While the notion of converting the sun's energy into usable energy to power a facility has been around since the 1950s, modern technologies have made the solar power systems of today five times more efficient than their predecessors, allowing them to generate up to 100 percent of a facility's energy needs. In Orange County and throughout southern California, where the weather is sunny for about 70 percent of the year, use of solar power systems has become increasingly popular within recent years. In fact, approximately 85 percent of the solar panel installations in the U.S. are within this region.
In addition to aiding in the effort to become independent from fossil fuels, solar power systems carry a number of other benefits, including significant financial savings in the form of:
- Reduced (if any) energy bills from the local utility company
- Federal tax credits (that can be used at once or over a period of years)
- California solar rebates (as dictated by the California Solar Initiative, a program dedicated to increasing the awareness and use of solar energy systems)
Residential Solar Systems
Southern California residents are starting to realize that, by installing solar panel systems in their homes, they can turn their energy use into an asset. Essentially, once residents of Orange County install a solar panel system, they will be classified as a "customer generator" by Southern California Edison, and the utility company will be obligated to buy back any excess, unused solar power a system generates until the homeowner's energy bill is entirely eliminated.
Other benefits of installing and using residential solar panels include a freedom from having to pay for increased utility rates and enjoying increased property values (as any home improvement that saves on energy expenditures can increase the value of the property by a ratio of 20:1).
Commercial Solar Systems in Orange County
Owners of commercial facilities can benefit just as much from the use of solar power systems as homeowners can. Not only can solar panels produce up to 100 percent of your energy needs, but it can also increase the value of your commercial property as well.
For more information regarding the benefits of installing a solar panel system in your home or business facility, contact a highly experienced Orange County solar power contractor at Sullivan Solar Power. We will assess your property to determine if solar is right for you.