Sungevity brings back deal to save $1,000 on Solar through month end!

I’m excited to let you know that through the end of this month and for the first time in the better part of a year, Sungevity is offering $1,000 off on the price of a solar PV system for your home. If you aren’t sure if it makes financial sense, I’d suggest that if your electric bill is $100 or greater, or if you plan to buy an electric car in the few years, then it will save you money while also being good for the environment.

I’ve posted a lot about our experience going solar on my blog at http://www.evchronicles.com in case you want to read more.

As you can see in the graph I’ve attached, utility prices have increased over the years and we can only expect them to continue to do so in the long term. Even the recent decrease in the price of petroleum has not lowered electricity prices and with our grid aging and needing much improvement increases are inevitable.

Click on this link for a free hassle free quote that is based on a Google Earth picture of your rooftop (don’t worry, they will actually visit to confirm details before installing). Feel free to ask me if you have any questions about our experience with Sungevity and our installation, and let me know how yours goes! If you hit any snags, let me know. I have a number of friends I went to grad school with who work at Sungevity and I can always give someone a nudge if they drop the ball.

Please leave me your thoughts and comments on my blog too if you are so inclined. I would appreciate it and I read all of them!

Finally, thanks for reading this far and considering solar. Each one of us who invests in renewable energy is helping create a better climate for our children and generations to come!

Solar PV — Why to do it this month!

My biggest concern when decided to purchase solar for my home was the seemingly impossible to quantity risk of selling my home with the solar panels installed. This is our first home and there was no way we could be certain it would be our last or even that we would stay here for very long. So what would installing solar do to the value of our home? Would we lose much money? Would it actually increase the value of our home and by how much? I tried to find research to answer these questions but not much seemed to be available.

Now, two years later, an article published by “Renewable Energy World” cites research done by Laurence Berkeley Labs that showed a positive return on investment for solar. In the study it was determined that a home in which a 5,000 watt solar system was purchased for $14,000, the value of the home went up to $20,000.

Why aren’t more people adopting solar?

Good question. My experience has told me that the first big dividing line is between people who spend $100 or more on their electricity bill vs those who spend less. Folks who spend less will have a harder time making the numbers work but simple changes such as switching to an electric heat pump water heater (something that we did) or adopting an electric car (fuel with cheap electricity and spend no money on gasoline! — we did this too) will tip the scale.

The second dividing line and the one I want to draw most attention to is the idea that “solar is still too expensive” and it will get cheaper in the future. If I offered you an investment opportunity that offered a better than 40% return on investment, you would be interested, wouldn’t you? I sure would be! That sure beats the barely more than 0% I can get on my savings account or the 1% for a short term CD. What if I told you that not only would you get that return but you would save money every month and would help the environment at the same time? Sounds too good to be true, but it is. Would you still want to wait for the investment to be cheaper?

Making this even more compelling, you can save $1,000 during the remainder of the month by using a referral code that I’m happy to share with you: 159195 or go directly to Sungevity for a free quote. Perhaps even more important the current 30% tax credit is going to be phased out next year so solar may get more expensive before it gets cheaper!

Why am I promoting this? Well, I’m very happy with my Sungevity system, am a firm believer in renewable energy and saving money. I also get a referral fee from Sungevity if you join and that helps pay for my son’s preschool so we all benefit! Please check out Sungevity and work the numbers. And I’m happy to earn my referral fee so if you have any problems with Sungevity in the process feel free to reach out to me here and I’ll call one of the good folks I know who work there (I know a lot of them, many from my grad school program) and I’ll make sure the issue gets addressed. ok? What do you have to lose — give them a try!

Last Days for Big Discount on Solar!

Earlier this year,  I was lucky enough to sign up for solar when Sungevity was having one of its biggest promotions of the year. The install went well and my system is working great. They are having another big promotion now, six months later. The catch is this promotion is only good to the end of this month which is just a few short days!

Here’s a link which includes a code that offers $1,000 back if you request a free quote before the end of this month. After the 31st the discount drops down to $500 still a nice discount.

If you end up getting solar with Sungevity, please come back and comment to let me know!