Solar is the future, and the state of Ohio is onboard the renewable energy train. Many might initially think that Ohio’s cold and bitter winters make it a less suitable candidate for solar energy. However, the Buckeye state has some of the best solar policies and incentives for homeowners, along with hot and sunny summers. With enough solar power in the state to power over 33,000 homes, Ohio embraces solar energy and there has never been a more perfect time for Ohioans to go solar!
Along with the federal tax credit, Ohio’s net metering policy, solar renewable energy certificates (SRECs), and the Energy Conservation for Ohioans (ECO-Link) program make it more affordable than ever.
Many residents of Ohio have gone solar by purchasing their systems outright, or by doing a power purchase agreement (or PPA). Knowing if solar ownership or a PPA is the best option for your home can be difficult and confusing. Check out the information below about going solar in Ohio to see what’s best for you.
Cities we service in Ohio:
FEDERAL TAX CREDIT: Yes
STATE TAX CREDIT: Sales and property tax exemptions
REBATES: Deep discounts based on your utility provider
ENERGY SAVINGS: Guaranteed
SYSTEM OWNERSHIP: You own it!
BONUS: Energy savings kit includes a smart thermostat and LED light package to save an average of 20% annually on heating and cooling costs.
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If you’re considering making the switch to solar in Ohio, you are probably wondering if it’s worth the investment.
With three major cities, crazy sports fans, a unique food scene, plenty of history, fun amusement parks, and a booming job market and economy, it’s no wonder some call Ohio the hidden gem of the Midwest. The low cost of city living and breathtaking landscapes have attracted many people to Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, or surrounding areas.
However, with its cold, bitter winters, Ohio is likely not the first state you’d think of when it comes to sunshine and solar panels. The Buckeye State lies in the Great Lakes region of North America, and its location, along with a lack of mountain ranges and proximity to the lakes contribute to its climate. But summers are hot and humid in Ohio, and the state does offer some of the best net metering incentives in the nation. Homeowners who want to make the switch to clean, renewable and produce their own power in Ohio will not only save money but also reduce their carbon footprint by going solar. Let’s dive into what local incentives are offered to Ohio homeowners that go solar:
Net metering in Ohio makes solar a great investment for several reasons. Firstly, all utilities in Ohio must offer net metering to residential solar owners. Secondly, all net excess generation is carried over to the next month as energy credits. Lastly, if you have net excess generation (a surplus of credits) over the course of 12 months, Ohio is one of the only states that will send you a check in the mail to pay for those leftover credits.
Because Ohio has committed to having 25% of its energy be produced by renewable energy sources by 2027, the state is offering energy certificates which are given out for each megawatt hour of electricity your panels produce.
All Ohio residents are exempt from sales tax on their new solar system, meaning they won’t have to pay an extra 5.75% on their system.
Cleveland and Cincinnati are the only two cities in the state that let their citizens keep that added home value from solar panels off of their property tax.
Less than 3% of the current U.S. population are enjoying the benefits & savings of solar energy. Our joy is knowing that Blue Raven Solar customers are saving money and reducing their carbon footprint. We want the same for you.
With the Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) of 30% and these other local incentives, Ohio residents are jumping at the chance to become a part of the renewable energy movement. We’re excited to help you throughout your solar journey and hope to help you make a positive impact on the environment while saving you thousands on your electricity bill!
Monthly utility savings, tax credits and exemptions, and other local solar incentives make going solar worthwhile for many homeowners. On average, our Ohio customers will save between $15,000 and $30,000 over a 25-year period depending on the size of their system and their current home energy use.
We’ll send a solar professional to your home to review your utility bills. Our analysts will quickly evaluate your bills and your roof to determine if you are qualified for maximum solar savings. If not, we won’t waste your time.
Blue Raven Solar customers deserve the best, so we offer only one level of quality: top-of-the-line. Our solar arrays are built using only high-end black-on-black, monocrystalline silicon solar panels and Enphase microinverters. When going solar you want high-quality productions at a low price. Going solar with Blue Raven means you get maximum value.
To make solar energy as dependable as the morning sun, we include a two-year productivity guarantee. Two years after installation, if our systems produce less than our original estimates, we update them with more panels free of charge. We provide professional installation, and solar equipment warranties to ensure that you experience worry-free solar power system ownership.
Designing a system to meet your daily energy needs and fit the available space is always a custom job. We use the latest satellite imagery and 3D modeling tools to get measurements and create a personalized analysis of your solar energy needs. And, we have the fastest installation times of any competitor, driven by systems and smart people who know how to get the job done. Your solar project will NEVER “sit” in our pipeline.
From first consultation until flipping the switch on a working solar-energy system, we keep the process as simple and hassle-free as possible. Our field service teams handle building permits, inspections, and every stage of the installation process. You are committed to clean energy and protecting our environment with solar, so we are committed to making sure going solar is fast & easy.
Local teams, local office, and local partnerships mean fast panel installation & net metering times, so you can begin saving with solar quickly!
We are able to work with your city and county for quick solar permitting turnarounds. We will also make sure your home is prepped to pass required inspections and ready to quickly connect with local utilities.
Depending on your city, it can take between 6-12 weeks to get panels installed on your roof, followed by about 3-5 weeks to get interconnected with your utility to enjoy the benefits of net metering. The longest step is getting approved permits from your city. Rest assured we work with your city or county to expedite the permitting process so you can enjoy the benefits of going solar as soon as possible.
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BluePower Plus+™ combines the best aspects of a 3rd party owned solar lease (or PPA) with the superior return and flexibility of solar ownership.
With BluePower Plus+™ you will get 18 months of free solar power, transforming your utility bill into monthly savings you can count on.
SmartStart gives you the freedom to extend the 18 month promotion to 5 years! During that time you can pay off your solar if you’d like, or just enjoy your savings.
The customer experience sets Blue Raven Solar apart, and our team in Ohio are some of the best. Our qualified sales representatives, solar experts, installers, electricians, and support teams prioritize the customer throughout their solar journey.
Going solar is a process, and our team at Blue Raven Solar makes sure that the homeowner is informed every step of the way. We work hard so that you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the savings. From sale to installation and energization, we’re working hard behind the scenes to keep the process moving along.
Before we begin installing your solar panels our solar panel expert will set up an initial meeting at your home to ensure you are a good candidate for solar energy. Our solar energy expert will also check the electrical status of your home and condition of your roof. We examine the roofing type, the angle, shading on the roof, along with many other aspects, including your energy usage history, in order to make sure that your solar panel installation is as seamless as possible.
After we verify that you are a good candidate for solar panel installation, our design team will work with you to create a maximum efficiency plan for your roof. We will be able to answer any questions that you may have about the solar panel installation process, solar tax credits, or our financing options, including our industry-leading BluePower Plus+. Once we decide which financing option is best for you and your family we will create and sign the solar panel installation agreement. We will also take care of all necessary permits.
“While it sounds too good to be true, so far so good. The estimate, the planning, the install, etc. everything so far has gone great. We have been making electricity for a couple of weeks so far. Sales Manager, Install Crew were great. Process was VERY easy, Blue Raven Solar took care of everything. They also pay your 1st 18 months of your solar panel loan and the first check arrived without any call center calls. Everything has been as promised, as discussed and as planned. Very happy so far.”
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