How do I know if I have a good site for Solar or Wind?
How much will a solar array reduce my electrical bill?
How long will it take for the system to pay for itself?
What incentives are available to those looking to purchase renewable energy system?
Wind or Solar, which is right for me?
We get this question a lot. The single most important aspect of any solar array or wind turbine is access to sunlight and wind. Shading on a solar array will greatly reduce it's power output so minimal shading is desired. You probably know where the sun does and doesn't shine on your property, but you can also check out Google Earth to get a birds eye view. Much like solar, wind turbines need good access to wind, typically the turbine should be at least 20 feet above the highest object with-in 500 feet.
This will vary for a number of reasons. Typically, we'll establish a goal for your solar array. For example, we'll set a goal to reduce your electrical bill by 50%. So we'll size the system according to the site specific solar/wind window, square foot space available, and our customers budget.
This is a hard question to answer. With the 30% federal tax credit and possible incentives available with your local utility, a system can pay for it's self in 10 - 15 years. That's at today's cost of electricity with no inflation. Depending on your individual tax situation and system location the rate of return will vary.
Glad you asked! To start there is the 30% Federal Investment Tax Credit, and it just got extended through 2019 for solar. There's also low interest loans available through the Nebraska Energy Office at 2.5 - 5% for a 10 or 15 year term. Some local utilities also offer incentives for solar or wind. Check your utilities website to found out more. See our Incentives page for links to more information.
This will depend on the amount of electricity you consume and your renewable energy goal. We work with-in a customers budget to maximize the financial savings provided by your solar array and we won't leave any details out.
Typically wind turbines will be reserved for farmers, ranchers, rural businesses and acreage homeowners. Zoning restrictions limit wind turbines to these areas. Much like solar arrays and sunlight, wind turbines are dependent on their access to wind so we don't want many obstacles like those found in urban settings. However, solar can be used in both urban and rural settings with reasonable access to the sun.