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A renewable energy system can be used to supply some or all of a homeowner’s electricity needs. Using renewable energy to power your home can reduce or even eliminate utility bills and can help you qualify for tax incentives. Popular renewable energy options include solar electricity, wind turbines, geothermal, and solar roof fans. Although adding a renewable energy system can be costly, many homeowners make the decision to switch to renewable energy for the money savings, independence, and to help the environment.

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What is a renewable energy system?

A renewable energy system uses alternative energy sources to generate electricity. The main source of renewable energy is solar radiation, or sunlight. A renewable energy system can use solar, wind, microhydropower, or a combination of solar and wind. Homeowners and business owners often install renewable energy systems to help offset electricity costs.

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How much do solar panels cost?

The price of a solar energy system depends on its capacity, the size of the system, sunlight exposure, and the efficiency of the panels. Local rebates and incentives can help offset the cost of solar panel installation.

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How much power does a solar panel generate?

Solar panels are rated by the amount of direct current (DC) power they produce under ideal sunlight and temperature conditions. The output of a solar panel is expressed in units of watts (W). Most residential solar panels on the market today have power output ratings ranging from 250 to 400 watts. A qualified solar panel contractor can help you choose the appropriate power rating for your needs.

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How many solar panels do I need?

The number of solar panels you need depends on factors like location and the output of the panel. You will need to determine how many kilowatt-hours of power you will need in order to determine the size of the solar energy system. Homeowners who live in an area that gets less sun will typically need to have a larger system installed, depending on their household’s energy consumption levels.

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How much money will I save by going solar?

The amount of money saved with a solar energy system depends on the size of the system, how much energy you consume, if you own or lease the system, and the amount of power generated based on the direction your roof faces and how much sunlight hits it.

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What is geothermal energy and how does it work?

Geothermal is a natural source of power below the earth’s surface. Pools of water heated by molten rocks make up the geothermal reservoirs. A geothermal heat pump harnesses the temperatures below the earth’s surface to heat or cool homes and businesses. Geothermal heat pumps are available all across the United States, since the temperature below the surface of the earth remains constant.

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