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Are the tax credits still available?

The the 30% federal tax credit is set to expire on 12/31/21 and the 25% South Carolina tax credit has no expiration date.

Do solar electric systems require batteries?

The majority of the PV systems we install don’t require batteries. They are installed under a system known as Net Metered, which means that you will have one electric meter and one account with the utility company. When you are producing more power than you are consuming, you generate credits (and spin the meter backwards). When you are consuming more power than you are producing, you use those credits or buy power when you are out of credits.

Does solar add value to my house?

According to recent independent studies, solar-powered homes on average garner $17,000 more than comparable homes without a solar energy system. Compared to other home renovations, solar can often recover 100% of the original cost, where some home improvements can recover as little as 4% of the original cost. According to the U.S. Dept. of Energy, a home with solar energy sells twice as fast as a home without solar energy – even in a depressed market (http://emp.lbl.gov/sites/all/files/lbnl-4476e.pdf) As the industry continues to mature, the value of solar will only increase.

What is the payback time for solar electric and solar hot water?

Approximately 11 to 12 years for residential systems and 5 to 7 years for commercial.

Can my electric bill really be $0?

Some solar systems produce more electricity than is used each month, bringing net electricity costs to $0. However, there is still a minimal connection fee (typically about $100 per year) to remain connected to the electrical grid.

How does a solar system affect my roof integrity?

With proper design and installation following industry best practices, your roof should maintain all its pre-solar integrity. Our design crew will assess any unusual circumstances.

pints for power

Wanna drink free beer, support Green Opportunities, & learn how to save with solar? (Pints for Power = TOMORROW/Thursday!)

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pints for power

Wanna drink free beer, support Green Opportunities, & learn how to save with solar? (Pints for Power = TOMORROW/Thursday!)

Can you believe it’s already October? Whoa. Butternut squash soup, roasted root veggie everything, and pumpkin beer… mmmm. ...
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How to save $6000 on solar with Duke’s 2019 rebate (time sensitive)

It’s simple. Really! If you’re a Duke customer, you can save up to $6000 on your home solar ...
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How to kick the coal habit, shrink your carbon footprint, and start saving with solar

Recently we had a great question come in through our Facebook page. "Where does a homeowner start? How ...
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Making Solar Energy More Approachable

We are excited to announce that Sugar Hollow Solar now offers financing for residential solar in North Carolina as well ...
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Mountains of paperwork down. NC rooftop solar ahead.

We know. It’s been confusing. But it’s true: Duke Energy has officially announced the launch of their much ...
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Imitate the Trees

Surrounding a small house and dilapidated barn of the same warm rust-red color stands a grove of trees; ...
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Thanks to your Energy Leadership…

It’s 2018! We made it! This month we realized something that made us nearly burst with WNC pride. ...
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Gigawatts! Great Scott!

We were so excited, we had a little fun with the EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Calculator to show you just what ...
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Saving on Solar in South Carolina

Upstate South Carolinians– this blog is for you! We’re excited to announce that current Duke Energy solar rebates ...
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What is Net-Metering?

If you’re new to the concept of solar energy, one of the most difficult pieces of the puzzle ...
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