Solar Energy Pros and Cons

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What are the Solar Energy Pros and Cons?

If you’re considering converting  your home or business, you may be weighing the solar energy pros and cons. Is it right for you? What will you gain from it? Will you save money? As solar pros ourselves – professionals, that is – we’ve seen a thing or two since our company was established in 2010 and we’re happy to help you navigate the process.


The benefits of solar are clear for the many thousands of residents in the Carolinas that use solar power:


You have probably been told to watch out for the downsides of a solar purchase, but some of what you’ve heard may be outdated or based on misconceptions, so here is a summary of some perceived pitfalls of solar and what you need to know:

  • The upfront cost of solar – The adage that “There’s no such thing as a free lunch” is still true, but that doesn’t mean solar is out of your reach. Financing tools and innovative methods of applying the tax incentives and rebates can help solve the upfront cost issue.
  • Roof penetrations – To avoid issues with your roof, it’s critical to choose an experienced installer, which will prevent any negatives associated with your roof. Are you due for a roof replacement anyway? Discuss it with your solar rep and you may be surprised at the benefits of coinciding your solar with a new roof.
  • Not all utilities pay the customer back full retail value for any excess solar energy they produce. Wondering how your utility treats solar? We can help you pinpoint your solar crediting rate and drill down into your solar economics with you.

To learn more about solar energy pros and cons, or if you’re ready to convert today, contact Renu Energy Solutions for a free consultation!


Frequently Asked Questions About Solar Energy Systems:

How exactly does going solar and a solar system itself work?
Solar energy begins with sunlight that hits the panels to produce energy that flows into your inverter, which converts the DC energy into Alternating Current (AC) electricity that can be used to power your home. This same energy is then consumed when powering your home’s light, appliances, gizmos, and gadgets. If you feel your home isn’t producing the energy that it needs, the utility will fill in the gaps. If you system produces more energy than needed, that energy will go to the grid and your utility will credit you for the unused power.
How many solar panels do I need for my home?
At Renu Energy Solutions we design our solar panel systems size based on three main factors.

Roof-size/available space: When we look at the size of your roof and the space available, we gather data that tell us the maximum number of solar panels your home or site can hold and we even consider shading. We use a software “Suneye” which takes a 360 picture of your roof and we use this photo to determine if your home is a good candidate for solar.

Energy Usage: When we determine energy usage we look at your past electrical bills from over the course of a year to make sure your system isn’t too big or too small.

Your Budget: We take your budget seriously and most importantly, we want you to be satisfied with our services. We take your feedback on how much you want to spend so that we can size your system appropriately.

What is solar net-metering?
Net-metering is a type of utility policy that controls how your system is connected to the grid and how you are credited for the solar energy you produce.
Does Duke Energy offer net-metering?
Yes! Both Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress territories in NC offer net-metering when your homes goes solar. If you are interested in net-metering, no worries. Our team will guide you through the process as certain utilities have a different application procedure.
Curious about the cost of a home solar system?
When our clients ask this question, we immediately tell Tham about the federal tax credit that comes with going solar. The Federal tax credit for going solar is 26% in 2020. For example, if the total cost of you system was $22,000, when you subtract 26% you are then left with a %16,280 solar system. There is not set price for a home going solar as there are many factors that contribute to the total cost. The price of a solar home can range from $10k to $100k based on the size of your roof, energy usage, aesthetic preferences, and of course, budget.

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