Solar Payback

Enjoy All the Benefits

Solar power pays you back reliably and consistently year after year.

 
Solar energy is easy to make and clean to use, and cheaper than the electricity you buy from your utility company. When your home is solar powered, you can worry less about the small stuff, like recharging your family’s gadgets or turning up the thermostat a few degrees on a chilly night. And you can feel great about the big stuff, like your lighter carbon footprint and the example you’re setting for your friends and family.

Astrum Solar makes sure you get the most out of your solar panels: the most energy generated, the most return on your investment, the most beneficial environmental impact, and the most joy and pride each time you see a sunny day. Learn more about the Astrum Solar difference here.

An average-size (5 kW) system can generate over $40,000 in energy savings over the course of 20 years. Solar panels reduce your electric bills and lock in your electricity rates for the life of the panels so your energy bills become low and predictable for decades. And unlike most home improvements, which depreciate in value with age, solar panels will increase in value over time as electricity prices increase. What will electricity prices be in the future when you sell your home? The higher they are the more people are willing to pay for an efficient home, so solar panels are like a hedge against increasing electricity rates. So even if you don’t plan to stay in your home for a long period of time, your solar panels are still a good investment.

What Does It Mean to Have a 5 kW System?

A typical installation is 5 kW (5,000 watts). When the sun shines on those solar panels for one hour (in non-cloudy conditions), they produce 5,000 watt-hours, or 5 kWh of electricity. On a cloudy or short winter day, the panels might produce 15-17 kWh during the day. On a perfect, clear sunny day, they might produce 30kWh of electricity during the day.

A regular light bulb uses 60 watt-hours of electricity in one hour. A fluorescent light bulb uses 15 watt-hours in one hour. A large plasma screen TV uses about 150 watt-hours in one hour.

So on a great sunny day, your panels would produce enough electricity to power your large plasma TV for 200 hours or one regular light bulb for 500 hours or a fluorescent bulb for 2,000 hours.