Is Solar Energy Worth The Money? Burbank Man Says He's Reaping Benefits
Solar energy was the second leading source of new energy last year in the United States. It works by collecting energy from the sun, but is it worth all the money? A Burbank man certainly thinks so.
BURBANK, WA - Solar energy was the second leading source of new energy last year in the United States. It works by collecting energy from the sun, but is it worth all the money? A Burbank man certainly thinks so.
"I have a solar hot water system installed," said Troy Woody as he listed off the solar products at his home. "I have a solar PV (electric) system installed. I have a solar hot water system installed, a solar attic fan and solar sun screens."
Woody has lived at his home, on 15 Jackie Court in Burbank, with his family for the past 15 years. He shares the space with seven people and as you can imagine, the utility bill can add up quickly.
"If you're budget-conscious, the thing to do is to start with the simple stuff," said Woody.
Woody, who also owns Hot Solar Solutions, invested in solar energy technology about a year ago. It cost him more than $35,000 to add all the solar features to his home.
Sound expensive? Woody looks at it as an investment.
"In the last 5-10 years, all this technology has really become affordable so that the math works as well as the fact you can make an impact," said Woody.
After installing the sun screens on the second floor of his house, Woody says he noticed a 15 degree difference inside his home. He also says his electric bill dropped significantly thanks to the solar panels. Last month Woody's electric bill was $35, compared to $150 the year before.
One other thing to keep in mind are the tax incentives.
"There's no Washington state sales tax on these systems," said Woody. "There's a 30% federal tax credit on these systems that also include new construction or renovations--anything your tying the system to."
Some opponents of solar energy argue that it's still more expensive per megawatt-hour, than other forms of energy. There's also the argument that we should be investing more in wind and nuclear energy.
If you would like to learn more about solar energy or want to see it in action, Hire Electric, Sun Solutions and Hot Solar Solutions--local solar energy companies--are holding an open house at Woody's home on Saturday, June 7th, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The house is located at 15 Jackie Court in Burbank (1100 Hanson Loop Road for GPS).