OPINION / ADVERTORIAL – Residents of St. George enjoy over 300 days of sunshine a year on average. What you may not realize is that you could be turning that statistic into dollar signs. Many residents have already begun to utilize the sunny weather by installing solar panels on their homes and in turn creating their own personal power plants.
“This is something that has become big fast,” Shaun Alldredge Sr. of Legend Solar said. “People should understand that it’s a dollars and cents type of thing now, not just an environmental thing.”
When the technology first emerged, the price to buy was high and the misconception grew that solar energy was only for well-off consumers concerned with the environment. Years later, the solar energy business has exploded, honed in on new technologies, and in turn has become much more affordable for everyone.
In fact, Alldredge said, by installing a solar panel system on your home instead of paying an electric utility bill every month, you will save money in the long run.
Not only is it good for your wallet, but the technology increases the value and appeal of your home if you are ever looking to sell.
On top of that, the technology has become big business and created new jobs all over the state.
“It’s something that has exploded so fast because of how much sense it makes for consumers,” Alldredge said. “Anybody can afford it with the financing we have.”
Alldredge and his partner Shane Perkins began their journey into solar energy about four years ago. Taking the first year to familiarize themselves with the business and research, they became experts in the field. Since then, the business of Legend Solar has tripled in size, serving customers in Las Vegas, Northern California, Idaho, Arizona, and Utah.
“We wanted to make sure we were offering the best stuff out there. We’re not the kind of company that says ‘hey lets find the cheapest stuff there is and go cheap,’” Alldredge said. “Price is something people look at, but value is what they should really be looking at.”
The old saying goes that you get what you pay for, and it’s no different when it comes to solar panels. When looking to invest in something that has a return, you obviously want a product that won’t break, has a good warranty, and produces the maximum so you get the most bang for you buck.
Utah residents are somewhat behind in their awareness of the affordability of the technology, Alldredge said. Surrounding states like California and Nevada have begun taking advantage of solar energy.
City of St. George council members gave verbal approval on Dec. 11 for an additional charge to residents using solar power who are still connected to the city’s grid. This motion was proposed so that if for any reason a house generated by solar energy loses power, they will be able to receive power from the grid. For most, the capacity charge won’t be significant, Alldredge said.
“The capacity charge should be a few dollars at most for customers,” Alldredge said. “Keeping that in perspective, obviously if you’re paying a few dollars a month, you’re trading that for the long-term return of potentially tens of thousands of dollars over time because you own your power.”
In addition to the tax credits, Rocky Mountain Power will be offering the Utah Solar Incentive Program beginning Jan. 15 and ending Jan. 28. Those interested in installing a new system or those looking to expand their current system should contact Legend Solar so they can fill out an entry submission for them. Rebates are estimated around a couple thousand dollars, Alldredge said, but vary depending on installation size.
During this year’s annual St. George Area Parade of Homes, which will showcase 28 homes, Legend Solar will be at two separate houses displaying its renewable energy systems. The parade will take place Feb. 13-22, and Legend Solar welcomes curious people to come see first-hand how the systems function.
With the new technology that has emerged in the industry, the affordable costs, and reliable warranties, there’s no reason not to look into solar energy for your home.
“We’re getting to the point where common Joe is starting to say ‘hey this is something I need to look at,’” Alldredge said. “Legend Solar is a fast growing business because of how much sense it makes. It’s really become a no-brainer.”
Ed. note: Taxpayers are advised to review the links provided regarding federal and state tax credits and to consult a qualified tax advisor.
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