Solar Panels Longmont

Solar is a clean, renewable energy source that leverages Colorado’s more than 300 days of sunshine and represents the planting of thousands of trees or hundreds of forest acres to achieve an equivalent reduction of CO2 emissions.

While there is no shortage of reasons to harness Colorado’s sustained sunshine for energy, Carbon Valley Solar’s Brett Hughett discusses the top considerations for Longmont-area homeowners.

Cost savings & certainty. Going solar locks in your monthly electric payment for the long-term, while avoiding future increases from the traditional electric utility provider. It also avoids the vast transmission and distribution network that is largely responsible for driving up your bills annually.

Home valuation. Nationally, homes with solar have an average 4.1% higher valuation (or selling price) and that tends to skew even higher in Colorado. Buyers recognize the value proposition of solar and are willing to pay more to secure the significant lifetime savings that it presents.

Tax benefits. In addition to reaping the 30% federal investment tax credit, most homeowners who go solar can reduce the net cost by up to an additional 30% by leveraging a variety of other tax benefits.

Environmental impact. Solar is a clean, renewable energy source that leverages Colorado’s more than 300 days of sunshine and represents the planting of thousands of trees or hundreds of forest acres to achieve an equivalent reduction of CO2 emissions. The impact is significant and real.

Time-of-use value. While some electric utility providers charge a significant premium for peak time usage, solar allows homeowners to leverage the net metering and time-of-use concepts in their favor by storing excess produced power in a solar bank that they can later draw upon when needed.

“Most people don’t realize that they can often go solar with no upfront money, up through and including installation,” Hughett says. “Fundamentally, you’re just swapping your monthly electric bill for a fixed solar payment that doesn’t go up over time. And it doesn’t have to be your forever home to make sense. Only the homeowner that puts the solar on the roof gets the tax benefits and increase in equity.”

If you have more questions about solar in your home, Carbon Valley Solar offers free, no-pressure in-home consultations. 720.862.3309, solarpowerpros.com.  

By Julie Kailus, Longmont Magazine