Solar Energy 101 – Top 3 Benefits of Going Solar!

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Solar Energy 101 – Top 3 Benefits of Going Solar!

Going solar has a wide variety of benefits. From improving the environment to cutting energy costs, many people install solar to reduce their carbon footprint while also improving their property value. No matter your motivation, here are some top reasons for consideration:

#1 – Reduce or even eliminate your electric bills.

If you are a home or business owner, then you know that electricity costs can be a large portion of your monthly expenses and electricity prices can be unpredictable, making management of your budget difficult. When you install a solar panel system, you fix your electricity costs and make them more predictable. This is especially beneficial for anyone with a fixed income, as well as for businesses that could gain from a more stable cash flow. When you make your electricity costs more predictable by going solar, you also improve your expense forecasting and management capabilities.

#2 – Earn returns.

Solar panels are a great way to invest in your future and the value of your property. The average American homeowner pays off their solar panel system in seven to eight years and can see a return average of 20% or more. Factors impacting that return include:

  • Upfront cost: Getting a good price on your solar energy system is key to maximizing your return on investment.
  • Electricity rates: The higher your current electric rate, the more you save with solar.
  • Financial incentives: Incentives through state and local tax and utility programs mean lower upfront costs and a shorter payback period.
  • Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs): State and utility programs may purchase SRECs associated with your solar energy system production or SRECS could be sold in a state based SREC market.
  • Property characteristics: Factors such as the orientation and pitch of your roof, placement of your solar panels in an unshaded location and the level of solar insolation in your location all impact the energy production of your PV array.
  • Property value: Solar panel system ownership increases your property resale value while third party ownership (e.g. leasing) does not.
  • Business benefits: Controlling operating expenses may lead to greater profitability for your business.

#3 – Environmentally friendly.

Many of us consider going solar to minimize our environmental impact and to address issues such as climate change and health problems related to carbon emissions. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average household emits approximately 20 metric tons of carbon pollution each year. If you were to install a solar power system, a typical two-person household would reduce their carbon emissions by three to four tons annually because electricity that solar panels produce is completely emissions free.

Beyond the multiple benefits, the cost of solar is dropping across the nation. Solar power systems derive clean, pure energy from the sun. So, installing solar for your home or solar for your business helps combat greenhouse gas emissions and reduces our collective dependence on fossil fuel.


If you are ready to consider solar and/or have any questions, contact a Sunsense Solar consultant at 970-963-1420 or email Sunsense@SunsenseSolar.com

If you know of anyone who you think would like to go solar, fill out our Referral form. If the referral leads to a signed contract, you will receive $250! It pays to go solar!

Tatiana DeJiacomo
Marketing Associate

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Comments (8)

  • Dave Anderson Reply

    That is a good point that having a good deal on a solar energy system would be a good start to getting a return on the investment. That is something that I would love to do at some point. It would be great to be able to get a nice return on my investment for installing solar.

    December 20, 2018 at 11:57 PM
  • Ellie Davis Reply

    My husband and I have been considering getting solar panels installed. Thank you for pointing out that getting these panels can help eliminate our electric bill. I’ll have to look into finding the best company in our area to come and install the best solar panels for our home.

    December 27, 2018 at 1:19 AM
  • Amy Winters Reply

    Thanks for mentioning that many states and areas have incentives to help lower the upfront costs of going solar. My husband and I are interested in using solar energy in our home. We’ll definitely take your advice and see if our state has incentive programs to help with the cost!

    January 3, 2019 at 5:00 PM
  • Ajay Verma Reply

    After reading this post I feel like you converted my thoughts in your words, I always think that solar panel can be very beneficial for us but I was not able to make my family agree on this, Now I will refer your article to them so maybe my point will have some weight. Thank you for sharing this.

    January 9, 2019 at 5:00 AM
  • Dave Anderson Reply

    It would be really nice to be able to pay off the solar panels in a few years and get a return. Maybe I should look into getting a solar system on my roof so we can save some money. That is something that I would love to do at some point.

    January 18, 2019 at 11:33 PM
  • Ridley Fitzgerald Reply

    Going solar seems like a great idea. We’re actually looking into doing this, so it’s good to know the benefits. I love the fact that we can earn more money in returns so that we can pay off the cost of the panels!

    January 23, 2019 at 11:17 PM
  • Dave Anderson Reply

    It would be great for my electric bills to be eliminated. That is something that could help me a lot. My electric bills are expensive, so I should get solar.

    January 25, 2019 at 12:25 AM
  • Laura Nichols Reply

    I am pretty much pleased with your good work. You put really very helpful information. Keep it up.

    February 8, 2019 at 8:38 AM

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