Residential Solar Information
Some solar developers are going around selling packages to homeowners who are looking to save money on their electric bill. Adding solar may not be the answer to saving money.
Do your homework. Get multiple quotes. Ask a real-estate agent to do a market analysis of your home with and without solar. Talk to your tax advisor. Also, be prepared to ask the developer the right questions, such as; how much out of pocket will this cost me? What will my monthly payments be? How many years am I committed to with this contract? Are you accredited by the Better Business Bureau, or have other references?
Do your homework before negotiating, and don’t sign a contract without getting answers.
MPW is currently working to build a large solar array ourselves, so the Utility supports the adoption of renewables and distributed generation. But we don’t want there to be any surprises to our customers.
So, call MPW early in the process. Each utility handles solar integration differently. Developers may not know our rates and service rules, or how our approval process works.
Because the sun doesn’t shine 24/7, you will still need to be connected to the grid for a reliable system. Batteries and generators are options, but they are expensive and not very practical. We use a two-way meter to track your usage and any excess energy you send back to us. Your utility bill will show credits, consumption, and the monthly facility charge.
If you are thinking about solar, call me to help answer these and other questions to ensure a smooth and positive experience. Remember, before you buy, verify.
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