By answering a few questions about your living situation and current energy usage, we hope you’ll feel equipped to decide whether solar is a good option for you and your lifestyle.
By taking into account what you’re paying now, and how much energy you’re using, you can determine whether the potential savings could outweigh the costs when it comes to taking part in solar.
While you may not be able to install solar panels, that doesn't mean you can't support solar energy. Renters in Colorado and Minnesota can consider buying a subscription to a community solar garden through our Solar*Rewards Community® program. Renters in Wisconsin can consider signing up for our Solar* Connect CommunitySM program.
Not interested in going solar, but still want to use renewable energy? Our Windsource® program is an easy, affordable option without a long-term contract. Renters in New Mexico and Michigan are also eligible to participate in Windsource.
If you own your home, consider the following factors when deciding whether or not an on-site solar energy system is right for you.
Some programs require a long-term commitment or contract, and others are more flexible. Because of this, you’ll want to carefully review the length and flexibility of each program, along with the costs.
Yes: If you're planning on staying in your current home long-term, and are willing to commit to long-term solar, having your own solar energy system may be a good option for you. However, if you're not quite sure how long you'll be in your current home, or don't want to deal with system maintenance or selling a home with solar, a Solar Rewards Community subscription or Windsource may be better options for you if you live in a participating state.
If you are interested in an on-site solar energy system, you'll want to begin looking for an installer or developer to work with. We recommend soliciting at least three bids from installers or developers. Learn more on the Working with Third Party Providers page. Once you've found a developer to work with, they can help you to determine if your house is a good candidate for solar by taking into account factors such as the direction your house faces, whether or not anything would get in the way of that direct sun exposure, and roof size. As a part of their Installing and Maintaining a Home Solar Electric System (external link) page, energy.gov provides a helpful table on how roof size and system size are related.
No: We offer several renewable energy options for customers who prefer a more "hands off" approach.
Colorado and Minnesota residents can consider taking part in our Solar Rewards Community program and Wisconsin residents can consider signing up for our Solar Connect Community program for a maintenance-free way to harness the power of the sun. Our Windsource program is a great renewable energy option as well. Customers in New Mexico and Michigan are also eligible to participate in Windsource.
The Installing and Maintaining a Home Solar Electric System (external link) page on energy.gov lists factors to consider before installing your own solar.
If you're still unsure whether or not solar makes sense for you, email us and we’ll help you learn more about your solar choices.
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