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Solar panels can be seen on the roofs of homes in this East Valley subdivision.
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We nearly put solar on our home, but in the existing economic climate in Mesa, there is no financial advantage for our family to do so, and let's face it... family economics drive what gets spent and what doesn't. When you have to put bread and milk on the table and gas in your car first, solar power is way down on the priority list. Without clear evidence of real support from Mesa's leaders, this will always be a dead issue. [angry]
When I first moved to the Valley 25 years ago, a good number of the homes in the neighborhood had solar panels on their roofs for water heaters. Apparently these solar panels did not provide homeowners with low-cost energy, because all of the old solar panels, in this neighborhood and others in the Valley, have been removed over the year.
Local solar companies have advertised that today new solar panels can provide homeowners with low-cost energy, and cut energy demand for air conditioning. Advertising that an average residential solar system costs between $15,000-$25,000 after solar rebates and solar incentives:
• Federal Tax Credit: Investment Tax Credit (ITC) allows individuals to deduct 30% of the cost of a solar system from individual federal income taxes.
• Individual State Rebates: Rebates from Arizona Public Service Co. that are either flat amounts or based on the size of your solar power system. Either way, solar power panels/systems require big up-front investments.
Although this may have changed, the city has a reputation of refusing to hook their utility lines up the the solar powered homes for fear of "unproffessional" installations by contractors.Still, it's a huge investment that may never pay off.
Excellent idea. Here is a video of my installation:
I get a 10% return on my investment.
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