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Refurbished Solar Panels For Your Home?

For many people, buying something new makes little sense if they can get something refurbished for far cheaper. Refurbished solar panels tend to work the same way, but they can cost you in the end unless you understand the situation.

Some families would love to try running their households on solar energy, but might not be able to afford the large price tag. Outfitting your home with solar panels can cost thousands of dollars, and that doesn’t include all of the equipment and adapters you need to use solar energy to its fullest. Refurbished solar panels can be a great way to defray the cost of using solar energy, and can also add to the green aspect of using solar energy, as you are not just harnessing the sun’s energy, you are recycling as well.

Refurbished solar panels are sold by many different online and offline retailers. Whether you choose to buy refurbished components from large businesses or surplus items, resellers are able to obtain the solar panels and then sell them to you. You also have the choice of buying broken or partially working solar panels, for those who would instead build their own solar panels cell by cell. There are even online bidding sites that offer a place for hobbyists and homeowners to sell their refurbished solar panels, and other resources such as newspapers often yield ads for refurbished solar energy products.

There are a few things that you should keep in mind when shopping for refurbished solar panels. Older panels will most likely be the cheapest; because newer solar panels are smaller and take up less space. People buying refurbished panels will pay more for the newer models. Therefore, you’ll get the most wattage per dollar by buying the older refurbished solar panels. 

Some solar panels that are listed as broken may only need simple repairs, such as soldering. Cracked glass or condensation under the glass of solar panels, however, means that the panel will not work and it is probably not worth your time to repair it. Even solar panels that are over 20 years old can still be going strong, so you can take a chance on buying much older solar panels if they appear to be in good condition.

Buying refurbished solar panels, however, comes with a major financial catch. There are massive tax incentives to going solar these days. When I say massive, I mean massive. Various government entities offer thousands of dollars in tax credits and discounts. It is almost universally required that the systems must be purchased new for you to claim these benefits. 

If you purchase refurbished solar panels, you will miss out. Make sure to calculate the savings of buying refurbished panels versus new ones before making your decision.

Choosing solar energy is a step that benefits not only your household but the whole world. When buying refurbished solar panels, you are also helping to recycle what might otherwise end up in a landfill. Given the financial benefits of buying new systems, make sure you calculate the best direction to go for your particular situation.

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