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Astrum Solar Celebrates Grand Opening in Connecticut

Astrum Solar Celebrates Grand Opening in Connecticut

By: Jen Agatone   |  09/03/14

Astrum Solar officially opened an office in Middletown, Connecticut last week! On August 26, the office celebrated its Grand Opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony by Mayor Daniel T. Drew.

A local company provided catering services, and the Grand Opening was celebrated by Astrum Solar customers, Astrum Solar employees, community residents, and several public figures in addition to Mayor Daniel T. Drew:

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How the Federal Solar Tax Credit Makes Your PV System Even Cheaper

How the Federal Solar Tax Credit Makes Your PV System Even Cheaper

By: Austin Brentley   |  08/29/14

The United States government really wants you to go solar. And it wants you to do so affordably.

This is why it launched a very generous solar incentive that allows you to claim a 30% tax credit after installing your photovoltaic (PV) system.

But how does the federal solar tax credit work? And is it really that big a deal?

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How Net Metering Boosts the ROI of Your Solar Installation

How Net Metering Boosts the ROI of Your Solar Installation

By: Austin Brentley   |  08/25/14

Net metering is one of the most popular solar incentives ever created. Unlike tax credits or rebates (which provide one-time benefits), net metering delivers on-going dividends over the entire 25+ year lifetime of your solar installation.

But what is net metering? And more important, what benefits do you—the system owner—receive from this solar incentive?

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What Is the Best Way to Pay for Your Solar PV Installation?

What Is the Best Way to Pay for Your Solar PV Installation?

By: Austin Brentley   |  08/18/14

Prospective clients often ask, “What is the best way to pay for a solar PV installation?”

But honestly, there is no single “best.”

Every customer is different, and each financing option offers its own unique advantages. Here are 3 of the most popular ways customers “go solar.”

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What Is the Average Payback Period of a Solar Installation?

What Is the Average Payback Period of a Solar Installation?

By: Austin Brentley   |  08/11/14

Although installing photovoltaic (PV) panels offers a number of environmental benefits, the main reason customers go solar is because of the savings:

  • Whether you finance your PV system with leases, low-interest loans, or cash, solar panels reduce your monthly utility bills immediately (starting on Day 1).
  • With a large enough PV installation, it's possible to receive $0 electricity bills. Some solar customers even receive negative utility bills.

Because of this, solar energy is an investment – not a traditional expense. But what is the average payback period of a solar installation (i.e. how long until you break even)?

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