“Going solar is not a question of “should I do this?” If you do the math, the numbers are there. If you want help the planet, it’ll do that. Want to protect yourself from rising rates? It’ll do that. Make a profit? It’ll do that too. Be aware that it’s a process–there are many moving parts to getting a system installed (especially when you purchase it). I learned it’s important to work with a company that will run the project correctly and take care of you.
For example, midway through the project I found out that I’d have to dig a trench in the backyard to install the ground mount system, which meant an extra $2000 to the cost of the installation. Rhode Island Solar Solutions ate that cost themselves because they wanted to do things right by me. I’m eternally grateful for that. RISS isn’t here to grab every penny; they’re here to make their customers happy. And I’m happy to recommend them in any way possible.
One day, before I ever contacted RISS, I was in Home Depot and SolarCity was there talking about residential solar. We talked, and they sent a salesman over to my house. Now, I’ve been a salesperson before, so I know how it goes. But what frustrated me was that instead of talking about actual hard numbers, return on investment, or the technical aspects of the equipment, the salesperson just kept telling me about all the great little “toys” I’d receive. I’m a tech person. I like numbers and figures. And he was trying to sell me on extras and the fact that a portion of their profits would go to helping people in underdeveloped countries. He was very pushy, like, “Sign here and you’ll get all of this for free!” So I walked away from that pretty easy.
Then a friend of mine, Brian Flynn, recommended Rhode Island Solar Solutions to me. He told me about the good experience he had and how much money he’d see back from the investment. Now, I’d been running numbers for a while, and all of it sounded too good to be true. But when I met with Mike Goulart, I saw the figures were right. I started breaking down the numbers and I realized that by paying RISS to install, I would make back my upfront investment twice as fast than doing the project myself.
The experience with Mike Goulart was brilliant. He didn’t get burdened by my numerous technical questions. If he didn’t know the answer, he’d call the person that knew the answer. When Mike showed up at my house, I told him I was looking for a profitable long-term investment and I wanted to see the numbers that would prove it. Mike was great about providing that to me. But the biggest thing is how Mike and the RISS team has responded to issues during the process. You call with a concern, and they go to work for you immediately. I respect that. Whenever something came up, they took care of it.
There are so many reasons to get involved with solar energy. You can do it to help support a healthier environment, or you can do it because solar is a smart return on investment. I’m projecting to make $40,000 in profit alone over the lifespan of this solar system. And after that, I can renew my agreements or just switch over to net metering and live the rest of my life without a utility bill.
Solar is really a no-brainer. Anybody that can afford to put money down on a system should definitely do it. If you don’t, well, I hope you can find a really hot stock that’s going to pay you for the next forty years. Otherwise, solar is the way to go right now. “Tim Boehmer, Wyoming, RI