There must be a reason to explain why solar energy has spread so fast in the last decade. Technology, which used to be exclusive and expensive, is nowadays affordable to a wider audience and solar panels are a lot more efficient than they used to be. The potential of solar power is as infinite as the energy of the sun. Here we list 7 benefits that could easily explain the rise of solar power.
Solar energy is clean
Environmental awareness has become a trending topic in the last decades. More people and governments are concerned about climate change and this presents a great opportunity for renewable sources of energy. Solar energy relies exclusively on the energy of the sun and solar panels manage to convert sunlight directly into electricity. No water is used in this process and no toxic gases or noise are released either. This is a strong advantage that places solar energy in the top favorite amongst other sources of energy.
Solar energy is easy to install
Contrary to other sources of energy, including some renewable sources like geothermal power, solar energy technologies are easy to install. This applies both for solar panels and for solar thermal systems. You simply need an installer to spend some hours on your roof (if you chose a roof-mounted system) and the work is done. You can even install your own panels (DIY) and save some money on the installation. In this last case you should check what the conditions for the panels’ warranty are. Also before you install your panels you should have your home inspected by a contractor like ABC Roofing. This will ensure that your home can safely support them
No maintenance required
If you follow the right steps and manage to properly install the solar system, then you can almost forget about it. It is enough to have the system checked once a year by a specialist and to make sure that the panels are not covered by heavy leaves or other stuff that might block the sunlight.
Solar energy will save you money
Once you have your system installed, you will start saving money on your electricity bills. Solar panels will cover most (if not all) of your electricity demand if you install the right system size. Furthermore, the Feed in Tariff means that apart from saving money, you will make money with your solar system. You electricity supplier will pay you for every unit of electricity your system produces. If you produce more than you use, you can sell this electricity back to the grid and get a bonus payment.
Solar panels don’t need direct sunlight
Although its name might suggest the contrary, solar panels do not need direct sunlight to work. Photovoltaics are significantly efficient with daylight, which means solar panels are effective also in grey countries like England. However, it is true that the more sunlight the panels receive, the higher the output of the system. This should be taken into account when installing the panels, since they should be facing the sun and not covered by any tree or building shade.
Long average life span
Another very interesting advantage of solar panels relies on their long life span. Solar panels are easy to install, and last for more than 30 years. Most suppliers offer guarantees of 25 years but your system will still be considerably efficient years after the guarantee expires. This benefit gets more interesting if we take into account the Feed In Tariff, which is granted for 20 years. After this period you will still have free electricity and thus savings on your bills.
Since solar energy industry has grown so fast in the last decade, many jobs have been created in this sector and in renewable energy in general. New large-scale solar projects mean thousands of jobs, qualified and not qualified, which in turn mean an economic boost to the area where the project is located. Moreover, as solar panel technologies improve and the devices get more efficient, more people will be attracted to this source of energy and therefore more jobs will be created.