There is a push to GO SOLAR. It seems like a great solution to keeping costs down and regaining control over energy bills. But are there Pros and Cons? Yes, let’s walk through them together.
- Solar is a proven technology.
Experimentation in solar energy began in the late 1800s. The first PV silicon cell able to use the sun’s energy to run electrical equipment was introduced in 1954 — 67 years ago! By the early 1980’s, the worldwide PV production exceeded 21 megawatts. In the United States there is currently over 47.1 gigawatts of total solar capacity installed, and growing. So, it is established as proven energy technology that is continuing to be adopted.
- Solar works in many climates.
Many people think that solar is only an option in sunny, warm areas of the country. But solar panels actually work more efficiently in colder temperatures because excessive heat can reduce the output. Of course, with more hours of direct sun exposure a solar system will generate more electricity. However, modern panel technology has led to panels that can generate energy in low light situations. So, a household in Seattle, may need a larger solar array to get the same results as one in Southern California.
- Solar has become more affordable than ever.
The cost of a solar system has been dropping consistently in recent years. The average-sized residential solar installation in 2020 was nearly 50% less than one installed in 2010. In many markets worldwide, solar power is less expensive than conventional energy. The financial incentives, such as tax rebates and state policies help make going solar affordable for more families and businesses. The financing options, from no-money-down loans or leasing make solar even more affordable.
- Solar energy can benefit the whole electricity grid.
Rather than making prices higher for non-solar users, excess solar energy may be used by the conventional utility grid, reducing the burden on the whole, and, in some states, the solar owner may even be compensated for that contribution via credits.
- Solar panels have a long lifespan.
Solar panels are quite durable and can withstand even harsh weather conditions, including wind, hail and more. While many solar manufacturers talk about the solar panel lasting up to 25 years, some are still producing after 40 years.
- Solar panels will increase home values.
As more and more of the country adopts solar, it will be a desired benefit on any home. Buyers will seek out solar and it adds a definite advantage when comparing a home with to one without solar. Recent evaluations have estimate d the average sized system adds about $20,000 to a home’s value.
- Solar doesn’t work at night.
That’s right. If the sun isn’t shining, solar panels don’t work. But with the addition of battery storage, where available, a household can rely on the stored energy to power the house at night. Net metering is another way that homes can ‘feed’ the grid and draw down from it at night — and still keep their electricity costs down.
- Solar panels may detract from the aesthetics of the home.
Solar panels may not give you the look you were after, but they are becoming more attractive. Many are much sleeker and more compact than their predecessors. They can also give a homeowner a sense of pride, like a badge that they are using clean, sustainable energy. Also, as solar panel technology improves, the panels deliver more energy and so fewer are required to deliver the energy needed.
- You can’t install a home solar system yourself.
While you actually might be able to install solar yourself if you come from a construction or engineering background, we think it’s best to leave solar planning and installation to the experts who have years of experience. They have faced all types of situations and know how to deal with any issues that might come up. Not only will they safely install the PV electrical system, but they will also plan it to capture the most energy from the sun and monitor it to make sure it is working up to capacity.
- Solar panels are bad for the environment.
Solar panels are a manufactured product, and — as with any building processes — there is an environmental impact, from the energy and water used in the mining and manufacturing, to the transportation of solar components. However, solar is still one of the least polluting forms of energy available. The industry is working on technology to lessen the impact and to care for the disposal or recycling of panels when they are no longer viable.
Let us answer all of your questions and see if solar is the perfect fit for YOU! Go solar with SunPower by PGT Solar and save now and long into the future!