3 reasons to go solar
We are frequently asked, “Is now still a good time to go solar?” Our response is, and has always been, “The best time to go solar was yesterday, the second best time is today!”
That statement has always been true, and this year it’s proving more relevant than ever. The fact is, we’ve never had a client say, “I should’ve waited.” Instead, they always say, “I wish we’d installed solar sooner!” This year, due to shifts in the material market, solar incentives and production issues, that statement couldn’t be more true. Here are three reasons to go solar.
DEMAND FOR MATERIALS
Current demand for materials could potentially affect the price of going solar in the future. Rare earth minerals that produce elements like lithium and cobalt are starting to see price increases. Driven by an increased demand for producing batteries for the booming electric vehicle market, these rare minerals are the same materials used in residential solar battery systems.
A recent study by the International Energy Agency indicated that “Lithium, used in EV batteries, is expected to grow 70 times in the next few decades.”
However, this study isn’t taking into consideration the growing demand for residential solar and storage. The study also points out a major supply chain constraint, noting that “In 2019, 70% of the world’s cobalt production came from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.”
That’s just one country producing nearly three-fourths of the world’s supply of this precious and necessary material, which leads to a very high possibility of price fluctuations.
We often hear misinformation regarding solar incentives. There have been numerous stories about the “fate of solar tax credits,” and if you haven’t been following the tax credit conversation closely, it’s hard to know what’s available.
Here is the current state of solar incentives for Hawaii homeowners: The 26% federal solar tax credit is available for residential solar systems installed by Dec. 31, 2022. In 2023, the tax credit will step down to 22%. In 2024, the tax credit for residential solar ends. Act today for big tax incentives.
In addition to the federal solar Investment Tax Credit, there are also state tax credits, financial assistance programs and tax exemptions that you may be able to take advantage of.
THE CHIP SHORTAGE
No, not the yummy kind you pick up at the grocery store, thankfully. We are talking about microchips, also known as semiconductors. These are found in just about everything you use in your day-to-day life including gaming consoles, smartphones, air conditioning units, electric vehicles and solar products. While prices are currently stable, a combination of increased demand and production delays are causing a shortage which will affect prices as we head into the fourth quarter of the year.
Considering all of these factors, we stand by our saying that “The best time to go solar was yesterday.” And while you can’t go back in time, you can visit revolusun.com or call 808-748-8888 today to get started.
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