The benefits of solar installation are now being widely recognized by home and business owners across the globe. However, that growing acceptance is set to skyrocket based on the latest solar breakthroughs.
These breakthroughs include ‘solar skins’ that allow for solar panels to blend in with the roof of the property, reducing the visual footprint of the installation.
Solar power storage, long one of the technology’s barriers to widespread acceptance is also evolving in leaps and bounds.
Ground-mounted installations are also becoming more popular. A solar installation in this configuration (which tracks the passage of the sun) allows even those homes that have roofs that were previously unsuitable for solar paneling to enjoy its benefits.
Taking a closer look at just why home and business owners should consider solar reveals that the technology has a variety of benefits. Here are just some of these:
Renewable Energy Source
The most obvious reason that property owners should consider solar power is that it is a renewable energy source. It is simply a resource that will not run out in the foreseeable future (the sun is expected to be around for at least the next 5 billion years). As a species, we simply have to wean ourselves off fossil fuels which are a finite resource (and highly polluting). Solar is one of the ways to do this.
Reduced Energy Bills
Of even more interest to the average homeowner is the fact that once the solar system has been installed, the household’s energy bills immediately drop. The household will be supplementing the energy that they receive from the grid with that generated by the sun.
The savings will depend on household power usage and the size and type of the installation of course, but in most instances, these savings will be significant. With the right installation, there is also the possibility of receiving payment for power that is supplied back into the grid, so it’s one of those rare ‘win/win’ situations.
The cost savings don’t end with power alone. Modern installations require very little maintenance, In fact, most will only require that they are kept clean, which can be accomplished with a little DIY a couple of times a year.
If DIY isn’t your cup of tea then it’s useful to know that many solar energy installation companies offer maintenance and cleaning services. The only part of the installation that will require replacement after 5 – 10 years of service is the inverter which converts the solar energy into heat and power.
Making the installation of solar even more attractive many of these companies will offer rental or ‘rent to own’ packages to homeowners. This can significantly reduce the upfront costs of solar.
Although there are currently some downsides to solar, including the costs of power storage and weather dependency, it is almost certain that ongoing research will make these challenges more manageable. It is simply a matter of time. With the research into solar intensifying day by day, the attractions of this technology are becoming almost impossible to ignore.