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About Solar Energy

Simply defined, solar power is usable energy generated from the sun in the form of electric or thermal energy. Solar has seen a surge in popularity and interest over the last decade as state and local governments offer tax incentives for installing solar power. In addition, greater consumer interest in ‘going green’ and ‘getting off the grid’ has brought renewable energy solutions to the forefront of their minds.

How Solar Works

Solar electric systems, also called PV systems, use sunlight to produce electricity. Here’s how:
  1. Sunlight activates the panels, producing electricity.
  2. Electricity passes through an inverter and is converted to usable power.
  3. The inverter sends power to your house. Anything you don’t use is transferred to the power grid.
  4. The meter runs backward and you save up to 100% on your electric bill.

About Tax Credits

The current tax credit is 26% through 2020.
Does my roof qualify?

Yes! All costs incurred during a solar panel installation are eligible for the tax credit. Roof-mounted solar panels need a strong, healthy roof to support them.

If your current roof won’t support solar panel installation, the IRS suggests that the costs to replace your roof are eligible for the tax credit.

However, the language is somewhat vague so please consult with a tax professional regarding your specific situation. RoofTek will provide documentation stating that roof replacement was necessary to properly install solar panels.

How Solar Works