Lets face it, today”s economy is not in the greatest of shape. With the high cost of living, more and more people are turning to renewable energy generation for their homes. One of the main sources of renewable energy, that seems to be the most popular, is having a solar roof panel installed on your home.
Having a solar roof panel is an extremely efficient supplier of energy. You will see the benefits within your first months of usage.
You will be free from the hold the utility companies have on you and the instability of global energy markets. With residential electric rates rising faster than ever, you will not need to worry. In fact, having a solar roof panel can even cause your meter to spin backwards. This means that the utility companies have to pay you. The amount that you are paid is equal to the same rate at which they charge for energy. This could eliminate your utility bill completely.
If one of the reasons you are looking to switch to renewable energy is because you are concerned about the environment. You will be happy to know that by generating electricity from a solar roof panel, you will help reduce greenhouse gas emission. You may not think that your solar roof panel system on your single house makes that much of a difference, but you may be wrong. A simple 3kW solar system reduces carbon dioxide emissions very close to the amount of carbon dioxide emissions given off by a passenger car traveling 8,000 miles per year.
Also, with a solar roof panel, you can think long term. Photovoltaic cells, which are used to capture the power of the sun in a solar panel, are very reliable. They were originally designed for use in space. Almost all of the satellites that orbit the earth are powered by solar energy. This is because they work for long periods of time, up to 40 years, with little or no maintenance required.
As a special benefit, a solar roof panel system is eligible for a $2,000 federal tax credit. If you happen to live in California, the California Solar Initiative (CSI), offers an up-front rebate. Most of the time, this covers 20-30% of the final cost.