What the Spike in Solar Users Means for You and Utility Companies

| 4/7/2014 11:45:00 AM

Tags: solar power, energy policy, Utah, David Glenn,

Solar vs Utilities: The Ongoing Debate between Industries

As the price of solar panels drops and homeowners take advantage of government incentives to use solar power, utility companies are taking a stance against the rise of distributed solar energy. The difference between power generation and distributed solar power is that distributed solar produces electricity off the grid, giving homeowners substantially lower energy costs. Under current regulations, utility companies pay retail prices for distributed solar power fed into the grid during peak hours.

Not everyone has the means or access to take advantage of distributed solar energy. Apartment renters, for example, must pay utility prices for electricity unless their landlords install panels on their rooftops. The current situation creates a two-tier system, separating moderately wealthy homeowners from people with more modest means. Solar companies are doing their part by making solar panel installations accessible to average homeowners the option to rent solar panels. Solar power use is increasing. So how will that affect you?

Ray Boggs
4/8/2014 12:25:28 PM

"Lease agreements, in particular, make solar power an immediate option for people who otherwise couldn't afford an installation" If you can't afford an installation then a lease is the worst possible option to consider. A solar lease or PPA will typically cost the homeowner triple the amount that they would have paid, had they purchased their system instead. A much better option than a solar lease or PPA is a $0 down solar loan with tax deductible interest. solar leases and PPAs do not offer tax deductible interest. Use an easier to qualify for, $0 down solar loan to shop for the best deal at the much lower pricing that's available today and save many thousands of dollars when compared to an expensive lease or PPA.

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