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Do I need to replace my roof before I put photovoltaic installation?

It depends on the age and condition of your existing roof. If you have a wood shake roof the answer is most definitely yes.  If you have asphalt shingles and they still have half of their life remaining I would say you are fine installing a solar PV system on it.  However, it would not [...]

By | February 11th, 2020|Information|0 Comments

How long will it take to break even on my solar system investment?

The quintessential question of how long will it take to break even on the investment in a PV solar system varies, but it is typically in the range of 8-11 years for residential and 4-7 years for commercial. Some of the variable factors affecting the payback are: a larger system costs less per kilowatt installed [...]

By | February 5th, 2020|Information|0 Comments

Does the Efficiency of a solar panel matter?

The simple answer is not really.  All a customer really should care about is can enough solar panels be placed on the roof to power the home completely for the entire year and does the panel manufacture have an industry-standard warranty.  If the less expensive, lower efficiency panels can not produce all the power needed [...]

By | February 5th, 2020|Information|0 Comments

Can a solar system power my home’s Air-Conditioning?

Yes, and since your home’s air conditioner will consume on average $14 dollars of electricity for every hour the compressor runs you can be making that electricity all day with your Photovoltaic system while the sun shines.  And one of the great side benefits of a solar system is your air-conditioner will not run as [...]

By | February 5th, 2020|Information|0 Comments

Colorado Ranks 12th Among States in Q2 PV Update

In the first half of 2016, solar accounted for 26% of all new electric generating capacity brought on-line in the U.S. The new U.S. Solar Market Insight report shows the market growing 43% year-over-year with 2,051 MW of solar photovoltaics installed in Q2 2016 in the U.S. According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries [...]

By | February 4th, 2020|Information, News|0 Comments

Solar Tax Credit in 2020 and Beyond

2020 is the last year the federal government will be offering the full 26% Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for solar power systems.  In the coming years, the ITC will continue to drop.  This diagram shows the decline of the ITC between now and then. So, what does this mean for home and business owners thinking [...]

By | January 17th, 2019|Information, News|0 Comments

The Colorado Sierra Club + ARE Solar

ARE Solar is proud to support the Colorado Sierra Club and their efforts to push Colorado towards 100% clean energy.  The #ReadyFor100 campaign urges Colorado citizens, businesses, and politicians to make the switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources like solar and wind to power our state.  With cities like Denver, Boulder, Pueblo and [...]

By | July 3rd, 2018|Information, News|0 Comments

Can Hail Damage Solar Panels?

To say the weather in Colorado is sporadic would be an understatement.  While The Centennial State boasts 300 days of sunshine per year, the other 60 can feel like the world is coming to an end.  Every year, the Front Range is sieged by booming thunderstorms and torrential downpours.  And hail.  Especially hail. The single [...]

By | May 17th, 2018|Information|0 Comments

Why Solar Makes Sense for Electric Car Owners

In the last few years electric vehicles (EV’s) have taken strides in becoming more reliable sources of transportation.  Studies say that by 2025, 1 in every 6 cars sold will be electric.  Locally, the Denver Post notes that "Colorado could have nearly 1 million electric vehicles on the road come 2030".  This makes sense considering [...]

By | April 19th, 2018|Information|0 Comments

Are you eligible for solar investment tax credit?  

Solar investment tax credit, also referred to as the federal solar tax credit, is an incentive offered by the government to allow residential and commercial properties to deduct 30 percent of the cost of installing a solar energy system from their federal taxes. According to Section 25D of the federal tax credit, residential investment tax [...]

By | December 27th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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