Why Solar?

What's so great about solar, anyway?

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Written by Jason Badeaux
Updated over a week ago

Solar energy is a clean, renewable source of power that harnesses the abundant energy of the sun to generate electricity. But how does it work, and why should you consider it for your home? Let's dive in🏊

Solar panels are devices that convert sunlight into electricity. They are made up of numerous solar cells, which are composed of semiconductor materials like silicon. When sunlight hits these cells, it knocks electrons loose from their atoms. As these electrons flow through the cell, they generate electricity. This process is known as the photovoltaic effect🌞

Rooftop solar systems have become increasingly popular among homeowners, thanks to their environmental benefits, energy cost savings, and potential to increase property value.

  1. Increased Energy Independence🔌: By generating your electricity, you’re less reliant on the traditional power grid. This independence can be especially valuable during power outages, as you’ll still have access to electricity if you have battery storage or a grid-tied system with backup capabilities. Energy independence also means you’re less susceptible to fluctuations in energy prices, providing stability and predictability for your energy costs.

  2. Reduced Energy Bills📉: Solar panels can significantly decrease your electricity bills, as you’ll be generating your power. The amount of savings will vary based on your location, system size, and energy consumption patterns. In some cases, you may even generate excess energy that can be sold back to the grid through net metering programs, providing additional income.

  3. Environmentally Friendly🌱: Rooftop solar panels produce clean, renewable energy, contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. By choosing solar power, you’re directly helping combat climate change and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. Solar energy produces no air or water pollution and has a minimal carbon footprint, making it one of the most environmentally friendly options for electricity generation.

  4. Increased Property Value📈: Studies have shown that homes with solar panels installed often have higher resale values than those without. According to a study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), solar-equipped homes sell for an average of 4.1% more than non-solar homes. This increase in property value can offset the initial investment in the solar system, making it an attractive long-term investment.

  5. Incentives and Tax Credits💰: Many countries, states, and local governments offer incentives and tax credits to encourage the adoption of solar energy. Daylight even offers you additional incentives through our exclusive cashback rewards. These programs can help reduce the upfront cost of your solar system and increase your return on investment.

  6. Versatility and Grid Independence⚡: Solar energy can be implemented in almost any environment, making it a versatile energy source. Additionally, homeowners can often “sell” excess solar energy back to the grid through net metering programs, which allow for greater energy independence without going completely off-grid.

  7. Low Maintenance🔧: Solar panels have no moving parts and require minimal maintenance. Aside from occasional cleaning after snow or inclement weather, the panels typically need little attention once installed.

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