Interested in the Rocky Mountain Power Solar Lottery? Let Redstone Solar take care of it for you! The Rocky Mountain Power solar lottery is a great way to make your solar investment become even more affordable than ever. For 2016, Rocky Mountain Power is offering up to $4,400 to homeowners and $21,250 to commercial building owners who are lucky enough to be selected in the lottery.
Join us for the 2015 Utah Valley Parade of Homes! The Utah Valley Parade of Homes begins June 4th and will run until June 20th. The 32 homes will be open to ticket holders 12 PM to 9 PM, Tuesday through Saturday. Redstone Solar is proud to have partnered with Raykon Construction and Imbue Design and provide solar power for the Rock Canyon Residence. The home is listed as number 7 in the Parade, which can be found at 2109 N 1450 E, Provo, UT 84606.
As a premier solar installation contractor in Utah, we would like to help as many people take the step and go solar. Once a year, Rocky Mountain Power opens registration for the Utah Solar Incentive Program (USIP). The Utah Solar Incentive Program is a lottery based program, with incentives for both residential and commercial applications. Rocky Mountain Power will begin accepting applications for the Utah Solar Incentive Program on January 15, 2015 at 9 a.m. and will be open until January 28, 2015 at 5 p.m. MST. Participants will be notified of the results no later than February 8, 2015. For the first time ever, residents of Eagle Mountain City are eligible to apply for the Utah Solar Incentive Program during the January enrollment period.
A common misconception is that solar energy, especially in Utah county, is not a good financial investment. With the Utah state solar tax credit of up to $2,000 and the federal tax credit of 30% of the installed system cost, along with the lowest prices ever for solar panels, typical returns are in the 8-10 year range for residential solar installations. Compared to other investments (i.e. mutual funds, stocks, bonds, etc.), a solar investment is a very secure one- it is not affected by the real estate industry, utility rates are only going to increase, solar panels are covered by home owners insurance after installed, and all products that we install come with a 25 year warranty. This brings peace of mind that your money is working for you and will bring a solid return on investment, with very minimal risk. Learn more in today’s blog post.
A never ending battle in the solar industry is being waged over what is the best solution for converting solar power into usable power in the home. Enphase vs SolarEdge seems to be the modern version of classic childhood arguments of Nintendo vs Sega, Batman vs Superman and Windows vs Apple. For those who are new to the idea of solar power installed on a home or business, solar panels produce electricity in the form of direct current (DC), typically around 30 volts per panel. To make the electricity usable in the home, an inverter that converts the electricity from direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC) with 240 volts is installed. There are three schools of thought on how the inverter and solar panels should be installed- traditional string inverters, microinverters and DC power optimizers. Today we are going to explore some of the differences between microinverters and power optimizers, specifically product from Enphase and SolarEdge.
Redstone Solar is proud to be featured in this years Salt Lake Parade of Homes! For the 2014 parade, 29 homes have been built around the Salt Lake valley to feature the latest design, technology and craftsmanship from the areas top home builders. The parade will be running until August 16th, from Noon to 9 pm, Monday through Saturday. Come visit us in home #10, “Cassidy’s View”, built by Steven Dailey Construction, located at 15611 S Winged Trace Court, Draper, UT 84020.
The inverter is the “brain” of a solar array. It not only converts the electricity from direct current (DC) from the solar panel to alternating current (AC), but records energy production, communicates with the internet, and optimizes energy harvesting. Since the inverter is such a critical component, careful selection is imperative to maximize energy harvesting, reliability, and longevity. We have many reasons for choosing a microinverter over a traditional string inverter, especially in the Utah solar energy market. Efficiency, shading, modular design, snow, safety and no single failure point are all benefits we will explore.
One of the most frequent questions we are asked is what brand of solar panels we prefer to use. This is somewhat of a loaded question, as there are many different applications for solar panels, but below is some of our thoughts on choosing the best solar panel for your Utah solar home.
Often times when speaking with a homeowner or business owner we bring up what kind of return on investment they can expect from their Utah solar power system. It is amazing that many people don’t consider this when making the decision whether or not to install solar energy on their home or business.
Solar prices have fallen significantly over the past few years. That combined with the State and Government tax incentives have made Utah solar power a great investment opportunity.
Contrary to what many people think, Utah is a great place for solar power. With close to 300 days of sunshine a year, we are confident that you will produce a lot of energy with your new solar power system.
There is also a misconception that solar power is very expensive, when in fact it is very reasonable.
The state of Utah has a great tax credit for any Utah solar installation. Currently the Utah Solar Tax Credit is set at 25% of the system cost or $2,000, whichever is less. In almost every case you will be eligible for the full $2,000 Utah Solar tax credit.