10 Benefits of Solar Energy

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It’s long been known that renewable energy is the way of the future. Homeowners are taking advantage of the many benefits of going solar, whether you own a home, run a business, or manage a municipal building – there are many important advantages of installing solar energy panels on your property. Many homeowners don’t know how easy and simple the solar process can be so we wanted to give you the top 10 reasons people make the decision to go solar!

1. Start saving Day 1

Energy costs can add up to thousands annually. As soon as solar is installed, costs are eliminated or reduced.After solar is installed and turned on, any power you generate that you do not use in your home or business flows into the grid, and you receive a credit from your utility company for that power. This is called net metering. Without solar, if you are on vacation, your electric bill would be lower because you were not home using things requiring power. With solar, even when you are on vacation, you generate power and build credits. You never lose the value of the power your solar system generates.

2. Save thousands of $$$

Adding solar panels to your home can bring in monthly savings.Electricity costs can make up a large portion of the overall budget of your home. Solar panels can produce enough energy to wipe that bill off your expense list,you’ll generate free power for your system’s entire 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you don’t produce 100 percent of the energy you consume, solar will reduce your utility bills and you’ll still save a lot of money.After the initial investment, it costs practically nothing to harness the power of the sun.

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3. Solar is cost effective

After installation, solar energy is free. While solar photovoltaic is relatively expensive, it will pay for itself over time from the sale of electricity or from saving you money by reducing the amount of electricity you'll have to buy. As coal, gas, oil and nuclear energy fuel prices continue to rise, solar energy will become even more cost effective. There is an up front start up cost, but then it starts paying for itself. Once you break even, everything after that is profit.

4. Take Advantage of Incentives

State and Federal Solar Energy Incentives include Rebates and Tax Credits that can significantly reduce the cost of your Solar system and help you start saving money sooner. The Federal Renewable Energy Tax Credit takes 30% off the cost of solar, and state and local programs can help you save even more.

5. Increase Home Value

Buying a home with solar panels translates into lower electricity costs and have a higher property value that sells more quickly than non-solar homes. Solar panels will increase a home`s attractiveness on the market and extend the life of your roof. Solar panels make the house more energy-efficient in the summer because the hot sun is not beating down on the roof directly—it is instead being absorbed by the panels, keeping the house temperature lower.

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6. Energy Independence

For homes on the electricity grid, electricity costs are tied to energy prices.Traditional electricity homes may also be subject to blackouts and power failures. But the sun answers to no one and it’s available with no limits, offering self sufficiency and superior energy security to those who harness its power.By going Solar, you lead by example, helping the world by doing something for yourself. Your contribution is noteworthy and good karma will come your way when you tell others about Solar. 

7. Return on investment

Monthly savings along with the ability to sell excess energy back to your utility company makes Solar one of the best ways to invest your money and change the future. If you choose to pay in cash, the payback period is in many cases less than ten years.When you switch to solar power, you will no longer be a victim to rising utility rates. As utility rates continue to rise, your savings will grow every year. Solar panel manufacturers include a 20- to 25-year warranty (also known as a performance guarantee) with their solar panels. The industry standard guarantees 80% performance after 25 years. The real lifespan of solar panels is much longer – your solar panels will likely generate a good amount of electricity 30-40 years down the line.

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8. Save the environment

Solar energy powers the environment and life on the planet so there's no energy source more earth-friendly. Over half of the electricity we use in California is generated by power plants that burn fossil fuels. The emissions from these plants contribute to climate change and pollution. The Sun is a clean, renewable source of energy that can help us reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.Renewable energy also improves public health. Coal and natural gas plants produce air and water pollution that is harmful to human health. But replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy sources, such as solar power, can reduce premature mortality as well as overall health care costs.

9. Solar is abundant

The sun will be around a lot longer than oil, coal or gas.The amount of sunshine can vary depending on where you are or what the weather is like, but as long as there is light (even a small amount) PV cells can still produce electricity.One of the most basic advantages of solar energy is that it works wherever the sun shines. Solar power also works during a drought or heat wave. It doesn’t matter how remote, solar can generate energy where no other form of power can be obtained. That's why it is used on space vehicles, boats, and in areas where there is no access to other forms of electricity.

10. Solar is EASY

Solar energy is free. And with no money down financing options available it really can be free. However, if purchasing solar with cash there is an initial capital cost to install a solar system, but once you have made the investment and the sun keeps shining, you will be producing electricity for years to come. No one will be sending you a bill for sunshine.Solar energy is a clean alternative to fossil fuels and nuclear power. Solar power can be captured anywhere without creating noise pollution. You can be part of the Green initiative, lower your carbon footprint, and save our planet from harmful greenhouse gases.To go solar has never been easier! It does not take long to see if your home is a good candidate for Solar panels. We’ll ask a few simple questions about your energy use and take a look at your roof using satellite imaging. It's quick and easy so give us your number and we will give you a call. 

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JANNELL GARCIA

Jannell is the Social Media Manager for Solteris Energy dedicated to sharing valuable content to help the community make more educated decisions. With interests spanning from renewable energy to health and wellness, Jannell spreads the word about solar, maintains her own food blog, and is active in the medical cannabis community. Follow her @jannellgarcia.