costs in your area—whether you decide to buy or loan. We’ll also provide system size recommendations and information about rebates and incentives you may be eligible for. Just select More Info under each purchasing strategy to learn more, and then connect with a solar pro.
Solar in Arlington, Texas
Solar is making inroads in supplying renewable energy to homes and commercial buildings in Texas. With over 200 sunny days per year, Texas is moving up fast in the ranks of states taking advantage of its sustainable resources to provide customers, the state, and the planet a cleaner option to unhealthy fuel emissions.
Finding a Solar Installer in Arlington
Homeowners and commercial building owners have many options when it comes to choosing a provider. Numerous plans with fixed and variable rates are available as well as payment plans, such as month to month, pay as you go, semi or yearly coverage along with a variety of payment options to suit a wide range of customer needs.
Don’t choose the first provider you see. Do a comparison among the companies using the Power to Choose website from the Public Utility Commission of Texas.
Permits for Arlington Solar Panels
Check with your local city, county, or state permitting office about any permits required for solar panel installation. You also want to validate any zoning restrictions or requirements. If you live in a neighborhood with a homeowners’ association or community rules, be sure there are no restrictions prohibiting installation of panels.
Benefits of Solar Panels
Saving money is a big benefit because it continues year after year. Depending on what rate you pay, how much you use, and if your surplus electricity is purchased determines the amount you can save each month.
Since solar panels are built to last for 25 years, or longer, and require minimal maintenance, you’ll see savings each and every month. Multiply the monthly savings for 12 months for an estimated yearly figure, then multiply that figure by 25 years and you can see how the solar system basically pays for itself.
Additionally, solar panel system have minimal equipment and simple installation. The system includes the number of panels your installer has determined and an inverter to change the direct current to an alternate current. The panels draw the solar energy. The inverter converts the current then sends it to main panel box which is then tapped into for electricity. The system is metered to determine usage and surplus.
The local utility company is still responsible for power lines and maintenance of the grid while the provider takes care of the solar panels. The only thing that needs to be maintained on the panels is periodically removing dirt build-up. Otherwise, the PV cells encased in the paneling should remain maintenance free for the extent of their lifetime barring unforeseen mishaps.
An alternative to rooftop installation is having the solar system installed on the grounds of the property. This is an option as long as there is enough available room and the panels are not blocked in any way from receiving the sunlight for throughout the optimum hours of the day.
Because more solar panel systems are being installed on homes and commercial buildings that fit the structural requirements, the price of solar panels is decreasing. This has a direct effect on the population that has resulted in an increase in solar installations. The more competitive the pricing, the more the option becomes available for a wider customer-base to afford. The more who can afford the system, the more the initial cost, and rates, can decrease.
Living a clean, green lifestyle is another added benefit. Not only for you, but for everyone on the planet. Solar energy leaves no carbon footprint and no unhealthy gas emissions.
With solar energy being a natural renewable and sustainable resource and with the competition of multiple providers in Arlington, a reasonable rate can be sustained.
ROI for Homes Featuring Solar Panels
It only makes sense that anything you do to improve your home or commercial building will increase the property value. This includes installing a solar panel system.
Usually, when the value increases, so do the property taxes. In Texas, a property tax exemption makes this process null. Regardless of how much your property increases in value, you’ll only be taxed on the amount minus the increase caused by the solar installation.
On the selling front, if you have plans to sell your property, when advertising the properties assets, including the solar system adds even more value to the property you or your real estate agent is marketing.
With the popularity of solar panel systems on the rise, worldwide, now is the time to consider upgrading your home or business. Although there is currently a federal tax credit, and in some cities there are rebate and incentive programs, they expire and may, or may not, be renewed. Take advantage of the current federal tax credit, property tax exemption, and a list of competitive providers who purchase surplus electricity from you while they’re still available. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by utilizing the main grid only when you need to.