Solar Energy Systems in Birmingham, AL
Adding a solar unit to your home or office can be both an attractive and affordable way to reduce your carbon footprint, increase the value of your property and save on energy bills. And, with over 65,000 new solar energy systems being installed annually because of their increased affordability and hefty government incentive programs, now is the time to update your home or office with a solar photovoltaic system.
In order to make a wise investment in a new solar energy system, however, it is important to do your research first. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of information that we think you should know before going solar.
Types of Solar Energy Systems
Mono-silicon is by far the most common type of solar unit because they generate the most amount of energy per inch. Their biggest drawback, however, is their bulk which limits your over-all capacity but, due to their efficient design (generating an average of 7 percent more electricity than other types of system), a mere few panels is usually sufficient.
These panels are slightly less efficient than monocrystalline, because of their smaller size and lower levels of silicon. But, because they cheaper to manufacture, the savings is passed to the consumer.
Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV)
This new solar design is built with aesthetics in mind. Solar shingles, for example, are made to resemble the shingles on a house which creates a seamless transition between building material and solar unit. Some BIPV can even be used to replace other building materials which can help off-set the cost in new construction.
Benefits of Solar Energy Systems
Promotes Energy Independence
Unlike fossil fuels which are heavily taxed, the sun is all around us and thus belongs to us all. Through the use of solar technology systems, we can therefore reduce our dependence on this variable market without sacrificing our hot showers.
Reduced Toxic Emissions
When we burn fuel, whether it be coal, oil or wood, we produce toxic gases such as methane and carbon dioxide, also known as greenhouse gases. By capturing energy from the sun, however, we can create energy without endangering our ozone layer.
When the first big pull towards solar energy occurred in the 1970’s, the price to install a unit did not justify its use. But, unlike other forms of energy, the true cost of solar panel installation and use has plummeted and now costs almost 100 times less than it did in 1977. Top that with additional tax credits upon purchasing a solar energy system to save you even more.
Solar energy is the wave of the future. With the exception of a few dreary days, it is a great resource for powering your home and heating your water. Call Mr. Electric® today for more informaiton about installation options on a solar energy system.