Solar costs fell by 50% over the last five years. You can take that to the bank – but you have to hurry. If you didn’t have a reason (or money) to put renewable energy-solar panels on your house in the past, no on blames you. But it’s way different now. The average consumer wins by installing solar panels with reduced utility bills, the opportunity to make money (depends on your big utility), and a reduced carbon footprint, and finally, incentives that are hanging in there until December 2016.