Why Go Solar?
The Answer Is Up To You
Solar Makes Great Financial Sense
The math is actually pretty simple. If your monthly electric bill is more than $100, you could save money every month with a Sharp solar electric system. Even if you finance the cost of your system, the loan payment plus your new, lower electric bill will usually be less than your previous statement. This means your savings start immediately, and your system will eventually pay for itself.
Some homeowners may even earn back two to three times the cost. A lower electric bill and a system that pays for itself are just two reasons why solar is a smart investment.
Savings Every Month
- A solar electric system powers your home so you use considerably less electricity from the public utility
- Hedge Against Rate Hikes Offset energy prices and unpredictable rate hikes by generating your own free power for decades
- Protect The Environment Most electricity is generated by burning coal that emits
- Pollutants into the atmosphere. Solar electricity comes from a clean and renewable source, the Sun
- Reliable Power Solar modules generate power for decades and are backed with a limited
- 25-year warranties
- Increased Property Value. Solar is a smart upgrade that makes your home more desirable and valuable
- If these benefits make sense to you, it’s time to make the switch
Solar Gives You Protection
Against Electricity Rate Hikes
Imagine that you had been able to lock in automobile gas prices in 2004. You’d not only be paying less than $2 a gallon today, but also for decades to come. With every gas price increase, you’d be saving even more money. That’s exactly what you’re doing with the cost of electricity when you install a solar electric system.
Because solar installation is a fixed cost, savings increase as utility rates rise. Essentially, you’re building in a hedge against future rate increases. And rising utility rates are definitely something you can count on, especially considering that they’ve gone up an average of 5% per year for the past 30 years. In 2006, some states saw the highest tier residential rates jump as much as 55% in just one year.
Solar Comes With Big Financial Incentives
Federal tax credits and public utility rebates can help pay for a substantial percentage of your system and installation. Depending on where you live, there may be additional incentives available from your state government or Utility. Eco Depot USA can explain what savings are available to make your system even more affordable.
For rebate information in your state, visit the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency at www.dsireusa.org.
Solar Increases The Value
Of Your Home
A solar electric system can increase a home's value by $20,000 for every $1,000 in reduced annual operating cost.
No Changes In How You Use Electricity
Solar electricity works exactly the same as the electricity you buy from the utility company. You turn on lights, plug in lamps and power appliances the same way you do right now.
In fact, if you didn’t see solar modules on the roof, you’d never notice any difference, except a lower electric bill.
Relax, It's Easier Than You Think
While the science of converting sunshine into electricity is complex, the idea is pretty simple.
Solar electricity is generated by a group of solar modules called an array that's installed on your roof or in your yard. When sunlight falls on the solar modules, a DC electrical current is created instantly.
The DC electricity is fed into an inverter that changes it to standard AC electricity, the same kind your home already uses.
Solar Power Is Highly Reliable
Solar electricity has been in use for more than 50 years and is proven to be highly dependable. Unlike other methods used to generate electricity, solar does not rely on moving parts that can wear out.
Most modules come with a 25-year limited warranty, and some systems installed more than 40 years ago are still performing.
Little Maintenance Is Required
Occasionally, a solar array should be rinsed off with a hose to clear the dust or debris that blocks sunlight and reduces efficiency. That’s about all that’s required.
There are three main components that work together to make a typical solar electric system
1. Solar Modules Sunlight falls on the modules, which contain silicon solar cells. The energy in the sunlight is absorbed by the cells and frees electrons which flow along the array wiring. Electricity is the flow of electrons.
2. Solar Inverter The electric current made by the solar modules enters the inverter and is changed from direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC), the type of electricity used by homes and businesses in America.
3. Electric Meter An electric meter is a device that measures the amount of electricity supplied to or produced by a home. You already have an electric meter. After installing a solar electric system, your meter will measure the difference between the amount of electricity used vs. the amount of electricity produced by your system.
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