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Why go solar in Wisconsin
Every day more Wisconsin homeowners are choosing to go solar. You can feel good knowing your solar system is helping the environment, while being a good investment. Many that go solar report savings as a driving factor.
Save on energy
Wisconsin operates on time of use (TOU) rates. This means that your energy bill may vary depending what time you use electricity. Rather than settle for high rates during peak period, your system can help you avoid them altogether. If you have batteries, you can potentially power your home at night.
Be prepared for outages
Scheduled outages in Wisconsin are normal and necessary, but they are still inconvenient. Unforeseen weather may also cause outages and leave you without power. Installing batteries with your system can potentially help your home stay powered even during an outage. Talk to your dealer about what batteries can give you the freedom to keep powering your home.
Preserve Wisconsin’s outdoors
Wisconsin is known for its beautiful outdoors and extensive agriculture. Preserving the land is top of many homeowner’s lists. Not just because it is beautiful, but because it is bountiful. By installing a solar system, you reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions that can contaminate farmland.
Have predictable payments
Many Wisconsin homeowners are on a TOU rate system. Electricity is more expensive at certain hours of the day or times of the year. Depending on your energy usage your solar system may produce enough energy so you only pay the minimum toward your utility. Then you can budget your monthly solar cost. This can help make your monthly bills much more predictable.
Invest in your home**
If you ask your neighbors, some of them have already gone solar to build equity. Going solar may add value to your home and may help it sell faster. The average Wisconsin home is currently valued at approximately $213,537, that is a 9.6% annual increase from last year. Keep up with the rising home values, especially if you want to sell in the future.
Solar incentives in Wisconsin**
The Wisconsin Focus on Energy program can offer you up to $500 rebate to help decrease the permitting and interconnection costs associated with installing your solar panel system.** You can also qualify for the sales tax exemption and be exempt from paying 5% of the sales tax on your solar system. Wisconsinites qualify for no additional property taxes on the added home value of solar under a special property tax exemption. Net metering is available for eligible customers of investor-owned utilities and municipal utilities.
Wisconsin homeowners are also eligible for the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC).*** The ITC allows you to deduct 26 percent of the cost of installing a solar energy system from your federal taxes.
Solar panels perform in all kinds of weather
Going solar is a big decision, and although there are many factors you should consider, local weather shouldn’t be a deterrent. Solar panels are designed to work in almost any type of weather… even snow and clouds!
There are sunny days ahead for solar. The more sun you have access to, the longer your panels work during the day. Your panels work best at converting energy when sun rays shine directly at them. The more energy you produce, the more excess you may be able to send back to the grid. Take advantage of the excess through net metering and other incentive programs.
As the rain pours down, your panels will continue to be hard at work. Solar panels will work with reflected or partially blocked sun rays to keep your home powered. Your production is linked to the amount of clouds. Rain will have some effect on your production, but the rays will still penetrate through the rain. It may actually help keep your panels working efficiently as they wash away any dust or dirt.
It is a misconception that panels don’t work on cloudy days. The best way to know how much the clouds affect your system’s performance is to monitor your system on sunny days and compare. Your system may actually be more efficient without the excess heat. This is because solar systems prefer the cold! The sun’s rays are still able to penetrate through cloudy skies and keep your system running.
Amazingly enough, even when covered in snow a solar system can still produce power! Scattered light filters through snow and reaches solar panels even when the snow cover is fairly heavy. Your solar panels may actual be more efficient in light snow. Cold weather helps them perform better, and usually snow slides right off. Power production may be reduced with heavier snowfall, but your system can still produce.
Solar panels are highly reliable and sturdy, they hardly notice your average winds. In most cases, damage from wind will be due to weakened roofs, not solar panels. This is why we assess your roof condition and reccomend any repairs prior to installing your system. In the event that higher winds cause an outage in the grid, you will still have power if you have batteries with your system.
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*Customers are encouraged to check with their local utility providers for the most up to date and accurate information regarding solar incentives and programs available.
**This information is accurate as of May 5, 2021 and figures and are only approximations. We advise you to consult with the appropriate professionals (including, but not limited to, your solicitor or attorney, accountant, CPA, CGA, or any other financial or legal advisor) for the implications of any information contained in our website and in any link you access through our website.
***You should contact a qualified tax expert and consult with them. Neither Freedom Forever’s family of independent authorized dealers nor Freedom Forever itself can give you tax advice. A qualified tax professional will understand your situation and be able to give you the most relevant advice.