There is a lot of information available about solar energy online. Here is an outline of the benefits of solar that you may already be aware of and a few that you may not have considered.
Cut Down Big Electric Bills
Installing solar panels on your home can help you to save thousands of dollars on your electric bills. The more power your roof can generate the less power you need to buy from your utility company.
Save Big from Day 1
Solar leasing and financing programs allow homeowners to lower their expenses from day 1 by switching to solar with $0 out of pocket. With solar you now have the choice to simply pay less for your electricity by making the switch.
Increase the Value of your Home
A study conducted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) homes found that homes that have solar panels installed sell 20% faster and for 17% more money than homes that don’t have solar. According to U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, prices of average home increased $17,000 with solar panels.
From 2009, the $2,000 cap on the Federal Solar Tax Credit was lifted and since then anyone who installs solar panels gets 30% of total system costs back including equipment and installation. You can also take advantage of state and city rebates that reduce the cost even further. Solar incentives are time sensitive and are slated to decrease as time goes on so early adopters are rewarded for being forward thinking.
Performance is Assured
SunPower® solar panels come with 25-year warranty which guarantees the parts, labor, and power output. SunPower® panels have been designed and tested to have a 40-year useful life.
Protect the Environment
No doubt most of us choose solar energy because of financial gains but we can even save the environment with solar panels. The U.S. is second in the world after China in annual carbon dioxide emissions. Installing solar panels is a good way to use clean electricity leading to low carbon footprint.
Protect Your Roof
Solar panels protect your roof shingles from the elements. The sun is the main factor that breaks down your shingles, and solar panels cover your roof to protect it from the sun and increase the longevity of your current roof.
Become Energy Independent
You have a choice. Before solar was widely available you had to buy your power from the utility company at whatever prices they decided to charge you. You can now switch to solar and take control of your electricity costs by choosing to pay less.