Solar power is now a viable option in all parts of the country. But there are a few questions you should ask before deciding if solar is right for you:
1)Do you own your home? If yes, then there are solar programs that take advantage of federal, state, and utility rebates to provide 30-50% discounts on the cost of going solar. Most customers will take advantage of zero-down financing to cover their upfront costs, while also enjoying credit back on their tax bill. Some states will even let you sell excess power back to the electric company, or roll-over credit for winter months.
2)How much energy do you use at home? If your bills are over $100 or month (on average), then installing solar panels will probably make great economic sense in both the short and long term. Even if your bills are under $100, solar panels can be a great way to be more energy independent and insure yourself against future rises in energy costs.
3)How much shade is on your roof? Many people are surprised to realize that their roof is partially or majorly obstructed by shade. Shading reduces the production of the solar panel. Many solar companies will help trim trees or be able to install solar on a garage, ground mounts, or west facing roofs even if you have some shading.