Humans have thrived because of our adaptability and innovation. And green energy is no exception to these advancements.
Green energy is the future. And it is increasingly essential for our present time.
Though there are places that are better for solar energy than others, the sun is definitely our most accessible and long lasting green energy resource.
There are several different ways a homeowner can access solar power electricity. Where upfront costs for solar panels come in around $32,000, not many people could afford to make the transition.
But gone are the days you had to be wealthy in order to access the savings and benefits that solar power affords.
Savings per year on electrical costs could be around $1,000 with solar panels for homeowners.
Now it’s possible to get those savings without putting yourself into ridiculous debt.
The three main models for solar power are as follows:
- PPA: By far the most accessible and beneficial, PPA gets solar panels on the homeowner’s roof at no cost.
- The solar company will come out and install the solar panels at no cost, and the homeowner can then save a lot on electricity bills because of solar power. Any excess power that is given throughout the day that the homeowner doesn’t use on the electrical grid goes back to the electrical company. The electrical company then pays the homeowner or takes that amount bought off the electrical bill. This means that electricity bills are often very low if not zero.
The only perceived drawback is the homeowner enters into a twenty-year contract to buy electricity from that solar company. However, given the fact there are very few electrical companies to choose from and that most people only ever buy from one supplier, it is soon realized it’s not a bother at all. The homeowner will be saving money and the supplier gets use out of the solar panels over the expected twenty-year life span.
- Lease: The lease model allows you to lease solar panels from a solar energy supplier. You get the reduced electrical bill, and you pay a certain amount every month on the lease until you own them (about twenty years).
The drawback to this would be that at the end of twenty years (the expected life span of solar panels), the panels may or may not be fully functioning or worth as much. But the homeowner would own the panels and would no longer need to pay on them. This could still yield the homeowner some benefit.
- Purchase: The purchase model means the homeowner buys the panels outright and can do as they like with them, outfitting their home for solar energy.
The drawback to this might be that the panels can be very expensive upfront. However, if a person can front that cost and wants to own the panels, it would be a good way to access solar energy.
Solar energy helps combat greenhouse gas emissions and global warming caused by fossil fuels. Green energy is much safer for our health and our environment.
Furthermore, the fact that fossil fuels are finite and unstable makes their market and prices unstable and demanding. Green energy like solar power would take away that instability and tension over items like oil.
Alternative energy sources is key in our adaptation.
Solar energy in particular is the way of the future and an answer today to make our world more stable and healthy.