Getting Started with Solar Energy: The Benefits of Solar Power Systems
It’s long been known that renewable energy is the way of the future. As the supply of fossil fuels dwindles and faces increased scrutiny for pollution, climate change, and health issues, the cost continues to rise. Many local utilities have already begun to use alternative, renewable energy sources including wind, water, and solar power, but you don’t have to wait for your utility company to get on board: solar power is ready and available to home owners today — and there’s practically no end to the list of benefits.
Solar power makes it possible for home owners to use the sun to power everyday life: running your air conditioner, washing clothing, watching TV, cooking dinner. All while reducing your carbon footprint, and without burning fossil fuels or putting a strain on the electrical grid. And while the environmental benefits of solar power are significant, many home owners find that the convenience, unique features, and cost savings of owning a solar power system are even more enticing.

Unique Features of Solar Energy
In addition to major environmental and energy cost benefits, solar energy offers several unique features that make it an extremely attractive option for many home owners, especially those concerned with energy security and independence. Unique benefits of solar power include:

 Low maintenance: Solar energy panels require very little maintenance. After solar panels are installed, there is only basic yearly maintenance and cleaning to keep them in good        working order. Solar cells have no moving parts, and they stand up well against damage.

 Consistent and constant power source: We know that every day the sun will rise and set — and we even know when it will happen. We can even predict weather and seasonal         sunlight projections, so it’s easy to forecast when power will be plentiful.

 Energy security: For homes on the electricity grid, electricity costs are tied to energy prices, which may fluctuate due to market, supply, and even political influences.

 Energy independence The sun shines whether we’re at war or in peace. This offers energy independence. While oil reserves may run out, the sun never will.

 Silent operation: Unlike noisy generators and power plants, solar panels make no noise as they create energy from the sun.

 Low space requirements: Solar panels do not require much space, and they can be mounted almost anywhere. Most homeowners decide to mount on rooftops, where space is often         wasted and it’s easy to get sunshine

 Off grid living options: In some remote areas, it is extremely expensive (and potentially cost prohibitive) to tap into the electrical power grid. With solar power systems that use a         battery backup, home owners can get power off grid, saving money and eliminating the need for local electrical utilities.