Solar panels can significantly reduce your electricity bills, increase your home’s value, and help reduce your carbon footprint by using clean, renewable energy.

Solar panels convert sunlight into electricity through photovoltaic (PV) cells, which generate DC electricity. This electricity is then converted into AC electricity by an inverter for use in your home.

Oregon offers several incentives, including the Residential Energy Tax Credit (RETC), which provides a tax credit for qualifying solar installations. Additionally, the federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) allows you to deduct a percentage of the cost of your solar energy system from your federal taxes.

To qualify for RETC, your solar installation must meet certain requirements for efficiency and system size. Unity Solar can guide you through the application process.

Net metering allows you to sell excess electricity generated by your solar panels back to the grid for credits on your utility bill. Oregon has favorable net metering policies that support solar energy adoption.

Some local utility companies and municipalities in Oregon may offer additional rebates or incentives for installing solar panels. Unity Solar can help you identify and apply for these incentives.

The ITC allows homeowners to deduct 26% of the cost of their solar energy system from their federal taxes. This incentive reduces the upfront cost of going solar and is applicable nationwide, including Oregon.

The time it takes to install a solar panel system varies based on factors such as system size and complexity. Typically, installation can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.

Solar panels generally require minimal maintenance. Periodic cleaning to remove dirt and debris is recommended, and Unity Solar provides maintenance services to ensure your system operates efficiently.

Most homes in Oregon can benefit from solar panels, especially those with unobstructed access to sunlight throughout the day. Unity Solar offers consultations to assess your home’s solar potential and provide tailored recommendations.