What are the Advantages of Solar Energy?

 “The sunbeams that shine,                                                                                                                      they’re yours, they’re mine”

 (From  The Best Things in Life are Free by Buddy DeSylva and Lew Brown)

The sun is free to everyone and solar panel systems from Solar Optimum will harness that energy for your home or commercial buildings. Solar energy is a clean, safe, and renewable resource.

We’re usually asked about what are the advantages of solar energy? In this article, we’ll go over some very specific reasons.

Solar energy will:

  • Reduce energy costs.
  • Give you independence from utilities and control of your energy use.
  • Increase the value of your home.
  • Create the impact of planting 150 trees every year to help the environment.
  • Include tax credits and special financing help with installation.

Fire Prevention

Solar Optimum is located in Glendale, California and we know the horror of fires started by down power lines.  For this reason, PG&E, the power company with the lines responsible for many California fires over the past three years, now turns off their power grid when heavy winds are predicted. That leaves people without electricity unless they have solar energy systems or they use generators dependent on fuel. Solar energy does not require petroleum-based products.

In the fall of 2019, the company did shut down power to several counties in the Sacramento and Sierra foothills areas during a windstorm. People were without power for several days while downed lines were repaired although the high winds only lasted for two days.

Meanwhile, fires still burned in Sonoma County and many people not in the fire area were still without electricity. A fire in Simi Valley around this same time also resulted in power outages.

Reduced Energy Cost

Your solar panels will absorb far more heat and energy than you probably need for your home. The excess energy is used by the power company and you receive credit for it. You only pay for the power you receive from the utility company as a backup after your credit is used. This nation-wide plan includes PG&E and the Department of Water and Power in California.

You can calculate your savings along with the cost of solar installation, financing, and tax credits. Solar energy is a long-term plan to keep your home or building safe during power outages for any reason. Not every home or building needs the same amount of panels. The solar system you use will be based on the size of your home or building and the average energy use over a month and a year. This includes heating and air conditioning, the systems that use the most power in the average home.

The Tesla Powerwall Home Battery gives you complete control over your energy use. This is a residential energy storage unit that works with your panels and inverter to provide your home with power 24/7. It also controls any backup power you may need if the grid shuts down.

Go Green

Solar power is the future as we work to clean up our planet. There are no greenhouse gas emissions from solar energy systems. Sunlight is collected and converted to energy using photovoltaic cells mounted on panels. Solar rays are absorbed by the panels even on overcast days. This is clean energy and very sustainable since the sun is expected to continue shining for another five billion years!

Contact us at Solar Optimum and download the Ultimate Solar Panel Buyer’s Guide as we celebrate 12 years of service to California property owners.