What could change over time regarding these options?
Plenty. The Investment Tax Credit is currently set to decline from 30% to 10% at the end of 2016. The reduction of this ITC would affect the lease option as well as the purchase option. It is also possible that PEPCO will request a change in the rates, with the effect that you will not receive the full 15 cents/kWh for your PV generation. Many utilities are now pointing out that the current plans mean that the homeowner with a PV system is not paying his or her “fair share” of the cost of the distribution wires which still serve the home. Public Utility Commissions are considering this argument, and may reduce the credit to to what the utility pays for generation – perhaps 7 to 10 cents/kWh.

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1. Does it make sense to have PV panels on my roof?
2. What’s an average size of a system, and how much electricity might it produce?
3. How difficult was the installation process?
4. Are there any maintenance issues?
5. Will solar help me maintain power during an outage?
6. Sometimes a system will produce more power than a home needs; other times, less. How does PEPCO manage this, and how will I be billed?
7. How much does a system cost, and how do I pay for it?
8. What could change over time regarding these options?
9. So if I’m interested in getting a PV system, when should I get going on it?
10. What companies do you recommend for solar installations?
11. Are there any community discount programs that I could participate in?
12. Where can I get more information about solar energy?