7 Reasons Why People Choose Solar Power
Protection against rising energy costs -
In the past ten years, America’s SDG&E’s rates have gone up 12% annually. Electricity prices fluctuate annually, seasonally, and monthly. On top of rates continually rising, California is switching customers to a Time Of Use billing policy. What this means is that if you don’t want your bill to increase you have to avoid using your power during peak hours (for SDG&E this is currently 4 pm - 9 pm). The only way to protect yourself from these changes is to proactively make a decision to switch to a renewable source (i.e. solar).
Create jobs and help your local economy -
Solar-related jobs tend to be higher paying and cannot be outsourced, making them a significant contributor to the U.S. economy. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the job outlook for solar installation jobs for 2018-2028 is expected to grow 63%, much faster than the annual average of 5%. As the boom for solar continues to grow, the demand for qualified, certified installers follows it.
Boost U.S. energy independence -
The sun is nearly an infinite source of energy and a key component of achieving energy independence in the United States. By increasing our capacity to generate electricity from the sun, we can also insulate our country from price fluctuations in the global energy market.
Increase your property value and marketability -
Due to the California Mandate for new homes to be built with solar after 2019, appraisers are adding the solar system to homes property value, making solar homes worth more! Popular real estate and rental marketplaces, like Zillow, have already started adding these values to their listed properties. Even if the solar on a household is in a PPA agreement, it’s still a selling feature. Who wouldn’t want to move into a place knowing what the exact dollar amount would be for their electric bill every month? And if you don’t want to pay a monthly energy bill most PPA programs have a buyout option, based on the current appraised value of the system. If you’re worried the system won’t produce enough power, adding on.
Eliminate or drastically reduce your electric bills -
The best part about solar is that it can benefit everyone in California. Even if going solar doesn’t save you money instantly, it protects you from the local utility increases that happen annually. Something that a majority of Californians don’t realize is that, due to the renewable mandate, everyone’s power will be coming from a renewable source in the future. What this means for them is that they are going to be buying their neighbor’s excess solar power and paying the local utility whatever their rate is for it at that time. Either that or the power will be shipped from the solar farms, or a neighboring renewable power source, and you will still pay shipping and handling and outrageous rates. By making your property its own power source, you are protecting yourself from these changes.
Protect the environment -
Solar is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. A typical residential solar panel system will eliminate 3 - 4 tons of carbon emissions each year — the equivalent of planting over 100 trees annually. One of the biggest benefits of solar is that it results in very few air pollutants. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), widespread solar adoption would significantly reduce nitrous oxides, sulfur dioxide, and particulate matter emissions, all of which can cause serious health issues.
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