1. Solar Power is Good for The Environment.
Solar energy is a clean, green source of energy and is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. Solar power doesn’t release any greenhouse gasses and it’s safe and environmentally-friendly.
Solar power is self-sufficient and installing solar panels on your roof is a safe and easy path to contribute to a sustainable future.
2. Solar Power adds Value to your Home
Studies have shown that installing a solar system adds value to your home. Installing a 5kW solar system adds about $30,000 to the value of a medium sized home in California. And it sells 20% faster than non-solar properties!
3. Solar Power Creates Jobs and Economic Growth
Our national economy can be helped by solar power. The more people who opt for solar, the more companies are needed to install solar panels. This creates additional jobs for skilled workers, and consequently keeps the economy growing.
Last year solar energy jobs grew 17 times quicker than the total US economy, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency, and is currently the leading field to create new jobs over any other industry.
4. Solar Electricity Takes Your Home Off-the-Grid
Today’s low solar electricity prices serve as a great example of why there should be an increase in the use of solar energy. Traditional electricity is now more expensive than solar and relies heavily on fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas. Not only are these fuels bad for the environment, but they are also limited resources.
Fossil fuel based electricity is now a volatile market, with prices peaking at the times we most need electricity.
Solar electricity boosts your electricity independence! You can easily protect yourself against expected increases in utility prices, and enjoy cheap electricity throughout the entire day – the sun will never increase its rates and it gives you energy security.
Solar Power Can Use Underutilized Land
Across California, there are lots of sunny land areas that are not used. With solar power, we can actually make use of the land and increase its value with solar farms.
Solar farms are large arrays of solar panels arranges to harvest solar energy and shows how solar power makes use of underutilized land.
For instance, the 550 MegaWatt solar farm near Joshua tree National Park was the world’s largest solar farm back in 2015. It covers 3,800 acres and generates enough power for 160,000 homes.
5. Solar Power Improves our Grid Security
When more of us switch to solar power, peak demand drops and we are less likely to experience blackouts or brownouts. Every house that has its own solar system acts as a small power plant. This creates greater electricity grid security, especially in terms of natural or human-caused disasters.
6. Solar Power Reduces Electricity Transmission Losses
Electricity needs to be transported from big power plants to end-consumers on extensive transmission networks for many miles, causing significant power losses of 8 to 15%. Your solar power energy does not create losses and puts you in control of your bills and energy usage. And solar power systems are durable, so chances of service interruptions are greatly reduced. Many transmission systems are old and in need of repair all over the state. They can break down in remote areas and some have caused out of control wildfires before they are located.
8. Solar Power Is a Free Source of Energy
The sun provides us with more energy than we could ever use, and no one can monopolize the sunlight. Your solar power system starts reducing your energy costs the moment it’s turned on. With the biggest advantages in the long-term.
Aside from solar electricity, it’s also possible to use the energy generated by the sun for heating purposes. This is done by installing solar heaters.
9. Solar Power Protects you from Increasing Electricity Rates
The large power companies are converting to expensive utility rate structures such as Time of Use which can triple the Base cost of energy between 2pm and 8pm, when you need it most, in the summer hot months.
Other power companies use Tier 1,2,3 and 4 rates and again prices rise sharply in the summer. Others use Base, Low Peak and High Peak rates and again High Peak rates are typically 3 times the Base charge rates
10. Solar Energy Production Costs have Dropped almost 90% in the Past Decade
With advances in solar cell technology, and huge increases in manufacturing volumes, and now statewide acceptance, the cost of solar energy is now cheaper than natural gas fueled electricity in power plants, creating more savings than ever!
Alex Nicolson, Solar Consultant