With at least another 4 to 5 billion years of solar energy bombarding the planet daily, harnessing the power of the sun for electricity for energy efficient solar panels can be one of the best options for those seeking cleaner energy sources. While the prospect of cutting down on your monthly energy expenses through the latest developments in solar technologies may seem like a great idea, the initial investment may have you questioning if solar power is really worth it.
The solar energy industry is stronger than ever with over 1.5 million American homes utilizing solar power systems. Unknown to some, the Midwest enjoys tremendous sunlight hours per year, making it the perfect region of the country to install energy efficient solar panels. We recognized this nearly a decade ago and developed the goal of bringing solar to the Midwest.
Solar panels aren’t cheap: with installation, an average residential 5kW size system runs between $3 and $5 per watt, or $15,000 to $25,000, before tax credits and incentives, according to the Center for Sustainable Energy. National Solar Incentives include the USDA REAP Program and the Investment Tax Credit (ITC). In Missouri, there is the Empire Utility Credit and in Iowa, a State Tax Credit.
But minimal long-term expenses for energy efficient solar panels can make up for the upfront costs. “Most energy efficient solar panel systems don’t require much maintenance and are designed to last for 20 years or more with little change to the amount of electricity produced,” said Garrett Nilsen, a program manager at the U.S. Department of Energy’s solar energy technologies office.
Lifetime Solar is your midwest solar power system installer. We are licensed and insured, and have over a decade of experience. With thousands of systems installed, we offer a manufacturer’s warranty (25 years on solar panels), on all parts we supply, and a 5-year workmanship warranty. If you are considering residential or commercial solar for your home or business, please call (888) 477-889, email [email protected], or visit our website https://lifetimesolar.wpengine.com.