Solar energy is a growing market. Solar Today, The American Solar Energy Society’s magazine, indicates that solar energy has already begun to challange conventional non-renewable energy sources. According to the numeric date the Society has given, the residential solar panel installations have almost doubled in 2009 reaching up to 170.000 houses.
Do you know why those people cut themselves from the grid and turned to solar energy? Recurring trends show that it is not a fad but the most viable energy option.
If you are still not sure about producing your own electricty from PV panels, it could be a good idea to check the five reasons below.
Reason #1. Installing solar panels for home use is a green take on residential energy consumption.
The thing that burns never returns. Renewable energy solutions, on the other hand, are sustainable. In other words, investing in renewable energy sources, you don’t only care for today, but also consider the future for your children.
Utilizing solar panels for heat and electricity produce very little pollution. Photovoltaic panels don’t emit harmful carbon gasses to the atmosphere. Installing solar panels for your home also cleans your carbon footprint.
Reason #2. Solar power is a cheap enery solution for your home.
I can imagine you saying that the green/ecofriendly/organic version of everything is also a more expensive version. That’s why most people shy away from the installation costs. Your judgement can be true for those hand-made itching garments and grown-in-pot organic tomatos. But when it comes to PV panels, the costs have dramatically decreased in the past few years and they gained a competitive advantage vis a vis fossil fuels.
In the first years the costs per watt were around 9 dollars, today the price level is 4-5 dolars per watt. If you are living in a state where the electricity rates are high, you can be sure to cover your investment costs in 7 years the most. Afterwards, it is pure savings. How much you will save depends on the local electricity rate for sure, as well as the climate and the size of the PV system you installed.
Reason # 3. Residential PV panels are very low on maintenance.
The solar energy systems are easy to maintain. Once you invest in solar energy and install your PVs, you will not need to pay much on maintanence because most systems have no moving parts and they don’t require much upkeep.
Reason # 4. Residential solar panels provides your with the convenience of storage.
You can not store conventional power from your grid to use when the power cuts off. A revolutionary advantage that solar power brings about is the convenience of storing power for future use. What this means is that you can use solar power in the middle of the night or in cloudy days, as you do when the sun shines. No more power outage!
Reason # 5. The solar system you installed for your house is multi functional.
You can use solar power for cookers, heaters and all electrical household appliances according to the needs of your family.
What do you think, is it not hard to see now why more and more people turn to solar energy?