There are many benefits to owning a rural home in Southern or Central Illinois. Wide-open spaces, beautiful views, and peace and quiet are just a few commonly known advantages. However, the rural environment also puts your home at a higher risk for power outages due to severe weather. Tornadoes, thunderstorms, high winds, lightning, and other weather-related events can result in damage to your residence and, ultimately, a loss of power.
As a rural homeowner, you understand that losing power is a major concern. Even a basic storm can knock out your power, leaving you to rely entirely on your electrical provider and the rates they choose to charge. Here at Halo Solar, we recognize that rural homes may experience a higher number of power outages that tend to last longer. We know that you and your family need functional lights, electricity for appliances, heating, and air conditioning, and many more home necessities. Halo's skilled electricians will provide you with an efficient, professionally-installed solar power system, ensuring that you are not solely reliant on a utility company. There is also an option for you to live off-the-grid and be a completely independent solar energy user.
Off-grid solar energy systems give rural homeowners access to free energy, increasing energy independence. A basic traditional solar energy system with a battery backup will make you sustainable and allow you to live off-grid. Having an off-grid system ensures that you are not linked to a utility company or a specific power system. Rather than paying your local electrical company to expand its service to your home, you can invest in an economical and environmentally-friendly solar power system. With solar energy, you can save money, reduce your impact on the environment, and make your home more sustainable.
One of the benefits of solar is that homeowners can earn valuable Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SREC) to sell to utility companies or the state. A typical homeowner will produce one megawatt-hour or SREC each month, depending on the size and production of the system. For fifteen years after your new solar energy system is installed, utility companies or the state are agreeing to purchase the SRECs. When the Halo team designs your system, we will provide you with an estimate of how many SRECs your new solar energy system will produce over the fifteen-year period. You will receive ninety percent of the SREC amount upfront, and the remaining ten percent will be paid out on the fifteenth year to ensure all of the projected SRECs are produced.
Another excellent benefit of solar energy is net metering. Net metering allows you to receive full credit for the power you produce but do not use so that you may use it later. Those in the agriculture industry may qualify for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grant. The Halo team partners with a successful grant writer to give you the best chance of being awarded the grant.
Installing a solar energy system in your home can also increase your home's value by allowing you to claim up to 26% of your solar system cost on your federal taxes with the Investment Tax Credit. A quality solar panel system can act as a safeguard for your home during a power outage, providing a necessary backup. It can also serve as your primary source of energy if desired. Usually, country homes have ample acreage and more distance between neighbors. This gives you more freedom to choose where and how your solar panels are installed. With Halo Solar, you have the power.
With a 40-year history of success and experience in the electrical industry, Halo Solar has the extensive experience required to ensure a quality solar panel installation. We understand that each home is different; that's why we offer customized residential solutions based on your individual electrical needs, location constraints, financing options, and government incentives. Contact us today to learn more about the benefits of solar energy or to discuss your options! 309-740-SUN1