The truth is, there is not a “one size fits all” system. Why? Because every customer has different energy needs, even if they have the exact same type of home or business.
When customers initially inquire with this type of question, our default answer is to set up a free consultation with one of our energy consultants. It’s not that we are trying to mislead or dodge the question but rather, it’s because we want to make sure we provide you with the most accurate information that will apply to your individual residential or business needs.
During the consultation, our consultants will ask specific questions about the home or business such as: When was it built? What is the square footage? How many people live in the home or work in the building? What different appliances and electronics are used frequently? Can we look at a previous electric bill? The information collected from these questions, along with weather data collected for your home or business through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) over the past calendar year, can then be input into special computer software to determine the solar installation that is right for you.
So, now you have the cost to go solar, right?
Yes, but there are also other factors that affect the cost—REBATES!
At Missouri Sun Solar, we aim to do everything in our power to help our customers save money and become more self-sufficient. A part of this process is also making our customers aware of programs and rebates available to save money on a solar installation for their home or business. This gives you the most accurate picture of the price you’ll pay and the benefits you’ll receive by going solar.
Here are some current rebates and tax credits that are currently available to Missouri home and business owners:
- A 30% federal solar tax credit. This is available to anyone who purchases and installs a solar system.
- If you are an Empire Electric customer, you are eligible for a rebate of $1.00 per watt up to $25,000 until December 31, 2015. After that, the rebate drops to $0.50 cents per watt.
- United States Department of Agriculture offers a program called the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) that is geared towards agricultural producers and rural small businesses. Through this program, business owners can qualify for loans and grants to go solar or become more energy efficient.
- The State of Missouri also has the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program that allows Missouri residents to finance solar systems, as well as other energy efficiency measures, by adding the cost of such measures onto their property tax obligations over several years. However, this is only available in areas that have agreed to participate in the program. Check the PACE website to see if your area is included.
Taking advantage of these programs and rebates can save you a lot of money on the cost of your system, especially if you can take advantage of more than one.
So, now you know a little bit more about how we arrive at the cost of going solar. It’s much more complex than a simple number and more importantly, it’s a price based on your individual needs.
At Missouri Sun Solar we take pride in our work and in knowing that we help accurately fit our customers with the right size system based upon their energy needs. If you are interested in finding out just how much your family or organization could save from going solar, just give us a call at (417) 413-1786 or schedule an appointment on our website at www.MissouriSunSolar.com.