08
April
2015
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06:00 AM
America/New_York

Solar Electricity 101

Harvesting energy from the sun, through the use of photovoltaic (PV) cells to convert light from the sun directly into electricity or through solar collectors that heat water using sunlight, helps conserve natural resources. These renewable energy technologies can help you save on electricity costs all year, while reducing the negative impact on the environment.

WILL SOLAR WORK AT YOUR HOUSE?

  • Your home’s roof should be mostly unobstructed by trees and have little shading.
  • Panels should face south to take advantage of the most sun hours.
  • Shingles or roofing must be in good condition.
  • There should be at least 300 to 400 square feet of area available for the panels.
  • There is often considerable upfront cost when installing a whole-house solar system, around $50,000 before incentives. It takes about 10 years to get a return on investment for a solar electric system.

INCENTIVES

JACKSON EMC - Solar Powered Home: A one-time rebate of $450 per kilowatt (kW) of DC installed, up to 10kW for members who qualify. Maximum benefit of $4,500. (Reserved for members who follow our installation and equipment specifications.)

FEDERAL: Uncapped 30 percent federal income tax credit on solar equipment installed before January 1, 2017. *Consult with your tax advisor.

SOLAR SYSTEM VS. SOLAR WATER HEATING

A solar electricity system produces an electric current when photons from the sun’s rays strike a photovoltaic panel made up of silicon crystals. A solar water heating system produces hot water when the sun’s radiant energy heats a liquid in a solar collector containing a piping system. JEMC offers a $500 rebate for the installation of a new ENERGY STAR® rated solar thermal water heater.

SAFETY

Before installing a solar power system, contact Jackson EMC for assistance on properly connecting it to our power grid. An improper connection can be dangerous to you, your neighbors and Jackson EMC’s employees.

To find a certified installer, and for more information about our Sun Power program, see www.jacksonemc.com/sunpower.