Getting solar may seem complex, but with the right partner it can mean simple savings for years
So You Want Solar. Do You Have the Right Provider in Denver?
Solar energy is one of the most affordable ways for you to own your power and help the environment. By harnessing the power of the sun, you’ll reduce electricity costs, help against wasteful water usage, and avoid CO2 emissions.
But doing all that takes some serious planning and there are a lot of companies with different takes on how best to do it. Some Denver solar providers can get you in on the ground floor real quick with leasing and power agreements, while others help you own your own system so you have access to all the benefits involved.
Everyone’s situation is different and we want to help shine a light on your path to a renewable future.
All potential solar customers need to consider their reasons for getting into solar as well as what aspects they should be looking for in a solar provider. We here at Blue Raven Solar recommend looking into 3 areas:
Solar has technically been around for almost 75 years (the photovoltaic cell being invented in 1954), but it’s gotten cheaper and more accessible as the decades go by. A Denver solar provider should have a reasonable amount of experience over a wide range of areas. Years of experience are important, but not as much as time spent in the residential market. Installing for solar farms is not the same as installing on a variety of rooftops.
The market for solar has been on the rise for the last decade. More and more people can get it, but this is still an evolving market. Customers going it on their own have a labyrinth of state laws and municipal requirements to navigate, not to mention the particular physical structures to consider when it comes to mounting and installing solar panels. A Denver solar provider should have the means and insight to take customers from start to finish.
The whole purpose of solar is savings. And that applies whether it’s green energy savings for the world at large or just the savings that come from homeowners owning their own electricity. A Denver solar provider should have options at all levels of income to help people afford their solar system in a way that offsets their power bill and keeps them saving money while the cost of electricity goes up and up (like it has for the last 20 years).
I’m in Denver, Does That Change Anything?
Lucky for you, Denver’s changes are all good news. As one of the sunniest states, with an average of 300 sunny days per year, Colorado serves as a great place for solar harvesting.
A lot of people might initially balk at the idea of solar, thinking that snow or hail storms make solar panels an expensive alternative to maintain, but the fact is solar panels are built sturdy and with the right Denver solar provider, your install should have very little problem with the weather. Solar panels’ compact design spread out over a broad surface allows them to soak the force of hailstones, and the heat they put off is enough to melt snow as it falls on them. Thanks to Colorado’s chilly spring and fall, your panels will actually produce better.
With Denver’s renewable energy vision, there are also plenty of tax deductions to benefit from (though only from buying to own your solar system—so be sure to buy and not lease!). The city has implemented a net metering initiative, which allows you to push excess electricity back to the public power grid. This goes toward future power bills, and if you produce for long enough, the power company actually pays you!
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There are a lot of companies getting into this growing industry. Many offer leasing plans that let you rent a solar system while others provide Power Purchase Agreements where you buy power from them instead of the electric company. Both of these options keep the savings squarely in their hands. If they stipulate it in their contract, your payments could rise with the rising cost of electricity anyway.
At Blue Raven Solar, we’re a Denver solar provider that seeks to give anyone a chance at owning their own energy. We don’t want to sell you power, we want to sell you an affordable path to your own solar system. When you take into account the kinds of tax deductions you can claim and how your purchase cost per month stays even throughout your payments, you could start seeing real savings from day one and see those savings improve over the next decade.
We want you to have all the information you need to make the right decision, which is why we don’t want to pressure you into one purchasing option or another—we want to help guide you to the Denver solar provider that works with you best. You can see right away if getting solar will save you money with our free estimate.
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What purchasing plans do you have?
Like we discussed above, there are a few options. If your Denver solar provider focuses on PPAs or leasing agreements, those options inherently favor them since they allow them to claim any tax deductions regarding the installation.
What’s the difference between buying and leasing?
If your solar provider offers only one of those purchasing plans, make sure to ask them about the difference between their plan and those other types. Buying to own provides the most benefits to customers, so anyone providing leasing only should have a good understanding of why they offer that plan and how it benefits you more.
How much will I save?
You deserve a system that is top-of-the-line without breaking the bank. Your Denver solar provider should be able to estimate how much the swap to solar will save you. At Blue Raven, we make sure that the prospect of installing solar in Denver will actually benefit you before you make a big decision.
What tax incentives can I get access to?
This question can help clear up your own confusion, but importantly, it pinpoints whether a company even knows how you can benefit. It’s the kind of question that gets at a company’s expertise regarding what they’re selling you. Find out which tax incentives you have for solar in Denver.
How many houses have you installed solar panels on in Denver?
This is a transparency issue and will help you see if the Denver solar provider in question has the numbers available and is willing to trust you with that information. A company built around a high trust culture is a company that has your best interests at heart.
Plenty of Denver solar providers are jumping in on this new industry and that means there’s a competitive market looking to provide you with a variety of services. But the point of solar energy is it’s renewable and it saves you money. If it doesn’t do either of those things, why consider it in the first place?
All we need is a few pieces of information (name, contact, and location) as well as your average power bill. From there, we’ll provide a Solar Savings Report to help you determine whether solar is right for you and just how much money you can start saving from day one.
The more you research solar, the more questions can pop up. This free and handy eBook has clear, concise answers to the questions we hear most often.