by Brent Sauser
It is an unwritten understanding that new home improvement products are not generally accepted or considered “mainstream” until the big-box retailers have brought them through their “doors” to the general public. I’m very pleased to announce that Home Depot and Lowe’s, two of the biggest big-box home improvement retailers, have embraced the solar energy kit market BIG TIME! One only needs to visit their websites to review a long list of solar panel kits that range from 1 kW to 9.5 kW in size. Both retailers have partnered with solar kit manufacturer, Grape Solar, and provide the same variety of kit options. Prices vary slightly. For example:
HOME DEPOT: Solar panel kits, from Grape Solar, are available on-line that range from 1 kW ($2,897) to 9.5 kW system ($21,475). A 5 kW solar kit costs $11,350. For more information regarding Home Depot solar panel kits CLICK HERE.
LOWE’S: Solar panel kits, from Grape Solar, are available on-line that range from 1 kW ($2,745) to 9.5 kW system ($21,399). A 5 kW solar kit costs $11,499. For more information regarding Lowe’s solar panel kits CLICK HERE.
When rebates and incentives are factored in, the net cost can be reduced from 30% and up. Federal incentives of 30% are in play through 2016. CLICK HERE to check out the additional incentives and rebates offered in your State.
Solar panel system installation has been simplified significantly to the “do-it-yourself” level, and the Grape Solar system offered by Home Depot and Lowe’s is no exception. Easy to follow instructions and videos are available to assist in installation.
A few minutes on-line will also reveal many other solar panel manufacturers offering kits for sale. The selection has never been greater, the costs lower, and installation easier than now. Freedom from non-renewable power has never been more affordable, more doable! Whether for new construction or remodeling, going solar makes dollars and “sense”.