"I did a fair amount of web research and then did 3 phone interviews of potential installers. Solar Energy Services was timely, professional and flexible in their proposal (some installers wanted to do things ONLY their way or didn't call back for days), and the actual installation was completely uneventful, looks great and the paperwork and coordination with the utility was all handled by them with no involvement from me.....and the system is working just fine. Their price was very competitive. In short, absolutely no hestitation in using them again." --- -- Anonymous Review posted to Solar Reviews.com 4/11/16
More Maryland and Washington DC based families are now choosing ownership over leasing or renting a solar system. Why? In a nutshell -- money.
Most outright-owned solar systems pay for themselves in 5 - 10 years and come with a standard warranty of 25 years. As utility rates increase for folks using the grid, solar system owners experience NO rate increases for their solar generation - what they pay today for one watt of energy will be the same rate in the year 2031.
There are a number of reasons why solar energy ownership has become so affordable:
1) Solar panels cost 50% less than what they did several years ago.
2) In an effort to support a renewable power supply, financial support from county, state and federal government incentives are at an all-time high.
3) Net-metering allows homeowners to earn full retail credit from the power company for any excess energy you generate with your solar PV system, up to 100% of their annual consumption. Excess generation between 100% and 200% of annual consumption can be sold to the utility at the wholesale rate.