With the advancement of technology and research, solar power is now a great alternative to receiving electricity from a utility company. Many states have come on board with programs that are aimed at making the switch to this natural energy source easier than it has ever been. Energy companies are doing their part as well through programs such as net metering. This means that if a customer generates more electricity than they are capable of using, net metering allows them to sell the excess back to the electric company. This requires the installation of a special meter that can not only detect energy coming into the house, but can also carry surplus energy back to the electric company. The excess is then credited to the customer’s account against the amount of electricity that they used on the grid. This is an excellent way to save money.
However, it is also possible now for a solar power systems to be the sole energy source instead of relying on the electric company’s grid for power. This could make a home self-sufficient in producing its own energy. The panels that are used to collect the sunlight and convert it into electricity have been steadily improved over the years. The cost of installing the solar panels has also dropped considerably. While it is still a major investment, it is clear that the savings could easily pay for the system over the lifetime of it. Many states also offer incentives such as tax rebates as a way to hopefully coax home owners into making the switch.
Another great use of solar power would be for those in rural areas where the electricity frequently is not reliably available due to brown outs, black outs and outages from storms. This is a superb way to make sure that the electricity is always flowing in order to heat and cool the home along with other essential functions.
People who live quite a distance from the nearest electrical supplier may also find that the price involved in having the electric company install poles, lines and meters could easily be more expensive than having a solar power system installed.
It is clear that the march is on toward finding and sustaining new types of renewable energy. While there must be an infrastructure in place for many different types of renewable energy sources, sunlight is captured rather easily. Solar power is collected through panels as the sun shines on it. As long as there is a clear view of the sky, the panels can provide more than enough electricity for a home. Unlike other types of renewable energy, the sun is always going to shine. Wind turbines work best on flat planes and hydropower requires there to be a body of water close by. This means that utilizing the energy provided by the sun is by far the best bet for anyone wanting to make the switch to an alternative source of energy.
As time goes on, more and more people will decide to go partially or fully off the electricity grid and create their own energy.