Rooftop Solar: Get the Facts Without the Fiction
Interested in a rooftop solar system for your home? There are important factors to consider to ensure your investment is all sun and no shade.
Unfortunately, electric utilities – including Jackson EMC – have received a significant increase in reports of consumers being misinformed by solar installers. If you’re interested in rooftop solar, be sure to get quotes from several reputable solar installers. It’s also a significant financial investment, so choosing the system that’s designed for your house is important.
Be wary of these statements if you're considering rooftop solar:
"Rooftop solar will eliminate your electric bill."
In most cases, that’s simply not true. Unless you have a rooftop solar and battery storage system large enough to meet all your electricity needs 24/7, you’ll need a reliable electric source from your local electric utility. While the amount of electricity you purchase from Jackson EMC may decrease, the cooperative will still provide you with electricity at night and on cloudy days – when there may not be enough sunlight to power your solar system.
“Your electric rate is projected to increase substantially in the coming years.”
Some solar installers substantially overstate increases in electric rates. In reality, the cost of electricity has been relatively stable. Based on data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, retail electricity prices averaged an increase of only 1.16% per year from 2011 to 2020.
“You have 24-48 hours to sign a contract or the deal is no longer valid.”
Rooftop solar is a significant financial investment. Be sure to consider your options wisely, including how a solar system can meet your needs, goals and financial objectives. Be cautious of contractors who may pressure you to sign a contract in a limited timeframe.
“You'll make money selling power back to your electricity utility.”
This is unlikely. Some solar installers use inaccurate rates to project how you will be credited for any excess energy your rooftop solar system generates and sends back to the electric grid. Be sure to contact Jackson EMC and speak with a representative about how this works for members and confirm if the rate matches the solar installer’s estimate.
“Your electric utility doesn't need to be involved.”
It’s important you contact Jackson EMC before installing rooftop solar. As your trusted energy advisor, we can help guide you on smarter energy investments, including evaluating if rooftop solar fits your electricity needs. It’s also important to complete Jackson EMC’s interconnection agreement to ensure your solar system meets requirements for safety and reliability.
For more information, visit jacksonemc.com/renewables or by calling 1-800-462-3691 to speak to a representative.