Benefits Solar Energy
» Solar energy is about as natural a source of energy as you can get. Energy from solar panels is sustainable and renewable, unlike our current major sources of energy.
» It does not contribute to global warming, as it does not contaminate the air by releasing carbon dioxide or other pollutants.
» The use of solar energy for homes and businesses can help reduce transport of fuel that would otherwise be used for heating, further reducing carbon emissions.
» You may feel pocket shock upon installation of your solar energy system, but after the initial shock, solar energy can save you money.
» Your electric bill can drastically decrease, or disappear all together, depending on the size of your system. If you have gas heating, you will save even more (and more, and more, as the prices continue to rise).
» The government offers different incentives for solar energy projects, depending on where you live. These can include loans, tax deductions, and more.
» Net metering: If your solar energy system creates more energy than you use, you can sell it to your utility company.
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» Eliminate worry in the event of a power outage. No more losing hundreds of dollars in groceries (I’ve experienced this one before…).
» Solar energy systems don’t require a connection to any grids, so they can be installed in remote locations. This can bring electricity to areas that otherwise would not have seen it.
» The use of solar energy means lowering our dependence on foreign energy sources.
» Once installed, solar panels require little to no maintenance and have no recurring costs.
Solar panels are made of silicon. When they are hit by sunlight, the electrons of the silicon flow through wires that are built into the panels, which creates the electricity. The earth receives more energy from the sun in one hour than the population of the world uses in an entire year, so solar energy, although initially expensive, is a viable option for a sustainable and renewable energy source.