Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
We continue today with our brand new Video of the week series, which each week highlights a video or two about clean energy in the Commonwealth. Today we bring you “Investing in Solar for your Home.”
This video features Massachusetts residents who have installed solar photovoltaic panels on the roofs of their homes. They share their stories about how investing in solar has made an impact on their lives. Not only do these homeowners spend less on their monthly bills (one resident’s bill dropped from $130 per month to $40 per month), they are doing their part to help meet our statewide clean energy goals.
In Massachusetts we spend $18 billion of the $22 billion spent annually on foreign sources of energy from Canada, Latin America and the Middle East. Instead of spending that money elsewhere we’d like to keep those dollars here in Massachusetts by investing in solar projects that put local installers to work while stabilizing long-term energy costs for residents and businesses and cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
The residents in the video explain how they can sell excess energy back to their utilities and how upfront costs in investing in solar technology are not as expensive as many might think. With the help of state support from solar energy certificates, rebates, tax credits, and sales tax exemptions, residents can help defray their initial investment. One resident even said that she wished she had installed solar 10 years ago, if she knew it would pay off so quickly!
Learn more about home solar energy projects by watching the video.
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