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The Federal Solar Tax Credit and Other Financial Benefits of Going Solar in 2019

Have you been considering solar electricity for your Escanaba home or business? Solar panels aren’t just good for the environment — they’re good for people who own them as well. And, the experts here at Strawbale Farms would like to tell you why!

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For one, there’s the Federal Solar Tax Credit. Officially called the “solar investment tax credit” or ITC, it’s a reduction in the federal tax bill of a homeowner or business owner who pays for a solar electricity installation. The ITC is offered by the U.S. federal government for homeowners and commercial solar businesses to help make solar more affordable. So, if you’re a homeowner who buys a solar electric system, you’re entitled to a tax credit of up to 30% of the total cost of that system. In fact, you can wipe out your entire tax bill if your credit is high enough!

It is important to note that solar installations completed after December 31, 2019, won’t be eligible for the 30% tax credit. For 2020, the tax credit steps down to 26%. And, by 2022 it will be down to 10%. So, start planning your solar electricity installation today and ensure you can claim the 2019 30% tax credit!

As long as you own your solar energy system, you are eligible for the solar investment tax credit. Even if you don’t have enough tax liability to claim the entire credit in one year, you can roll over the remaining credits into future years for as long as the tax credit is in effect.

And, solar panels also have a high ROI. Thanks to substantial electricity bill savings, the average homeowner can pay off their solar electric system in 2 to 8 years and see a return on investment when it’s time to sell their home. In fact, solar electricity can add to property values and help sell homes more quickly than those without.

Whether you’re a homeowner or business; electricity costs can make up a large portion of your monthly expenses. With a solar electric system, you’ll generate free power over your system’s entire lifetime.

These are just some of the great reasons to choose solar electricity for your home or business! Discover true energy independence with our supply of Next Energy Solution solar energy. Learn more about solar electricity for your Escanaba home or business today! Call Strawbale Farms at (715) 214-6683 or Contact Us to learn more.


Why Now is a Great Time to go Solar

For those asking themselves “should I go solar”, the answer is a resounding “yes!” Over the years, the price of installation has gone way down and technology has continued to improve. And, if you wait to go solar, you’ll be stuck continuing to pay your high electricity bill every month, which can be increasingly expensive. After all, electric and other energy costs continues to grow all over the county. As the experts in solar electric for Wisconsin and the surrounding areas, we’d like to tell you about more of the great reasons to go solar this spring.Solar Electric Wisconsin

With the temperatures beginning to warm, solar panels make an ideal solution for property owners who want to save money on energy costs. While many homeowners wind up with high energy bills during the summer months from running their air conditioners, you will be reaping the rewards of solar electric. And, you won’t even have to wait for hot weather to hit to enjoy the benefits that solar energy offers! In fact, having a residential solar energy system installed on your home during the spring can be a wise decision for the following reasons:

  • You’ll be ready for summer when it hits. Planning ahead by having one of these systems installed in spring helps ensure that your home or business is ready for air conditioning season.
  • More sunlight. As the hours of sunlight increase from spring to summer, you can count on having steady energy for the needs of your home.
  • Financial incentives. Did you know residential and commercial solar electric systems are eligible for a 30% of total cost rebate through the Federal Investment Tax Credit? Don’t wait to take advantage of this free money, this Tax Credit expires at the end of 2019.
  • Environmental benefits. Summer is the time of year when air quality and other pollution issues rise to the surface. By changing your power system to solar power you can reduce your household’s carbon footprint and the pollution you put out into the environment.
  • Help avoid summer blackouts. As you know, summer is notorious for black outs with all of the air conditioner use. By going solar you will benefit not only your home but your city’s power grid by not contributing to the summer time air conditioner energy drain.

And, these are just some of the great reasons to go solar this spring! Learn more about solar electric for your Wisconsin or Minnesota farm, home or business today! Call Strawbale Farms at (715) 214-6683 or Contact Us to learn more.


Is Biomass Heating the Renewable Way of the Future?

There is an undeniable buzz around renewable energy. In fact, renewables like biomass heating have continued to grow as a sector in recent years. Biomass technology is becoming more and more popular on the domestic market for its energy efficient and low carbon boilers in particular. Did you know that a biomass boiler installed in a home could potentially save up to 40% on standard oil and/or gas bills every year? It is certainly tantalizing for any consumer and its renewable status may even make it the one of the best ways to heat homes moving into the future.

As experts in biomass heating for Duluth and the surrounding areas, we would like to discuss what we think makes wood boilers the way of the future.Biomass Heating Duluth

First, what is ‘biomass’ exactly? Biomass energy is essentially created from any organic material that is available on a renewable basis. Biomass boilers often use wood chips and pellets as suitable fuel. These organic materials are renewable, with growth capable of new resources time and time again, and the ashes from production can even be used as fertilizer.

It’s simple; biomass heating is environmentally friendly, cost-effective, and efficient. On the contrary, coal, gas, and oil are fossil-based, non-renewable resources. And in the last year, costs for these commodities have soared; even electricity prices are climbing. With biomass heating you won’t have to worry about the high cost of wintertime heating again!

The cost of creating biomass is also much less than non-sustainable energy sources, and is better value than most renewable energy options as well. Because of this, positive trends towards renewables are just beginning and the potential for biomass heating to be used on an even larger scale continues to grow. Looking to the future, there is nothing to suggest biomass heating will not be the renewable of our future.

For virtually anyone looking for straightforward, affordable heat; choosing a wood boiler as a heating source is a no-brainer. Ready to get started? At Strawbale Farms, we are well-versed in helping a wide variety of customers from home owners to farmers, commercial and industrial businesses and more essential to Minnesota. If you would like more information about biomass heating for your Duluth area home or business, call Strawbale Farms at 715-214-6683 or Contact Us today! We would love to speak with you and help you find the right wood boiler for your needs.


Outdoor Wood Boilers of Today: A Better Way to Heat Your Home in 2019

Outdoor wood boilers of today have come a long way over the years. The latest outdoor wood boilers are increasingly efficient and comply with the latest environmental regulations. This is beneficial for not just the planet but for your wallet as well. With the latest and greatest in outdoor wood boiler technology hitting the market, this makes 2019 a great year to transition to this incredible heat source. As the trusted name in the industry, Strawbale Farms is here to tell you some of the many reasons you should consider an outdoor wood boiler for your St Cloud area home this year.outdoor wood boiler st cloud

This winter, the cost of heating with fuel oil is expected to reach an all time high. Propane prices are up, too. And, heating with electricity is the least efficient and most expensive of all. State-of-the-art biomass furnaces and boilers from Strawbale Farms can reduce heating costs dramatically compared to all other forms of heat. Instead of burning fossil fuels for energy, biomass heating uses organic materials like wood or pellets. Biomass heating is a green form of energy! Biomass is considered a carbon neutral form of energy because the carbon dioxide released when it is burned is only that which was absorbed by the plant during its life.

And, with our new Polar G-Class line of Wood Gasification Boilers you can burn 60% less wood! They offer even more efficiency for your home and are all about making wood burning as clean, simple and easy as possible while eliminating high heating bills. To accomplish this, the G-Class is packed with an impressive array of features which together deliver unmatched product value.

Slash your heating costs with an outdoor boiler in 2019! With an outdoor wood boiler, you always know what your heating costs will be from year to year. Wood is inexpensive, readily available, and a green, renewable fuel. Wood boilers make some of the best options in home heating since they are highly efficient, clean burning, safe and convenient to use.

Winter won’t wait and neither should you! 2019 will be the year of the outdoor wood boiler so don’t miss out! Whatever you are looking for in an outdoor wood boiler, the experts at Strawbale Farms can help you find the right one to fit your specific needs.

To learn more about an outdoor wood boiler for your St Cloud property, call Strawbale Farms at (715) 214-6683 or Contact Us to learn more.


Happy Holidays from Strawbale Farms

As 2018 is coming to a close, we want to thank our clients for another successful year. We are grateful to help more people heat their homes and buildings with efficient outdoor wood boilers. We are also proud to offer solar electric systems.

Thank you to everyone who purchased a wood boiler or solar system from us this past year! We appreciate your patronage, and we hope you will trust us with any future energy needs.

We wish each of you a merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year!

Happy Holidays