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The Solar Investment Tax Credit was just increased to 30% — that's almost a third of the cost of your system if purchased between 2023 and 2032. Still better, Utah residents may qualify for an additional $400 state tax credit. Plus, if you get solar storage batteries, you may qualify for a 30% tax credit on those as well!. Home solar has never been this affordable, find out how much you can save today.
Electricity costs are rising across the country and utility companies charge more when they know you need electricity most. But if you produce your own solar electricity and you sell back surplus electricity to the utility company you can save money, and save the earth.
When you choose a Summit Sustainability Solar system, your home solar is backed by a recognized Solar Panel manufacturer warranties and designed and installed by local experts who will customize your solar system according to local weather patterns, building materials and city codes. We only use NABCEP Certified Design Engineers.
All system components are high-quality, reliable and come from name brand manufacturers that can back their warranty.
Our design and engineering team has proven solar engineering, electrical and construction credentials and experience with hundreds of installed systems.
Every installation team is led by a NABCEP-Certified professional.
We’ll explain how much electricity you use now, explain what solar will (and will not) do for you, and give you payback info.
We offer multiple financing options to fit your budget and credit, including low interest rates or same-as-cash
When you install a solar energy system on your property, you save money on your electricity bills and protect yourself against rising electricity rates in the future. How much you can save depends on the utility rates and solar policies in your area, but going solar is a smart investment regardless of where you live.
Solar power, like other renewable energy resources, has many environmental and health benefits. Going solar reduces greenhouse gas emissions and results in fewer air pollutants like sulfur dioxide and particulate matter, which can cause health problems.
The easiest way to find out how much you pay for electricity (and how much electricity you use per month) is to take a look at your utility electricity bill. A Summit Sustainability sales representative will be happy to walk you through how to read your bill.
Net metering is the system that utilities use to credit solar energy system owners for the electricity produced by their solar panels. With net metering, you only pay for the electricity that you use beyond what your solar panels can generate. Net metering policies differ from city to city in Utah.
Solar panels absorb the sun's energy throughout the day and convert it into direct current (DC) electricity. Most homes and businesses run on alternating current (AC) electricity, so the DC electricity is then passed through an inverter to convert it to usable AC electricity. At that point, you either use the electricity in your house or send it back to the electric grid.
The amount of power your solar energy system can generate is dependent on sunlight. As a result, your solar panels will produce slightly less energy when the weather is cloudy, and no energy at night. However, because of high electricity costs and financial incentives, solar is a smart decision even if you live in a cloudy city.
Solar panels convert sunshine into power, so if your panels are covered in snow they can’t produce electricity. However, when the sun comes out the panels will begin to heat up and shed snow quickly and start producing energy again. Snow generally isn’t heavy enough to cause structural issues with your panels, and since most panels are tilted at an angle the snow will slide off. If snow does accumulate, your panels are easy to clean.
When you install solar panels on your property, you will still be connected to the grid. This allows you to draw from the grid when your system is not producing all of the power that you need, and send power back to the grid when you produce more than you use. It is possible to go off the grid with a solar energy system that includes battery storage, but it will cost significantly more and is unnecessary for the majority of homeowners.
Unless your solar energy system includes battery storage and you are fully off the grid, you will still receive a bill from your utility. However, you can dramatically reduce your bill, or even cut the amount you owe to $0, with a solar panel system that matches your energy use.
If your solar panel system is connected to the grid, it will shut off in the event of a blackout. This is to prevent emergency responders and electricity utility repair-people from being injured by your panels sending power back to the grid. However, there are certain inverters you can buy that provide backup power in a blackout when paired with a battery.
Solar panel systems are made of durable tempered glass and require little to no maintenance for the 25 to 35 years that they will generate power. In most cases, you don’t even need to clean your solar panels regularly. If something does happen, most equipment manufacturers include warranties, and Summit Sustainability will take care of the service side of these inquiries and get the system fixed up.
Solar rebates and incentives vary depending on where you live. The most significant is the 30 percent federal investment tax credit (ITC), which allows you to deduct 30 percent of the cost of your solar energy system from your taxes. Some states like Utah offer additional tax credits, and certain municipalities and utilities also offer cash rebates or other incentives. Additionally, businesses can depreciate the solar like a normal investment in equipment.
With Summit Sustainability there are two solar financing options for home and business: you can purchase your system in cash or take out a solar loan to buy your system. Contact Summit Sustainability for specific financing options as these vary by territory and application.
The primary difference between secured and unsecured solar loans is that secured solar loans require that you promise an asset, usually your home, as collateral for the money that you borrow. Unsecured solar loans do not, but their interest rates are generally higher to compensate for the increased risk taken on by the lender. To understand which financing option is best for you, contact a Harvest representative.
Many different institutions offer solar loans, including local and national banks, specialty financing companies, manufacturers, and credit unions. To choose the best solar loan for you, compare options from a few different financing providers. Contact a Summit Sustainability representative for more information.
If you can afford to pay your electricity bill you can afford to go solar. $0-down solar financing options make it easy for homeowners with good credit to start saving on their electricity bills by going solar.
Southerly-facing roofs with little to no shade and enough space to fit a solar panel system are ideal for installing solar. However, in many cases there are workarounds if your home doesn’t have the ideal solar roof – east and west facing roofs can still produce enough power to make it worth it.
The size of your solar energy system will depend on how much electricity you use on a monthly basis, as well as the weather conditions where you live. Summit Sustainability will take a look at your electric bill going back 12 months and estimate a custom-sized solar array that fits your specific needs based on annual production and usage.
Solar energy systems can last for 25 to 35 years, and it can be costly to remove and reinstall them if you need to replace your roof. If your roof needs maintenance within the next 10 or so years, you should complete it before you finish your solar installation.
In general, solar panels are very durable and capable of withstanding snow, wind, and hail. Your system should continue to generate electricity for 25 to 35 years with very minor (if any) maintenance issues during that period.
If you own your solar energy system, your solar house will sell at a premium: studies have shown that solar increases property values.