1. Locked in electricity rate
Using finite resources like coal and natural gas, leaves you vulnerable to rising electricity costs. When you make the switch to solar power, you will lock-in low, predictable electricity costs and your savings will continue to grow every year.
2. Credit from your utility
When you produce excess energy with a PV system, it causes you’re your meter to spin backwards. Your utility company will then credit you for this excess energy, which can then be put towards powering your home at night when your panels are not producing electricity. This is called net metering. Think of it as a piggy bank that you take and put it in energy as needed.
3. Financial return
The minute you start producing your on solar energy, you are on track for incredible energy savings. After 10-15 years your system will pay itself off, allowing you to produce clean, affordable energy for many more years to come. It’s a great long-term investment.
4. 30% federal tax credit.
Right now, Uncle Sam will pay for 30% of the cost of your system and the total job of installation. You can also include the cost if you upgrade your roof.
5. Increased property value.
In the recent report by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, it was found that on average, homebuyers are “consistently willing to pay PV home premiums” of approximately $4 per watt of installed solar capacity. A standard 6-kilowatt solar PV system, for example, would add approximately $24,000 to your home’s resale value.
Additionally, a study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) found that solar homes sold 30% faster, for 17% more than the equivalent, non-solar homes.
6. Minimal maintenance.
Solar PV systems have no moving parts, and rain will wash off most of the dust and dirt, so they require little to no maintenance. System components hold manufacturer warranties for 25 years, which is longer than your air conditioning unit!
7. Certified and rated.
Most panels and PV equipment are rated to meet various weather conditions, natural disasters, and climates. They also are governed and certified by international bodies and meet all electrical and fire hazard codes.
8. Shade and protection.
In addition to producing energy that can be used in your home, rooftop PV systems also provide shade to your roof, cooling your home and offering you even more in energy savings. Some even say that roof life is extended due to the reduced heat gain and exposure to the elements.
9. Sets a good example.
Solar is sure to have a strong place in the future, and taking part in the movement for clean energy now as an early adopter is crucial to building awareness among family, friends, and those in your community.
10. Protects our planet and preserves natural resources.
Every time we use dirty, non-renewable energy sources like coal, oil, and natural gas, we are supporting harmful processes that destroy that natural world around us and pollute our communities and ecosystems. Clean, sustainable power sources like solar minimize these negative effects and help combated climate change, provide a brighter future for ourselves and future generations.