There are a number of advantages to using solar power. First and foremost is the fact that it is a cheap and renewable form of energy. It is also relatively simple to set up, making it easy for people to implement it into both their homes and businesses.
These days many feel it's important to be environmentally conscious with the amount and type of energy consumption. The major advantage of solar energy is that it causes no harm to the environment, making it a clean form of electricity. While power plants utilize coal and natural oil, which add to greenhouse gas buildup in the environment through carbon emissions, solar does not. When fossil fuels such as coal and natural oil are burned to create this electricity, toxic gases are emitted, which lead to pollution and global warming. The more solar is used, the less there is a need to burn fossil fuels, which will help improve air pollution and decrease greenhouse gases.
As long as there is sunlight, there will be energy. While coal and oil are depleting finite natural resources, the sun is infinite. Since fossil fuels like coal and oil are finite resources, prices can rise in a very short period of time, causing a volatile market. Solar, on the other hand, is infinite and because there is no shortage of sunlight, there is no danger of volatile rate increases.
Unlike large power plants, solar electricity goes from the panels straight to your home, eliminating the additional costs associated with the utilities, and making it much cheaper to operate. Unlike with electricity produced from coal and oil, solar systems have no moving parts, which means very little maintenance is required.
As it is a decentralized form of energy, you have more independence when powering your home. All you need is the equipment and you are ready to go, as it can be used in even the most remote of areas. This means that you can potentially go "off the grid" if need be.
With many other more traditional forms of energy you will find that the pricing plans can be quite volatile. Bypassing the various politics and interchangeable prices, solar energy remains fixed and constant. This makes it an attractive prospect for many as they then know exactly what they are paying and when, making budgets far simpler to manage.
On a global level, millions are turning to solar. Governments internationally are focusing their attentions to it as well, in order to cut emissions and create a more sustainable global environment.
To start with, the solar industry is creating numerous employment opportunities. Within this market, first engineers are needed to create and maintain the panels as well as to survey the homes before installation. Sales professionals and management are needed to help homeowners understand their options when looking into solar and help sign these customers up. Customer service and office staff is needed as well. Due to the permits that are required, employees are needed to run permits and get this paperwork approved. Lastly, installers are a large part of the workforce within this industry.
With increased savings, you can choose to spend your money elsewhere and pump money into other industries. Solar panels also increase the property value of your home by an average of $17,000-$19,000 based off the estimated savings in electricity. It is easy to see why so many are turning to solar-energy.