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Solar Power Systems

Top 5 Reasons to Install Solar Panels
By Amelia Gray

If you're on the fence about solar power, consider the energy savings, simple maintenance, and long-term reliability of solar energy.

Here are our top five reasons to make the switch to photovoltaic panels today.

  1. Solar Panels are Reliable. With no moving parts and materials made to withstand years of direct heat, solar panels are built to last. The California Energy Commission estimates that photovoltaic (PV) panels should last 20-25 years or longer. You would be hard pressed to find an energy system that would last longer, particularly with regular maintenance checks.

  2. Easy Green Maintenance. Maintaining your solar energy is as easy as operating a garden hose. Solar power manufacturers recommend hosing off solar panels once every two to three years. After ten years of operation, you may need to change the panel's batteries; another simple task.

  3. No Solar Home Contracts. Unlike typical utilities, you don't have to sign a contract or enter into an agreement with a solar panel distributor. Some dealers offer service contracts for regularly scheduled checks of system output and wiring, but these are not required.

  4. Enjoy Energy Efficiency. Rooftop solar panels don't just reduce your carbon footprint; they save you money over time. After your installation costs, solar power serves as a support system for your usual utility. On sunny days, your solar panel charges its battery for hours of efficient, cost-effective power.

  5. Reduce National Energy Dependence. The satisfaction of furthering the nation's energy independence goes beyond the monthly savings on your energy bill. In a time of offshore drilling when oil futures are uncertain, it makes sense to take a proactive stance on your family's energy use.
With solar energy, your green home is just an installation away. Learn more about solar installation by browsing this site and by contacting a solar power dealer near you.

Sources:
GE Energy, Frequently Asked Questions About Residential Systems
Go Solar California, The Big Picture

About the Author
Amelia Gray is a freelance writer in Austin, TX. Amelia earned a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature from Arizona State University and an MFA from Texas State University.


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