Solar power gaining popularity in the Interior

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Despite Fairbanks’ lack of sunshine in the winter, solar power is on the rise in the Interior, and for good reasons.

Contrary to popular belief, solar panels in Alaska can bring in more electricity in March and April than those located somewhere like Arizona.

Experts say the snow and the cold can make all the difference.

Fairbanks averages about 3.5 hours of sunlight per day; next to the Lower 48, this can be low, but the savings come in the dollar cost of electricity.

The cost of hooking your home or business up to solar panels will be different for everyone, but packages start at around $7500. The payoff usually happens within four to eight years after the installation, and you are eligible for tax credits.

Beyond the green you will save, solar experts also say it's a way to “go green.”