Considering Solar? We’re Here To Help!

Today’s consumers want and expect options, including the type of energy powering their homes. Many homeowners are looking for a less expensive or a more green energy source. These two motives are why many homeowners are exploring solar panels. It is important for our members to fully understand the true costs of solar panels, the operational reality of this form of energy and actual energy savings. To determine whether solar is right for a particular situation, homeowners must undertake their due diligence.

We’re here to help.

As your trusted local energy advisor, Woodruff Electric Cooperative can offer a candid assessment of your specific situation. After all, Woodruff Electric is a not-for-profit organization with our main objective being to provide our members with the very best electric service at the lowest possible cost. Therefore, we are not directly tied to the sale of a product or service. We constantly strive to find new ways to help our membership to use energy more efficiently. We are also keeping abreast of the ever-changing energy environment and evolving technology in the utility industry.

Is solar right for you?

To help determine whether solar is right for you, Woodruff Electric’s energy advisors will look at the:

  • Overall energy efficiency of the home/business
  • Location for installation (rooftop or ground mounted)
  • Orientation of the sun in relation to the home/business
  • Tree coverage near the home/business
  • Weather patterns for the region

Unlike a solar company that has one objective––to sell their products and services––we will look at the total energy picture and help you determine the best options for your home or business. While solar may work for some people, it’s not the answer for all.

When helping co-op members determine whether solar is right for them, a co-op energy advisor will also discuss the many financial considerations:
Is there a large, up-front payment required or are fees spread out over time?

  • Will the homeowner own the panels, or will they be leased?
  • Are there any hidden costs, i.e., does the roof need to be replaced before installing the panels?
  • Are there ongoing maintenance fees?
  • Are there rebates or other financial incentives available?
  • Is the estimated energy savings worth the investment?
  • Is it more cost effective to invest in other energy saving measures?

Most importantly, an energy advisor will provide perspective on the total energy puzzle. Taking into consideration the current energy consumption, the home “envelope,” age and efficiency of the HVAC system and home site, an energy advisor can help co-op members determine whether solar is the best choice given the homeowners’ objectives.

When assessing solar options, it is an excellent time to examine other potential energy efficiency improvements for your home. For example, it may make sense to insulate the attic before installing solar. Woodruff Electric recognizes that member interest in green energy sources and renewables is at an all-time high, and we stand ready to help our members determine their best options as they move forward.