Top 10 Reasons to Get Solar Energy for your Home in 2018!

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!

 

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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.

 

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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

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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
alexnicolsonsolar@gmail.com

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New IKEA in Burbank goes Solar

In February 8th 2017 the largest IKEA store in America opened in Burbank. The 456,000 square feet store draws lots of customers for their wide range of popular goods. 

The roof of the building is covered in solar panels!

There are 1,260 solar panels covering 35,000 sq ft. installed and are estimated to produce about 421,300kWh per year, which is enough for 37 homes.

At 0.23kW per panel, that’s a total capacity of 290kW. At $0.25c/kWh the solar system will save IKEA about $105,000 a year in electricity bills.

It is the 4th IKEA store to go solar in the US and there are 8 more IKEA stores in California which will go solar soon.

Here’s a rundown of each IKEA solar project:

Burbank: 35,000 sq. ft. at 290 kW; 1,260 panels generating 421,300 kWh/year

Costa Mesa: 30,000 sq. ft. at 248 kW; 1,078 panels generating 353,800 kWh/year

Covina: 54,000 sq. ft. at 451 kW; 1,960 panels generating 651,800 kWh/year

East Palo Alto: 36,000 sq. ft. at 302 kW; 1,316 panels generating 427,900 kWh/year

Emeryville: 65,000 sq. ft. at 537 kW; 2,338 panels generating 760,300 kWh/year

San Diego: 30,000 sq. ft. at 251 kW; 1,092 panels generating 366,400 kWh/year

West Sacramento: 69,000 sq. ft. at 573 kW; 2,492 panels generating 795,500 kWh/year

And last but not least, its distribution center in Tejon will be their largest solar system.

Tejon: 216,000 sq. ft. at 1,800 kW; 7,980 panels generating 2.8 million kWh/year

As you can see, the distribution center in Tejon, not the retail stores, has the lion’s share of the investment.

Alex Nicolson
Solar Consultant
Burbank CA

 

The Next Revolution in Green and Solar Energy

Discarding Outdated Fossil Fuel Accounting Practices

The green revolution and in particular, renewable energy products such as solar power, wind turbines, geothermal and algae based fuels are not waiting for viable technology; it already exists in many forms. What they are waiting for is a massive sea change in our antiquated financial accounting systems.

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