Renewable energy sources make up just under 19% of Canada’s total primary energy supply. Solar photovoltaic energy, or solar power, is one of the fastest growing sources of electricity in the country. Here, we outline some of the specific benefits associated with switching to solar power:
The initial cost of a solar PV system may seem high, but this system will pay for itself in a few short years. Solar panels give homeowners the ability to generate their own electricity and decrease or completely eliminate their electricity bill. Any generated electricity not used can be sold back to the utility grid.
2.Increases the Value of Your Home
Lower electricity costs are a huge benefit for those looking to purchase a home. Similar to homes with low property taxes, or in favourable neighborhoods, a solar PV system is considered a bonus and will increase the market value of your home. According to a study performed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL,) homes with solar panels sold 20% faster and for 17% more than their non-solar home equivalents.
3.Decreases Your Carbon Footprint
If you’re looking to decrease your carbon footprint in a big way, you should consider going solar. In 25 years, your solar PV system does the equivalent of planting 3,400 trees, getting 25 cars off the road, and removing 120 CO2 emission units.
4.Gets You off the Grid
Avoid the frustration of an unexpected power outage or fluctuating utility prices with solar energy. Even when the sky is cloudy, your solar panels can absorb enough energy to produce electricity.
5.Improves Public Health
Non-renewable energy sources like gas and coal produce pollutants that are harmful to human health. These toxins have been linked to cancer, neurological issues, and breathing problems. Replacing non-renewable sources with an energy source like solar power can reduce both illness and pollution.
Unlike other systems, like gas or electric heating, solar PV systems require little to no maintenance. These systems have no moving parts, and so rarely break down or need repairs. The only piece that needs occasional replacing is the inverter, which converts solar energy into heat and electricity.
Solar power is rapidly gaining traction in Canada, North America, and throughout the world. It offers a cost-effective, eco-friendly, and healthy alternative to other non-renewable sources.
If you are considering making the switch to solar energy, contact us today at Enova Energy. We provide a variety of turnkey solar energy solutions for homes, businesses, and large commercial projects. From start to finish, our experienced staff supply and install all systems and application processes for permits, micro-generation compliance, utility provider regulations, and incentive programs.