So, you’re interested in making the switch to solar energy, huh? Good choice!

Residential solar energy is one of the fastest growing sectors in the United States economy with good reason, and it isn’t slowing down any time soon. In fact, the solar market is growing at such a rapid pace that a new solar panel system is installed every four minutes. What are the reasons to go solar? Why is solar growing so quickly? And what benefit are people enjoying so much?

Well, I’m glad you asked. To help you determine whether switching to solar energy is the right move for you, we’ve compiled a quick list of the 20 best reasons to go solar for Oregonians and those in the Pacific Northwest.

1. It Will Save You TENS of Thousands of Dollars

Saving money is one of the top reasons to go solar

What if I told you that switching to solar wouldn’t just help you reduce your carbon footprint and the yearly check you send to good ‘ol Uncle Sam, but that it could actually save you enough money to:

Buy a brand new BMW 1 series
Pay for your child’s wedding
Travel the world for 6+ months
Put a down payment on a $150,000 home

That’d be pretty cool, right? Well, according to trusted solar analysts, investing in solar panels can bring in a monthly savings of well over $100. If you were to extend this savings over the period of two decades (significantly less than the length of the average solar panel warranty), this translates to more than $30,000 in savings. Enough to do any of the items listed above (and then some). That makes it one of the best reasons to go solar!

Determining how much YOU could save with solar energy is easy. Check out our Solar Calculator to learn what solar savings opportunities you might be missing out on.

2. You Can Start Saving IMMEDIATELY

The most common objection that I hear from homeowners who are considering making the switch to solar energy is that the new panels are simply “too expensive.” And I get it. Solar panels aren’t an inexpensive investment.

However, there are numerous government subsidized “Pay As You Go” financing option that allows you to get all of the savings and benefits of solar energy, without having to pay upfront.

As of June 2013, more than 75% of all American homes have access to easy financing options for their solar installation. While we always recommend paying in cash if possible, the simplicity of the pay-as-you-go option makes solar affordable for everyone.

Learn more about your solar financing options by contacting us today! We would love to discuss your solar financing opportunities.

3. Enjoy a FAST ROI

Fast ROI is one of many reasons to go solar

If you opt to pay for your solar energy system up front, you won’t have to wait long before you recoup your initial investment. For example, in Hawaii, it takes the average homeowner only 60 months before the monthly savings in electricity costs pay off the entire price tag of their new solar system.

Just for the record, that’s HALF as long as it would take you to double an investment in the stock market with an average rate of return!

Find out your potential solar energy ROI with our Solar Calculator.

4. HUGE Tax incentives that Will Save You TONS of Cash

Reasons to go solar: 30% tax incentives!

No one wants to send Uncle Sam a penny more than is absolutely necessary, and this is another one of the top reasons to to solar. And when you invest in solar energy, you gain access to a unique set of tax incentives that will dramatically reduce the amount you owe to your greedy uncle each year.

For starters, you will get 30% of the total system costs (both equipment and installation), meaning that you would save $6,000 on a $25,000 solar system. When you combine this with local and state rebates and Solar Renewable Energy Credits, the total cost is quickly cut in half.

However, as the multitude of infomercials have warned you, “Act fast because this special offer won’t last long!” No, seriously. Tax laws change on a quarterly basis and there’s no guarantee that these incentives will be available over the next few years so make the jump while you still can.

Contact us today to learn about the numerous federal, state, and local solar incentives you can benefit from.

5. You Can Dramatically Increase the Value of Your Home

According to a study conducted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, homes with solar panels sell 20% more often and for 17% more money than homes without them, on average.

To put this into perspective, this means that, if you own a home currently valued at $200,000, you could sell your home in less than 52 days for more than $234,000. Not a bad deal is it?

6. You Are Protecting the Environment and Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

Environmental benefit is one of the reasons many decide to go solar

Yes, the #1 benefit that pushes most homeowners to switch to solar is the financial incentive. However, it’s worth pointing out that switching to solar energy isn’t just good for your wallet; it’s also good for the environment.

Whether you’re a hardcore conservative or staunch liberal, I think we can all agree that we have a responsibility to leave our planet better than we found it and make sure that our children and grandchildren get to enjoy our marvelous home for millennia to come. Making the switch to solar energy will help ensure that they can do just that.

7. Decrease US dependency on Foreign Oil

If you want to do your part to strengthen the American economy, increase employment, and ensure that we are no longer dependent on foreign entities for our energy (which is a pretty bad idea), then switching to solar energy is a great option.

The U.S. currently relies on foreign imports for about 40% of the crude oil and petroleum products, and the pace isn’t slowing down until more people make the switch to solar energy.

8. No More “Random” Utility Price Jumps

Rising Utility cost is one of the reasons many decide to go solar.

If you’ve owned a home for any appreciable amount of time, then you’ve inevitably been the victim of greedy energy companies “inexplicably” raising their prices and charging you an arm and a leg for your monthly energy use. Rising utility costs is a huge reason many decide to go solar.

With solar panels, your energy costs will remain the same… Forever. No more worries about the huge expense of future energy cost inflation.

Find out how you can lock in your energy rates today and beat future energy cost inflation. Chat with Green Ridge Solar today to find out more!

9. Guaranteed Performance

Solar panel manufacturers include a 20- to 25-year warranty (also known as a performance guarantee) with their solar panels. The industry standard guarantees 80% performance after 25 years, and your solar panels will likely continue generating electricity for 35-40 years.

Considering that the average car costs more than a solar installation and comes with a warranty that’s only 25% as long, this seems like one of the best reasons to go solar. Plus, your solar panels will be saving you money in the long run, as opposed to constantly depreciating in value like your vehicle.

Contact us today to learn more about our generous solar panel warranties.

10. Switching to Solar is Easier than Ever Before

Shopping for the right solar installation services used to be a long and arduous process. You could reasonably expect to spend weeks just finding the right company and several more weeks negotiating prices and finalizing the installation.

Luckily, those days are long behind us, and making the switch to solar energy has never been easier. With our team of solar consultants to help you sort through your options, you can find the best solar solution for your home in no time flat.

Oh, and did we mention that the consultation is free? No obligation, no hassle, no garbage!

Use our Solar Calculator to estimate your solar energy savings, or request a solar analysis to learn more.

11. Solar Prices Have Never Been Lower

Since 2010, the price to install a set of solar panels has dropped by… wait for it… More than 70%!

And guess what! The prices for solar have only gotten cheaper and more affordable in the decade since.

As solar technology increases and resources become more available, the costs for consumers continues to fall. If financial benefit is your reason to go solar, it has never been a better time.

Find out how affordable solar panels are by using our Solar Calculator.

12. No More Power Outages from Bad Weather

Hurricanes, wildfires, floods, blizzards, and many other natural disasters can cause havoc and extended power outages. In some areas, power outages from inclement weather can last more than 2-weeks!

However, with the proper battery storage system, you’ll still have power even when the utility company’s grid goes down. While your neighbors crawl around in the dark trying to find a flashlight, you’ll be sitting cozy on your couch watching the latest Netflix and Hulu series.

Are you curious about solar energy storage and battery backup systems? We’d love to chat and provide with all the information you want. Contact us today to get all the details.

13. Solar Panels Are Highly Versatile

Ground mounted solar in Hood River, Oregon

You can go as big or small as you want. With solar energy there are no hard-fast “rules.” You don’t have to install them on your roof and they don’t have to cover your entire home. As long as you have a location with access to direct sunlight, solar is an option!

Do you want to see if your roof or property is right for solar? We can help! Use our solar calculator to find out how much you could save.

14. You’re Leading By Example and Becoming a “Founding Member” of a National Movement

By choosing to invest in solar energy, you’re serving your community and our planet (not to mention your budget). The more panels that are installed, the more homeowners will hop on the bandwagon and join the movement for a cleaner and brighter tomorrow. Helping the planet and your pocketbook at the same time is a great reason to go solar.

15. You’re Creating More Jobs

Nearly 250,000 Americans work in solar – more than double the number in 2012 – at more than 9,000 companies in every U.S. state. When you make the switch to solar, you’re supporting your local economy and encouraging job growth during these tumultuous economic times.

16. With Solar, Energy Maintenance is a Thing of the Past

With few moving parts and highly durable designs, solar panels are virtually maintenance-free and will ensure that you can enjoy clean and renewable energy without any hassle or headache.

17. Access to Energy Anytime You Need It

Switching to solar doesn’t mean that you’ll only have energy during the day. Due to the innovative battery systems that come standard equipped when you make the switch to solar, you’ll have consistent and reliable energy even during those rainy and dark days.

If storage and battery backup systems are your reason to go solar, we’d love to chat and provide with all the information you need. Contact us today to get all the details.

18. The Tax Credits Won’t Last Forever

save thousands with solar in Oregon

The US has a federal tax credit of 30% for the next several  years, but there’s no telling what comes next. That said, other state and local incentives may not be around as long.

NOW is the time to switch to solar energy. If you wait, the full set of incentives and credits may not be as great.

Find out how you can lock in your tax incentives and save with solar energy. Contact Green Ridge Solar today to learn more.

19. Solar Is Not Going Away

Guess what? The US will likely be FORCED to switch to solar sometime in the future, whether we want to or not. Our oil reserves are decreasing every year, and the most conservative estimates suggest that we will only have enough oil to last another 55 years (assuming that we don’t increase our consumption).

This means that it’s entirely possible solar energy will be mandatory during your lifetime. So stay ahead of the curve and make the switch now while there are still incentives and opportunities to save!

Here at Green Ridge Solar, we have made it easier than ever to calculate your energy savings. Use our Solar Calculator to see how much solar energy could save you.

20. Qualify Your Property in Minutes

The process to qualify starts by speaking with one of our solar experts and providing them with important information, such as your property address and your current energy usage.

Once we understand your energy needs, we can provide a full estimate of costs, outline your savings potential and provide you with financing options!

Contact Green Ridge Solar today to speak with a solar expert, and use our Solar Calculator to get a free estimate on your solar