Why Are Your Utah Neighbors Turning to Solar?

You have probably noticed solar panels going up on your neighbors’ roof. There are several reasons why many people are turning to solar instead of relying on electricity from the power company.


First, you save money on your electric bill immediately. Depending on the size of the solar system you choose to install, you can save an average of 50% on your electric bill, or even eliminate it all together. The average American household uses 920 kWh per month. Without generating any power in your home, you rely on the power company for 100% of your electricity. Our goal at SolarWorks is to reduce your power bill by producing as close to 100% of your electricity needs from your solar panels as possible. For an average family in Utah, this takes about 28 solar panels for your home.

Bountiful, Utah. 7.4kW SolarWorks Install
Bountiful, Utah. 7.4kW SolarWorks Install

The system pictured here has 2 arrays making up 29 panels and produces over 924 kWh per month on average. The graph below depicts the usage for this Bountiful, Utah SolarWorks install.

Annual Production for Bountiful, Utah 7.4kW SolarWorks Install
Electricity Production for Bountiful, Utah 7.4kW SolarWorks Install


The second reason for going solar is to lock in energy costs for years to come. With the rising prices of electricity, you can expect to pay more for electricity in the future. When you are producing electricity instead of buying it, it matters very little what the electricity costs. If you pay for the system 100% up front, you immediately lose your monthly power bill, or will only need to pay the minimum interconnection fee (about $9 for Rocky Mountain Power). You will never have to pay for any electricity being produced by your panels. For every kWh your panels produce, its one less kWh you need to purchase from the power company. If you have your panels financed, the monthly payments are usually less than your current power bill. Once you make your final payment you will own your solar panels free and clear.

25 Year Comparison – Solar vs No Solar

This graphic depicts the cost of electricity over a 25 year period for a SolarWorks customer in the Delta, Utah area. As you can see, the red line represents the increasing energy costs without solar. It continues to rise exponentially. The orange line represents a 12 year financed purchase of solar panels over the 25 year period.

Our premium panels can last for more than 30 years. Although they are warrantied for 25 years, there are some solar panels in the field that have been generating energy for more than 40 years. (That’s basically as old as the industry.) Our SolarWorld Sunmodule Protect solar panels come with an enhanced warranty that includes a 30 year performance guarantee. So, even though the warranty on your panels are 25 years, you can expect them to keep producing well beyond the 25 years.

More to come. We will discuss how solar panels can increase the value of your greatest asset: Your Home. Not only is solar a mark of self reliance, but it will decrease your carbon footprint, and bring cleaner air to Utah. Utah is the 8th Best State to get Solar in the United States. Many people are choosing to replace their BMW in the driveway with solar panels because turning to SolarWorks has become the new self-reliant status symbol of choice, and because its affordable.


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