The decision to go solar is not a small one. There are several different companies to choose from, the tax rebate programs seem unclear, and the return on investment hard to measure.
And yet, there seem to be many benefits. Solar energy can provide some pretty substantial offsets in your energy bill. It is also one of the best ways to make a substantial impact on your environmental footprint.
Thankfully, in the world of solar, homeowners are not without resources. The database for state incentives for renewables and efficiency, www.dsireusa.org, has created a host of resources for developers, policy makers and the general public. There is also a database of presentations and publications, detailed summary maps and other energy related resources maintained by the Federal Government.
Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University and is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, and is considered the most comprehensive source of information of incentives and policies that support energy renewables and efficiency in the United States.
You can find everything from a guide to tax credits for installing solar, quarterly assessments of the solar industry, and solar rankings among some of the largest cities. Colorado Springs, for example, ranks 18th, while Denver, ranks 26th nationally.
You can also find a list tax credits and rebates that apply to your state, as well as national incentive programs, and the latest public and policy updates on the solar industry.
And if your questions are not answered, you can always contact DSIRE directly, join their mailing list, or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
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