Solar energy is, of course, converted from sunlight—with the right technology, this energy that's already naturally gracing the earth can be harnessed and converted into photovoltaic (PV) cells, which can then be used as electricity. Homeowners around the U.S. and all over the world are gradually making the change to solar energy and installing panel systems on rooftops or on clear areas of land to take advantage of a new, cleaner, and renewable way to keep the electric amenities you love in a sustainable fashion.
A better question than "why go solar?" is "why not go solar?" However, we understand that it's a big leap to go completely solar—especially when you're unfamiliar with what all goes into and results from it. We're here to help with that.
Solar energy has positive effects on the environment.
Conventional power sources can very easily produce harmful emissions, which hurt the environment. Solar energy is clean and renewable and a process that solely uses light from the sun, which is just about as natural as you can get. In the United States, fossil fuels are used to generate 68% of the energy we consume. The emissions that result from burning these fuels include carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon monoxide (CO), particulate matter, and more. What does that mean, exactly? Fossil fuel emissions have a variety of harmful effects on the atmosphere, humans, animals, and the environment overall, which just simmers down to those emissions being bad news.
"When there's a huge solar energy spill, it's just called a nice day."
It's a solid investment to go solar.
The pricepoint of solar systems are usually the kicker for anyone considering going solar. However, your system can actually make you money. For one thing, your property value has serious potential to rise should you incorporate a solar system as your new energy source—a study by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California shows that on average buyers were willing to pay $15,000 more for a home with an average-sized solar panel system. On that same note, in most states having a solar system will not increase your property taxes.
Aside from being physically durable with very little need for upkeep, solar systems are also enduring sources of both energy and additional income depending on where you live. In some states, the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) requires electricity suppliers to get a certain percentage of their electricity from solar generators. Because only a fraction of their energy is required to come from solar sources, some companies have opted out of investing in their own systems and instead participate in what's called a Solar Renewable Energy Certificate (SREC) market. SRECs are created for every megawatt-hour of solar energy generated into electricity by a solar system. Therefore, if your system is regularly generating more energy than you need or can consume, you can sell that energy at a premium.
If your state doesn't have a SREC market, it's possible that you can still sell your excess energy back to your electricity provider. Do some research on the rules for utility companies in your state to see if this avenue will work for you. If you can't sell your excess energy back to your electricity provider or a SREC market, you're still saving money by converting to solar and make those home improvements you've been putting off (or whatever else you'd like to spend that extra cash on).
Solar energy is a fixed cost.
You know that sinking feeling you get when you get your monthly electric bill and your cost has jumped again? For no reason, mind you? Without any alternatives, you don't have much choice but to pay it, but it definitely isn't fair. Going solar means this won't happen anymore. You'll either have minimum payments you need to pay monthly for your system until it's paid off or if your system is paid in full, your monthly energy cost amounts to $0. And that is how you'll ultimately be saving money by making the investment in a solar system. Regardless of whether you go solar, you'll still be forever feeding money to your electricity provider—why not make those payments count toward something with an end in sight and be sustainable to the environment while doing it?
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