Our Bright Future
The thought of installing and maintaining solar panels is one that can frighten or may be under the radar of many homeowners. Not for John and Hildy Lindsey, who live in American Village. After always wanting to generate her own power, promote clean energy, and save energy, Hildy told us that they began installing the on-roof solar panels in January of this year and were finished less than a week later. Even after installing only a couple of panels, the couple was saving significantly on their energy bill, which is now totaling only $48. Not only can homeowners save energy, save money, and lower their carbon footprint, but many people don’t realize that solar panels are low maintenance, include a return on investment, increase the home and property value, and require no additional charges to the energy company.
Here’s the best part: subsidies can cover a significant portion of the price of solar panel purchase and installation. Increasing numbers of energy companies have rebate and incentive programs to assist homeowners in installing solar panels. North Carolina provided a 35% tax credit and there is a 30% federal tax credit. When asked if she had any advice for others thinking about installing solar power, Hildy said, “It’s something we have to do as a society. More people need to work together and the prices will decrease for installing solar panels and working with them.” And she’s right.
Finally, Hildy told us that the most rewarding part about having solar panels was watching their power use go down and knowing how much they’ve saved. The couple plans on installing many more solar panels next year
-Paige Newman, Clean Energy Durham intern