See Why Solar Is the Top Choice for Clean Energy Savings
Four Reasons Homeowners Switch to Solar Energy
Save MoneyWith solar energy, you can offset your monthly utilities, allowing you to pay off installation costs in a matter of years and saving you thousands of dollars over the lifetime of your solar energy system. You’ll also be eligible for tax rebates and incentives and, in some cases, can even earn credit from your utility company for the energy you produce.
Increase SustainabilityAn investment in solar is an investment in sustainability. Dramatically decrease your carbon footprint and reliance on fossil fuels while improving your impact on global climate change. Unlike other energy sources, solar doesn’t disrupt ecosystems or release harmful pollutants into the air and water supply. It’s also a great way to boost interest in clean technologies and the economies they support.
Gain Energy IndependenceA residential solar power system gets you one step closer to energy independence. Know where your power comes from, how it's produced, and how it's sourced. Avoid rising and fluctuating rates, take control of your savings, and increase the value of your home. With solar energy, it’s up to you, not the utility company, how you spend your savings.
Protect Your SavingsUse solar energy and storage solutions to protect your home from unplanned power outages, insulate your finances from unpredictable energy costs, and minimize your reliance on public utilities. A comprehensive solar energy and storage solution allows uninterrupted power even when utilities turn off or the sun goes down.
Why Now? Get the Most Out of Solar Incentives and Savings
Earn Federal Tax CreditTake advantage of incentives while they’re still around. Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) can be applied toward solar panels, solar batteries, and in-home vehicle chargers, allowing you to deduct a percentage of the equipment and installation costs of your solar energy system from your federal taxes.
Access Local Rebates and IncentivesOn top of the Federal Investment Tax Credit, many states, municipalities, and even electric utilities across the United States offer tax credits, incentives, and rebates. These vary by location but our customer care specialists are familiar with the offerings in your area and can help you optimize your returns.
Pay Back Your InvestmentSolar technologies have never been more affordable. With numerous financing options available, most residential customers are able to quickly save money on their electricity bill, and accelerate the time to break even on their investment.
Start SavingThe sooner you invest, the sooner you can start saving. Palmetto solar customers can save thousands over the lifetime of their solar energy systems and often earn money on surplus power through net metering programs and solar renewable energy credits (SRECs). Meanwhile, the cost of grid electricity continues to increase.
* This content is for educational purposes only. Palmetto does not provide tax, legal, or accounting advice. Please consult your own tax, legal, and accounting advisors.
Why Solar? Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if solar is right for me?
There are several factors we can look at to determine if solar might be a good solution for your needs, including roof space, home energy usage, credit health, and eligibility for incentives. At Palmetto, we start by calculating a quick savings estimate based on your home, location, and current electricty costs. We can then outline options based on your goals and the specifics of your home. All of this happens before you buy, allowing you to decide if solar is right for you based on a clear understanding of the potential costs and savings.
Where should I start? It seems complicated.
You're right, solar energy can feel very complex, especially if you're researching providers, technologies, incentives, municipal requirements, permits, the list goes on. That’s why Palmetto created end-to-end solar energy solutions that allow you to plug into savings with less time and no hassle. From financing and design to installation, tracking, and maintenance, our dedicated Customer Experience Team is here to answer questions, address concerns, and guide you through every step of the process. Visit our product pages to learn more about Palmetto’s solar and storage solutions.
How do I find the right solar energy provider?
Depending on where you live, there may be hundreds of providers in your area or only a few. Either way, it can be difficult to find the right specialist for your solar energy needs and trust that you’re getting the best service. What’s more, many solar companies go out of business in the first few years, leaving homeowners with complex technologies, aging equipment, and no support. At Palmetto, we vet and partner with the top solar inspection, service, and maintenance specialists in your area to deliver superior workmanship, every time. Our long-term maintenance and protection programs ensure you’re always in good hands with one-stop access to the best specialists in your area.
How do I choose the right solar energy system for my home?
The right solar energy system for your home will depend on a variety of factors, including your current electricity usage, the size and layout of your roof, and your preferred level of energy independence. To hone in on the right solution for your home, we'll outline estimated costs, environmental impact, monthly savings, and long-term savings based on system sizes that work with your roof. Should you choose to invest, we’ll design a solution to meet your goals and maximize your savings—no haggling, no upselling, just right.
What happens if I produce more power than I need?
If your home is connected to the grid and you’re located in a net metering area, any excess energy produced can flow back into the grid, and may earn you credit on your electricity bill. If you choose to integrate energy storage with your solar power system, any excess energy that is produced and not immediately used by your household will function to charge your battery. This, in turn, allows you to access stored solar power for your home when energy usage exceeds production. Homeowners not connected to the grid often choose to increase their solar storage capacity to enable uninterrupted power regardless of weather or time of day.
If there is a power outage, will my power go out?
- The size and production of your solar panels
- The size of the battery installed
- The battery state of charge when the outage occurs
- The areas or appliances in your home that are prioritized to receive power when the grid goes down.
How can I pay for my solar energy system and installation costs? Are there financing options available?
Solar energy system and installation costs aren’t a cash-only thing—there are several financing options available. Two of the more common options are 1) a solar energy loan, which functions like a home improvement loan and 2) an energy efficiency mortgage designed to help homeowners fund updates on fixtures and features. Property Assessed Clean Energy programs are also available in some states, and grant homeowners upfront funding which they then repay over time through higher property taxes. If you’re interested in financing a solar energy system, Palmetto’s dedicated customer care team is available to help clarify your options and identify which solution might work best for your needs.
When will I make my money back?
Many homeowners want to know when they will reach their break-even point or payback date. This is when your total energy savings will exceed your total installation costs, and varies based on a number of factors, including the cost of electricity in your area, the amount of energy you use relative to the amount of energy you produce, the size and complexity of your solar energy system, your energy storage capacity, your eligibility for local and federal incentives, and your preferred financing method. That said, while electricity rates continue to rise, clean technologies have never been more affordable or efficient, resulting in a faster return on investment. Most current estimates for the average solar payback period in the U.S. fall between roughly 6 and 12 years.
Is it risky?
Not at all. During the initial survey and design process, we’ll work with you to outline overall costs as well as financing options and any incentives you may be eligible for. Since solar panels require little to no maintenance and are designed to reduce or eliminate your monthly electricity costs, we can easily forecast your savings before you buy. Plus, with best-in-class technologies and ongoing customer support, you can count on long-term savings with your solar energy system.
Are solar panels expensive to maintain?
Solar panels require little to no maintenance and often reduce the overall maintenance costs on your home by protecting the structure of your roof. To maximize the performance of your solar array, it is important to keep panels free of dust and debris. Natural patterns of wind and rainfall will do most of the work for you, but annual cleanings can help to keep them functioning at their best. Any advanced maintenance required is often due to unusual circumstances such as pests or home renovations and can easily be performed by a qualified Palmetto Build Partner.
What if something goes wrong?
At Palmetto, we rely on best-in-class technologies that are both durable and easy to maintain. All of our solar panels come with a 25-year manufacturer product and performance warranty. Customers seeking additional coverage can opt into Palmetto Protect, a comprehensive protection program that includes active energy monitoring, dedicated customer support, exclusive discounts, and top-quality maintenance services.
Will solar panels work with my roof?
Before designing your custom solar solution, we’ll take a detailed survey of your property and assess the solar energy potential of your roof. Beyond the size, angle, and orientation of your roof, we’ll look at shading, estimated tree growth, materials, ventilation and drain pipes, and the overall condition or health. Because solar panel arrays can last 25-30 years without the need for repair or replacement, it’s important the roof beneath is in good shape. In some cases, it may be advisable to have your roof repaired or replaced entirely before the installation of solar panels can begin. Once installed, solar panels can protect your roof and reduce the need for ongoing repairs.
What if I move?
While it is possible to remove a solar panel system and reinstall on a new home, it's often preferable to sell the home with the panels in place. Solar panels increase the value of your home, making it stand out, sell faster, and earn more in the national real estate market.
Will I end up with outdated technology in a few years?
The first solar cells were manufactured by Bell Laboratories in the late 1950s and are still functional today. Likewise, panels installed on homes in the 1970s and 80s continue to generate power. Most solar modules today have a 25-year power output warranty and may continue to produce power well beyond that point. Homeowners interested in additional protection and savings can enroll in Palmetto Protect and earn quick access to energy monitoring, dedicated customer support, exclusive discounts, and best-in-class maintenance services.
What does it mean to be “off the grid”? Is that what I would be doing?
A home that functions “off the grid” is not dependent on public utilities, namely power and water. That said, wherever grid electricity is available, we recommend maintaining a connection. This allows you to source power from both the grid and solar panels depending on your usage needs relative to the power generated by your solar array. Homeowners who wish to function “off the grid”, whether by location/necessity or choice, typically require a larger solar array and the addition of a solar energy storage system (also known as a battery storage system).
What about aesthetics? Will solar panels fit the design of my home?
You might be surprised. There have been huge advancements in solar technologies over the last decade alone, resulting in solar panels that seamlessly integrate with the architecture of your home.
Do solar panels work on cloudy or rainy days? What if I live in a cloudy area?
It’s a common misconception that solar panels won’t work in cloudy, rainy, or snowy areas. In reality, your solar panels can still capture and generate power from indirect light. During the initial survey and design process, we’ll examine your overall electricity usage relative to your potential solar energy production and structure your array to optimize savings. Geography and weather are key factors in this process. In some cases, we may recommend integrating battery storage with your solar energy system to extend the benefits of energy produced across cloudy and inclement weather.
What if my utility bill is pretty low already?
Electricity rates vary by location so some American households benefit from low monthly costs. That said, electricity rates are generally on the rise and the environmental costs of relying on fossil fuels remain. Our solar savings estimator can help your forecast potential savings based on your location and current monthly electricity costs.