Atlasta Solar Center has been serving the Western Slope of Colorado for forty-one years. As the longest operating solar company on the Western Slope, we provide our customers with a quality experience while assisting them in transitioning over to a new energy-efficient lifestyle. Our vision is one of businesses, homes, neighborhoods, communities, powered by the clean, sustainable energy of the sun at a cheaper cost.

Atlasta Solar Center is here to help break these five common solar power myths.

Solar is Too Expensive for Most Homeowners

You are already paying your electric bill and when do you expect to have that paid off? Most customers choose to finance a system and replace their electric bill with a solar finance payment. The benefits? You will no longer experience utility rate increases – which happen ANNUALLY. Our financing allows us to give you the best price making your monthly payment about what you pay for electricity anyway! No form of a pre-payment penalty, flexible terms, and low-interest rates! Add in the 26% Federal Tax Credit and it is a win-win! Why not pay yourself by generating your own electricity and putting an end in sight for your electric bill.

Solar Panels Can Damage My Roof

We have offered our No-Leak guarantee since 1979. Installation of solar panels will help protect the area of your roof which the solar panels cover. When you install solar, the area of the roof underneath is protected from exposure to the elements. If you need a new roof, no problem! We can remove the system and the roofers come in and complete their work, then we come back and re-install the system!

Solar Panels Can Lower the Value of My House

Studies show that homes with solar sell up to 20% faster than those without for 15 to 20% more. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory offers a useful guide when determining how much your property’s value will go up. According to its research, each additional $1 in energy bill savings (from your solar installation) adds $20 to your home’s total value. The exact numbers vary from property to property and installation to installation, but recent research shows an average increase in resale value being $5,911 for each 1 kilowatt (kW) of solar installed. The average size system in Colorado is 5kW. Installing 5kW of solar panels adds an average of $29,555 to the retail value of a medium-sized home.

It is important to note that these statistics only apply to today’s housing prices and utility rates. As electricity prices go up (as they most certainly will), the advantages of solar energy rise proportionally as well. Home prices have statistically increased in and around Grand Junction. In addition, installing solar panels not only helps you fetch a higher asking price, but it can also help your home sell 20% faster as properties without solar installations. For homeowners who want to reduce exposure, paperwork, and wait times, this can be a huge advantage – especially in today’s housing market.

Solar Power Doesn't Work in Colder, Cloudy Climates

A cloudier climate just means you will need more solar panels to cover your electricity usage. Since Western Colorado receives 320 days of sun on average, we are in an ideal location for solar energy production! And since heat creates resistance, Photovoltaic solar panels work more efficiently in colder weather. Panasonic Panels have the lowest temperature coefficient meaning, that even in hot climates with a lot of sun, they will produce the most effectively! As a Panasonic Elite installer, we can offer the best of both worlds!

My Solar Panels Will Become Obsolete with Emerging Technology

Solar panels have been around since the 1960s. That is more than 60 years of research and development (41 of which we have been in business)! Most of the solar industry research and development conducted today is currently to create more efficient battery technologies. Solar is the cheapest form of electricity production available to us today. We have solved the production part of the equation, now we need to find a way to store that power. We even offer hybrid systems to provide power in the event of a grid- outage!

Atlasta Solar Center can help clear up any solar myth you have heard. Call 970.248.0057 or follow the link to Set up a consultation today, and you will be entered to win a YETI 35 cooler. Guaranteed winner!