Benefits of Solar Energy
Thousands of homeowners in Hawaii reap the advantages of solar electric systems by reducing their current and future electric costs. You’re already paying for electricity, but what tangible benefits do you have to show for it? Become an owner, not a renter, and invest in your own green power plant.
Gain Independence from Utility Companies
Most experts agree that electric rates will continue to climb faster than inflation. As your own energy provider, you lock in power at a fraction of the current charges and prevent future rate hikes. A solar power system will allow you to free yourself from the utility company and the instability of global energy markets.
Solar Power is Cheaper than Utility Power
Installing a solar power system is equivalent to prepaying for 40 years of power at a fraction of the cost you currently pay. The cost/unit of energy you pay now is higher than what you would pay with solar. As rates increase in the future, this difference will increase, leading to even more savings over the life of a solar energy system.One can get a low-interest loan from a local bank and the cost of the load typically is less than what one pays for the electricity.
Sunlight Can Make Your Meter Spin Backwards
When your system generates more electricity than you’re consuming, your utility meter will actually spin backwards. You accrue credit with your utility company at the same rate they are charging you. This allows you to reduce your electric bill and drive it toward zero.
Solar Power Systems Are Dependable
Photovoltaic (PV) cells were originally developed for use in space, where repair is extremely expensive, if not impossible. PV still powers nearly every satellite circling the earth because it operates reliably for long periods of time with virtually no maintenance. Once installed, the solar power system requires little or no maintenance (especially if no batteries are used), and will provide electricity cleanly and quietly for 25 to 40 years. Our solar panels carry a 25–year manufacturer warranty on their production.
Solar Power Is Better for the Environment
Generating electricity from solar energy reduces your consumption of fossil fuels, which decreases pollution and greenhouse gas emission. By switching to solar power, you will combat global warming and reduce our nation’s dependence of foreign energy sources. Even a small solar electric system has a significant environmental impact. For example, a 2.5kW solar system reduces CO2 emissions by an amount similar to that which would occur by planting 1 acre of trees, or the amount of CO2 emitted by a passenger car driving 7,800 miles per year.