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Advantages of Solar Energy

Updated on March 17, 2012
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Solar Energy Is Best Where It's Sunny

Do you live in a sunny area? If so, you're in luck if you've ever considered using solar energy before. Solar panels work best in very sunny areas. But if you're in an area that doesn't get a ton of sunshine then you're you're not out of luck. Solar panels work in overcast conditions as well.

Solar Energy Can Heat Your Water

Solar panels can be used to heat water in your home or even water in your swimming pool.

Solar Goes Urban

Solar panels are much easier to place in urban/suburban areas than wind turbines. The panels can be installed on the sides or roofs of buildings, or simply in backyards.

Solar Energy Doesn't Pollute

Solar energy doesn't cause any pollution in the process of harnessing the Sun's energy.

Solar Panels Last A Long Time

Solar panels generally last quite a long time. Many manufacturers are offering 20-30 year warranties on their solar panels.

Solar Panels Are Quiet

Unlike most other energy sources, solar panels have few to no moving parts. This lack of moving parts makes the solar panels almost silent.

Solar Energy Has No Transmission Costs

When you're producing your own energy via solar panels, you don't need to send that energy anywhere or bring it in from anywhere. The solar energy is used in the same place that it's created so there are no costs associated with moving the energy to any other locations.

Solar Energy Can Go Anywhere

Solar panels can literally be set up anywhere. They don't need to be hooked up to utility lines so as long as your solar panels are keeping up with your daily needs, then you don't need your house hooked up the utility lines either. If you want a house in the middle of the woods but don't want to pay to run utilities lines all the way out there, solar energy might be an option to look into.

Solar Energy Is Getting Cheaper

As solar energy technology advances and the industry grows, prices of solar panels continues to decrease. Currently, solar panels are affordable to many people.

Solar Panels Can Produce Excess Energy

Solar panels create energy the entire time they're exposed to sunlight. If your solar panels are creating more energy that you use every day, then your meter will run backwards (energy is being sent to the utility company) and you will get credits for future use from the utility company.

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Solar Energy Is Free

After the initial cost of the solar panels and installation, all of the energy your solar panels produce is completely free.

Solar Panels Have Tax Rebates

The federal government and even some state governments offer tax rebates to those who install solar panels on their homes or businesses. In some cases these rebates may almost pay for the solar systems.

Do It Yourself?

Some people just can't afford to buy quality solar panels. But there's good news. There are numerous step-by-step guides to making your own solar panels if you look around online.

Solar Energy Is Renewable

Solar panels harness the energy radiated from the Sun. The Sun is expected to keep burning for another 4,000,000,000 years, so there's no shortage of sunlight!

Solar Panels Are Durable

And they should be! Solar panels are often places on roofs of building have to take abuse from all sorts of weather. Even with that in mind, many manufacturers offer 20-30 year warranties on their solar panels.

Solar Panels Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

When you use solar panels, you reduce your dependence on carbon based fuels like oil and coal. Reducing that dependency reduces your "carbon footprint."

Solar Panels Don't Need A Lot Of Land

A common argument against the use of solar panels is the fact that you need a lot of them to produce a lot of power. And setting up a lot of solar panels takes a lot of land. But the average person wanting to buy solar panels probably isn't looking to set up a solar energy farm. You can set up enough solar panels on your roof or in your yard to reduce or eliminate your monthly energy bills.

Solar Energy Creates Jobs

Solar energy is still a growing field and with that comes many jobs from manufacturing all the way to installing the solar systems.

Free Fuel!

Solar panels harness the Sun's energy and uses it as their fuel, which just so happens to be free.

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