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Fall Into Solar: 4 Reasons to Go Solar in Fall 2018

Thank goodness this scorching summer’s finally over! Now that we can all go outside again without frying, I’m looking forward to another of the long, warm “Indian summers” that our recent falls have given us – so moderate that the last several Halloweens haven’t made the kids choose trick-or-treat costumes based on their warmth! (Which was common back in the ‘90s and ‘00s.)

These pleasant months are also a smart time to install your solar system in Missouri. Here’s why:



Honestly, summer’s a really busy time for solar installers. The long, hot days make everyone think of putting all that sunlight to good use, so installation teams are stretched thin meeting all that demand.

In contrast, fewer people think of solar in fall, so installers can focus completely on the customers they have and offer quicker turnaround times than during the busy season.

So if getting your solar system designed, set up, and installed ASAP appeals to you, fall’s the time.




In April 2019, you’ll be able to claim the 30% federal tax refund for solar installations activated by Dec. 31, 2018. If your system’s not installed by then, you’ll have to wait until 2020 to see your refund.

In addition, after the end of 2019, the 30% federal tax refund is scheduled to drop annually until it’s completely phased out by the end of 2023.

So to save as much as possible on your system and see that money as soon as possible, it’s best to have your system installed by the end of 2018.



 Missouri’s fairly sunny and well below the 45th parallel (the halfway point between the Equator and the North Pole), so even relatively

shorter fall and winter days provide enough sunlight for solar panels to significantly reduce heating costs in fall and winter.

And the cold? It doesn’t bother solar panels – it actually increases their efficiency!

Some tips to make them even more efficient:

  1. Tilt your solar panels every season to maximize the amount of sunlight they receive (this graph shows to what degree – or just ask us which angle’s the best for your building!)
  2. Check them regularly to make sure no fallen leaves or branches are blocking any of the panels.
  3. If there’s any dirt or grime (but there rarely is), it doesn’t hurt to hose them off before winter comes.



Honestly, the best reason to go solar in fall of 2018 is that it IS fall of 2018, and the sooner you get your solar panels up, the sooner your utility bills will shrink – even to the point where, instead of you paying them for energy, your utility will give you energy credits via Missouri’s net metering program.

So the sooner you go solar, the more you save. It’s that simple.

Enjoy the autumn sun!



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