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Should I choose a 12, 24, 48, or 220 Volt Battery System? Whether on or off-grid, you are likely going to be using 120 volt standard household current more than any other. It is more efficient to transfer 120 volts DC to 120 volts AC than to have to step it up from 12 volts to 120 volts. Many people choose a 12v system because system components are cheap and readily available and the batteries can be charged with a car's alternator or other easily accessible charging device. If money is not an issue, the higher the voltage the better up to equal the voltage being used.
Is alternative energy more expensive than utility power? Not really. Most leasing companies will finance a full solar installation up to $30,000 or more with a monthly payment similar to or less than your regular monthly utility bill. Then, in 15 years, when the system is paid for, you have no monthly utility bill at all and solar panels have no moving parts to ever break.
Is solar or wind cheaper, more reliable, better? Solar prices are lower than they have ever been at about $1 to $2 per watt retail. Wind power comes in at about $3 to $5 per watt. A hybrid system uses both and produces solar power during daylight hours and the wind is generally blowing when the sun is not shining. Check the wind map for your area.
I see inverters range from cheap to quite expensive. What is the difference, really? A true sine wave is smooth throughout the entire cycle. Modified sine wave inverters have a choppy or square pattern and may not provide good enough quality power for some sophisticated electronics. Also, more expensive inverters may have a built-in battery charger, system meter,
What incentives, rebates, or tax credits are available in Utah for alternative energy?

Utah Incentive Programs, Utility Rebates, Utility Loans, and Utility Incentives

The Utah Department of Natural Resources is home to information about the Renewable Energy Systems Tax Credit. Utah residents can take a tax credit of 25% of the cost of installing a solar system at home (capped at $2,000). If that’s more than your tax liability, you can spread the credit over as many as four years. Corporate customers can take a tax credit for 10% of the cost of a system that generates more than 660 kW (capped at $50,000).

Energy companies and commercial customers do not have to pay sales tax on renewable energy generation equipment, under the Renewable Energy Sales Tax Exemption.

The City of St. George< offers a great rebate of $2,000/kW AC generated from solar or wind power. The residential rebate is capped at $6,000, but that’s perfect for your 3kW system at home. Commercial customers are eligible for a rebate of up to $20,000.

Rocky Mountain Power (a PacifiCorp subsidiary) offers a similar rebate of $2.00/watt AC. Their rebate is also capped at $6,000 for residential customers, and goes up to $30,000 for commercial customers. 

The following is a list of rebates and incentives that are available in Utah:

Corporate Tax Credit
Renewable Energy Systems Tax Credit (Corporate) 

Personal Tax Credit
Renewable Energy Systems Tax Credit (Personal) 

Sales Tax Exemption
Renewable Energy Sales Tax Exemption 

Utility Rebate Program
City of St. George – Solar and Wind Rebate Program 

Rocky Mountain Power – Solar Incentive Program

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