Solar panels becoming a common sight

Have you noticed how many homes in West Seattle neighborhoods are sprouting solar panels on their rooftops?

Here are some reasons the City of Seattle gives as to why you might want to consider investing in a solar electrical system for your home.

  • Solar electrical systems are safe, reliable, pollution free and use the sun as a renewable source of energy.
  • The option of connecting to the utility grid allows you to earn energy credit when you generate more power than you need.
  • Federal tax credits and state renewable energy production incentives offer additional financial benefits for owning and operating a solar electrical system.

FAQ’s about solar energy systems:

How much does it cost?

Cost depends on a number of factors, but for conventional systems mounted on a sloped roof, a typical 3,000 watt system would cost $15,000-$24,000 installed. Local solar electric providers can give you estimates and bids. Financing may be an option to help spread out the initial costs.

Is solar electricity a good investment?

Unlike electricity purchased month to month, solar electricity comes with an initial investment but not monthly charges. You’ll have lower electric bills, but the initial expense of installing a system may be jarring.

More info at www.seattle.gov/light/solarenergy

Posted October 31, 2015