Why Solar Now?
The Southern Tier receives enough sunlight for solar energy
The solar industry is growing faster than the economy
We could power the world with solar panels on 0.07% of the earth’s surface
Solar energy is forever, fossil fuels are not
Solar cell technology is improving faster than ever
Even though solar cells are cheaper than ever, government incentives are going to go down after 2016.
South Facing Roof
South facing roofs are the most efficient place to put your solar panels so having one is a good sign.
Your site cannot be too shaded by other building or trees. If there are trees obstructing the solar panels they may need to be trimmed or removed to have a viable site.
Your roof needs to have enough room to put solar panels. If your roof as many gables or chimneys this may add to the expense of your system.
If your age is getting old and will need to be replaced in the next couple of years you should replace your roof before going solar.
State and Federal Incentives
State Tax Incentive
Up to $5000
Federal Tax Credit
Loans Available Through NYSERDA
On-Bill Recovery Loan
- 3.49% – 7.99% Interest
- $25,000 max
- Loan paid for through utility bill
- Balance transfers to new owners when house is sold
Smart Energy Loan
- 3.99%-8.45% interest or
- 3.49%-7.99% on autopay
- $25,000 max
- Standard unsecured loan on a separate bill