Solar panels for home use have been increasingly getting more popular in the last decade. There are many reasons for this. In this article we give you the top reasons for why investing a solar panel system might be something you should look further into.
Many people are environmentally motivated when it comes to deciding to buy a solar panel. There is no doubt that our carbon emissions from polluting coal power and use of fossil fuels damages our planet.
Then there’s the security aspect of solar panels. There are several ways a PV system provides security. Let’s look closer at the most important ones:
- You are protected from price increases in utility power. If you generate your own power, with equipment you’ve bought 20 years ago, chances are you are paying much less for the electricity that is generated, compared to the price that the utility takes for the same amount of power.
- In case of a utility power failure you have your own battery bank of solar power, waiting to be spent during times where the rest of your neighborhood has to deal with no power.
There are also financial reasons for purchasing solar systems:
- Depending on what situation you’re in, where you’re located and so on, you can actually end up saving money by using photovoltaics to cover your electricity consumption. What we’ve found is that if solar power is affordable or not is mainly a factor of whether or not your state/government has good solutions when it comes to incentives and rebates.
- In many cases, the utility companies allow you to sell electricity back on the grid through something that’s called net-metering. This is just as a regular power meter, except it can also move backwards, adding to your “credit”.
There’s a specific category that we like to call solar panel enthusiasts. These are the people that often make their own PV solutions or modify pre-manufactured ones. They have great knowledge within power electronics and hopefully know what they’re doing!
Or maybe you haven’t really decided why you are reading this article. Maybe you’ve just started learning about solar panels. If you belong to this group, you should check out sites like http://energyinformative.org (linked to a pros and cons list of solar energy), which provide 100% free information about renewable energy for those just getting started.