Solar Energy Benefits

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Utilizing the natural powers to transform into a productive form of the energy has been EU’s focus since years. The rule, concept to be more precise, is slowly spreading in Europe. Ireland is one of the lowest consumption countries of the natural energy system i.e. the solar energy is catching a fast pace this year in 2018.

This is why the Irish Solar Energy Association (ISEA) has been in the news for quite some time with announcing some great revelations each passing day for the benefit of the country solar energy system. For this purpose, large solar panels are being installed all around the country for an improved economy.

What is solar energy?

The solar energy is basically energy taken from the sun through the large and small-sized solar panels which later transform into energy to be used by the country people. The solar panels react to the light given by sun and save the energy only to be used later at night or keep it preserved for other purposes.

Who will benefit from the solar energy in Ireland?

  1. The farmers:

The farmers will have more opportunities to make their fieldwork easy and will also have an increased income. This will be done by allowing more power to get involved in the farm work and less consumption of human energy.

  1. The country’s economy:

The country’s economy will definitely witness a solid hike after the solar panels being installed in the whole country. This way, Ireland will come in contact with the other developed countries of the world for an increased production rate of the solar energy in collaboration with the industries.

  1. The local residents:

The local residents will be able to save more in terms of setting up a monthly budget and working according to it. The solar panels will allow them to use the solar energy more without worrying about the increased consumption.

The concept of the solar energy has been making rounds in the EU the last few years and the ISEA is leaving no stone unturned to make it possible and make it one of the largest solar energy consumers in 2018.

8 Top Myths about Solar Energy

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Myth 1: Solar Energy Panels are bad for the environment.

Fact: The amount of sunlight that hits the Earth in 1 minute, meets the world’s energy demands for an entire year! 75 million barrels of oil and 35 million tons of carbon dioxide are saved annualy by solar energy users.

Myth 2: Solar panels are unattractive and they can damage your roof.

Fact: Professional installers can place solar panels on any roof pitch, angle, and condition. They will not damage a homeowner’s roof, and, in some cases, solar panels extend the roof’s life by protecting it from the elements. Ultimately, the aesthetics of solar panels on a home are subjective. However, with the growing popularity of solar power, professionals can install solar panels in positions and locations to minimize their visual impact. Depending on your yard, panels can even be mounted on the ground. Solar shingles can also help with curb appeal by better blending in with your existing roof.

Myth 3: Solar panels do not work well in cloudy places.

Fact: Most solar panels actually work best in cold conditions. They use light, not heat, to generate electricity. Cold temperatures increase their conductivity, letting electricity flow more efficiently. As solar panels heat up, they generate less electricity from the same amount of light.

Myth 4: I won’t live in my home long enough to earn an ROI on any money I put into solar panels.

Fact: Depending on your system and location, solar panels pay for themselves within six to 15 years. If you add in the most lucrative state and federal tax credits and incentives, you could start seeing an ROI within two to four years. Solar panels also increase the resale value of a home by about €12,000. So even if you won’t be in your home for the next 15 years, you can still see a significant ROI when you sell.

Myth 5: Solar panels require constant maintenance.

Fact: Solar arrays are designed to be durable and require minimal maintenance. Many installers recommend annual inspections to check the panels and system performance, and some offer lifetime warranties for the system. Plus, if you lease the panels and system, maintenance is typically provided by the leasing company. Keep in mind, panels with tracking subsystems may require additional maintenance and care.

Myth 6: Solar panels are too expensive.

Fact: Renewable energy is actually already cheaper than coal and nuclear power at every step. Also there are no input costs for solar energy – the sunlight is free. Market price aside, coal and nuclear power have huge hidden costs. You can even apply for a grant. Solar offers the opportunity to negate high electricity inflation locking in costs for 20 years thus providing a cheaper predictable alternative for both homes and businesses in Ireland. 

Myth 7: Installing Solar Panels will increase your tax. 

Fact: You actually save tax. Companies can take advantage of 100% Accelerated Capital Allowances. The ACA is a tax incentive for companies paying corporation tax and aims to encourage investment in energy efficient equipment. The ACA offers an attractive incentive whereby it allows companies to write off 100% of the purchase value of qualifying energy efficient equipment against their profit in the year of purchase.

Myth 8: Solar panel systems store excess energy in batteries.

Fact: The vast majority of home solar power systems don’t store energy in batteries. They’re connected to the power grid via net metering, and homeowners are credited with the energy their solar panels add to the electrical grid. Though it is possible to add a battery to your solar installation, doing so increases the cost of materials, installation and maintenance.

Have you decided to invest in Solar Panels after reading Top 8 Myths about Solar Energy? If you would like to find out more – don’t hesitate to contact us on:
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