Natalia Welzenbach-Marcu | July 11th, 2019
Waukee has started encouraging central Iowans to rely more on the sun.
The first buy-in program in central Iowa gives discounts to interested residents and business owners looking for solar panel installations, an encouraging step towards a more solar-powered future.
Though originally intended for those in the Waukee district, the program has expanded to include everyone in Dallas County.
Solar panels have a high initial installation cost–around $11,000. The discount program can help residents install panels for about 9% less than market price, a reduction that will increase as more and more people join the program.
With panels installed, most customers will save over $1,000 a year in energy costs for their homes.
Currently, a 30% tax cut has been offered by Congress to those that install solar panels onto their homes before the end of 2019–an offer that, in most cases, allows the panels to pay for themselves within five to ten years.