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Can I afford solar?

If you can afford to pay your electricity bill you can afford to go solar. Everlight Solar’s $0-down solar financing make it easy for homeowners to start saving on their electricity bills by going solar.

How do solar panels work?
Solar panels absorb energy from the sun throughout the day and convert it into direct current (DC) electricity. Most homes and businesses run on alternating current (AC) electricity, so the DC electricity is then passed through an inverter to convert it to usable AC electricity. At that point, you either use the electricity in your house or send it back to the electric grid.
What are the financial benefits of solar energy?
When you install a solar energy system on your property, you save money on your electricity bills and protect yourself against rising electricity rates in the future while adding value to your home. The exact amount you can save depends mostly upon the utility rates and solar policies in your area, but going solar is a smart investment regardless of where you live.
How does solar impact my property values?

Studies have shown that homes with solar energy systems sell for more than homes without them. Your property value will only increase if you own, rather than lease, your solar panel system. In most parts of the country, going solar will actually increase your property value more than a kitchen renovation.

What is net metering?
Net metering is the system that utility companies use to credit solar energy system owners for the electricity produced by their solar panels. With net metering, you only pay for the electricity that you use beyond what your solar panels can generate.
Can I go off grid with solar panels?

When you install solar panels on your property, you will still be connected to the grid. In effect this makes the utility company your battery storage as you draw from the grid when your system is not producing all of the power that you need, and send power back to the grid when you produce more than you use. It is possible to go completely off the grid with a solar energy system that includes battery storage, but it will cost significantly more and is unnecessary for almost every homeowner.

What happens if I sell my solar house?
If you own your solar energy system, your solar house will sell at a premium: studies have shown that solar increases property values. However, if you lease your system, that is not the case. You will need to either buy out your lease before you sell your home, or work with your leasing company to transfer the lease agreement to the home’s new owner.
What solar energy rebates and incentives are available?

Rebates and incentives for solar vary depending on where you live. The most significant is the 30% federal tax incentives, which allows you to deduct 30% of the cost of your solar energy system from your taxes. Some states offer additional tax credits, and certain municipalities and utilities also offer cash rebates or other incentives.

What are the environmental benefits of solar energy?
Solar power, like other green energy sources, has countless environmental and health benefits. Solar helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and also results in fewer air pollutants such as sulfur dioxide and particulate matter, which can cause health problems.

How to Claim the Solar Panel Tax Credit (ITC)

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Am I Eligible for the Federal Solar Tax Credit? Find Out if You Qualify

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Everlight Solar Receives Climate Champion Catalyst Status

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How Much Does Solar Increase my Home’s Value?

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory offers a helpful guide when determining how much your home value will go up. According to its research, each additional $1 in energy bill savings (from your solar system) adds $20 to your home’s total value. The property value...

Will Solar Work on my Home?

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Idaho’s Solar Tax Incentive Guide

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Catch Everlight Solar at Madison’s 2019 Parade of Homes!

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How Does Solar Power Work?

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How Does Net Metering Work With Solar?

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Environmental Impacts of Solar

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How Solar Can Save Your Business Money

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10 Energy Saving Tips for the Holidays

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The Difference Between Monocrystalline and Polycrystalline Solar Cells

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