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Residential Solar Installation in Santa Fe

With over 300 days of sun per year, it's no wonder that Santa Fe is becoming a solar mecca right before our eyes.


Some of our most beloved major institutions are leading the way by making the switch to renewable energy. On Earth Day in 2023, St. John's College revealed that they made the switch to 100% solar power which will save them over $100,000 annually! Not to mention, The Santa Fe Opera completed a large solar installation producing over 400kWh per year which will reduce the Opera's carbon emissions by 13 million pounds and save over $1.3 million in electricity costs over the system's lifetime.


It's obvious that solar power is on the rise in the City Different. More and more Santa Fe homeowners are making the switch to harness the sun's abundant energy. If you're considering installing a solar system for your home, read on for Santa Fe homeowners' FAQ's about switching to clean energy.

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How Residential Solar Works

Solar panels, also known as photovoltaic (PV) panels, absorb sunlight and convert it into electricity which can be used to your home. Any excess electricity that isn't immediately used is fed back into the utility grid.


During the solar installation process, PNM will install a bi-directional PV meter to measure how much electricity you use from the grid versus how much excess your solar panels export back. This is called Net Metering and it's what allows you to use the excess energy you produce during peak sunshine for rainy days or high-electricity use days.


Your solar installation company will help you determine the right panels for your home and situation; discuss your options for solar loans; take care of the engineering, planning, and permitting that go into a new solar panel system; and get the system up and running for you. (That is, assuming you choose an excellent solar company!)


Once it's turned on, you get to enjoy the peace of mind knowing your electric bill is no longer at the mercy of rising energy rates and that you're actively reducing your carbon footprint. Win, win!

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State and Federal Solar Tax Credit

Right now, in 2024, Santa Fe homeowners can take advantage of both a state and federal tax credit when they make the switch to solar. Between the 10% you could get from the state of New Mexico and the 30% you could get from the federal government, you could save up to 40% on your solar energy system! The incentives for a solar panel installation have never been higher and certainly won't last forever. In short, this is the time to make the switch to a solar power system.

How to Determine the Best Solar Company for You

The best solar company for you will be the one that gets to know you and your unique needs and then follows through on their promises.

The most important thing you can do during your search for the right solar company is to read their reviews! The solar industry is comprised of lots of different companies with different values and experiences. Make sure you choose one with proven customer satisfaction, high-quality solar equipment, and years of experience. 

Will Solar Increase the Value of Your Home?

According to Zillow, adding a solar array to your home will increase your home's value by an average of 4.1%. In the past, solar was thought of as a liability when it comes to selling your home but now, your home value could very likely increase thanks to your decision to cut back on your electricity bills.

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City of Santa Fe and Santa Fe County Permitting

To install solar in Santa Fe, you'll need to obtain permits from the city, the county, the state, and/or your escarpment and HOA. You'll also need permission from PNM. This permitting process ensures your system meets all codes and regulations and that you won't run into any issues during your transition away from fossil fuels! 


Thankfully, your solar company will obtain the necessary permits on your behalf. Every solar project is unique, but since we've been through the process a time or two, we are well-equipped to make it as smooth as possible. Just be advised that part of your solar process will include obtaining permits and inspections from the utility company and a combo of the city, county, and state of New Mexico.

What's the Next Step to Make the Switch?

Photon Rainbow is happy to offer free solar consultations to our friends and neighbors in the Santa Fe area. if you're interested in making the switch but you still have questions, please don't hesitate to fill out the form below! One of our solar experts will reach out to you to help with any questions you may have. We pride ourselves on being one of Santa Fe's best solar companies and we are ready to show you how we got that reputation.


"My solar panels look great. I have Spanish tiles on my roof and Photon Rainbow did a great job putting up the panels without breaking any tiles. And the inspection with PNM went smoothly. Get’s worth it!"

— Archie Richardson III

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