“When is the right time to go solar?” is one of the most common questions people ask when thinking about making the change to solar. We honestly believe that there’s no time like the present.
For the vast majority of consumers, going solar yields significant savings over the life of the system. The sooner that you install, the sooner you can take advantage of those savings.
But assuming you already know that, here are a few answers to the next most common questions:
If I go solar now, will I still be able to take advantage of the federal government and state tax credits?
The Federal Government along with many states, including Utah and South Carolina, provide significant tax credit incentives for consumers switching to solar. Each state has a different program, but the overall all goal of the programs is to encourage consumers to reduce their carbon footprint AND to encourage investment and employment by the solar industry.
However, these tax credits won’t be around forever. The Investment Tax Credit, currently 30% of the basis that is invested in the property, is set to expire after 2021.
State tax credits also have expiration dates. Just recently the Governor of Utah signed a bill to phase out the state tax credit of 25% or $2,000 by 2021 as well.
If you want to take advantage full advantage of the tax credits before they expire, now is the time to do it.
If I want to take advantage of the sunny summer months, when should I purchase my system?
Many people when they go solar are surprised to learn that it usually takes a few weeks from the time the purchase a solar system to when they are actually “energized” and start producing power for their home.
This is typically due to the permitting and net metering paperwork that has to be completed. These are construction projects that have to be approved by local authorities and utility providers.
However, the best solar companies navigate this paperwork efficiently and using in-house designers, installers, and project coordinators, they are able to reduce the time it takes to help customers start saving.
So when thinking about the warm and sunny spring and summer seasons, it’s important to consider the timeframe of the installation.
Here at Blue Raven Solar, we average about 6-8 weeks from sale to installation, so if you want your home to be producing energy during the summer, March and April are the best times to begin that process.
What promotions or initiatives can I expect from solar providers?
This will vary from company to company, but many will provide incentives such as cash back or gift cards to customers who sign and additional bonuses to those who refer friends or family who also go solar.
At Blue Raven Solar, we do all the above, but one of our most popular promotions has been providing 18 months of free power for customers through our BluePower Plus+ financing product.
These programs tend to be limited time offers so be sure to ask your Solar Energy Advisor what promotions are available when you call in or ask to receive a quote.
At the end of the day, each customer’s situation is different and making the decision to go solar involves a lot of factors, not just timing. However, there’s still no time like the present to make the change and start taking advantage of the savings and independence going solar provides.