It is no surprise that the Green Mountain state is a national leader in renewable energy. With a target of producing 20 percent of its energy from renewables by 2017, and 75 percent by 2032, Vermont is pursuing a greener future more aggressively than almost every state. By going solar you can help preserve the beautiful outdoors, have predictable energy bills, and invest in your home.
If you are on a time of use (TOU) billing system, you may see higher rates at different times of day. By going solar and installing batteries, you may be able to avoid TOU. The goal is to design your system to produce enough energy to keep your house running. This means you may not need to use any energy from the grid.
Scheduled outages in Vermont are normal and sometimes necessary, but they are still inconvenient. Unforeseen weather may also cause outages and leave you without power. Installing batteries with your system can 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.
Vermont has beautiful landscapes, forests, and agriculture that needs to be preserved. Many homeowners report the environment as a key reason to go solar. Your solar system prevents additional greenhouse gas emissions, such as CO2, from polluting your environment. Going solar also reduces your reliance on fossil fuels and other traditional energy sources.
Vermont’s weather can vary, and so can your energy bill. With TOU rates, it becomes even more difficult to predict your energy bill. If you go solar, you have the opportunity to offset* your energy consumption and minimize your payment to the utility. Then you can budget for your monthly solar payment.
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 Rhode Island home is currently valued at approximately $277,364, that is a 6.1% annual increase from last year. Keep up with the rising home values, especially if you want to sell in the future.