Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems power everything from small consumer items like calculators, toys and wristwatches, to more complicated systems such as communications satellites and water pumps. According to consumer research data, 75 percent of U.S. consumers believe that solar energy is a viable energy resource, yet the majority of them believe it is still too expensive.
According to the Appraisal Journal, a solar electric system increases a home’s value by about $20 for every $1 in annual utility bill savings. That would equate to about a $14,000 increase in appraised value on a home with an annual savings of $700 a year in utility costs. This figure is in line with a National Bureau of Economic Research analysis done in late 2011 that found solar panels add between 3 and 4 percent to the value of a home.
Clean Energy Systems is a full-service solar energy consulting firm in Richardson that specializes in residential, commercial and governmental solar design, engineering and installation. Founded in 2008 by owner Warren Wardrup, Clean Energy Systems focuses exclusively on PV projects, installing more than 900 kilowatts of grid-tied solar power producing panels and involved in more than eight megawatts of solar system applications.
As a registered service provider for Oncor and a licensed electrical and solar contractor, Clean Energy Systems delivers the highest quality, cost-effective solar solutions for any application, following the stringent specifications required by the Oncor solar program. “While solar is certainly not new to the market, our services can help your home or business become more energy efficient with real-time energy savings that continue to increase in value over time as energy rates increase,” says Wardrup.
Believing the first step in moving towards energy independence is to fully understand PV and its value, Clean Energy Systems offers a free seminar the third Saturday of each month at locations throughout the Metroplex. “The more understanding and knowledge one has of solar, the more they value the immediate and long-term benefits of a PV system,” says Wardrup. “Our seminars teach you what to look for in panels and invertors, how many panels you may need and why, what to look for in a quality installation and how to figure out your investment and payback period—with and without local and federal rebates.”
In the DFW region, Oncor Energy is currently offering competitive rebates for solar electric systems through their service providers. “When combined with the 30 percent federal Renewable Energy Tax Credit, these rebates can pay for over 65 percent of the cost of a system,” notes Wardrup. “In the past, conscientious consumers wanting to go solar were looking at a 10- to 15-year return [payback] on investment, but with the current Oncor and federal rebates, real-time returns can occur in five to six years, making this the best time to invest in a solar electric system.”
Clean Energy Systems handles all aspects of installing a solar electric system, including securing local building permits and available rebates. Clean Energy Systems’ turnkey program consults, designs, engineers, constructs and installs each solar electric system in a seamless, effective process, supporting a clean energy future for generations to come. Financing options are available with no upfront payments for installation cost.
Location: 1701 N. Greenville Ave., Ste. 1112, Richardson. For more information and a schedule of solar seminars, call 972-231-4800, visit CleanEnergy-Systems.com, or check the Calendar of Events in Natural Awakenings North Texas magazine.