Drastically reduce or even eliminate your electric bills
Whether you’re a homeowner, business, or nonprofit, electricity costs can make up a large portion of your monthly expenses. With a solar panel system, you’ll generate free power for your system’s entire 25+ year lifecycle.
Protect against rising energy costs
One of the most clear cut benefits of solar panels is the ability to hedge utility prices. In the past ten years, commercial electricity prices have gone up by an average of 3% annually. By investing in a solar energy system now, you can fix your electricity rate and protect against unpredictable increases in electricity costs.
Boost U.S. energy independence
The sun is a near-infinite source of energy and a key component of achieving energy independence in the United States. By increasing our capacity to generate electricity from the sun, we can also insulate our country from price fluctuations in global energy markets.
Protect the environment
Solar is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. Buildings are responsible for 38% of all carbon emissions in the U.S., and going solar can significantly decrease that number.
Demonstrate your commitment to sustainability
Sustainability and corporate social responsibility are important components of an organization’s culture and values. They also produce bottom line results. Increasingly, consumers and communities are recognizing and rewarding businesses that choose to operate responsibly. Businesses are finding that “green” credentials are a powerful driver of consumer purchasing decisions, creating goodwill and improving business results.
- The average single family home in Minnesota has more than enough sunlight falling on its property to meet its energy needs every single day all year long. Of course, not all buildings have optimal conditions. But, the fact is, if you have a large south-facing roof with minimal shade, sunlight can be harvested to help power your home electrical needs. Solar panels are silent, non-polluting, generators with a continuous supply of free fuel.
- Did you know, in an average year, we have more sunlight in the Twin Cities than they do in Jacksonville or Houston? Another interesting fact is that Minnesota gets more sunlight per square foot than the country of Germany. This is an important comparison because Germany uses more solar energy than any other country. If they can do it, so can we.
- It seems like solar cells were invented for Minnesota. Here’s an interesting fact: solar cells work better as they get colder. A typical solar electric system loses power as it heats up. The opposite is true as well: solar panels actually produce more energy as the temperature drops. If you compare the outputs of a module in Arizona operating at 100 degrees (F) with the identical module in Minnesota at 0 degrees, you’ll see the Minnesota module producing about 10% more power.
- Solar systems have life expectancy of 30 – 40 years. All that time there is nothing to throw away and no pollution. That means there’s a lot less waste going to our landfills.