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Published On: Wed, Mar 11th, 2015

8 Reasons Why the World Will Switch to Solar Energy in the Future

All over the world, people are seeing the light—the sunlight, that is. Solar energy is an increasingly popular choice with homeowners to power their homes. After all, it’s a clean, renewable energy choice. It’s also the environmentally conscious choice, eliminating the need for burning dirty and costly fossil fuels to power your home. Going solar makes sense, and here are a few reasons why solar energy will be the power of choice in the future.

It’s Free

Once you’ve paid the initial solar panels cost for your home or business, the energy they capture and store is free forever. You can use as much of it as you like and it will never cost you more money. Most solar companies make it very affordable to purchase and install solar panels and offer creative payment plans and incentives.

 Public domain image/Jon Sullivan

Public domain image/Jon Sullivan

It’s Safe for the Environment

Unlike coal, oil, and natural gas, solar energy emits no harmful fumes or carbon dioxide into the environment. America’s power plants emit a staggering 2.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year, hastening the effects of climate change. Solar energy is completely clean and safe, which helps to preserve the planet for future generations.

It’s Renewable

Unlike fossil fuels, which will eventually run out, there is an infinite amount of sun. You can use solar power as long as the sun shines in the sky, which is expected to continue for another five billion years or so.

It Can Earn Money

Not only is the power you capture and convert completely free, many states allow you to sell your excess solar energy. There are currently 16 states in the U.S. that have a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) and issue Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs). SRECs can be traded like other commodities. You can sell them to earn extra cash to help offset the initial cost of your solar panels.

It’s Clean and Quiet

Unlike wind turbines which make lots of noise and have been known to kill unfortunate birds, solar panels are completely silent. Once they are installed, you’ll never know they are there. Solar energy also doesn’t disrupt the landscape with unsightly rigs, wells, or other equipment involved in oil extraction.

It’s Incentivized

Governments around the world recognize the advantages to the planet of going solar. Many countries, such as the United States, Germany, and even India offer tax incentives, subsidies, and rebates to individuals and businesses who install solar panels and convert to solar energy.

It’s Reliable

Don’t fall for the myth that solar energy only works during the day when the sun shines. When you install solar panels, your energy company keeps you plugged into the energy grid. During the day, your home doesn’t use all the solar energy the panels are collecting. The excess energy is stored on the grid for you to use during the evening and night-time hours when the sun isn’t available.

It Increases Your Home’s Value

Installing solar panels is a home improvement that adds significant value to your home. In addition to saving you lots of money in energy costs, solar panels make your home more attractive to potential buyers and could add thousands to your home’s sales price. A recent study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory indicated that home buyers were willing to pay an extra $15,000 for a home with solar panels over a similar home without them.

It’s Virtually Maintenance Free

Solar panels have no moving parts that can rust or break down. About the only maintenance your solar panels need is routine cleaning that you can do yourself with a garden hose and a squeegee. If maintenance issues worry you, most solar companies also offer inexpensive maintenance packages. Once the panels are installed, you can forget about them.

Ultimately, solar energy is clean, free, and unlimited. Once the infrastructure is in place, even underdeveloped countries can use solar to benefit the lives of their citizens. This is why solar energy is poised to be the preferred power source of the future.

Guest Author: Lolita Di

photo Danielle Catrett White

photo Danielle Catrett White

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