Solar panels for your home
Solar power is the fastest-growing source of electricity in the world, and it's easy to see why. Solar module (or "panel”) technology improves each year, and prices become more and more competitive, dropping by 70 per cent last year alone. Some agencies estimate that grid parity will be achieved within the next few years. Meanwhile, solar designers
are working on "net zero” building designs —and many ordinary homeowners are discovering the benefits of installing solar roof panels for themselves.
Installing solar panels
has never been easier, with many "solar kits” on the market, suitable for every use. If you are a DIY enthusiast, the mounting of panels is quite simple, and with the help of an electrician to wire the panels into your house, installation of a solar electrical system can take one or two days.
More than likely you'll be able to see the savings on your utility bills almost immediately. And, because solar panels are very durable (most are warranted for twenty-five years,) those savings will continue for many years. Solar panels will add to the resale value of your home, should you ever decide to move. With a large plant, you can even make your electricity bills disappear altogether – this is known as going "off-grid.” If you produce excess power, it can be exported to your local power company.
Help the environment
Canada's reliance on fossil fuels is contributing to the problems of smog, acid rain, and climate change. Basically, every time we turn on a light bulb, we are creating pollution. Over the course of 15 years, solar panels on a three-bedroom house will offset over 80,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.
Buying solar panels also helps the local economy in several ways, even if the panels are manufactured elsewhere. It's a small contribution to Canada's ability to be more energy self-sufficient.
Solar power is the ultimate in sustainable, renewable energy. Nothing is greener than solar!
Solar panels require little or no maintenance, and have no recurring costs. While solar cells are fragile, the panels themselves are extremely hardy and unbreakable. An occasional cleaning to remove dust and bird droppings will help to improve performance.
As well, if you live in Ontario, your home solar panels may be eligible to be paid for the energy you produce. An offshoot of the Ontario Power Authority's FIT, which deals with larger energy producing projects, microFIT is designed for solar plants that produce fewer than 10 kW of electricity. Participants are paid a fixed price for electricity over the life of a long-term contract. Visit the microFIT website to find out if your solar project fits the criteria.
As you can see, installing solar panels on the roof of your home can bring great benefits to both your family, and the environment. A simple way to get started is with a "solar kit.” These kits contain all the components necessary for installing high performing solar panels, and can be found almost everywhere. Investigate your options today for a cleaner, greener, brighter energy future!