Solar 101: The Basics of Getting Started
Updated: Feb 8
The sun is the most abundant source of energy on this planet and solar panels are a great way to harness that power right in your own home. In this guide, will discuss the basics of getting started with solar panels, including what they are, how they work, and why you should consider them for your home.
This guide will explore some of your options when it comes to installing solar panels on your property including tax credits, incentives, rebates, costs...etc. It should help you answer the following questions
- What am I paying for? - How do I know if my home or business qualifies? - How much money can I save with solar power? - Should I get an estimate from a professional before deciding whether this makes sense for me?
Basics of How Solar Works:
Solar panels convert sunlight into electricity to reduce your household or commercial dependency on fossil fuels and save you money.
There are many different types of solar panel technologies that use a variety of materials including silicon, perovskite, quantum dots...
What Am I Paying For Besides the Solar Panel?
There is an entire industry behind the scenes in installing and maintaining solar cells for years after they've been installed so homes can stay powered with renewable energy without having it affect their budgets. This includes jobs like:
Designing how each system and panel will be configured at a home or business location;
Installing the solar energy equipment.
Scheduling maintenance visits occasionally (depending on what type was originally installed) to ensure everything is working properly long term.
Working outdoors every day--the solar panel installation part generally takes about two days per system and when combined with maintenance visits, these professionals work outside most days during our warm seasons while working at one job site each day.
Solar jobs are in high demand so this is a great opportunity to enter the solar industry if you're looking for an exciting new career path. It is reported that jobs related to this industry grew by 25% last year alone so it's never been easier to get started while also finding rewarding employment opportunities.
The Benefits of Solar Panels & Solar Cells
Affordable,long-termm energy costs with no monthly bills;
Cleaner air through reduced emissions that can harm those living near power plants and other industrial operations; solar panels are a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and contribute less to the effects of climate change
Increased property value over time as more people begin using solar panels in their homes or businesses;
Reduces the need for transmission lines and power plants, saving local governments money.
How Much Can I Save With Solar Energy?
Solar panels can save you tens of thousands of dollars over the lifetime of the system. This is possible because solar systems typically qualify for:
Tax credits (such as the ITC Tax Credit) and rebates are available, depending on where you live;
Incentives from utility companies that make it cheaper than ever before (or even free) to install these types of systems when paired with the tax credit--and many people will save more over time because they don't have monthly bills eating at their resources coming in from a traditional electric provider.
The benefits of reducing our reliance on fossil fuels while also saving costs long term by powering homes and businesses 100% cleanly can be found everywhere but those who decide not to take action now will likely see an increase in their average energy costs in the near future as we transition away from coal-fired plants which produce more emissions and have a higher reliance on fossil fuels in general.
Having said that, you can get an instant personalized solar savings estimate using satellites and see how much you can save with solar here. Also, if you're unsure whether solar is for you, speak to an expert who can help determine where your home or business may be eligible before deciding one way or the other--they'll estimate how much money could possibly save over time with these types of systems when paired with rebates from utilities as well if they exist in your area. By the way,