Why Solar?

Learn about the top reasons to go solar at home

Installing solar panels for your home can save you thousands of dollars in energy bills, increase your home’s value, and protect the environment by producing green, renewable energy. When you add in tax credits and exemptions, going solar is a great long-term investment.

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Save money


Pay less on energy bills…forever.

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Protect the planet


Be part of the green solution.

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Improve your home


Increase your property value.


Save On Your Monthly Electricity Bills

Once you have a solar system installed, your home energy bills will be dramatically reduced, with savings of thousands of dollars each year. And by generating your own power, you protect your self from future increases in the costs of electricity.

Talk to a Sandbar Solar representative, and we can do the math with you — and you can then decide if going solar is right for you. We will look at the costs of a solar system and project the savings from reduced energy bills over the next several years. After 5 to 7 years, most homeowners save far more money than the initial costs of installing the solar energy system.

Understanding how the utilities bill their customers in different ways helps to show why creating your own sustainable source of power makes sense. PG&E’s standard Tiered Base Plan has four tiers. As you use the amount of electricity allotted for each tier during your bill period you move to the next, higher-priced tier.

tax credit levelsTier 1: Each monthly billing period, the price of your electricity begins at the lowest rate. Average consumers use all of Tier 1 in about 15 to 20 days.

Tier 2: After you use the allotment in tier 1, the rate for your electricity goes up to the second rate. If your Tier 1 allotment lasts 15-20 days, Tier 2 could last another 5-6 days.

Tier 3: Consumers who enter Tier 3 are consuming significant amounts of electricity, and the rate for this additional electricity rises dramatically.

Tier 4: Finally, if you enter Tier 4, you are using more than twice Tier 1 total, and the rate increases to the highest level.

If you install a solar system, it may be possible to reduce the amount of electricity you purchase from PG&E so that you only pay only the lowest Tier 1 rates. It makes financial sense to secure your energy independence and produce your power rather than buying it from the utility.

Remember: Utility company rates have been steadily increasing by approximately 4% a year, with a 30% jump in the last three years alone. With a solar system, you can lock in your electricity rates for decades to come. Solar power allows consumers to pay a considerably less, fixed cost for their energy without the volatility of fluctuating rate increases.


Increase the Value of Your Home

solar panels homes sellThe Home Appraisal Institute did a case study of 30 homes — with installed solar systems — that were sold in 2013. “The case studies, as well as general market data, support the conclusions that PV (photovoltaic) systems (that are owned) generally increase the market value and almost always decrease the market time.” Read more ›

Research by Berkeley Lab in the largest-ever study quantifies the value of rooftop photovoltaics on homes that sold across eight states and 12 years. In this study, they show that buyers consistently have been willing to pay more for homes with host-owned solar systems, about $15,000 for a typical system. Read more ›


Reduce Costs with the Solar Investment Tax Credit

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Every solar powered homeowner may qualify for a 30% Investment Tax Credit (ITC). The tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction in the income taxes that a person or company claiming would otherwise pay the federal government. Congress recently extended this credit through 2019. Learn more about solar tax credits ›

A solar system may also qualify for a property tax exemption, meaning the value of the solar system is subtracted from the total property value for the tax purposes. For example: a $500,000 home – $10,000 solar value = $490,000 new property tax basis. Sandbar recommends speaking with your tax attorney to confirm eligibility for and property tax exemption.


Environmental Benefits of Going Solar

Your carbon footprint will be reduced by going solar. Over the life of a 4.25 kW system, 166 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) will be eliminated from your footprint. 166 Tons of CO2 is Equivalent to:

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Planting 3,868 trees
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Recycling 5 tons of waste
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Reducing 80.9 tons of coal burned

Going solar helps reduce the effects of climate change, decreases immediate pollution, and supports a movement to establish a sustainable energy system based on renewable power.

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