Is residential solar power the answer to our energy problems?

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Alternative forms of energy have been gaining headway for years. Alternative energy sources, like solar energy, help decrease emissions from burning fossil fuels, harming the atmosphere. Numerous companies have developed alternative energy sources like wind, water, and solar. Lately, solar power has made a big bang in residential and industrial buildings. It is the most common energy source used to alleviate electricity costs. Though many are for solar power energy, there is still resistance and questions.

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As energy becomes all the more expensive, solar panels continue to grow in popularity. - By Katie Mortram

We are at a crossroads. Is this the beginning of the residential solar boom? Saul Griffith, in his book Electrify, wrote that by applying clean electricity to the US economy, the country's energy usage is halved. And once homeowners are producing their electricity, the use of electricity for heating and transportation will follow. Solar energy is more efficient than fossil fuel use, he explains.

How much energy can solar power provide?

Before making such investments, like installing a residential solar system, you should weigh the cost and the energy usage. The article How many solar panels do you need to power your house? gave a few insightful details. The average price of a residential solar system is approximately $20,000. Such a system has 20-25 solar panels and a suitable battery to store the generated power. But this is just an estimate to determine the cost and size of an ideal solar power system, a few vital factors first. The necessary factors to consider are:

  1. monthly energy usage,
  2. sun availability,
  3. tree cover,
  4. the amount of energy produced per solar panel,
  5. the number of persons in the house.

What does it take to get solar panels to residents?

The transition to residential solar power cannot occur in isolation. It requires the involvement of the energy technology providers, financier offerings for utilities, and access to relevant information via the Government and influencers. Consumers willing to engage in electrifying their homes and business are often overwhelmed by the numerous questions about solar panels and options provided by providers. Jason Kornfeld, the co-owner of Green State Energy, testifies to the insecurity of consumers towards solar energy. He states that many homeowners associate solar energy with 'shady deals,' often through third parties, or see solar energy as an additional cost. For this reason, all the parties involved should be readily accessible to consumers.

The bottom line

There is an urgency to electrify. The rising gas prices and increasing global emission opens a pathway to a fast transition to solar energy. Through education and utility provision, consumers and the economy are closer to electrical energy independence.

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DISCLAIMER: The author of this article is not an expert on alternative forms of energy. All the information presented was researched from credible sources. All sources were written by professionals in the field of alternative energy.

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