Separate Yourself From Investor-owned Utilities With Solar

Rooftop Solar
Solar Panel Installer, Go Solar Group

Utility companies have monopolized the electric industry. This, however, is changing with the emergence of residential solar.

Solar gives people a choice. It frees customers from the shackles of an ever-increasing electric bill.

To understand what solar can provide, let’s look at what traditional power is missing. 

Types of Electric Utility Providers

Within the energy sector, there are three types of electricity providers. These providers have complete control over the cost of power.

What’s more, is that each utility has a specific area that it services. This means that people who live in these areas can only get power through these providers.

There are some states, such as Texas, that have more utility flexibility. However, most states assign residents to utility districts.

 Taking a Look at Electric Cooperatives

Cooperatives otherwise known as co-ops are non-profit member-owned utilities. This utility type is known for giving customers a voice and lower rates.

There are 812 co-ops across the United States. Each of these serves an average of 24,500 customers.

What are Publicly Owned Utilities

Publicly Owned Utilities are either federal, state or municipally run. They are also known as POU or public utility districts. These are utilities that residents have voted for.

The United States has 1,958 POUs. Each of them serves an average of 12,000 electric customers.

 Understanding Investor-Owned Utilities

Investor-owned utilities (IOU) are large corporations with investors. These companies typically care more about making money than customer service.

In the united states, IOUs cover about three-thirds of America’s utility customers. This is even more significant given that there are only 168 IOUs.

Residential Solar Panels: an Electricity Game Changer

Investor-owned utilities have a reputation of being more expensive. Most states don’t have open-market utilities.

Meaning customers are stuck with the utility district their home falls under. Which often ends up being an IOU.

This, however, doesn’t need to be the end of the story. Residential solar has become a viable option for people that want to save money and/or conserve fossil fuels.

Although most that have residential solar stay connected to the grid, they don’t pay as much for electricity. This is because their solar array generates the majority of their power needs.

How Much do Solar Panels Save?

Although we all would like to say we do things for the greater good. When it comes down to it, most people make their purchase decisions because it benefits them in some way.

Solar panels are one of those purchases. Solar helps the environment, which makes us feel a little better about ourselves. It also increases our energy consumption awareness.

However, solar also helps keep customer wallets a little fatter. Which makes it easier to choose this energy-conscious power source.

 Solar Calculator: Finding a Base Price

There are many solar companies out there. Which one to use can be a difficult process. However, it is possible to get an idea of what to expect.

Solar calculators won’t give an accurate quote. However, they do give people interested in solar an idea of what to expect.

To find the best price, solar customers will need to compare several quotes. This is best done when the customer compares price to quality of the product.

Determining Your Solar Savings

Although the solar company does determine savings, it isn’t the only factor. One factor that plays a significant roll in saving is the type of solar financing plan. This is in part due to differing rates, but it is also because it is the deciding factor behind federal funding.

If a customer decides to lease solar, they won’t qualify for the federal tax credit. Instead, the tax credit goes to the panel owners.

In this case, the owner is the solar company leasing the panels. This credit currently accounts for up to 30 percent of the solar array which is a big price difference.

Another determining factor is when to purchase the solar array. Those who can get solar should consider purchasing solar sooner rather than later.

There are a couple of reasons for this. First, those that get solar sooner start saving money earlier. Second, the federal tax credit is set to decrease to 26 percent in 2020.

If you are unsure whether your home is a good candidate for solar, Go Solar Group can help you out. Our representative will call to see if you qualify.  If you do, they will set up a free consultation so you can compare your options with ease.


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