How to determine whether solar is a good investment for your home site
02/14/2018 // Frances Bloomfield // Views

Solar energy is often touted as the energy source of tomorrow. We've been told that it's clean, it's safe, it's renewable. These are all good reasons to consider investing in solar energy, especially if you have aspirations of living off the grid. But actually doing so is a whole other matter that needs a lot more thought. Is solar right for you? Answering the following questions should help you with this one. (h/t to

  • How is the sun at my location? Making the most of solar power means letting the sun shine on your solar panels at full blast. A tiny sliver of shade won't be too much of a problem, but shade that can block off sunlight from one solar panel will be an issue. This can seriously diminish the power output of your system, which in turn means less power for you to use. So if you live in an area with a lot of trees or cloudy days, then solar power may not be for you.
  • What is the status of my roof? The roof is another essential factor in determining how successful your solar panel system will be. Firstly, it needs to be in good condition; a roof that needs to be replaced within 15 years' time will not be touched by contractors. Secondly, your roof has to be oriented in such a way that it can maximize sunlight. Ideally, it should be facing the south at a 30-degree angle. Eastern and western exposures will do, however, as does a 45-degree-angle tilt.
  • What are my energy habits and my state's energy rates? If your electricity bill runs up to the hundreds each month, then having a solar panel system can definitely help you save a lot. However, North Americans need to take the cost of electricity in each state into consideration. The average price that U.S. citizens pay for electricity comes to around 12 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh), but it actually varies depending on the state. Look up how much you actually pay per month to assess whether or not your savings outweigh the costs of a solar panel system.
  • Brighteon.TV

  • How much am I willing to spend? According to, a single solar panel with a 250-watt output can cost as much as $187.50, while DIY ones can bring the price to about $250. That's just a rough estimate; it can still go higher depending on the type of solar panel you choose. You'll still need to account for the size of the system, the amount of space necessary for its operation, and the kind of mount you'll affix the panels to. With installation, you can expect to plunk down at least $10,000. Maintenance isn't included in this projection. (Related: U.S. solar industry explained: 5 important answers about costs, tariffs and green energy.)
  • What about other financing options? Of course, you can get a loan to purchase the system or simply lease it. But using a loan means it'll take longer to recoup your losses, while leasing won't get you any rebates or tax breaks since the solar panel system isn't yours. Another feasible alternative is a solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), wherein a provider will install a system on your property and you eventually purchase the electricity. The downsides to a PPA is that you have to pay extra for professional services (although the provider will cover maintenance and equipment replacements) and you can't sell the solar panel system because you don't own it.
  • Are there incentives? There are several states that will provide homeowners with incentives for adopting a solar panel system. These include massive tax credits to help compensate for the costs, being able to sell excess solar energy to utility companies, and even tax exemptions. But as with the cost of electricity, it really depends on your state. Your local government and power companies can affect this too, so take the time to research any potential incentives for investing in solar.

To call a solar panel system a major expenditure is an understatement. It can either help you live better or set you back tens of thousands of dollars. Think it over carefully because one or the other could happen to you.

Read up further on the pros and cons of solar power, or other renewable energy sources, by going to today.

Sources include:

Take Action:
Support Natural News by linking to this article from your website.
Permalink to this article:
Embed article link:
Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use is permitted with credit to (including a clickable link).
Please contact us for more information.
Free Email Alerts
Get independent news alerts on natural cures, food lab tests, cannabis medicine, science, robotics, drones, privacy and more.
App Store
Android App
eTrust Pro Certified

This site is part of the Natural News Network © 2022 All Rights Reserved. Privacy | Terms All content posted on this site is commentary or opinion and is protected under Free Speech. Truth Publishing International, LTD. is not responsible for content written by contributing authors. The information on this site is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice of any kind. Truth Publishing assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of this material. Your use of this website indicates your agreement to these terms and those published here. All trademarks, registered trademarks and servicemarks mentioned on this site are the property of their respective owners.

This site uses cookies
Natural News uses cookies to improve your experience on our site. By using this site, you agree to our privacy policy.
Learn More
Get 100% real, uncensored news delivered straight to your inbox
You can unsubscribe at any time. Your email privacy is completely protected.