Australia is one of the sunniest countries on earth. So it makes perfect sense that we would harness the flaming strength of the sun and use it to power our homes, businesses, and cars, right?
Solar panels (also known as PV panels) soak up the sun’s glorious rays and then convert them into electrical energy. In fact, the amount of sun that hits the earth’s surface in a 90-minute period is enough to handle the ENTIRE world’s energy consumption FOR A YEAR!
Here are six reasons why you should consider investing in solar panels:
1. It’s good for the environment
Fossil fuels are so last century, and governments around the world are setting their sights on renewable energy. Sunlight is a renewable energy – which means we’ll never run out of it – and solar power has zero direct greenhouse gas emissions, unlike coal and gas. Over two million Australians have already made the switch from grid power to solar. Maybe it’s time you did too?
2. It’s good for your pocket
Once you outlay the initial expense of getting your solar panels installed (some of which can be recouped through government incentives), you’ll start to see savings almost immediately. Solar panels will save the average Aussie around $500 per quarter (based on the smallest 5kW system), which adds up to around $2,000 per year. Huge savings – and you’re saving the planet!
3. It’s good for the economy
First, there are government incentives for installing solar panels. Then, there are the jobs that solar energy provides, particularly as more households, businesses, and individuals see the value in renewable energy, and the need to shift away from fossil fuels. These roles include manufacturing, wholesaling, installation, maintenance, distribution, and research.
4. It’s good for the grid
The power grid, that is. When you’ve got your panels installed, and have appropriate approvals, you may have the option to sell any unused solar power back to your energy provider, or simply store it in a solar battery. If you sell your solar, your energy provider will pay you a tariff, while a battery will provide you with a backup power source, in the event of a blackout.
5. It’s good for the value of your property
These days, many property buyers have their eyes peeled for homes and businesses with a PV system installed. If you’ve already decked out your roof with solar panels, it may add serious market value to your property. Cha-ching!
6. It’s good for your conscience
The time to act on climate change is now. Like, right now – this very minute. So to avoid damaging the planet even more than we already have, it’s important that we all chip in to help, in any way we can. Small things, like composting, recycling, reducing your use of single-use plastics, and – yup – utilising renewable energy through things like solar and wind power, can make a positive difference in reducing carbon emissions. Sure, installing solar panels will save you money and create jobs, but knowing that you’re doing your bit to keep the planet healthy for years to come will give you a lifelong case of the warm and fuzzies.