Widespread use of solar power is not something in the distant future. In the United States, there are now more than 89 GW (Gigawatts) of solar capacity installed. Between public utilities, commercial and residential solar energy applications, there is enough installed solar capacity to power 16 million homes. There is still a long way to go to cut fossil fuel usage. Still, the 49% annual increase of solar power in the last decade is a good sign. The more homes that are powered by clean, renewable energy resources, the cleaner the air we all breathe. As our skies clear, solar panel cells grow more efficient. What is your solar power procrastination motivation?
Unfortunately, too many homeowners have procrastinated their home’s solar power conversion because of the cost. Expense is a justifiable concern. However, there are offsetting factors to consider. One of the offsetting factors is tax credits based on the money spent on solar power conversion. Some local governments have additional solar energy conversion incentive programs. Solar energy system installation is considered home improvement, and is a viable home lending rationale. The solar panel system installation generally raises the home’s resale value, which makes financing easier for most borrowers.
Though hard costs of the equipment have dropped markedly in the last two decades; labor costs of installation are increasing slightly. The total installation cost of a solar power generation system has stabilized, making it a great time to buy your system.
Once you figure out the best option for financing your home’s conversion to solar energy, the good news is that you begin to immediately recoup your costs. Your solar panels begin generating electricity right away, even in the middle of winter. Your public utility electric bills will be immediately reduced or eliminated. And you can apply those monthly savings to rebuilding your own savings or paying off the financing. Meanwhile, you are part of the movement to cleaner air, and slower global warming.
No South Roof Doesn’t Automatically Mean No Solar
In the United States, having a south facing roof makes placement of solar panels a no brainer for many homeowners, but did you know that other angles can work too? Before Renewable Solar Resources installs any solar power system, they check PV levels in different areas of your property. Sometimes the panels go on a south facing roof, but sometimes having panels in the side yard works best for the homeowner, or on an outbuilding. The photovoltaic rays may be obstructed by trees, buildings, or other structures. More light may be actually be available elsewhere on the lot. Contact Renewable Solar Resources for more information on how your home’s eligibility for conversion to solar energy is determined.
Waiting for Efficient Power Storage
In the last decade, battery storage capacity for solar power has improved dramatically. For example, because of new capacity, California’s LS Power’s Gateway batteries can charge/discharge 230 -250 megawatts per hour. Developers are designing homes that function with zero carbon output. Solar electricity is being integrated with homes of the future. Check with the Renewable Solar Resources professionals for solar conversion and energy storage system options for your home.