At Direct Energy Solar, we talk to so many people who believe “facts” about solar that are just plain wrong. It’s understandable. Though solar has been around for decades, solar adoption is suddenly growing dramatically—in fact, 2015 was the biggest year for solar power yet, according to GTM Research.
So for many people—perhaps even for you—solar is still new, a mystery, and the facts aren’t clear. Here are eight things we hear about solar that just aren’t true, and the real solar truths you should know.
Research from American Progress shows that the majority of homeowners adopting solar have incomes in the $40K to $90K range.
There are three requirements. 1) You must own your home. 2) You must have a roof that gets sun. 3) You have to have good credit. (It doesn’t need to be fabulous. Just good.)
At Direct Energy Solar, we offer a variety of ways to finance your system so you can receive the maximum benefits from going solar.
We design your system for you. We take care of all the permitting. We secure available government rebates for you. We handle construction and the connection to your local utility power grid.
Pretty much all you have to do is say yes, make your selections, and sit back and watch the magic take place. Sun on your roof, turning into electricity and paying your electric bill for you—it’s a bit magical.
Saskatchewan has enough sun.
Germany has enough sun.
There isn’t a state in the United States that doesn’t have plenty of sun for solar.
Of course, you do have to have a sunny roof to benefit from solar. (But a bit of shade is probably okay.)
One of the things that makes solar affordable is that the federal government and many state governments encourage homeowners to save on electricity by providing rebates and tax incentives to get solar. Some of those rebates are limited, and over time are decreasing.
So when you wait, you risk losing some of the incentives that make solar so easy to afford today.
And besides, the sooner you get your Direct Energy Solar system, the sooner you reduce or even eliminate that high electricity bill.
Direct Energy Solar is dedicated to helping you get the most benefits out of your solar home. Direct Energy Solar gives you a performance guarantee that states that your system will generate power at promised levels. Or we pay you the difference.
Solar systems seldom break down, and require little to maintain them. And Direct Energy Solar monitors your system remotely to make sure nothing is getting in the way of your system generating maximum power. When something happens, we will likely know about it before you do!
Going solar saves you money on your electricity bill each month. The fact that solar causes no earth-harming emissions is a bonus. Who in the world could object to that!
This is one of the things we love at Direct Energy Solar. We help you save money, month after month, for decades. And we do it with a clean footprint.
But don’t take our word for it; take the word of appraisers and energy researchers. Having solar on your roof can raise your resale price and shorten your home’s time on the market, all because there is a power plant sitting up on the roof that your buyer can take advantage of immediately.
The new owners will also save money, as soon as they move in.
This is especially true if you own your solar system with cash purchase or a solar loan—you get the maximum benefits of having solar when you choose solar ownership. In many states, an investment in solar produces a higher return than an investment in the S&P 500. But a solar investment is even better, because we guarantee its performance. You can’t get that from the financial markets!
It feels a bit like this: As your Direct Energy Solar system is generating electricity, it’s generating money. Free money from the sun. Can’t beat that.
We understand that solar can be confusing and want to help educate our neighbors interested in powering their homes with sunshine. Check out some of our most frequently asked questions.