You can see them on fields of open land, on top of people’s homes, and even on backpacks. These days, more and more homeowners are considering installing solar panels on their rooftops. Whether you’re interested in saving money or helping the environment, there may be benefits from solar energy.
Installing solar panels on your property is a major household decision. Our system engineer can provide some valuable advice throughout the process so there are no surprises down the road.
We are your trusted energy advisor because our motivations are not profit driven. We are your member-owned, member-driven, not-for-profit electric cooperative that exists to improve the quality of life for our members and our communities. Every decision we make is with our members’ best interests in mind.
With a project of this magnitude, choosing the right professionals and companies to install your solar panels is an important consideration. Your electric co-op can work with you to help you make the best decision possible.
Buckeye Rural can help you determine whether your home or property makes sense for solar panels. If it does, we can work with you and your solar contractor to make sure you understand the terms of repayment, transfer of ownership if you were to sell your home, whether your contractor charges maintenance fees, and other details of the process.
Our system engineer can discuss how your solar panel system will integrate with Buckeye’s electric distribution grid and how energy generated will be compensated through our net metering policies. A proactive cooperative- contractor-homeowner partnership from the beginning of the project helps to ensure you have the best possible experience and outcome with your solar project.
A key consideration if you’re looking to lower your energy costs is to ensure your home has reached its peak efficiency. Implementing energy efficiency measures like adding insulation, sealing joints and cracks for air leakage, or replacing old, inefficient appliances with new ENERGY STAR models are investments you should consider to maximize the value of any energy solution. An energy audit can be a great start. Buckeye Rural offers free audits from our energy advisor (although we have been somewhat limited during the COVID-19 guidelines) to provide you with specific efficiency recommendations for your individual home.
If you’re interested in lowering your electric bills, please reach out to our energy advisor. If you’d like to learn more about renewable energy, contact our system engineer. Your electric cooperative is a great resource to discuss the benefits and considerations of rooftop solar, especially before making any agreements with solar vendors.