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Solar Power Becoming Cost Effective for Homes

Ken Starcher, Director of the Alternative Energy Institute at West Texas A&M University. Ken Starcher, Director of the Alternative Energy Institute at West Texas A&M University.

An ear mark added to the government bailout bill is shinning a bright light on homeowners by making solar energy much more affordable.

On rainy days, solar panels won't help you too much.

But you may be surprised to know days like Monday can still get power out of limited sun light. As long as you can see your shadow, the sun can produce energy.

The government has now made it cost effective for homeowners, because the cost of your solar system carries a 30 percent tax credit.

Some states, like New Mexico offer a solar rebate making it even cheaper.

And you may be surprised how efficient it can be.

"A solar system sized at 3 kilowatts, double your average use (at a normal sized home), but running much fewer hours of the day because the sun shines six to eight hours a day, will still supply half maybe two third of your total energy needs," said Ken Starcher, the Director of the Alternative Energy Institute at West Texas A&M University.

You can see how a solar system can drastically drop your electricity bill.

Starcher says the average home in the Panhandle produces enough solar power for a system to pay for itself in 10 to 15 years.

While most warranties last 25 years.

It's an high cost all at one time, but some people say, it's an investment for low electricity bills for a quarter of a century. 

For more information on solar power click on the link below to be taken to the American Solar Energy Society.

http://www.ases.org/

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