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Saving Energy and Keeping Warm This Winter

Saving Energy and Keeping Warm This Winter

We just got an extra hour from Daylight Savings, but the weather only seems to be getting colder and darker. This is the season of hot chocolate and scarves. It can be tempting to crank up the heat in your homes to keep it toasty during these cold months, but your electrical bill will pay the price. This is the time for saving energy. Energy usage in the United States skyrockets during the months of extreme temperatures, this includes the hot days of the summer and the colder days of winter. According to gogreensolar.com, 47.3% of annual fossil fuel usage occurs in the winter months. That is a lot of energy in just a few months! Those who have gone solar, obviously make a huge difference in this energy consumption as they power much of their own energy. However, everyone can make some small changes to use less energy this winter. Staying Warm We understand the desire to be warm and cozy during this time of year. So here are ten tips that will keep you warm and save you energy.

Ten Tips for Saving Energy this Winter

  1. Let the sun warm up your home – We love the sun and are already turning to it to produce energy for homes, so why not use the sun for heat? By opening the blinds of the windows that are facing the sun, the heat will come in and warm up the house. When the sun has gone down, close the blinds to trap the heat in.
  2. Invest in insulation – A lot of warmth is lost because of poor insulation in the home. You can invest in some cheap insulation to better seal up the windows and doors in your house. This will keep the heat in and save you a lot in return.
  3. Use LED lightbulbsLED lightbulbs use less energy than regular light bulbs and will save you money as you require more lighting during the winter. You can also use LED lightbulbs as you decorate your homes for the holidays! Turn off lights in the parts of the house that aren’t being used, to save energy.
  4. Only heat the rooms you use – If you have extra guest rooms or storage rooms that you don’t use, then save energy by closing the vents into those rooms. This way the rest of the house can warm up quicker and you won’t waste energy on those unused rooms. Also, if you won’t be home throughout the day or for the weekend, then turn the heat down. This way you won’t be paying to warm your empty house. Family
  5. Bundle up to keep the thermostat down – Who doesn’t love sweaters, blankets and warm, fuzzy socks? Keep warm by using extra clothing or blankets (especially during the night). You will be able to save a lot of energy by keeping the house cooler. Keeping the thermostat down 10-15 degrees for eight hours, can save you 10% on your yearly costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
  6. Unplug electronics – Did you know that your electrical devices that are plugged in are using up energy, even when you aren’t using them? By unplugging devices when you aren’t using them you can save energy and thus on your utility bill.
  7. Lower your water heater – When you leave the house for vacation this holiday season, lower your water heater to the lowest setting. This is most effective if you are going to be away for three days or more.
  8. Care for your heating systems – We rely on these systems to keep us warm, so we need to take care of them! Change your filters regularly. If your filter is clogged up, then your heating system will have to work harder. Have a professional come and do a quick check-up on your system. So it can be in its peak condition, saving energy this winter. Saving Energy Kitchen
  9. Use your fans wisely – Kitchen and bathroom fans take away smells and the hot air in the room. Use them sparingly in order to keep warm air inside. However, by putting your ceiling fans in reverse you can push the hot air down to you.
  10. Use a space heater– Put a space heater in the room where your family is (such as the living room). Then turn down the thermostat. This will keep you warm and keep your heating costs down.

Solar Financing: A Day in the Life

It’s one thing to know you want a solar analysis, but quite another to understand the inner workings of the process. From signing papers, to financing, to more paperwork, to installation, there are many steps along the way that may seem confusing. For that reason, we here at Shine thought we should offer a new blog series, A Day in the Life. Financing is our second segment in the series, following last week’s Part One, The Energy Consultant.

Financing 101

This week, Skylar Mann, Shine’s HR and Finance Manager, takes the spotlight. Skylar wears many hats at Shine, because she’s just that good! In her spare time, she trains in MMA, so she knows discipline. As our finance manager, Skylar goes through each deal as it hits finance verification. Verification is the fourth stage in the process, following the scheduled appointment, site survey, and design review.

Financing Documentation

There are several financing options for our customers. Skylar first makes sure that the energy consultant sent her the correct loan documents. If it is a cash customer, Skylar requires an install agreement and payment plan.

Financing Fine-Toothing

After Skylar confirms the correct loan documents, she checks certain items for accuracy. She makes sure, for example, that the system size is correct, and that the paperwork includes the requested attachments.

Financing Finalization

Once Skylar approves the paperwork order, she confirms that the financing is covered on the lending side. Each lender is different, so Skylar stays informed of each step in the customer’s install. This way, she can sent that lender’s paperwork at the correct stage.
After Skylar sends the requested paperwork and it is approved, the job is funded! From that point, the customer moves on to the best stage of all…interconnection!
Who will be next in our Day in the Life? Join us next week!
  Check out our Financing Day in the Life video summary!

The Truth About Connection Fees

At Shine Solar, we like to take an educational approach with everything we do.  We do this for two reasons: because we prefer telling the truth, and because solar is still a pretty new concept in the Midwest. People don’t realize how affordable solar energy has become. Most don’t know how much money they can save month to month. And we get that! When you haven’t heard much about solar, it can sound too good to be true. It makes sense to hear about instant savings and react with disbelief. People want proof of savings that large. This is why we regularly post videos showing actual electric bills from our customers, or focusing on the affordability of solar. The response to these videos, though, isn’t always positive. “Stop lying! That’s not true!” is a frequent comment on our Facebook page. But here’s the thing: it does us no good to lie to people at any point in the solar education process. The truth is great enough. Untruths have no place in our company. Case in point: our video displaying three consecutive $15 electric bills, sent in by one of our customers. The reason this customer’s bill is a flat $15 per month is because that is the utility company’s “connection fee.”

The Truth About Connection Fees

Customers who choose to go solar usually remain connected to the utility provider’s grid. To go off-grid entails a battery backup, which is just not cost-effective. Through a process called net metering, the utility companies monitor what you’re producing in addition to what you’re pulling from the grid. Credits are generated at wholesale rates and applied to your account. You can build up credits from your panel production to offset your regular bill.  Regardless of credits, though, your utility company will still continue to charge you a monthly fee to remain tied to the grid. The grid acts as a cost-effective battery backup. The truth is, all utilities don’t charge the same connection fee, because each company has different fixed costs in place based on its expenses. Unfortunately, those connection fees (or price per kWh, or seasonal adjustments, or fuel surcharges) can be increased at any time if the utility’s expenses increase. Co-op customers generally have the highest connection fees, so those customers often see $25 or $30 per month connection fees…or higher. And it is this very price uncertainty that has led millions of people to choose solar power. The sun continues to provide a free source of energy. Solar panels continue to drop in price (80% since 2008!). And, the best news of all, solar payments don’t randomly increase. Solar payments remain the same price.  Once energy storage options become more and more available, separating from the utility grid will make far more sense financially. Why deal with the uncertainty? Call us for a free solar analysis today!  

Four False Assumptions About Solar

Recently, we participated in a vendor show. We love these opportunities! We get to meet a lot of great people and educate them about clean energy. Shows also allow us to address any questions or assumptions people may have about solar. What we found, though, is that there are a few assumptions about solar that cause concern. Because we like to get to the point, we decided to compile them all here as a quick reference guide. So let’s get to it!

Assumption 1: I have to keep replacing the equipment

This was the top comment. People believe that something that goes on your roof and looks like glass is likely fragile. And we can’t blame them! But solar panels are extremely durable. They’re built to withstand extreme hailstorms and straight winds up to 90 mph. They’re installed on a sturdy racking system affixed firmly to the roof. We’re so confident in our panels, in fact, that they have a 25-year warranty. And if you decide in the first five years to get a new roof, we’ll come remove and replace them. Free of charge. Our solar panels are maintenance-free, aside from maybe having to knock off a random branch. Even that shouldn’t be a problem, because trees are typically not that close to a solar-paneled roof.

Assumption 2: I’ll be dead before I save money

This one almost took the top spot. When people think about solar, they think about wealthy people with money to burn. Again, we can’t blame them. Until fairly recently, solar was unattainable for many. But that’s not the case anymore. When we do a free solar analysis, we look at your specific energy usage and custom-build your proposal. Most of our customers are actually saving money from the beginning! Solar payments are typically less than previous electric bills were. Solar payments also have an end date, unlike electric bills! So your savings will continue to increase until you achieve full energy freedom!

Assumption 3: I can’t afford a battery backup

The great thing about solar in Missouri and Arkansas (and most other states) is that net metering laws are in effect. This means that your utility company acts as a natural battery backup. And that means that you don’t have to have a battery. While battery technology has advanced significantly, the price is still cost-prohibitive. Net metering provides a great, automatic battery backup system through your utility company.

Assumption 4: I’ll just wait until the technology gets better

The reason we want to change technology is because we want products to do something differently than they did when we bought them. For instance, your old computer can’t support new versions of programs, so you have to upgrade. Solar panels convert sunlight into clean energy. They still do that.  We design systems to offset your energy production. The systems will continue to offset your energy production. Your energy production won’t advance to Windows 12 while your solar panels are stuck in Windows 95. So waiting for an undefined point in the future until you claim energy ownership isn’t necessary. We’ve got you covered…now.   We get it. Change is scary. Especially when it means that you’ll likely be the energy pioneer in your extended family, circle of friends, and neighborhood. But nothing ever changed by remaining the same. You can save money now. You can be an energy pioneer. You can put your roof to work for you. Instead of making assumptions, make a call. Find out how we can help your home or business today.

Solar Financing 101

 

Solar Financing 101

In our blog post today we are going to be talking about the one thing that is on everybody’s mind: money. Going solar is a great investment that helps the environment, adds value to your home, and saves you money. The benefits are huge, but people often wonder how they will be able to afford this big investment. There are a lot of misconceptions about current solar financing, based on how financing used to be, so let’s look at the differences between the past and now. Solar Financing

Your Solar Financing Options

When you receive a free solar analysis from Shine Solar, we will tell you your financing options and what plan looks best for you. We understand this is big investment and want you to feel as secure in your decision as possible. When we run the numbers to get your solar analysis, we will be transparent and will tell you if solar is the best option for you or not. If solar is right for you, then we will tell you what you can expect your monthly payments to be and how much you will be saving. You can learn more about affording solar here.

How you can see your savings in a month

Sun SavingsSo let’s say that your current electrical bill is $180 a month. You purchase a 5KW system this year and that costs $18,000. The 30% Federal Tax Credit will take off $5400 of that cost and you won’t have to pay any of the money back for the first year. After you have installed your solar panels, your electrical bill goes down to $80 per month. Then you start your solar payments which is another $80 per month. This means that you will already be saving $20 per month in the first year! This is a hypothetical case and each home is different, but this is a common situation for many of our customers. You really can start saving money the first month you go solar!   Some may be concerned about their solar payments each month, but the fact is, you’re already paying the bill. The benefit to solar energy is that, your monthly payment will never increase and will eventually go away. The same cannot be said for utility bills, which can increase annually with no assurance as to what the rate of increase will be. Also, your will never pay off your utility bill. There is no end in sight with your electric bills. Whereas with solar, your monthly solar payment will never change or increase. Your solar payment also will eventually end, allowing you to fully enjoy your savings.

Playing the Long Game

Going solar isn’t a trendy fad that will be gone in a few years. Solar energy is a great way to create clean energy and to save money. Going solar is a lifetime investment. We understand that. And we are prepared to be with you the entire time. Here at Shine Solar, we are playing the long game. We realize that things can go wrong and we are going to be here to help fix any problems you may have with your solar panels. We will do everything we can to make your investment in solar more than worthwhile.
Long Term Approach

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Posted by Shine Solar on Monday, June 12, 2017
 

The Top 3 Reasons Arkansans’ Should Go Solar and Why Delaying Can Cost You Thousands of Dollars!

You asked for it and now you’re gonna get it!  Served up hot for you are the Top 3 Reasons Arkansans’ should go solar and why delaying could cost you thousands of   dollars!
Reason #1: Solar isn’t as expensive as it used to be
Back in olden times (as in 2-3 years ago) solar was very expensive, but times have changed fast!  Previously, homeowners only went solar for three reasons:
Let’s face it, if you really want to get away from other people you have to go where there are no power lines, hence, no electricity.  Hard-core hunters, fisherman and recreationists have long invested into off-grid solar systems to power their cabins and hidden getaway.  Logic says that if you can afford to build a cabin in the woods then you can afford a solar system to power it.  Although not economical, it’s probably better than paying the utility company thousands of dollars to run power lines directly to your cabin.
Everybody has a hobby, right?  Hobbies by definition are fun to do but don’t usually make you any money.  Hobbyists turned to solar because they enjoyed playing with alternative forms of energy and liked the aspect of clean, renewable energy to power their homes, vehicles and toys.  Again, not economical, but a ton of fun!
Some people just want to be prepared and there are few forms of self-reliance more dependable than generating your own electricity.  Preppers like to be prepared for the worst and want the peace-of-mind that comes with knowing that come hell or high-water they will have electricity.  Investing in solar for these people is nothing more than emergency preparedness.
Times have changed and investing in a rooftop solar system has become an affordable, smart decision for most homeowners.  The overall cost of solar panels and components has dropped by 70% since 2009, even as panels are getting more efficient.
As solar prices drop and utility prices increase across the country, the viability of going solar becomes a reality one market at a time.  Solar has been a make-sense decision for a few years now in California, Arizona, New Jersey, Texas and several other states.  Now Arkansas is having its turn!
Reason #2: You don’t have to pay for your solar system upfront and in CASH
Once again, times have changed.  In the last couple of years SOLAR LOANS have become prevalent in the market place.  Now you can finance your entire solar system as long as you at least have a 650 credit score or higher and a respectable debt-to-income ratio.  No industry that sells high-ticket items has been been able to flourish without attractive financing options (homes, cars, boats, appliances, home improvement, etc.). Until recently there were no viable finance options for homeowners who wanted to purchase a solar system.  Homeowners’ only option was to write a check or take out a second mortgage against their home.  Neither one of these options sounds very attractive or fun.  Solar loans have competitive interest rates and fees and most importantly, long-term paybacks which allow for energy savings to be realized the very first month after your system is installed.  Some companies will even forgo payments for a full-year just so you can redeem your tax credits and start realizing some savings upfront.  Competitive financing is the key to making a solar investment work for most families.
Reason #3: Solar saves you money
Occasionally, we’ll have prospective customers tell us that it’s not worth switching to solar unless they can save at least $100 per month (or $50, $75, $200, whatever). Here’s the deal, the amount of savings is irrelevant.  In fact, as long as you’re not paying MORE than what you pay the utility company you are coming out way ahead.  I’ll explain by asking you a question: Given the option, would you rather RENT your home or OWN your home?  Most of you I’m guessing would say OWN your home.  Why?  One simple word: EQUITY.  When you own your home, even if you’re making payments to the bank, every month you are getting a little closer to owning your home outright.  Your monthly payments are eventually going to deliver you an asset free and clear.  The person who rents will never own the home they live in no matter how many monthly payments they make to their landlord. It’s no different with electricity.  Would you rather “rent” your electricity every month from the utility company or eventually “own” your electricity, permanently.  When you invest in a rooftop solar system you own the asset that will kick out electricity for thirty years or more!
Bonus information:
The cost of the electricity you generate will NEVER go up, unlike the utility company who can and will “raise the rent” on you anytime they like by increasing their rates.  By owning your solar system, you lock-in your cost of power which creates some consistency and predictability in your life.  No more unannounced rate-hikes by the utility company.  No more surprises.  No more forcing you to do whatever they say without your approval.
Now for the cherry-on-top:
For the foreseeable future, when you invest in a solar system good ole Uncle Sam will give you a 30% tax credit off of the purchase price.  (Example: Invest 30K into a system and the federal government will give you a $9,000 tax credit), I can’t think of any other investment you could make today that both saves you money from month one and offers you a 30% tax credit.  I challenge you to name one investment that even comes close.  I don’t believe you can do it!
Like any other investment you make in life, it pays dividends to educate yourself and make an effort to understand the details.  Too often we rely on opinions of friends, neighbors and even family to draw our conclusions without truly investing the time to find out for ourselves.  I encourage you to do your own research about investing in solar and find out if it makes sense for you and your family.

Uncle Sam Likes Solar

Did you know that the government will actually pay you for investing in a rooftop solar system?  No joke, they’ll let you take the money you would have paid in taxes to the IRS and instead allow you to invest it into a solar system to generate your own electricity.

Here’s exactly how it works:

Way back in 2005, Congress passed a bill called “The Energy Policy Act” which created a 30% federal tax credit for anyone who invests in a residential or commercial solar system. Throughout the years the names and bills have changed, but the tax credit has never been axed. In fact, at the end of 2015 Congress passed yet another tax credit extension which guarantees this tax credit until the end of 2019. After that, the tax credit is gradually reduced until it completely disappears in 2023.

For example, if you were to invest $30,000 into a new solar system the federal government would give you a $9,000 tax credit, or 30% of purchase price, which can be used to reduce how much money you owe in taxes. Not a bad deal, right? I mean, how many other investments can you think of where the government will outright pay for 30% of your cost?

This tax credit has proven to be one of the most important incentives ever enacted by the federal government to spur growth in any single industry.

As a result of the multi-year extension of the credit enacted in late-2015, solar prices are expected to continue to fall while installation rates and technological efficiencies will continue to climb. The ITC is nothing short of a tax policy success story and we expect this fact to continue to play out over the next several years.

Like any other investment you make in life, it pays dividends to educate yourself and make an effort to understand the details. Too often we rely on opinions of friends, neighbors and even family to draw our conclusions without truly investing the time to find out for ourselves. I encourage you to do your own research about investing in solar and find out if it makes sense for you and your family. To find out more about whether or not solar makes sense for you – or get a free quote – give us a call at 844-807-4463.

Why Solar is The Best Investment You Can Make in 2016

I know what you’re thinking: “How the heck is solar an investment?”  If you thought investments were just for the stock market, think again!  We’re here to change the game in “investing” and help you get the most bang out of your hard earned cash – the energy efficient way.
Since the cost of solar technology has steadily decreased over the years, the power output cost from solar is almost reaching the same means of producing electricity today…and in some areas, the cost is even less than traditional power!
The big question for the homeowner is: Are the ROI and safety compared to other investments worth it?  The answer is a big YES (at least in our opinion), and here’s why:
The drastic reduction in capital cost of solar systems paired up with financial incentives from Federal and State governments make solar a great investment option.  And, installing solar protects you from the ever increasing electricity rates by locking in your price with the utility companies.
Government Incentives
The Federal government has offered a 30% tax credit off the entire cost of your system including equipment, shipping, fees, installation, etc.Some states are offering further tax credits which can help you save on the initial cost depending on your locationSome utility districts offer rebates to customers who install a solar system which can further help increase your overall ROI
Net Metering
Depending on your location, if your solar system is producing more electricity than what is being used in your household, you can send it back into the grid and get a credit in return, allowing you to lower your bill or possibly even making you money – if the sunlight hours are long enough in your area.
House Value
According to data from the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development, for every one dollar saved annually on utility bills, the home value rises by up to $20 per watt.  This means that if you currently save $100 per month ($1200/yr) on your electric bill due to solar, your property value would increase in value by up to $24,000 depending on the real estate market condition in your area.
Stats Don’t Lie
By taking into account the cost of solar energy in your state, conventional electricity rates, and solar incentives, it is safe to say that solar is a great investment option for most of us.
According to data collected by Geostellar in 2013:
Homeowners, on average, can get a better ROI from going solar than from S&P stock index in more than 25% of U.S states.In 2/3 of states, solar offers better average ROI than 30-year treasury bonds.In 86% of states, ROI from solar beats 5-year certificated of deposit.
The stats above might come as quite a surprise, but that is the gospel truth.  If you are looking for a way to invest your hard earned money in a secure way, while enjoying uninterrupted electricity, solar really is the way to go!
Here at Shine, we take you through all the important steps from financing, solar system design, permits, installation – All the way up to monitoring after the solar system is installed.  We are here to protect your investment from start to finish.  Let us know if this investment is worth taking the risk.

A Deeper Look Inside Energy Efficient Homes

Efficient Light Bulbs
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the single most cost-effective strategy for reducing your heating and cooling bills is by improving the energy efficiency of your home.  There are two ways of thinking about this – you want to use as little energy as possible to power your home, and you want to make sure that this power is being delivered as cheaply and as efficiently as possible.
That’s why so many people in Northwest Arkansas are embracing solar energy – sunlight is free and there’s tons of it, and it’s just a matter of converting all the natural goodness of the sun into energy as efficiently as possible.  To maximize your solar efficiency, you’ll want to have the best possible solar panels possible for converting all that free, natural sunlight into electricity.
The more efficient your solar system is, the more sunlight is converted into electricity.  And while sunlight is a free natural resource, it’s not free to convert it into electricity.  Even the very best solar panels on the market are only able to convert 10-15 percent of all available energy into electrical power.
That’s where a good solar installer can make all the difference in optimizing your home for energy efficiency.  An experienced solar installer, (such as ourselves) can make sure that all the solar panels are installed in a way to maximize the number of hours of sunlight that they receive.  We take into account a number of factors here – the direction and angle of the roof, the presence of any shade (think leafy trees), and the amount of airflow between the solar panels.
But before you even think about installing solar panels on your roof, you’ll want to make sure that you’re using as little energy as possible.  That’s because the less energy your home uses, the smaller the solar system will be for your home.  That means fewer solar panels on your roof, and more cost savings for you as a result of cheaper heating and cooling bills!
The way to start here is with an energy audit of your home.  The general rule of thumb is that 40 percent of all energy consumed by homes is actually wasted, due to factors like poor insulation, leaky ducts and inefficient appliances.  So the goal of an energy audit is to discover all the places where your home is “leaking” energy.
There are usually a number of easy fixes – improving home insulation, replacing old windows with double pane or low-emissivity windows, shifting to energy-efficient lights and sealing up any cracks or leaky ducts.  Plus, there are simple steps that you can take that don’t require any investment at all – switching off the lights when you leave a room or minimizing the use of your washer and dryer.
The energy efficient home, then, really starts from the inside out.  It starts with all the little behaviors that really add up inside the home.  Your goal should be to optimize the energy efficiency of the home before you install even a single solar panel.
And then, once you’re ready to flip the switch on your solar system, the cost savings will impress you.  For starters, there’s no out-of-pocket money to get started – you only start paying for the solar system once it’s been installed and it has started to produce energy.  Contrast that to buying a new energy-efficient appliance or installing new home insulation, where you have very definite up-front costs!
The good news is that it’s possible to save money by making your home energy efficient before going solar.  And once you go solar, you’ll improve the energy efficiency of your home even more.  All those cost savings should light up anyone’s day.

What is net-metering? Why is it important? How does it work?

Energy Meter  
 Our world runs off of technology and because of that we depend on electricity to power everything we use!  Solar energy plays a growing and important role in our nation’s energy and because of that, electric utilities have been leading the solar charge.  If you didn’t know already, solar power is the most abundant renewable energy resource we have available on Earth.  So let’s channel that energy and use it to our advantage!  Today we’ll cover a topic that is widely used in the solar industry – but to normal folks (such as ourselves) it’s a term that is not widely recognized.  I’m here to help break down net-metering into three simple things: What it is, why it’s awesome, and how it works.
Let’s begin:
The What: Net-metering is a billing option provided by electric utilities for consumers who “self-generate” their own electricity.  Simply put, it enables self-generating customers to sell excess electricity to the utility company.
The Why: By participating in net-metering, you can reduce the amount of money you spend each year on energy.
The How: Utility customers who can generate their own electricity from solar are able to sell the electricity they don’t use back to the “grid” in exchange for “credits” on their bill.
Just imagine this: Every day when the sun rises; tens of thousands of households and businesses utilize the sun’s amazing energy, thus helping them to be energy self-sufficient.  They’re saving money on their bills while helping the environment.  Of course, how solar works for one neighbor might be different than how it works for others.  It all has to do with how much electricity their solar system generates and how much they consume on a daily, monthly, and annual basis.
Sometimes these households might produce more power than they use.  When this happens the energy surplus is sent back into the “grid.”  Other times these homes and businesses might use more power than their solar panels can generate, so depending on their consumption, they might end up with a charge on their upcoming bill.
These households can also export their electricity to the “grid” when rates are higher and can use electricity when prices are lower during certain periods of the day, like at night (commonly called Time-of-Use).  In this case, the household might actually get a credit for the month even though they’ve used more energy than they’ve exported.  Credits that accumulate in a given month can offset charges the households receive in other months.  These credits are called: Net energy metering (NEM)!
To make sure you have the full picture, these homes and businesses will receive a regular monthly bill that includes a minimum electric service charge as well as a NEM statement with monthly and annual snapshots of their charges and credits.  Then every 12 months, approximately on the solar system’s install date, they get a “true-up” statement that settles all the charges and credits they’ve received over the past year – If they have a balance remaining it tells them what amount is due.  If they have a credit remaining, then it’s reset to zero and nothing is owed.  It also indicates if these homes and businesses are eligible for net surplus compensation if they generated more energy than they consumed in total over the year.
But whatever kind of solar household or business you are, there is one more thing to know.  Everyone with solar can save money on energy while making a difference for the environment.  That’s just a quick look at what you can expect when you use solar as a renewable resource.
Watch for our next post about valuable tax credits and incentives that only rooftop solar customers can claim! This is the cherry on top for our customers!