Solar energy is rapidly becoming a popular option for our massive fuel hungry society. As we move further away from using those nasty fossil fuels into the era of reducing carbon footprints and going green, renewable energy sources are becoming more affordable and accessible to homeowners and businesses throughout the world. This article will highlight 7 reasons to go solar in 2019.
1. Solar Energy is Renewable Energy
Solar panels harness the light and heat that has traveled 92 million miles from the sun. The sun will eventually stop producing fuel and turn into a red giant star, but not for about another five billion years so there’s no issue of running out of fuel anytime soon.
2. Solar Energy Reduces costs and Can Even Make You Money
Solar systems can greatly reduce your electricity costs. Once installed, solar panels work hard to capture and harness the sun’s energy output. The more solar energy that is captured from the sun, the more there is for you to make use of. Many people who have invested in solar have captured so much energy from the sun that they have actually sold some of this energy back.
3. Solar Energy is Clean
Solar power is one of the cleanest sources of energy because it does not emit any pollution or emit greenhouse gases when it is produced or consumed, so it can help avoid the carbon dioxide (CO2) and other air pollutant emissions associated with conventional electricity generation.
4. Solar Panels are effortless
After solar panels have been installed, operational costs are quite low compared to other forms of power generation. Residential solar energy systems have no moving parts, which decreases maintenance significantly. The chances of any of the solar panel parts breaking are very low, and without moving parts there are fewer crevices for debris to get stuck in.
5. Your Property Value will Increase
Installing solar panels on your home not only helps you fetch a higher asking price, but it can also help your home sell 20% faster than properties without solar panels. Solar panels will make your house environmentally friendly and the added savings you’ll be giving the new residents will guarantee to push the market value of your house upwards.
6. You Can Take Advantage of Government Programs
The federal government provides a solar tax credit, known as the investment tax credit (ITC), that allow homeowners and businesses to deduct a portion of their solar costs from their taxes. Both homeowners and businesses qualify for a federal tax credit equal to 30 percent of the cost of their solar panel system minus any cash rebates.
7. Start Saving the Very First Day
Solar purchase power agreements (PPAs) and solar leasing has made it possible for homeowners to go solar for little or no money down. Many homeowners choose to finance their solar panels with one of the “pay-as-you-go” financing options. This means that a third party company owns the solar system and takes care of installation, maintenance, monitoring and repairs. You simply pay the solar provider for electricity.
8. Solar is a Secure Investment
The utility companies are notorious for their fluctuating electricity prices. With solar panels and simple math, we can calculate how much electricity will be generated, and most importantly, at what price, for at least the next 20 years (fixed energy costs).
9. Guaranteed Performance
Solar panel manufacturers include a 20- to 25-year warranty 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.
10. Create Energy Independence
The U.S. relied on net imports for about 40% of the petroleum (crude oil and petroleum products) that we consumed in 2012.
You can help to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign energy. We will eventually run out of oil, coal and natural gas. While we continue our consumption of these increasingly expensive and dangerous energy sources, our national security and economy suffers.
Solar Energy is One Step in the Right Direction!
Solar by KISS, a division of Kiss Electric, LLC designs, engineers, and installs Industrial, commercial, and residential renewable energy systems. We provide a full range of services, including site analysis, engineering, design, turnkey installation, financing, and consulting services. Whether you want a turn-key installation or just one piece of the equation, Solar by KISS is the right choice. Whatever your needs, Solar by KISS will be there to fulfill them!