There is a 30% Federal tax credit that runs through 2032. Additional information can be found here: Homeowner’s Guide to the Federal Tax Credit for Solar Photovoltaics | Department of Energy
There are no state-level incentives for solar in Missouri, however if you are a rural area small business, or agricultural producer, you may qualify for an additional REAP grant, which can cover up to an additional 50% of the system cost!
Solar panels are made from toughened glass and will withstand small to medium size hail, frequently out-performing most roofing materials in hail resistance, however extremely large hail may cause damage. In most cases solar arrays are covered under your building insurance policy, however we always recommend checking with your insurance provider to verify coverage limits.
Panels: 12-25 years
Inverters: 10-25 years
Batteries: 10 years
Labor: 10 years
We recommend an annual visual inspection and periodic review of the system monitoring. Keep debris buildup such as leaves, and animals such as squirrels clear of the solar array and related components as they may chew wiring. It may be beneficial to periodically clean the module glass if a buildup of dirt or mold occurs.
The color. Black panels tend to cost slightly more for the aesthetic appeal.
Only if the system is equipped with special battery backup or “daylight” backup systems.
Typical EV’s consume about 1kWh per 4 miles driven, so take your mileage per month and divide by 4, then add to the monthly electric usage. As an Example: 1000 miles per month driven, divided by 4 miles per kWh would be 1000 mi / 4kWh/mi = 250kWh per month.
We typically recommend a minimum of 15kWh for most residential backup installations, however more capacity may be desired for high-energy devices or to operate over longer periods without sun. Depending on the items you wish to run and how long you wish to run them without available sunlight, a larger battery pack such as 20-30kWh may be recommend. In some cases, a larger battery is warranted – such as for Off-Grid applications where battery banks may be 40-80kWh.