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People with a disability tend to have a greater need for electricity due to their dependency on devices to aid them in supporting their disability. Additionally, people with a disability can have a need for a temperature controlled environment. Many electrical providers offer limited discounts to people with a disability many times the discount simply is not enough to provide a significant impact on a disabled person’s utility bill. With a specific diagnosis and with a related prescription some of the expense for solar power may be a tax write off.

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People with a disability tend to have a greater need for electricity due to their dependency on devices to aid them in supporting their disability. Additionally, people with a disability can have a need for a temperature controlled environment. Many electrical providers offer limited discounts to people with a disability many times the discount simply is not enough to provide a significant impact on a disabled person’s utility bill. With a specific diagnosis and with a related prescription some of the expense for solar power may be a tax write off. Consult with your CPA to assess to what degree your disability qualifies.

There are three primary purchasing options for Solar Power we found during our search. The first and the one we went with is a solar lease. The second option we learned about was a PPA and the third option was to purchase the solar power solution outright. We elected to purchase the solar lease for a small monthly fee simply because we wanted the solar company to have the requirement to maintain our system throughout the term of our agreement. For information on a PPA see our Questions and Answers link below. The duration of all of the agreements we looked at were 20 year terms.

The first consideration is what companies to look at. You will find likely two scenarios. The first is a company that sells and installs their own solar panels and the second is a contractor that sells and installs other companies’ solar panels. We recommend you look at two to three quotes from different companies in your area. Once you have multiple quotes go to the Better Business Bureau’s website www.bbb.org and search for each company you have a quote from. We recommend that you only consider companies with an A+ rating because the company you select will ultimately be the one working on your home.

Your sales representative, to calculate your average utility bill, will likely look at the last 12 months of utility bills you have already paid. Then they will discuss with you where you would like your utility bill to be. Where you would like your utility bill to be compared to your prior average utility bills will dictate your initial investment required. This will also determine the amount of solar panels needed to support your desired utility bill. Scale up or down to fit your individual budget. After you sign an agreement you should not have to pay for anything until your utility company gives you authorization to operate. All labor, equipment, materials, permits and work to obtain the required permits should be included with your overall agreement price. Your contractor should be able to tell you an estimate for when your installation and authorization to operate would likely occur.

The second area to consider is the solar panel itself, specifically the solar panel’s production capability, where the solar panel is produced and the solar company’s financial viability. During the time frame of our search we found SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWR) http://us.sunpowercorp.com solar panels to produce the highest amount of electricity and their solar panels are manufactured in the United States. It is very important to ask questions of your sales representative and not base your decision solely on what you are told. After the sale is done you now are reliant on the contractor who will work on likely your most valuable asset and when they are done you will be left with solar panels. Would you purchases an automobile without knowing who the manufacturer is or without knowing the capabilities?

We found it helpful to ask our sales representative for data sheets for the solar panels they proposed on their quotes they provided to us. When you are reviewing multiple quotes we found it helpful to compare only quotes that were in the same class (i.e. lease with lease, PPA with PPA, purchase with purchase quotes, etc.) Each quote you are given should list the yearly estimated KWH (Kilowatt hours) and the components (the inverter and solar mounting system) which should makeup each quote. The reason it is important to understand the financial viability of the company you decide to sign an agreement with is you will relay on them to maintain your solar panel solution for 20 years or more. Asking your sales representative for local references, we recommend 2 to 3, is good to determine how well the installation went, were they satisfied with the workmanship and would they use the same contractor again?

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