Solar Panels in Historic Districts: Progress v. Preservation

Solar Panels in Historic Districts: Progress v. Preservation

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"I'm doing it to replace coal. I feel like this is the future. We should be driving down the street and seeing these on every house." Those are the words of Worthington, Ohio homeowner, Patrick Rogers, who finds himself at odds with the Worthington Architectural Review Board (ARB) on his desire to install 25 rooftop solar panels at his private residence. Rogers' 1959-built home lies in a historical district in Worthington, OH Before diving into the details of why Roger's is currently being kept from cutting his coal consumption, it should be noted that this story was first reported in a ThisWeek group article by Gary Seamon Jr. The background Back in July, Rogers contracted MOXIE to design and install an 8kW home solar energy system that would help him…
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Opportunity Zones + Solar = Double Tax Savings for Your Business

Opportunity Zones + Solar = Double Tax Savings for Your Business

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Opportunity Zones are a little known investment tool that could help your business install renewable solar energy while saving big on taxes and rising energy bills. First, Economic Opportunity Zones aside, the reasons to install solar for your business are plentiful. There are government incentives (26% federal solar investment tax credit, state tax credits, and renewable energy credits). Then there's the immediate energy savings you will realize when you officially stop renting overpriced energy from the utility company. Plus, there's that whole saving the planet part and getting to brag to your customers about how your business is helping to offset millions of pounds of carbon emissions. Just imagine the press release! When you take a hard look at the numbers, installing solar for your business is likely a no-brainer.…
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2020 Federal Solar Tax Credit: Take Advantage Now Before It’s Too Late

2020 Federal Solar Tax Credit: Take Advantage Now Before It’s Too Late

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2020 is the last year the federal solar tax credit will be at 26%. If you’ve been thinking about getting solar power for your home, now is the time to act. The federal government will soon be sunsetting the solar tax credit for residential homes, but getting started on your new solar array now will help ensure you lock-in this money-saving credit.  The federal solar tax credit, also called the solar investment tax credit (ITC), is a nonrefundable credit that is currently set at 26% of your total solar array cost, including the panels themselves, installation, equipment, permitting, and more. So, if the total cost of your installed solar array is $20,000, you would owe $5,200 less in federal taxes. Not bad right?  Again, the most important part is to…
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