Go Solar Checklist—Part 2

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solar-checklist2Our Go Solar Checklist post provided you with useful information to get you ready to start shopping for your own solar power system. We’ve pulled together a short follow-up checklist below that’s aimed at helping you cross the finish line. Here are a few more things to consider:

Understand the cost and benefits of a solar energy system

This piece is a key component to getting the most bang for your buck when it comes to your investment in solar power. There are a number of important variables that will significantly affect your financial outcome so it’s important that you understand how each variable affects the overall equation.

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There are a number of reasons why people choose to install solar power systems at their homes or businesses. Different people have different priorities. Knowing what your goals are before you choose a system will help to make sure that they are met. Some things to think about include:  Are you focused on the environmental benefits? The economic benefits? The social benefits? Or some combination of all of these?

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Research Your Financing Options

How do you plan to pay for your solar power? There are several options so you have a great deal of flexibility in meeting your specific goals and accommodating your specific financial situation. For folks who don’t want to make a large upfront investment, they can start saving money and the environment with a solar lease, power purchase agreement (PPA) or solar loan. For others who are looking to maximize their financial benefits, buying the system outright with cash or a solar loan allows them to reap all the benefits of true ownership such as tax breaks, rebates, and incentives and potentially Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs).

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Use your community solar reviews

The collective knowledge of others who have gone before you is an invaluable resource at every point along the way to going solar. You can save a lot of time, effort and money by learning from people who have already installed solar power systems at their properties—information such as performance data, hidden costs, break-even points, and maintenance expenses, as well as ratings and reviews of installers, products / brands, and financiers. The great thing about tapping into a network is that the reviews and information you receive is generally unbiased, so you get a really great view of how things actually are.

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