You probably already know that a Katahdin Cedar Log home is naturally energy efficient. But did you know that we can install solar panels on your log home, which can save you even more in energy costs? Even better, North Carolina is one of the most solar-friendly states for homeowners. Here are just some of the benefits of going solar:
Solar Saves Money
Duke Energy, one of the three utility companies in North Carolina, offers rebates for residential installation. (Because there is often a waitlist for the rebate, we encourage you to apply as early as possible.) All three NC utility companies (including Progress Energy and Dominion NC) are required by law to offer net metering, which gives you credit for any extra electricity your system produces; you can use this credit when your system doesn’t generate enough power.
The federal tax credit for using solar power is about 26% of the cost of your system. And you can take advantage of local incentives, too.
With solar power, you can reduce or eliminate your electric bills. While the cost of electricity is going up, the sun will never charge you for its power!
Solar Adds Value
Solar panels increase the value of your home, and you won’t even have to pay additional property tax for the increase, thanks to a property tax exemption that applies to all NC solar residential homeowners.
Solar is Great for the Planet
Going solar means you’ll reduce carbon emissions and protect our environment. The US is moving away from fossil fuels and toward clean energy, and solar is the cheapest option. It’s an investment for your future and for the planet’s!
- North Carolina offers low-interest loans for the purchase of solar panels.
- It’s best to have at least 40% of sun exposure if you plan to use solar power. We can help you determine if the land you’re building on gets enough sun exposure, but the state of NC typically gets enough peak sun hours to support solar power.
- Be sure you’re going with a professional installer to ensure that the job’s done right. (We’ll be happy to connect you with a local, certified installer.)
- The average return on investment for solar power is 7.5 years, so you’ll want to install it in a home you’ll be living in at least that long.
You can have the log home of your dreams AND save money on energy costs. Call us to learn more about going solar!