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10 ways solar can benefit your home and business

1. Solar Is The Best Power Source For The Climate and Environment

Compared to other energy sources, solar has the lowest impact on the environment. For a start, solar panels do not emit dangerous greenhouse gases, and instead reduce a building’s carbon emissions.The reduction in emissions can be dramatic. The Energy Saving Trust has estimated that the average UK home, with a solar PV system installed, could reduce carbon emissions by a massive 1.6 tonnes per year.

Solar energy systems also require very little water for maintenance (nuclear power plants need far more), and do not pollute water supplies. Producing solar energy has another environmental benefit in that it does not create any noise, especially useful when panels are based on residential homes and workplaces.

2. Solar Energy Is Not Dependent On Weather

One of the major myths peddled about solar panels is that they are only effective when the sun is shining brightly. Of course, the panels thrive in these conditions, but in reality, it is daylight which creates the energy.

3. Grid Security Is Improved

A large grid feeding off multiple power plants can be more vulnerable to blackouts, overloads, and natural or human-caused disasters.

A microgrid supplying electricity to a smaller area, through solar panels, is a far more secure solution.

4. Less Electricity Is Lost

Did you know, up to 5% of energy can be lost between the production and the supply points? The longer the distance between the two, the more energy is lost, and this can affect performance.

Having solar panels on the roof or next to the building of course is no distance at all between production and supply points, making solar panels extremely efficient.

5. Solar Reduces Electricity Bills

Energy costs have been rising steeply across the UK and the world in recent times, but by using solar energy, your electricity bills will actually fall.

This is because the energy you use will be created partly or wholly from local solar panels, such as within a SNRG SmartGrid, meaning there is little or no reliance on the national grid.

6. Maintenance Costs Are Low

Solar energy systems require a simple clean, only a couple of times per year, and this is not an expensive job. As there are no moving parts on the panels, you also don’t have to worry about the cost of wear and tear.

7. Solar Panels Can Be Installed Anywhere

Pretty much anywhere, anyway. It is true that most panels are installed on roofs of homes or commercial buildings, but their flexibility allows them to be sited in fields, on garages, barns – anywhere that receives a good supply of daylight

8. Solar Is The Most Reliable, Renewable Energy Source

As long as we have the sun, we have solar energy – so we should be good for at least five billion years!

The SNRG SmartGrid uses solar energy to power connected buildings. Whist being a reliable source of low cost energy, solar assisted in reducing energy costs and accelerates the transition to net zero carbon emissions.

9. Price Reduces As Technology Develops

Also contrary to popular belief, solar panels are a lot cheaper than they once were, as new solar technologies have developed. Technology will continue to advance, so it is safe to assume that prices will continue to fall in the future. The initial cost of solar panels can be offset within the first 5-10 years, and most panels should work well for at least 25 years.

10. Solar Panels Increase House Value

Solar panels improve the saleability of a home by reducing its electricity costs. Panels can no longer be criticised as being unsightly, either. They can actually be integrated into the roof and look very smart indeed. Obtaining planning permission has for a long time not been an obstacle to installation.

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