Solar panels are not just a great way to save money on your energy bill while keeping your carbon footprint down. They’re also a relatively new and underestimated piece of technology. There are many misconceptions about how well solar panels work. That’s why we’re sharing this blog post with 7 facts about solar energy.
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Solar Energy is the Most Abundant Energy Source on Earth
The sun is an incredibly powerful energy source, and it covers the earth with power that can be captured through photovoltaic cells. In just one hour, the sun covers the earth with enough energy to power the whole world for an entire day. That’s a whole lot of energy that we’re missing out on.
Solar Energy is Cheaper Than Using Fossil Fuels
Fossil fuels are consistently going up in price. And, when it comes to the traditional power grid, you’re not able to define how much you want to pay. While the outlook for being connected to a conventional power grid doesn’t look very appealing, there are some other options for powering your home that will save you money! Adding solar to your house won’t disconnect your home from the power grid, but it can remove your dependency on it. At Sun Badger Solar, we often create solar energy systems that produce enough electricity to supplement 100% of your home’s energy use. Better yet, solar is significantly cheaper than fossil fuels, even after the initial investment in a solar energy system.
Solar Panels Can Last More Than 30 Years
Unlike many other tech products that wear out every few years, solar panels can produce electricity for more than 30 years. While the panels will experience some degree of degradation and produce slightly less electricity as they age, most panels are rated to produce at least 80% of their capacity for 25 years.
The Average Solar Panel Has a 25 Year Warranty
If something were to go wrong with your solar panels within the first 25 years of their operation on your home, many of them have a manufacturer warranty. That warranty will allow you to get your existing panel fixed or replaced at no cost to you.
At Sun Badger Solar, we also offer a warranty on our installation for a full 25 years. You won’t have to worry about your solar panels after they’re installed. We’ll take care of them and keep them up and running at capacity.
Solar Energy Can be Produced Even on Cloudy Days
A common misconception with solar energy is that it doesn’t work or isn’t efficient during cloudy weather. But that’s not the case at all. Solar energy still produces high amounts of electricity on cloudy days. While you won’t see as much energy produced during cloudy days when compared to a sunny day, your solar energy system will still produce a lot of electricity.
Homeowners Can Break Even on Their Solar Investment in Under 10 Years
Homeowners have often found that their solar system’s savings allow them to pay back the initial investment in under ten years. That means if you install solar, after just ten years, you could begin to see a good ROI on your investment. Additionally, solar also increases your home’s value if you’re interested in selling in the future. Between the tax credits and the cost of electricity on the rise, solar panels will become more valuable over time.
Solar Panels Don’t Need Direct Sun Light to Produce Energy
Solar panels can produce energy without any direct sunlight. In fact, they use the “daylight to convert” energy when they capture it in their cells. For that reason, you don’t have to worry about having your solar panels exposed to the sun for the entire day. Instead, they still produce electricity for you even when the sun isn’t shining directly on them. It is still ideal to have the sun shining on your panels, just not essential for energy production.
If you’re a homeowner and want to learn more about solar energy, reach out to us today! We’d love to work with you and create a plan that fills all of your solar energy needs. Reach out to us today to learn more about the residential solar options that we offer! If you’re still on the fence, check out our blog to learn more about solar panels and green energy!