5 Good Reason To Go Solar
- Costs Have Fallen
The cost of solar has dropped dramatically in recent years, falling more than 70% in just the last decade.5 You’ll save money on maintenance too, since there are no moving parts to break down. In addition, the cost of home solar batteries have dropped substantially as well. The benchmark levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) for lithium-ion batteries has fallen 35% to $187 per megawatt-hour since the first half of 2018, according to research company Bloomberg NEF (BNEF).8
- Saving on Your Current Utility Bill
If you’re facing rising home energy expenses, home solar panels can offset your costs.
Savings can even accrue on cloudy days, since the sun emits energy through clear and cloudy skies. Solar offers year-round efficiency and savings, even in colder, cloudy climates. Depending on their size, efficiency and orientation relative to the sun, some solar panels actually generate more electricity than your home consumes. This could reduce your monthly electric bill to zero. In some areas, you may actually qualify for a rebate if your residential solar power system produces excess electricity. Check with your area solar power guidelines.
Most utility bills are rising every year. With Sunrun’s solar service plan, customers pay predictable rates for the next 25 years.
- Provides Clean, Renewable Energy
Solar power is a 100% clean, renewable energy source. It reduces reliance on oil, coal and natural gas for electricity production. These fossil fuels produce harmful emissions that affect the quality of air, water and soil, and are responsible for global warming. It’s estimated that between 2000 and 2065, the Earth will lose more species of plants and animals to extinction than in the previous 65 million years combined.2 That’s a staggering statistic and one driven significantly by the effects of greenhouse gases from fossil fuels.
In contrast, solar energy produces no pollution. The sun’s abundant power offers an unlimited source of energy that does not strip the landscape or harm the ozone layer. Residential solar energy systems represent an investment in the future of the planet, conserving non-renewable energy sources and protecting the environment.
- Off-Grid Installation
Off grid installation allows you to be fully independent from the grid. Using 100 % clean energy and never have to worry about the grid being unreliable like for example during blackouts or maintenance. Being of the grid means you are freed from electricity bills. Energy storage system (ESS) distribute stable energy throughout the building, further increasing the lifetime and usability of your equipment.
However Off grid needs a battery to store its energy for when the sun is not shining or night time. The limited sun hour window on average 4 hours means the system have to power your daily needs during the day and charge the battery at the same time. What this means is that your solar panel system needs to be calculated precisely and will work if there is buffer of energy production for example on cloudy afternoons. Battery is quite expensive and have its own lifetime before needing to be replaced. As technology moves forward better ESS will be developed and becomes financially more affordable.
- Its Practically Free Real Estate For Energy production.
Solar panels have no moving parts, so they don’t generate noise to bother your neighbor. The installation of solar panels in your homes won’t intrude your daily lives as the solar panels didn’t do anything other than staying very still on your rooftop or other installation area and harnessing radiation from the sun.