The idea of harnessing the sun’s energy into electricity may seem like a product of the modern age, and in a way, that’s true. Converting solar energy into electricity is a relatively new idea, while affordable and efficient solar panels are even more recent.
The potential to provide the world with more electricity than it will ever need has always been available, but we are only now reaching a point where it is a viable and affordable option for the everyday Albertan. Technology and affordability have both steadily evolved into what solar energy systems are today, making 2017 the ideal time to consider switching to solar electricity. Here are just a few of the benefits that come with using solar energy systems to power your home.
If you’re reading this, then your house or commercial building is likely powered by oil, gas, or coal. If you noticed that your energy bill is slowly climbing, despite your efforts to reduce your electricity, then it might be safe to attribute part of your increasing energy bills to the fact that the provincial and federal government have implemented an aggressive carbon tax in an effort to inspire citizens to reduce their carbon footprint and reduce the province’s greenhouse gas emissions. What this really means is that your utility bill will continue to climb. By 2030, Alberta’s cheapest source of electricity, coal, will be completely outlawed as an energy resource due to its emissions intensive process. This will have a drastic impact on provincial electricity prices and consequently creates an opportune time for Albertans to switch to solar energy so they can lock in their electricity rates and own their energy at an affordable up-front cost.
The provincial government is encouraging its citizens to invest in Alberta solar power systems by introducing tempting rebates that will cover up to 30% of the cost of your solar energy system. We know that switching to solar energy is a real investment but since you will no longer have to pay your climbing energy bill, it’s an investment that will quickly pay for itself in a short time. The added benefit is that you will have complete ownership of the energy you consume.
Gaining more energy autonomy is a convincing argument for Albertans to switch to solar energy.
We can’t automatically tell you how much money you can save by switching, simply because that number depends on a variety of factors, such as the size and direction of your roof, your accessibility to sunlight year round, and your current energy consumption patterns. Like your current utility bill, your energy costs won’t be the same as your next-door neighbour’s, even if they live in a similar dwelling. The amount you will save by converting to solar energy also depends on how much you are spending to begin with.
As the technology behind solar energy is becoming more advanced and affordable, the installation cost is more financially feasible than you probably think. Since 2005, the cost of solar modules has decreased by 80%, making solar energy well within the realm of possibility for the average home in Alberta. When you factor in the province’s rebate program, you can expect to pay off your solar energy system in four to seven years. During the first year, you will already start to notice the difference solar energy is having on your utility bill.
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Investing in solar energy increases the value of your home by enticing potential buyers with the prospect of avoiding monthly energy costs. This desirability will automatically drive the value of your home up. When you install a solar energy system, expect to sell your home faster and have increased value due to the energy efficiency of the home. Utilizing solar power in Edmonton, Calgary, or other parts of the province will also ensure that your home is already well adapted to the future and will be ahead of the curve when it comes to future legislation that may mandate certain environmental measures for homes.
While plants have been converting sunlight into energy for 475 million years, we are only starting to invent the technology to turn the sun into electricity. Plants use the sun’s light at no expense to the source, which means that the world could be swallowed up by a thick, impenetrable forest and the sun would still not be in danger of exhausting itself. The majority of humans rely on oil, coal, and natural gas to power their cars, run electricity through their houses and turn the lights on when it gets dark. However, fossil fuels are not an infinite resource, and currently the world’s political landscape is determined by those who have energy, and those who need it.
The sun is an infinite resource available to everyone on the planet under no country’s jurisdiction. We don’t know what the future holds, but we can say with confidence that a civilization that is powered by an endless supply of renewable energy, which fundamentally belongs to every citizen of the world, has the potential to liberate oppressed societies and unite rather than divide nations.
As industry leaders in renewable energy sources, we are defenders of science. Without modern scientific discovery and innovation, solar panel energy would not only be possible, but also a moot argument. Despite the socio-political issues that continue to undermine the science that irrefutably proves climate change, Enova Energy’s core values are based on the fundamental truth that CO2—emissions from oil, natural gas, and coal—are responsible for accelerating climate change to the point where we’re on the verge of causing permanent damage to our oceans, soil, and ecosystems.
What is a greenhouse gas and why is it bad for the planet? Despite its negative implications, the greenhouse effect is responsible for keeping the Earth’s average temperature at a comfortable 15 degrees Celsius rather than -18 C. Without it, we would not be able to survive. The greenhouse effect is a natural phenomenon that is independent of human activity and is not unique to our planet. However, the main greenhouse gases that are accelerating climate change, such as carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide, are caused by the human consumption of fossil fuels, the farming of livestock, and the use of fertilizers containing nitrogen.
How does solar energy reduce greenhouse gas emissions? Replacing emissions intensive energy generation with renewable energy generation systems can have a huge impact on CO2 emissions. The only way to prevent the average temperature of our planet from reaching unbearable temperatures is to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases that are emitted into the air. On top of being renewable and always reliable, solar electricity is clean, which means it does not emit greenhouse gases or air or water pollution of any kind.
It is estimated that the world will be depleted of its fossil fuels in our children’s lifetime…maybe even sooner. Oil will be the first to go, followed by gas, and then finally coal, but by the time coal is left as our only source of fossil fuel, the provincial and federal government will have already phased it out under the Climate Leadership Program. In order to maintain our energy needs, an alternative form of energy is crucial. Luckily for us, solar energy in Calgary and other parts of the province are available now.
It’s hard to imagine that a single act can change the future. But every global movement that ever led to the advancement of our society has been led by individual people who understand the power of one. No, your act of switching to solar panels in Alberta will not trigger an ecological movement halfway around the world, but it will set an example for your friends, family, and neighbours who, by your example, may switch to clean energy and therefore set the chain in motion. The future of renewable energy is solar.
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