Do you see red when you get your monthly Entergy bill? Want to do something about it? Then Geaux Green! Harness the power of the sun by installing solar panels on your roof. You won’t believe the difference it will make on your future bills.
Geaux Green of SWLA LLC is a local company that has everything you need to make the transition. Brothers Jacque and Leo Bourgeois IV are partners in Geaux Green, and Jacque also owns Jacque Bourgeois Electric LLC.
Most solar panels are made of crystalline silicon (monocrystalline or polycrystalline). Monocrystalline silicon is expensive to manufacture but the most efficient. It makes up about 35 percent of the world’s PV (photovoltaic) production. Polycrystalline silicon is cheaper to manufacture, but less efficient, and makes up about 45 percent of the world’s PV production.
“We use both types of panels because every system is different,” Jacque explained. “Sometimes you can go with the cheaper of the two and still reach your goal of having a $0 Entergy bill.”
The panels are mounted on your roof with a system called Quick Mount. “This is a piece of all-aluminum flashing that has stainless steal fasteners that are screwed into the rafters of your roof,” he said. “This mounting system is 100 percent waterproof.”
Once the panels are mounted, energy from the sun is converted to your household voltage and is either consumed or credited back to your Entergy account. Entergy keeps track of what is produced and consumed through a “net meter.”
There is an 80 percent tax rebate available for each system installed. Fifty percent comes from the state and 30 percent comes from the Federal Government.
To get the 80 percent tax rebate, a certified installer has to install the system. “That way, the government knows the system was installed properly and is actually going to produce energy,” Jacque said. “A ‘do-it-yourself’-type system may not be of the same quality as the components we use. With the roof penetrations, you want to make sure it is done properly with the right material.”
Since it’s getting close to the end of the year, customers can call anytime. “We do work by appointment because we have to do a site analysis,” he explained. “This consists of measuring your roof, doing a shading analysis, and figuring the best location for the solar panels. Solar panels can face every direction but north.”
Jacque said that during these hot summer months, Entergy bills can be pretty outrageous—and solar panels will offset the cost.
“We have one customer whose Entergy bill, before we installed his PV system, was $250 per month. He has not had an Entergy bill over $15 since we completed it. His return of investment is 3.5 to 4 years,” he said.
“Leo and I started Geaux Green of SWLA LLC to help customers with their high Entergy bills and to help our community,” Jacque said. “We love our business because we love helping people.”
Installing solar panels means a reduced Entergy bill—or none at all. It’s a solid investment, and helps out the environment because it reduces the need to burn fossil fuels. That means a correlating drop in air pollution and greenhouse gases. And because they don’t have many moving parts, they’re quieter, too. It’s also a great investment for someone looking to retire in the next couple of years, since one less bill is welcome on a fixed income.
“There is no Entergy bill too large or small we can’t work with,” Jacque said. “Give us a call with any questions or concerns you may have.”
For more information contact Jacque Bourgeois or Leo Bourgeois IV at (337) 274-8318.