Soaring utility prices and year-round sun make home solar panels a cheaper, smarter choice for a lower electricity bill in New Jersey.
Why pay more for dirty power when you can save thousands with clean solar energy?
We see more sun than we think in New Jersey, meaning that this is the perfect place to soak up those rays and use them to power our home. However, if you are new to the world of solar power and understanding renewable energy sources, we are here to clarify a few things for you. First of all, you’ve probably heard people say that solar power can lower—if not eliminate—your power bills. We aren’t just here to tell you it’s possible; we’re here to tell you that it’s actually likely. Solar power is a renewable energy option that can fit in everyone’s budget, as long as they take time to do research on the most affordable option for their needs. With the affordability and the savings comes the question, “How does this system work?”
Solar power systems, on a basic level, are devices used to absorb the sun’s rays and convert those rays into usable energy. This is a multi-step process, but it works without fail. Every solar panel is made up of photovoltaic cells, or PV cells. For those of you hoping to power your home with a solar system, you can expect about 60 PV cells to be held within your panel. It’s these cells that absorb the sun’s rays, much like plants absorb sunlight to create food. When solar panels are linked together, we refer to this system as a solar array. Your solar array is connected to an inverter, where the energy from the rays are processed to turn into usable power for your home. Depending on your home size and energy requirements, you may need anywhere from 10 to 20 solar panels to fully power your home. We can help you decide what the proper number is once we know how much power you use per month and how energy efficient your home is.
The process is simple: Install solar panels, create a solar array to power your home, and save money for years to come. Of course, if it were really that simple, you probably wouldn’t need professionals to help you. We still need to consider what part of your home gets the most sun, decide how many your home needs, and choose a financing option that makes sense for you and your family. Keep in mind that there are financial incentives to make the switch, which definitely need to be taken into account. The good news is, RGS Energy has been helping homeowners like yourself for 40 years. By now, we know exactly what we are doing. If you are interested in learning more or in getting started now, it’s time to reach out. The RGS Energy team looks forward to answering your questions and guiding you as you prepare to fully power your New Jersey home.
“But New Jersey has quite a few cloudy days!” We know that’s exactly what you are thinking. Let’s combat some common myths. Do solar panels work in cloudy weather? Yes, but as you might expect, they don’t work as well on overcast days as they do during sunny days. On a cloudy day, a solar panel will only produce about 10 to 25 percent of their capacity. Of course, this depends on the panel. But keep in mind…
Solar power helps save money regardless of where you live. In order to see the full cost savings, it’s important to consider the entire year’s energy production—not just one day. For those of you who end up generating more power than you need, your energy company could still end up paying you. Some of the places with the highest rates of solar panel use are not known for their sunshine.
In fact, cities with partly cloudy days may see a surge in solar energy on these days due to the “edge of cloud” effect. When the sun passes over the outer edge of a cloud, the sunlight is magnified. The more intense light travels quickly to the solar arrays in the city and can actually boost the power input temporarily, causing the power imbalances to even out.
In the end, cloudy days come and go. The way to know if a solar array is worth your money and time is to see how many sunny days you have in a year.
“Going green” is the number one benefit most people hear about when reading about solar power. And yes, we agree, solar energy certainly can help the environment. However, in order for solar to make a big and lasting impact, more homes and businesses need to switch away from fossil fuels. Does that mean you should wait to switch to solar? Absolutely not. Aside from the environmental benefits, we know you’ll love the financial perks as well.
Money matters, and it’s one of the key reasons why so many families decide to switch to solar. While some people may believe that they can’t afford to switch to solar, the reality is most people can’t afford NOT to switch. Back when RGS Energy first started in 1978, solar technology was still relatively new. That new technology was quite costly, and it was too much for the average household to afford. Nowadays, technology has evolved to allow the cost of solar power to decrease. What used to cost upwards of $100 per watt has dropped now to $5 per watt. Not a bad price drop in 40 years’ time! Solar arrays, in addition to other energy efficiency programs, now mean that your home can operate fully without as many solar panels. Ask one of our Energy Brokers for advice on how to improve your home’s efficiency! Once you have a solar panel system for your home, the energy it produces will likely replace your energy bill each month. These savings alone often pay for the price of a solar array. It may just be us, but saving on energy bills for decades sounds pretty great.
Believe it or not, the energy bill savings is not the only financial perk. The growing concern for our environment in both the governmental and private spheres has led to many organizations offering financial incentives to encourage people like you to switch to solar power. Tax breaks, loans, grants, and other benefits are all available to help make the change that much easier and affordable. We like to compare this to buying a home versus renting one. Even those of you who purchase your home continuously pay power bills in order to receive energy from the city. This is just like “renting” power. However, with solar power, that’s one less thing you are “renting.” The best part is, buying a solar array does not cost near as much as a home does. To find out exactly how much a solar panel system for your home will cost, reach out to our RGS Team.
We’d be lying if we said that clean energy isn’t a great reason to make the switch to solar. You can make a massive difference to our environment! Reliance on fossil fuels is a problem for a couple reasons. First, fossil fuels will not last forever. They are a finite resource, meaning that we will eventually run out and we need to have another source of energy available to use. Second, the pollution caused by these fossil fuels is leading to a decrease in air quality and has begun causing issues for our environment as a whole. These fuels include coal, natural gas, and petroleum—all of which can produce greenhouse gases, air pollutants, and runoff that affects our rivers, oceans, and food that we grow.
This is where solar makes a difference. No solar panel system creates byproducts at all when converting the sun’s rays, which means two important things. First, you will not be adding any harmful chemicals to the environment. Second, you will cut back on using the products that DO cause these issues. The more people who switch to renewable energy, the less pollutants we have being expunged into the atmosphere.
New Jersey residents are already aware of the fact that energy prices, over time, have only continued to rise. As the energy demands for the United States, as a whole, increase, it is only to be expected that individual states, especially states with large populations in relation to overall landmass, will see an increase in energy prices over the coming decades. Since 1978, we here at RGS Energy have made it our mission to provide residents of New Jersey with solar panel installation services to help as many people as possible take advantage of clean, renewable energy.
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RGS Energy is a full service solar energy company. If you would like to learn more about us or you would like to learn more about the services that we provide, contact us today at 877-747-4338!
A quick internet search will show that New Jersey area residents have quite a few options when it comes to choosing a solar energy provider. Over the past few years, multiple companies have popped up that claim to offer the best services and solar panels. As a consumer then, how are you supposed to know which company is going to be able to provide the best services possible? While it might seem self serving to say that we here at RGS Energy are your best choice, we hope that you will take the time to actually hear us out. Since 1978, we have been one of the leading solar panel providers in the United States. We did not get involved with solar energy because it was the trendy thing to do. We did not get involved in solar energy because we saw that, finally, it had become a viable source or home energy production. We got involved in the solar energy market because we truly believe that solar power is an energy source that can effectively ween the average person off of the traditional power generation systems that have provided electricity for this nation. We have dedicated our professional careers to making sure that as many people as possible are able to take advantage of the many benefits that solar energy provides to consumers. To learn more about the ways that you can get started on the road towards energy independence, please fill out our contact form!
Preparing Your Home for Solar Energy
While solar is a wonderful choice and is filled with benefits for your home, there are still some preparations you need to make along the way. If you have made it to this page, we are so excited that you and your family are considering the switch! The team here at RGS Energy has 40 years of experience, and in that time, we have learned quite a bit about creating the perfect solar array. Before you schedule your installation, we want you to feel prepared. Do the following to get the most benefit from your new solar array.
Make sure your home is ready to handle the new solar power system! We literally mean checking the roof. The supports that make up the layers of your roof need to be able to hold a certain amount of weight, so make sure your roof is secure first. While you may not know how to check this on your own, the RGS Energy team does. We can help you find out if your roof can handle a solar power system. If you are unsure, you should contact a roofing company to give you a professional roofing inspection and perform any necessary repairs before we show up to do installation. It’s better to handle these issues ahead of time instead of taking the panels down in two years to make a minor repair, then reinstalling them.
Solar power won’t do much good if your home is burning through energy faster than it can be produced! The number of solar panels you need will also depend on how much energy you use. The good news is, you won’t have to figure that out on your own. You will have the help of an Energy Broker to figure out what your usage costs may be over the next few years. However, if you want to make sure you get the most benefit from your solar array, then you need to turn your attention to your home’s overall energy efficiency. How can you consume less power? We recommend starting small, like upgrading any of your electronics to a more energy-efficient model. You can also replace your home’s windows and insulation to ensure that all heat or cool air remains inside instead of slipping outside. If it’s in your budget, you can also consider upgrading your home’s electrical systems, adding a smart thermostat, and so on. If you would like to learn more about home efficiency, try:
Planning for the financial part of the solar system is probably going to be the biggest hurdle, and we understand why. Even though the cost has dropped significantly to switch to solar power, some planning is still required in order to make sure you choose the best financing plan for your home. Keep in mind that a solar array is not too expensive! Our team would be happy to work with you to find the right payment plan. You can pay up front or we can organize a solar loan. Both choices have their perks, so make sure to ask about these benefits before making your decision.
In the state of New Jersey, you have the option of net metering your energy. This means that any energy you do not use can be sold back to the grid at the retail rate. Keep in mind that this rate is much, much higher than the wholesale rate that large power plants get for their electricity! That means more money going back into your pocket. Also, since you can buy and sell electricity from the grid, you can balance your energy use in order to break even. None of your excess energy will be wasted.
On top of this, you also are 100 percent exempt from any sales tax due to the PV energy sales tax exemption. And, thanks to the property tax exemption for renewable energy systems, you don’t have to pay any additional property taxes when the value of your home is increased through solar panels. Finally, you get the benefit of the federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) to reduce the cost of your solar array by 30 percent. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal! RGS Energy would be happy to help you learn more about the eligibility requirement for each of these and ensure that you get every grant, tax break, and incentive possible!
When you make the choice to switch to solar energy, it is important to go with a company that has a proven track record of above average performance. Solar panels are not something that can simply be placed upon a roof and expected to perform at their best with little to no thought put behind the installation process. At RGS Energy, we have placed thousands of solar panels and, through these many installation processes, we have refined our technique to provide the best solar arrays and positioning that we possibly can. When we come to your New Jersey home, we will perform a detailed analysis of your home’s position in relation to the position of the sun at various times of the day. This analysis results in the most optimal placement of your solar panels possible, ensuring that your solar array is able to draw as much energy as possible during the daytime hours. Additionally, we will make sure that the panels are fully supported on the roof of your home, greatly reducing the chances that any damage will occur as a result of the solar array being placed on your roof.
In a world where everything seems to come back to the internet, it is nice to be able to see actual reviews from actual people. Beginning in 1978, our company has evolved from a small solar panel provider into one of the leading solar energy companies in the United States. Combining highly trained technicians, a research staff that stays up to date on the latest advancements in the field of solar energy, and a management team that is dedicated to bringing solar energy to as many people as possible, RGS Energy has taken on the task of providing each and every one of our customers, no matter their geographical location, with the best in residential solar energy solutions. We feel that solar energy is poised to change the way that people think about their energy bill and, more importantly, we feel that we can offer a solution to New Jersey area residents looking to reduce their dependence on traditional forms of energy production. To meet this goal, we offer a wide variety of solar services to New Jersey Residents.
In the 1970s, back when RGS Energy began, a solar power system could cost close to about $100 per watt. Today, that number has dropped to about $5 per watt—and that’s with a much bigger solar array! With all the new solar incentives available federally and through the state of New Jersey, it’s no surprise that people are beginning to understand what a wonderful deal it is. Ultimately, the more people who choose to go solar, the better it is for our environment and our world as a whole. With that in mind, we would be delighted to work with you to help you understand your payment options. You can pay up front or you can take out a loan; we are happy to work with you no matter what your choice may be. Compare the perks:
There is no one-size-fits-all option, so feel free to take a closer look at your options and your finances to see what works best. We would be happy to answer any questions you have about payments and installation in order to help select the best choice for you. We’ll even help you search for financial incentives and guide you as you apply to help with savings. Our goal is to empower anyone who wants to switch, so call us today!
RGS Energy got its start in 1978 as Real Goods, a sustainable living store in Northern California that sold some of the first retail solar panels in the United States.
The Real Goods Store still sells sustainable living products, but now – as RGS Energy – we bring clean energy solutions straight to your home with expert solar panel installations that reduce the cost of your electricity. We serve much of New Jersey, from Ocean City through the Vineland Area, Passaic, Newark, Jersey City and over to Trenton and Edison.
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Like all forms of technology, solar panels require maintenance in order to make sure that they are providing the highest energy output possible. While other solar companies specialize only in installations, we here at RGS Energy take it one step further by making sure that your solar panels are also properly maintained. When you choose us as your solar energy provider, we will perform routine inspections on you solar panels, making sure that they are free of any and all debris that could inhibit the amount of solar energy that they are able to convert into clean, usable, and affordable electricity. Even when it seems that your solar panels are performing fine, dust, leaves, and other natural obstructions may be affecting the amount of energy that your panels are able to produce. The RGS Energy crew will come to your home, handle your maintenance issues quickly, and handle any and all repairs that may be required to make sure that your solar array is performing optimally.
As a New Jersey resident, you want to make sure that the services you are paying for are worth your hard earned cash. On paper, the goal of every solar energy company is to provide homes with access to the nearly limitless energy that the sun produces each and every day. This goal, while seemingly simply, requires a lot of effort on the part of a solar energy company. At RGS Energy, we not only make sure that your solar array is large enough to meet your home’s energy demands, we also take the time to make sure that the solar array is properly wired into your home’s electrical distribution system and, if need be, into your area’s municipal power grid. By focussing on precise, professional installations, we help to make sure that you solar panels are able to perform their jobs to the best of their abilities and are able to provide consistent performance over their expected lifespan. If you would like to learn more about past jobs that we have completed, please feel free to view our testimonials page and see what real people have to say about us.
While some solar energy providers will try and cut costs by providing clients with substandard solar panels, we here at RGS Energy take no such short cuts. Our installation team, while important in their own right, are only as valuable as the panels that they install. For this reason, we have made it a company priority to provide our customers with only the latest and greatest solar panels that are available for residential use. To us, it makes no sense to provide people with panels that are not the top of the line. Outdated panels will only serve to inhibit the amount of solar energy that our customers are able to harvest and, as such, we consider it a waste of time to even consider these panels as part of our installations. Our panels may not be the cheapest on the market, however, a little research shows that cheaper panels, while more affordable in the beginning, only work to cost our clients more money in the long run. Older panels require more maintenance, convert less solar energy, and break more often than state-of-the-art panels. All of this comes together to cost our clients more money over the life of their solar array; a compromise that we are not willing to make.
When you choose RGS Energy as your New Jersey solar panel provider, you are making an investment into a company that cares. We are well aware of the fact that, for many, the initial cost of a solar panel system can seem daunting. For this reason, we are more than happy to help our customers find financial assistance through a list of approved RGS Energy lenders. With a well crafted loan, many of our customers find that they pay less per month with their loan payment than they did on their electricity bill each month. Additionally, these financing programs can allow New Jersey area residents to start saving instantly, completely negating the fluctuating energy prices that so many people have become used to. To learn more about the savings you could see when you decide to make the switch to solar energy, read our resources here and here.
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