Solar Panels Are The Most Practical Option01
Unlike other renewable energy sources (e.g., wind, hydro, etc.,) solar is considerably the most practical and reliable. So long as the sun rises every morning, you can be sure to generate power in the long run. This is unlike wind or hydro, which may sometimes fail due to a lack of strong winds and/or drought. Solar equipment is also not only readily available but also easy to install too. Chances are there are a couple of solar installers in your area. The same cannot be said about installing a wind turbine or a hydro dam.
Solar panels also require minimal maintenance. This means you only need to clean the panels once every few months to reduce dust and dirt accumulation. This also explains why solar panels are easy to install and maintain and even more advantageous if you live in a sunny region.
They Take Up Less Space02
You don’t need lots of space to install solar panels. If anything, the solar panels will only take up a fraction of your roof. Most homeowners and businesses prefer to have the panels installed on the roof for maximum exposure to sunlight and safety. If looking to invest in larger panels or a more extensive setup, you can then consider erecting a small structure to support the panels on the ground. This means you won’t need additional space aside from what your property can provide. The panels are also discreet and lightweight and will sit comfortably on your roof with no risk of damaging it.
Reduced Dependence On The Grid03
While sufficient, grid power isn’t always reliable. There are times when technical hitches with the grid or even heavy downpours will leave you in the dark. Maintenance schedules may also mean disconnecting everyone from the grid for a few hours to ensure improved supply. This can be extremely inconvenient, especially when you need electricity. Solar panels aren’t connected to the grid, thus reducing the risk of service interruptions. Your home and appliances will remain powered despite a blackout.
Solar panels are a long-term investment. Although the initial investment might be steep for many, solar panels are designed to last, with most working with at least 85% efficiency for as long as 25 years after they are installed. The other good thing with solar arrays is that the initial cost is a one-off. You won’t have to worry about recurring bills at the end of the month. A well-matched solar array can service your home for more than 20 years, saving you thousands of dollars in the long run.
They Can Withstand Harsh Weather Elements05
Most solar panel arrays are designed to withstand almost any type of weather, with a protective thick-tempered glass cover and aluminium frame. Although not immune to destruction, you can be sure your solar panels can withstand anything from strong winds to hail. All you have to do is ensure they are firmly secured to the roof or structure.
Use Free Energy For Years To Come06
One of the most commonly asked questions is how long a solar panel will continue generating power. The simple answer is solar panels are designed to work for more than 20 years with utmost efficiency. The panels will continue generating energy for as long as the sun is up. The beauty of this is that they do not stop working abruptly, meaning you can still enjoy free power for many more years with your solar panels.
For many people, a battery bank isn’t necessary when installing solar panels. They thus use solar power on demand during the day, then only switch to grid supply at night. However, adding a battery bank to the setup can reduce the dependence on grid power even at night. The right capacity solar power banks can store enough energy to last you a couple of days, making them more than efficient for more homes.
Lowers Your Carbon Footprint08
Solar is considerably one of the best sources of renewable energy. It thus provides an excellent option to reduce dependence on fossil fuels as well as lower our carbon footprint. There’s a future in investing in solar energy, especially if we care about future generations.
Get Paid To Generate Electricity09
Many governments, including the Australian government, offer rebates for anyone looking to invest in solar energy. You also have a chance to generate some money if your arrays generate more energy than you need. Any surplus energy generated is injected into the grid, enabling you to build credit with each passing day. Compare electricity company rates to identify the best-paying one to connect your solar power to. While it might not seem like much, the excess power generated can contribute to little or even no energy bills at the end of the day.