The Benefits of Solar Energy
Renewable Energy Source
Solar energy is a real and tangible renewable energy source. It’s free because it comes from the sun and it’s available every day. We can never run out of solar energy unlike other forms of manmade energy. Solar energy can be accessible as long as we have the sun, which scientists say may be for at least 5 billion more years, which exceeds our lifetime and many generations to come.
Reduces Electricity Bills
Utility bills will reduce because manmade electricity from fossil fuels won’t be used as much if at all. With a solar panel system installed, you will be meeting some or most of your energy needs with the electricity your solar panel system has generated, so you won’t need to rely on traditional power sources. How much you save on your bill will be dependent on the size of the solar panel system installed in your home and your usage of the solar generated electricity or heat. Therefore, not only will you be saving on the electricity bill, but also there may be a possibility to receive payments or rebates for the surplus energy that you export back to the grid, meaning a connection back to the utility company.
Solar energy can be used for diverse purposes. You can generate electricity which is also referred to as photovoltaics or heat which is also called solar thermal. Solar energy can be used to produce electricity in areas without access to the energy grid, to distill water in regions with limited clean water supplies, and to power satellites in space. Solar energy can also be integrated into the materials used for buildings such as transparent solar energy windows.
Low Maintenance Costs
Solar energy systems generally don’t require a lot of maintenance. You only need to keep them relatively clean, so cleaning them a couple of times per year will do the job. Professionals can provide these services if maintenance feels too much to carry out for yourself. Also, most reliable solar panel manufacturers offer 20-25 years of warranty (also known as a performance guarantee), so should something malfunction, the repairs may be covered if still under warranty. After the warranty expires, the industry standard guarantees 80% performance, which is still very high. There is also very minimal wear and tear because there are no moving parts to the system. The inverter is usually the only part that needs to changed after 5-10 years because it is continuously working to convert solar energy into electricity and heat. The cables may also need maintenance to ensure the solar power system in your home runs at maximum efficiency. While the the initial cost of the solar system may feel expensive at first, thereafter, you can expect very little spending on maintenance and repair work.
The solar power industry is constantly advancing in technology and improvements will only increase and intensify in the future. Innovations in quantum physics and nanotechnology can potentially increase the effectiveness of solar panels and double, or even triple, the electrical input of the solar power systems. So investing in this now will only help you gain more positive benefits as we head into the future with more solar advancements.