Few projects in the home and building improvement sector are greener or provide more benefits than installing solar panels.
After all, our reliance on fossil fuels can be attributed to everything from skyrocketing heating and cooling costs to the potentially devastating effects of global warming, making it clear that anything that can be done to reduce dependency on nonrenewable energy sources is a smart move from a green perspective.
What Is Solar Power?
Solar power is energy extracted from the sun’s rays. Radiation from the sun is emitted constantly as it makes contact with the earth, through photovoltaic cells we can attain electricity generation. Solar rays provide on-demand energy during daylight hours, which can be extremely effective when it comes to powering air conditioning units that need to be run throughout the whole day.
Taking the DC (direct current) from the sun, a solar power system uses an inverter to convert this energy to AC (alternating current) power, which can be utilized within the home or building for all electrical needs.
Why Install Solar Panels?
Installing solar panels comes along with incredible benefits, including:
- Renewable energy source: Solar energy is a sustainable and renewable energy source, meaning it is continuously replenished and will not run out. The sun is expected to last for another 5 billion years, making solar energy in effect an unlimited energy source.
- Cost savings: Once installed, solar panels provide significant cost savings on your energy bills. They can generate electricity for your home or business, reducing your reliance on grid power and potentially eliminating your electricity bill altogether.
- Environmentally friendly: Solar energy is a clean energy source, meaning it does not produce any greenhouse gases or other harmful emissions. By using solar panels to generate electricity, you are helping to reduce your carbon footprint and contribute to a healthier planet.
- Increased property value: Installing solar panels can increase the value of your home or property, making it more attractive to potential buyers. Solar panels are becoming increasingly popular, as more people look for ways to reduce their environmental impact and energy bills.
- Low maintenance: Solar panels require very little maintenance once they are installed. They have no moving parts and can last for decades with minimal upkeep.
- Energy independence: By generating your own electricity with solar panels, you can become more energy independent and reduce your reliance on the grid. This can be particularly beneficial during power outages or other disruptions to the energy supply.
- Quiet energy production: Solar panels do not produce noise, making them a quiet energy source. Unlike traditional energy sources such as coal or gas, solar panels do not produce any noise during operation. This makes them an ideal choice for individuals who live in noise-sensitive areas or who simply prefer a quiet environment.
- The future of energy production: Photovoltaics (PV) and concentrating solar power are likely to continue to grow rapidly—the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) projects solar energy could provide 45% of the electricity in the United States by 2050 —and solar panel technology costs have continued to decline, making them more affordable.
Why Choose Better World Builders for Your Solar Needs?
- Better World Builders uses a whole-home and whole-building systems methodology, allowing us to prioritize each collaborative measure in the most effective sequence for successful integration of the entire project.
- We run energy analysis of your property to determine overall actual usage and peak energy needs.
- We recommend a variety of solutions based on how you intend to offset Portage, MI, area electric bills or eliminate them.
- We design and implement a plan and system size that will fit the needs of your site and your budget.
- We develop a plan to meet your ultimate goals for having a renewable energy system installed.
- We will complete an evaluation of the resources at your site for optimal mounting and location placement.
- We provide an estimate of the system's production time and initial costs.
- We supply a detailed summary of eligible incentives (state, federal, utility) for solar installations.
- We prepare preliminary economic modeling and analysis of the system and savings over time .
- We offer “next steps” guidance to make the installation of a solar system a reality.
While installing solar panels isn’t the only way to make your Portage, MI, area home or business more energy efficient, doing so can play a major role in enhancing the efficiency and performance of your home, business, building or property.
Better World Builders are experts at Energy retrofits which is an integrative, whole-home-systems approach that combines multiple energy conserving technologies as a bundle and leveraging the interactive effects between all technologies to further reduce energy and costs.
Does your home or business need a retrofit in order to successfully integrate solar technology? Find out by giving Better World Builders a call today at (269) 383-7862 or request service online to book a Certified Home Performance Energy Audit to get started on your energy efficiency journey!