As a member-owner of Maquoketa Valley Electric Cooperative, we are your source for power and information. Since interest in solar power generation is growing, we put together a series of fact sheets to help answer questions you might have.
If you are thinking about installing solar at your home, we have a 10-step guide to help aid your process. As prices decline and technology improves, installing a residential solar system—also called a photovoltaic or PV system—makes sense for some members. However, even with these recent improvements in PV, it’s important to find out the facts before committing to a purchase. For a successful installation, here is a summary of the critical steps to take before signing a contract.
- Make your home more energy efficient before buying a solar system.
- Research, research, research, before investing in a solar system.
- Understand how a solar system meshes with MVEC’s distribution system.
- Review your current energy use so you can determine what size PV system to install.
- Tally upfront costs.
- Search for incentives, rebates, and tax credits.
- Be sure you know and understand what your responsibilities are if you purchase a PV system, including extra costs to connect to the cooperative grid, maintenance and system repairs.
- Follow all safety precautions and electrical code/inspection.
- Choose a reputable contractor/installer.
- Maintain good records.
MVEC encourages you to visit with us for the latest information about renewable energy options in our area. Contact us at 800-927-6068, or visit www.mvec.coop for more information about solar and assistance in making decisions about whether solar is a good option for you. We are your source for power and information.