Many families and homeowners today are concerned about the rising cost of energy and the impact of our daily activities on the environment, and are turning to renewable energy sources like solar electric photovoltaic systems. There are many benefits homeowners can realize from installing a photovoltaic system, ranging from financial savings to energy independence and environmental consciousness.
Solar Electric photovoltaic Systems Save You Money
The average family uses close to 1,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity each month. In California and Hawaii, energy costs are some of the highest in the nation, averaging over 15 cents/kWh in California and over 33 cents/kWh in Hawaii. The cost of powering your home every month is probably one of your biggest utility expenses.
In addition, the cost of electricity is increasing an average of 6% every year, and there is no way to predict how these prices will fluctuate in the future. A photovoltaic system from Bonterra Solar can help you lock in a low price for energy and maintain that price for decades to come, no matter what happens in the national and international energy markets.
You can also improve the value of your home and qualify for tax rebates when you install solar electric systems. Some systems are worth as much as 30% in federal tax rebates, and can give you two decades or more of free energy from the sun.
You can also improve the value of your home and qualify for tax rebates when you install solar electric systems. Some systems are worth as much as 65% with the help of federal and state tax rebates, and can give you two decades or more of free energy from the sun.
Solar photovoltaic Electric Systems are Good for the Environment
The energy required to power all the electricity in your life can really add up over time. In fact, the average family generates several tons of waste every year, including sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and carbon dioxide. A simple 5 kW residential solar grid on your home can save as much as 11 barrels of oil, 4 acres of forest, and 5 tons of greenhouse gases like CO2 every year.
Solar photovoltaic Electric Systems Help You Become Energy Independent
The cost of energy is increasing every day, and for many families utility bills are a significant part of their monthly bills. Unlike renewable energy sources such as solar power, fossil fuels will eventually run out. Instead of worrying about how you will pay your bills every year as they go up and whether we will eventually run out of fossil fuels, save money and be energy independent with solar. This clean energy also helps create jobs right here at home in the U.S., contributing to our local economy.
How it Works
When you get a solar photovoltaic system for your home, Bonterra technicians install photovoltaic solar panels to the roof of your home, or a nearby structure, which convert the sun’s energy into DC power. The DC power travels to an inverter, where it’s converted to AC power (the standard for home electricity), and then travels to an electrical panel where it’s available immediately for you to use in your home.
The utility company has a meter at your home that monitors your monthly energy usage; when you have a solar panel installed, that meter continues to run, but if you collect more solar energy than you use in your home, the meter actually begins to run backward and you get credits from the utility company—so you can even get paid for your solar system! In instances where you do not have enough solar energy to cover your use (for example, at night), you will still have a backup system that runs on conventional energy from the local power grid to ensure you never run out.
Quick Installation & Financing Available
Talk to a Bonterra Solar consultant today to discuss your new solar energy system. We can typically install them in just two days, and have several financing options depending on how you prefer to pay for your solar electric system.