Investing in Solar Power at Home

Randy Schaefer explains the benefits of solar power for your home.

It's time to harness the power of solar energy. Randy Schaefer of Top Shelf Solar Solutions explains why and how.

"There's an ancient proverb: 'The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.' The best time to go solar in Minnesota was two years ago, before inflation became rampant. The second-best time is now," says Randy. "There's no reason to wait."

Solar power is a renewable and clean source of energy, with no greenhouse gas emissions. Solar power can also provide energy independence and reduce electricity bills. 

"Utility costs are going to more than double in 13 years and more than triple in 25 years," says Randy. "A $200 electric bill now is going to be $650 in 25 years. If you invest in solar now and your monthly payment is $200, it will still be $200 in 25 years, when your neighbors are paying $650. What we're doing is looking forward and saying 'How can we save you money long-term?'"

Solar panels are built for the future and require little maintenance. "The warranties on our panels are 25 years," says Randy. "The life expectancy is 35 to 40 years. We're talking about free electricity after the panels are paid off, and until that point, we're talking about predictable, stable costs. There's no other product out there that you can get a 25-year warranty for and that will pay for itself."

In addition, Top Shelf Solar Solutions offers "over 20 different financing options," Randy says. In fact, their most popular payment plan has no required payment for the first 12 months.

"The people that want to buy solar are socially-conscious, environmentally-conscious, and conscious of their checkbook," says Randy. "I help people keep money in their pockets and increase value by going green.”

For more information, visit topshelfsolarsolutions.com.

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Solar power boasts great benefits. "Because solar uses the power of the sun, there's no moving parts," says Randy. "Plus, an average Minnesota residential system is going to prevent over 7 tons of carbon dioxide exhaust, as opposed to if we were relying on a coal-burning plant. There are no emissions. It's clean.”

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