Utility prices and greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise. Thanks to technological advancements, the cost of solar panels continues to drop. Those are just a few reasons why installing a solar PV system has never looked so good.
Good for the planet
- PV panels provide clean energy. In other words, when a PV system generates electricity, it does not produce greenhouse gasses, or otherwise pollute the atmosphere.
- Electricity produced from solar power actually helps offset CO2 emissions.
- Solar PV systems reduce coal fire power. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), utility coal plants in the United States emitted a total of 1,657 million metric tons in 2012 alone.
Good for your pocketbook
- Utility power costs are rising up to 7% each year. Solar locks in a low electric rate, guaranteeing continued savings in the coming years.
- The price for solar panels continues to drop (solar panel price are down 70% from 2011; the total cost of the system is down 30%); add to that rebates, tax credits, and other incentives, and your return on investment keeps getting better.
- When you generate more electricity that you use, you can ‘sell’ the excess power back to the utility, in the form of payment or energy credits.
- Once your system is installed, operating and maintenance costs are almost non-existent.
Good for your peace of mind
- Utility companies depend on fossil fuels—coal, oil, and natural gas—which are finite resources and therefore subject to the whims of volatile foreign markets. Solar PV systems, on the other hand, depend on a free, natural resource: THE SUN.
- Most of the system parts are guaranteed for twenty-five years. And there’s a good chance your PV panels will outlast your warranty by a decade.
- With the exception of sun-tracking systems, PV panels have no moving parts – and they produce no sound pollution.
- Solar PV systems require very little maintenance.