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Why Go Solar – The Benefits of Installing a Residential Solar Panel System

There are plenty of incentives for households to get excited about. You can acquire free energy from the sun’s rays. You can save on significant utility bills. More and more people are finding this idea appealing. The NREL, or National Renewable Energy Labs has stated that there are now 45 times more households that have solar panels installed in them.

The proliferation of solar panels could be due to a number of reasons. Incentives such as getting tax credit worth around 30 percent of total solar panel installation costs are one. Excellent financing plans that eliminate the burden of startup installation costs on solar panels could be another. Last but not the least, the production of solar panels have been soaring over the past few years, thanks to countries such as China. So, how does one harness the sun’s power to provide electricity? What are the benefits of getting a residential solar system?

Students build unique energy efficient house

By Rob Hayes, KABC7 Eyewitness News

A ribbon-cutting was held Tuesday for a unique solar-powered house designed and built by students from two local schools.

Anyone who takes a look at the home’s roof, siding, doors and windows won’t see a hint of green. But the people who designed and built it will point out it is one of the greenest houses to be found – with a monthly power bill of zero.

“And if you are in a municipality where they take energy back, it would be positive. They would actually pay you for the energy,” said Reed Finley, project manager for the Southern California Institute of Architecture and the California Institute of Technology solar decathlon team, which built the home.

It’s called a CHIP solar house. CHIP stands for compact, hyper-insulated prototype.

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