Benefits of Solar
Save Money – Stop paying PNM and start saving your hard earned money! Adding solar panels to your home can bring monthly savings, in some cases, well over $100! Hedge against rising electric rates by adding solar to your home.
Increase the Value of Your Home – A home with solar panels means a home with little to no electric costs. A solar array on a home will make it stand out in the market place. A study conducted by National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) concluded that homes with solar panels sell 20% faster and for 17% more money.
Tax Incentives – When you purchase a system you can take advantage of the 30% federal tax credit. That’s a total of 30% savings on the cost of a system installation! This tax incentive are available to solar customers through the end of 2019. Take advantage of this federal incentives while it is still available!
Net Metering – Because we live in a state that provides at least 319 days of sunshine each year, there is an opportunity for your solar array to produce more energy than your household consumes. When this occurs, you can use this energy at night when your panels aren’t producing energy, or in a future month, without having to purchase energy from PNM. Essentially, Net Metering is a “bank” of energy that increases or decreases depending on the amount of energy your system produces and the amount of energy you use each month.
RECs – Each kilowatt-hour of electricity your system produces is sent directly to the grid and mixed in with other electricity generated by other sources such as coal fired plants. And because PNM has an obligation to generate 25% of its electricity by renewable resources by 2020, you, the solar customer, are helping them to meet their portfolio requirements. And because of this, PNM pays you for helping them meet these standards. The present rate is 3.5 cents per kWh, decreasing as more solar capacity is installed by customers. PNM will pay you for eight years.
Guaranteed Performance – Solar panel manufacturers provide a 25 year warranty, inverters include a 10 year warranty and Affordable Solar will guarantee the production of your system. If it doesn’t produce what we say it will, we’ll pay you the difference!
Environment – Obviously generating electricity from a renewable resource, sunlight, is good for the environment. The more solar we use, the less need for electricity generated by dirty coal fired stations. Many folks convert to solar electricity for the monetary savings, but the added benefit is the knowledge that you’re doing your part to leave a better planet to our children.
Energy Independence – Using solar energy reduces the need for using other, non-renewable resources. We can reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.
Low Maintenance – There are no moving parts in a roof mounted solar array. In fact, there’s little to no maintenance required. Most of our customers don’t even bother with cleaning their panels because the wind keeps the surface dust free. And if we get any significant amount of snow, the sun usually pops out by mid-morning and melts it away! Any type of performance or operating issues can be addressed by manufacture’s warranties.
It’s Easy to Go Solar! – Our operation is turn-key. We perform a free site analysis to determine the size, location and price of your system. Once you agree to go solar, we take care of design, permits, inspections, construction & all paperwork. The only thing we ask of you is to tell your friends and family all the benefits you’re receiving because of your decision to go with solar energy for your home.