What are the reasons why so many homeowners choose to go solar these days? Without further ado, here`s the top 10 benefits of going solar:

A big thanks to Energy Informative for this great article.

  1. Save Thousands of Rands

According to One Block Off the Grid, adding solar panels to your home can bring in monthly savings of well above R1 300 in many states. Extend this to two decades, less than the length of a typical solar panel warranty, and this translates to over R400,000. In Hawaii, residents save on average R850,000 the first 20 years!

  1. Start Saving from Day 1

Solar purchase power agreements (PPAs) and solar leasing has made it possible for homeowners to go solar for little or no money down.

Many homeowners choose to finance their solar panels with one of the ‘pay-as-you-go’ financing options. This means that a third-party company – the solar provider – owns the solar system and takes care of installation, maintenance, monitoring and repairs. You simply pay the solar provider for electricity – less than you would`ve paid the utility company.

As of June 2013, 75% of all American homes have access to pay-as-you-go solar.

  1. Low Payback Period

If you choose to pay in cash, the payback period is in many cases less than ten years. In Hawaii, it takes homeowners on average 5 years before the monthly savings (in terms of lower electricity costs) meets the total costs of the solar system.

  1. Increase Your Home Value

Buying a home with solar panels translates into lower electricity costs. Solar panels will increase a home`s attractiveness on the market, similarly to homes with low property taxes, homes in school districts and homes with good Home Energy Ratings (a measurement of an energy efficiency).

A study conducted by National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) concluded that homes with solar panels sell 20% faster and for 17% more money.

U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that the sales price of the average home increased R230,000 with solar panels.

  1. Take Advantage of Incentives

As of 2009, the R27,000 cap on the Federal Solar Tax Credit is lifted. You will get 30% of total system costs back (equipment and installation). This means you would save R100,000 on a solar system worth R330 000. Combine this with state and local rebates, Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs), and total costs can be cut in half. Take advantage of incentives while they last.

Data from One Block Off the Grid shows that the average solar home in New Jersey earns between R66,000 and R93,000 by selling their SREC credits every year.

To find out what state and local incentives apply to you (they can vary between ZIP codes), you should sign up for free solar guidance.

  1. Solar is a Secure Investment

The utility companies are notorious for their fluctuating and unreliable electricity prices. There is clearly an upward trend.

With solar panels and simple math, we can calculate how much electricity will be generated, and most importantly, at what price, for at least the next 20 years (fixed energy costs).

  1. Guaranteed Performance

Solar panel manufacturers include a 20- to 25-year warranty (also known as a performance guarantee) with their solar panels. The industry standard guarantees 80% performance after 25 years.

The real lifespan of solar panels is much longer – your solar panels will likely generate a good amount of electricity 30-40 years down the line.

  1. Save the Environment

We know that the majority of homeowners choose to go solar because it makes good sense from a financial point of view. That being said, the environmental benefits are also clearly worth mentioning.

The U.S. places second in the world in annual carbon dioxide emissions at 17.9%, right behind China. You can go a long way in lowering your carbon footprint by replacing utility power with clean electricity from solar panels.

  1. Create Energy Independence

The U.S. relied on net imports for about 40% of the petroleum (crude oil and petroleum products) that we consumed in 2012.

You can help to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign energy. We will inevitably run out of oil, coal and natural gas. While we continue our consumption of these increasingly expensive and dangerous energy source, our national security and economy suffers.

Solar is one step in the right direction.

  1. Solar is Easy

Shopping for solar used to be a long and complicated process. There are hundreds of solar companies in the U.S. alone. It would take you weeks to find the best solar deal. Luckily things have changed.

To go solar has never before been easier. Our team of independent solar consultants will help you sort through your options. To see how much you can save, and for all other solar questions, request a free consultation. There’s no obligation.

At Solterra KZN we are different because we do not exist to sell product. We exist because we believe in making a significant difference. That means we believe in comprehensive client engagement in order to understand your unique solar power requirements. This enables us to offer personalised and specific recommendations and solutions. We do not compromise on quality, and will only offer the best in class product, matched with industry leading design and implementation.

For more information on our impressive range of services and products, please contact us today 074 146-6177 | southcoast@solterra.co.za

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Source: http://energyinformative.org/benefits-of-solar-panels/