Solar energy is the method used to harness the sun's energy and make it usable in term of power. As of 2011, the technology produced less than one tenth of one percent of global energy demand. Many are familiar with so-called photo voltaic cells, or solar panels, found on things like spacecraft, rooftops, and handheld calculators.
We can’t continue to burn things to meet our energy needs. While in use, solar panels create no waste or emissions. Unlike fossil fuel power plants, they produce clean, renewable energy from a fuel source that requires no locating, excavation, transportation, or combustion. It’s a simpler, cheaper, cleaner, and all-around better energy solution.
Instead of wasting your money every month by paying the utility company, You can now build equity in an asset on your property. You own the system installed on your home and you get the increased value. Once you install the solar system, you start saving money by paying cheaper electric bill. Get a great return on investment and also increase the value of your property.
Solar panels absorb the sun's energy throughout the day and convert it into direct current (DC) electricity. Most homes and businesses run on alternating current (AC) electricity, so the DC electricity is then passed through an inverter to convert it to usable AC electricity. At that point, you either use the electricity in your house or send it back to the electric grid.
Solar panels need sunlight to convert sunlight into power. When you install solar panels on your property, you will still be connected to the grid. This allows you to draw from the grid when your system is not producing all of the power that you need, and send power back to the grid when you produce more than you use.
If you can afford to pay your electricity bill you can afford to go solar. $0-down solar financing options, including both solar loans and solar leases, make it easy for homeowners with good credit to start saving on their electricity bills by going solar.
Solar panel systems are made of durable tempered glass and require little to no maintenance for the 25 to 35 years that they will generate power. In most cases, you don’t even need to clean your solar panels regularly. If something does happen, most equipment manufacturers include warranties, although warranty terms depend on the company.
The Investment Tax Credit: another great Illinois incentive. Not only does the state of Illinois want to help you go solar –the federal government does, too. You can reduce the cost of your solar energy system by 30 percent with the federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC).