Like the idea of solar energy, but not totally convinced it’s for you?
Solar energy is the cleanest and most abundant renewable energy source available. To understand the reasoning behind this statement, let’s begin by looking at renewable energy first.
What is renewable energy?
Renewable energy means energy that is sustainable – something that can’t run out, or is endless, like the sun. When you hear the term ‘alternative energy’ it’s usually referring to renewable energy sources too. It means sources of energy that are alternative to the most commonly used non-sustainable sources – like coal.
The main renewable energy sources include:
- Solar energy
- Wind energy
- Hydro energy
- Tidal energy
- Geothermal energy
- Biomass energy
Top Reasons why Renewable Energy is extremely vital;
- Renewable energy sources such as the wind, the sun, and geothermal heat will never be exhausted through use.
- Increased use of renewable energy leads to less dependence on non-renewable energy sources such as oil and gas.
- It is becoming more expensive to use non-renewable energy sources.
- Unlike oil and gas, renewable energy sources such as wind and solar energy do not release greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere.
- Most of the renewable energy sources are the local resources which are widely available.
Why should you choose solar energy?
Why choose solar energy?
In a world facing a climate crisis and steep electricity prices, many of us are looking for more renewable, sustainable and independent sources of power. So why choose solar energy, and specifically, solar PV?
- Generate your own electricity
A well-sized PV solar energy system – combined with storage if the usage is primarily in the morning/evening – can cover a significant portion of your home or building’s annual electricity usage, up to 70-80% in many cases.
- Reduce your carbon footprint
A solar PV system will knock over half a tonne off your carbon footprint for every kW installed. Thus a standard domestic 4-6 kWp system will knock 2-3 tonnes off your carbon footprint. A 50 kW non-residential system will cut 25 tonnes off the building’s carbon footprint. The system will also make you more aware of your energy use, both in the home and outside it. As a result, you will reap indirect savings both in cash and in carbon.
- Protect yourself from rising electricity prices
Everyone knows electricity prices go up over time. The graph below shows inflation-linked electricity prices from 2005-2018. Although prices decreased from 2014-2016, they started rising again in 2017 amid escalating global oil prices.
Data source: BEIS
Additionally, with solar power, you can:
- Save the planet
Everyone wants to do their bit for the environment, especially in the face of climate change warnings and the crazy year we’ve had. The good news is that making a contribution is easier than you think. Installing solar power will reduce the carbon footprint of you and your household considerably.
- Cut down your energy bills
As the Energy Saving Trust also reminds us, “sunlight is free,” so once you’ve paid for the initial installation of the solar power system, you will quickly start to recoup costs and bring down your energy bills. And with the hi-tech efficiency that is built in as standard, you can fully expect to reduce waste and increase savings with solar whilst doing your bit for the environment.
One more reason to go solar
According to the Government’s recent, from January 2020, homeowners with solar panels are expected to once again be able to sell their excess energy directly back to their energy suppliers under the Export Guarantee. This is expected to be more generous than the Feed-In Tariff, and the new guaranteed amount per kWh will be a minimum rate, meaning that you can expect to see even higher rates for your excess energy from providers seeking to secure customers. Making the switch to solar energy now will essentially future-proof your home in advance of this change, guaranteeing you the ability to make extra income from your extra solar-generated electricity.
If you have decided that now is the time to have solar power installed, speak to us today. Our friendly team of experts will be more than happy to provide any advice you need in a free, no-obligation consultation.
It is clear that solar panels are a highly attractive option for many homeowners and commercial building owners due to a number of reasons. They are environmentally friendly, help you save money on your energy costs, help you make money long term, and there is little maintenance required.