Clean Power solardecathlon2007

Published on June 25th, 2009 | by Susan Kraemer

18

How to Get a Cheap Solar Roof – for 80% Off

June 25th, 2009 by  

Move — to Louisiana:

According to SolarPowerRocks! The massive Louisiana solar state tax credit of 50% for solar roof installations, the most generous state subsidy for solar — Combined with the 30% Federal tax credit for solar that we all get now; (you knew about that, right?) so in Louisiana you can put a solar roof up, paying only 20% (almost free solar) of the cost: (30% + 50% = 80% off).

The way this credit is designed it will benefit modest homeowners the most. If you need a $25,000 system, you get the full 50%. If you need a larger system you get less than 50%, because it maxes out at $12,500.

So, if you have ten plasma tvs and a pool pump and run the A/C day and night, you won’t get as much help with running all that…but

Details:

$25,000 will typically get you about a 3KW system; enough to completely zero out the electricity bill for a modest and green household using about 350kwh a month.

You could be running on all clean electricity! Check your utility bill to see what your usage is.

And even if you use twice that much power, you’d still be cutting your carbon footprint in half with that size system —to max out the state tax credit. Or you could put in a bigger system, enough to zero out those piggy plasmas, completely!

To save more:

Join the local One Block off the Grid group for their New Orleans solar campaign, or start your own; because if 100 or more homeowners in a neighborhood go solar at the same time they can get huge discounts from the solar installers. Talk to your neighbours. You might be surprised.

You could wind up with a zero carbon home for practically nothing in Louisiana.

And if you just can’t move there; check your own state’s incentives at dsireusa.org. And get a solar estimate. Most companies offer free estimates. You might be surprised at what a good deal solar is.

Have your solar estimator calculate what 40 years of paying your utility will cost (if you don’t put in solar) with the prevailing rate inflation rate in your state. Here in California that can range from $5,000 (for a $10 monthly bill) to $500,000 (for a $700 monthly bill) through the magic of compound interest, because that’s really what’s happening when utility rates inflate. Every state is different.

That figure is your energy budget: since you’ll be paying that anyway; if you do nothing. Then get the estimate for the solar installation. You’ll see how (very) much cheaper a 40 year solar power station of your very own costs than doing nothing.

Image by flikr user afagen

Example solar roof from the 2007 solar decathlon

Disclaimer: Both 1BOG and GO Media (including this blog) are now owned by activism startup Virgance, and I round up fellow solar-wanna homeowners in my own neck of the woods for 1 Block off the Grid. Read more here
 
Get CleanTechnica’s 1st (completely free) electric car report → “Electric Cars: What Early Adopters & First Followers Want.”
 
Keep up to date with all the hottest cleantech news by subscribing to our (free) cleantech newsletter, or keep an eye on sector-specific news by getting our (also free) solar energy newsletter, electric vehicle newsletter, or wind energy newsletter.

 

Tags: , , , ,


About the Author

writes at CleanTechnica, CSP-Today and Renewable Energy World.  She has also been published at Wind Energy Update, Solar Plaza, Earthtechling PV-Insider , and GreenProphet, Ecoseed, NRDC OnEarth, MatterNetwork, Celsius, EnergyNow, and Scientific American. As a former serial entrepreneur in product design, Susan brings an innovator's perspective on inventing a carbon-constrained civilization: If necessity is the mother of invention, solving climate change is the mother of all necessities! As a lover of history and sci-fi, she enjoys chronicling the strange future we are creating in these interesting times.    Follow Susan on Twitter @dotcommodity.



  • DWM

    So, Louisiana is, in essence, paying $6.25K to any resident getting some semblance of a solar PV system. $12.5K system won’t get you much, that’s why I say that. Its bare minimum. High energy efficient and small sq. footage home and energy efficient and recent appliances, forget about using the AC (in hot and swampy humid Louisiana?). How about a more realistic scenario?

    If you’re going to do add-ons down the line, you should start out with an inverter rated for your final intents. More money for initial outlay. Or,end up with 2 inverters, one you can’t use except for a paperweight. I see people versed in money here, but no idea of long-term planning for a stepped solar PV system.

  • DWM

    So, Louisiana is, in essence, paying $6.25K to any resident getting some semblance of a solar PV system. $12.5K system won’t get you much, that’s why I say that. Its bare minimum. High energy efficient and small sq. footage home and energy efficient and recent appliances, forget about using the AC (in hot and swampy humid Louisiana?). How about a more realistic scenario?

    If you’re going to do add-ons down the line, you should start out with an inverter rated for your final intents. More money for initial outlay. Or,end up with 2 inverters, one you can’t use except for a paperweight. I see people versed in money here, but no idea of long-term planning for a stepped solar PV system.

  • Oh Max, that’s one giant loophole!

    …so solar must be really revving up there?

  • Oh Max, that’s one giant loophole!

    …so solar must be really revving up there?

  • Max

    This article is partially correct…

    There is a $12,500 cap, but it is on a “per system” basis; and there is NO CAP to the number of systems a homeowner can put on their residence.

    so essentially, even if you wanted $100,000.00 worth of solar panels, you can break it down into four $25,000.00 systems, and receive the full 50% rebate on each one!

    Go Solar Louisiana!

  • Max

    This article is partially correct…

    There is a $12,500 cap, but it is on a “per system” basis; and there is NO CAP to the number of systems a homeowner can put on their residence.

    so essentially, even if you wanted $100,000.00 worth of solar panels, you can break it down into four $25,000.00 systems, and receive the full 50% rebate on each one!

    Go Solar Louisiana!

  • MD

    “Wow. I guess losing a city to climate change wakes us up? Maybe we’re not doomed by teh stupid after all…”

    ! JFC !

    When you build BELOW sea level, and try to keep the water away by hiring the LOWEST BIDDER to build you a wall, it doesn’t matter what the weather is doing… if something bad is going to happen, it will!

  • MD

    “Wow. I guess losing a city to climate change wakes us up? Maybe we’re not doomed by teh stupid after all…”

    ! JFC !

    When you build BELOW sea level, and try to keep the water away by hiring the LOWEST BIDDER to build you a wall, it doesn’t matter what the weather is doing… if something bad is going to happen, it will!

  • Wow. I guess losing a city to climate change wakes us up? Maybe we’re not doomed by teh stupid after all…

  • Wow. I guess losing a city to climate change wakes us up? Maybe we’re not doomed by teh stupid after all…

  • Pingback: How to Get a Solar Roof for 80% Off : CleanTechnica « Global Warming Solutions()

  • Pingback: How to Get a Solar Roof for 80% Off()

  • Pingback: How Water Extraction is Done in DC | Energy Saving Methods()

  • Pingback: Buy Used: Green Tip | Georgia Solar Installation()

  • Pingback: Development Vs Tropical Rainforest | Solar Panel Connection()

  • Pingback: How to Get a Solar Roof for 80% Off | DodaPedia()

  • Louisiana also has a statewide property tax financing program… I believe it’s the only state with one (correct me if I’m wrong).

  • Louisiana also has a statewide property tax financing program… I believe it’s the only state with one (correct me if I’m wrong).

Back to Top ↑
  • Advertisements

  • Top Posts & Pages

  • Cool Cleantech Events

    Low Voltage Electrification Event, April 25-27. Detroit, Michigan (US)
    Delve deep into the benefits and challenges associated with EV power supply.

    Offshore Wind Market Development USA, May 11-12, Boston, Massachusetts (US)
    Network and establish your business in one of North America’s largest energy industries.

    Energy Storage USA, June 15-16, San Diego, California (US)
    Only event in the United States focused exclusively on the commercialization of storage.

    More details are on: Cleantech Events.

  • Advertisement

  • CleanTechnica Electric Car Report

    Electric Cars Early Adopters First Followers
  • Tesla Model 3 Review by EVANNEX

    Tesla Model 3 Review from EVANNEX
  • Tesla Model 3 Exclusive Video

    Tesla Model 3 Video
  • Tesla Model 3 Exclusive Pictures

    Tesla Model 3 Video
  • Tesla Model X Review #1 (Video)

    Tesla Model X Review from new owners Zach Shahan
  • Tesla Model X Review #2 (Pictures)

    Tesla Model X Review from Kyle Field
  • Tesla Model S Long-Term Review

    Tesla Model S Long Term Review from Kyle Field
  • Nissan LEAF Long-Term Review

    Nissan LEAF Long Term Review from Cynthia Shahan
  • Interview with Michael Liebreich

    Interview with Michael Liebreich
  • Interview with Akon (Teslas & Solar)

    Interview with Akon Tesla Model S Tesla Model X Solar Power Africa
  • Interview with Dr Nawal Al-Hosany

    Interview with Dr Nawal Al-Hosany
  • Interview with Gro Brundtland

    Gro Brundtland
  • Interview with President of Iceland

    President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson
  • Interview with Nick Sampson

    Faraday Future VP Nick Sampson
  • Interview with Dipal Barua

    Dipal Barua 1st ZFEP WInner
  • Interview with Jonathon Porritt

    Jonathon Porritt
  • Interview with Clint Wilder

    Interview with Clint Wilder
  • Interviews with Solar Impulse Pilots

    Bertrand Piccard Andre Borschberg
  • Check out more CleanTechnica Videos.

  • Join The Solar Revolution!

    Edison-solar-energy solar-energy-spill-nice-day
  • Cost of Solar Panels

    cost-of-solar-down
  • Search the IM Network


Shares