Why should you spend the time and money to have solar panels installed on your home, RV, or boat? Solar panels provide various incredible benefits, including the five listed below.
1.Source of Renewable Energy
Nothing is as certain as the fact that the sun will rise each day. One of the most significant advantages of solar energy is that it is an inevitable part of life. Traditional energy is generated by the burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas.
These energy sources are created so slowly that humanity effectively has a limited amount available to us, which is a major cause of current and future cost and availability issues. Furthermore, they emit harmful greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, hastening climate change.
Solar energy does not have any of these problems. Solar panels will continue to generate energy indefinitely from the sun's inexhaustible rays. What's more, the process is completely green, generating electricity with no carbon emissions. Most solar panels have a lifespan of 10 years or more, which means you'll be producing clean energy for a long time.
2. Lower cost
The energy produced by solar panels is either used immediately by the electrical system or stored in batteries for later use. In either case, it reduces the amount of power you need from the traditional grid, thus reducing your bill.
Owners of large systems or people using relatively little electricity can even make money by selling their energy back to the grid. Depending on the size and climate of your system, you may find that your panels are self-sufficient in the long run.
In addition, post-installation costs are low, requiring minimal solar panel maintenance or repairs in most cases, maximizing the economic benefits of solar panels.
3.Easy off-grid applications
Solar panels offer the best option for off-grid power generation, whether it's for a home away from traditional power lines, a boat on the water, or an RV in motion. Unlike other off-grid energy sources, they can operate almost anywhere, while wind and micro-hydro power have far fewer uses.
Depending on the type of panels and the size of the array, you can even build completely off-grid systems in climates that are typically considered dreary, such as the Pacific Northwest. Updated mobile solar arrays can also go anywhere you go, whether it's a weekend camping trip or a longer trip.
4.Can add value to a home, RV or boat
For all the reasons we've discussed, solar systems are increasingly becoming a desirable feature for homes, RVs and boats. Whether it's a lower energy bill, a desire to protect the environment, or a need for off-grid power, buyers are seeing solar panels as an added benefit.
You will find that in many cases, if you end up selling the system, you will receive the value added of most of the money spent on the system. With this in mind, your system will provide a better return on investment than it seems!
5.May Qualify for Tax Breaks and Incentives
Further improving the financial picture for those installing clean energy technologies are numerous tax credits, incentives and other benefits for solar panels. The federal government offers tax credits of up to 30% of the cost of the system. In addition, there is no limit to the amount of the credit. Check with your state and local governments to see if there are additional benefits to installing solar in your community.