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Aurora Roofing: Article About Calculating Solar Energy

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An old adage frequently heard in Colorado goes something like this: "If you don't like the weather, stick around five minutes, and it will change." The weather in Colorado does change often, but over 300 days of sunshine every year makes Colorado a prime area for reaping the benefits of solar panels installed on a residential roof. Aurora roofing companies provide expertise to homeowners interested in cutting utility bills, reducing their carbon footprint and making a lasting investment in their home's value.

The abundant sunshine all year makes it possible for a solar array of photovoltaic panels to supply all the electrical energy required by the typical home and even generate excess that returns to the public utility power grid, coming back to the homeowner in the form of a credit or a greatly reduced price per kilowatt.

Various financial strategies for purchasing or leasing rooftop solar systems exist. Some uncertainty exists regarding how the utility company that supplies most Front Range homes with electricity reimburses homeowners for any excess sent back to the grid from a home with solar energy equipment. As of 2015, the utility company's position favors reimbursement at the wholesale rate for electricity. Regulations provide reimbursement at the higher retail rate, known as full retail net metering.

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Regardless of how the debate plays out, solar energy continues to become more efficient and affordable, and in the end, environmental considerations may supersede any others. Professional roofers with years of experience installing various types of solar systems provide detailed scenarios of the costs and benefits, including projections of when the cost of obtaining those systems will break even with the savings on monthly electricity bills. According to research conducted by the National Renewal Energy Lab in 2009, Colorado ranks 32nd among the states in terms of the basic rate for electricity. Unlike some states where the basic rate exceeds that of Colorado, local incentives for the addition of solar generation systems do not exist.

Low basic rates and lack of local incentives extend the time required to reach the breakeven point for rooftop solar. Uncertainty regarding the future of the Federal tax credit for solar energy also enters the picture. Neither of these factors, however, take into account the certainty that generating electricity by burning fossil fuels contributes to unfavorable climate change; as reserves of coal and petroleum become depleted, the cost of energy derived from those sources will continue to escalate.

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