Installing a Solar system is similar to buying a car with all of the fuel it will ever need. The upfront costs are more substantial, but you wouldn't have to stop to fill it up ever again. Solar and Wind Energy Systems are not new technologies. They have evolved to become more efficient, aesthetically pleasing, and financially viable in recent years. It benefits you, it benefits the environment and it builds a sustainable future. Global warming, rising energy bills, and energy dependence affect all of us. Many people choose to become part of the solution. Capturing solar energy and wind power are ways to make a real contribution to sustainability. Right now, with Federal and local Incentives an investment in a solar system will carry an even greater return on investment than otherwise. As energy costs increase, the rates of return get better.
Return on Investment
With the deflated cost of equipment and additional incentives, the actual time to recoup your investment has dramatically decreased, and, as energy costs increase, that time will continue to decrease. The impressive returns on investment make a solar system provide better returns than putting your money in a bank. The solar panels are guaranteed to produce power for 25 years and have proven to exceed that time. Your system will have paid itself off far before that time frame, and you will have invested in much more than just interest.
Clean Fuel Source
Solar is clean. No matter what you think about the plentiful supplies of coal and natural gas, the fact is they are dirty, unhealthy and harmful to the environment. You can do your part to keep healthy living conditions for the present and leave future generations a sustainable place to live.
Don't get mad at the energy companies for raising prices; get even. Manage your risk against future increases in energy costs by locking in your cost now. With the additional incentives available, the cost of solar electricity is virtually the same as power company electricity. As the power companies raise their prices, yours will be locked in.
The fact that we are in continuing conflicts in the middle east is in no small measure related to foreign sources of energy. As solar and wind resources are developed here in the US, our needs to acquire those foreign resources should decrease. You would be making a contribution in that direction by installing a renewable energy system. Also, the scientific proof of CO2 levels relating to global temperatures is no longer in question. The congress is discussing these issues in depth, and will likely lay down new laws in the future regarding this issue. Many countries around the world are already acting on these findings. Solar electric systems produce no CO2, so you can lower your carbon footprint dramatically.