The question “when should I go solar” is very common among our customers looking to put solar panels on their homes and cabins. The answer to this question is slightly nuanced by the programs in place to support our solar industry here in New York State.
I’ll give you the short answer and then dive into it in more detail below.
That is the best answer I can give. And I give this not because we’re solar installers but because we want the best possible outcome for our customers.
Here are the reasons why today is the best day to enter into a solar contract:
- The incentives aren’t going up,
- Financing rates aren’t getting any better,
- Electricity rates ARE going up,
- Technology isn’t improving fast enough to make up for the loss in savings from delaying.
So, short answer: Now.
The hitch is that if you haven’t been planning for solar you probably aren’t going to decide on it tomorrow and I realize this. So, as a fellow planner myself, I’ve put together some information for the person who likes to put great thought into planning these types of decisions. For everyone else, please start back at the top 😉
The Grid-Tied Solar Home in Central NY
It is very common for us, as solar installers, to see interest in solar peaking around the beginning to middle of summer. Maybe this has to do with the weather or the presence of the sun or it being the time when other home renovations are happening… Whatever the case, this tends to NOT be the most ideal time from a prosumer’s perspective.
With Net Metering in New York State the optimal time to maximize your investment from day 1 is to have it installed during the months of April, May, and early June. Net Metering is what allows solar customers to feed their excess solar electricity into the grid during the sunnier months and use this electricity back during the winter months in the form of Utility credits. The key to this equation is to target the months where your solar production most closely matches your consumption with daily production on the rise (ie Spring-time, not fall). This way you can maximize the first year investment of your system by capturing as much of the green area, as credits, as you can (see image below).
The Off-Grid Solar Cabin in the Adirondacks
For our off-grid solar users we tend to see interest peak during times of the year when people generally have more time to do their research. Perhaps in the fall, winter, and early spring. This one corresponds quite well to what is practical.
By considering an off-grid solar system in the slower periods of the year your chances of maximizing the use of that quiet (ahem, lack of a noisy generator) solar resource are improved. This is because these systems can be designed and built in our shop ready for deployment as soon as the weather begins to break.
There are a plethora of reasons why today is the best day to go solar… If you disagree please share your comment below in our comments section.
Besides as the great Pope John Paul the II once said, “The future starts today, not tomorrow.”
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