Save With Solar!
Save With Solar!
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We’re glad you’ve taken some time to explore your interest in solar by coming to our website! Here, you can learn more about our company, mission, people, projects and information about our solar photovoltaic (PV), energy storage (batteries) and electric vehicle (EV) charging station installation services.
Puget Sound Solar is a local, family business owned by Pam Burton and Jeremy Smithson. We’re the most experienced solar installation company in the Pacific Northwest, established in 2001. We’ve been trusted by thousands of customers to install solar, batteries and EV charging stations. We pride ourselves on providing customized solar solutions that fit your lifestyle and budget and providing you with the longest Workmanship Warranty (25 years) in the industry.
We do have a FAQ page with more information …. but here’s some quick information about Financial Incentives, Energy Independence and how solar increases your home’s value.
There are several financial incentives to help make going solar more affordable including:
A Federal Tax Credit, (26% for 2021 & 2022) that’s scheduled to lower to 22% in 2023. There is no Federal Tax Credit for residential solar homeowners starting in 2024. The Federal Tax Credit covers the entire cost of the solar PV system including labor, materials, permits, and any necessary electrical or structural work necessary for the solar PV system to work. (Roof replacement is not included or eligible for the tax credit.) If you’re not able to use the entire tax credit in one year, it can be rolled over into several years tax returns.
No sales tax. In Washington State, there is no sales tax on solar installations which saves customers roughly 10% depending on where you reside. This includes the materials, labor and permit fees.
Net Metering is an incentive that turns the grid into free, unlimited storage for your excess solar production. When your home or building is producing more electricity than it’s using, the excess flows into the grid, running your meter backward and lowering your bill. Net Metering allows you to “bank” that extra energy with your utility to be used in the winter months when solar production drops and electricity consumption rises.
0% down financing is how many of our customers decide to purchase their solar PV system. We have strong partnerships with Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union and Verity Credit Union who both offer low interest rate solar loans for homeowners. For many of our customers, the monthly solar equipment payment costs are less than their pre-solar monthly electrical bill within two to three years of going solar. We show you the financial calculations in our customized solar quotes.
While not a direct incentive, studies show that solar increases home values. Homes with solar sell quicker and for more money than homes without solar. People are increasingly interested in reducing their carbon footprint while saving money on utility costs. Zillow’s 2019 study found that homes with solar solar for 4.1% more than homes without solar. With the average cost of a home in Seattle hovering around $875,000 this equates to a $35,000 price adder. The Lawrence Berkeley labs have also shown solar increases home values.
Energy independence means a lot of different things to people. For some folks it means having a reliable source of power no matter what happens with the utility’s grid. For others, it means taking greater control over their electrical costs.
Own your electricity instead of renting it from the utility. When you go solar, you own the equipment and the electricity that it produces.
Reduce or eliminate your electric bill. Using one of your recent electrical bills we can size your system to completely offset your annual electrical usage (if you have enough roof space). If there is not enough roof space, we can usually reduce your electrical costs significantly.
Freeze utility rate hikes. Utilities must raise their rates to keep up with rising labor, material and infrastructure maintenance costs. Seattle City Light is raising electrical rates about 25% from 2019 through 2026. When you purchase a solar PV system, you essentially lock in your rate for the next 25 years, the time period the system is warrantied.
Keep your lights on when the utility’s electricity goes down. By installing batteries, people can keep lights and other essential electrical loads powered up. This is super important if someone is reliant upon a medical device like a dialysis machine.
Power your electrical vehicle from the sun. You can further reduce your carbon footprint by fueling your EV with the electricity generated on your roof. This also lets you avoid unpredictable fossil fuel costs. Plus, if the utility’s power goes out, gas pumps do not work but you can still fuel up with the sun if you own a solar PV system.
There are several steps to going solar with Puget Sound Solar:
1. Sign up for a free customized solar quote on our website or by giving us a call. (This is a great time to share your electrical bill and a photo of your electrical panel.)
2. Collaborate with a Solar Consultant about the goals for your project.
3. Receive and examine the solar options in your custom quote.
4. Work with the Solar Consultant and further customize the system for your lifestyle and budget.
5. Sign a contract and arrange payment or financing.
6. Schedule the installation.
7. Enjoy 25 plus years of producing your own electricity from the sun.
While you’re waiting to receive your custom quote, you can check out a sample quote to get familiar with the format of our proposals and how we show you the financial and environmental impacts of going solar.
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