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Solar power systems are a great way to get yourself an ongoing source of dependable and affordable clean energy in the Midwest.
Solar electric power systems (photovoltaics, or "PV" for short) are low to no maintenance and last for 25 to 30 years or more. There are no moving parts to get damaged or suffer wear and tear; they just sit on your roof collecting sunlight and making electricity for your home.
There are lots of reasons people go solar. In no particular order, here are the most common ones:
Be the talk of the neighbourhood, be the catalyst of change, stay at the front of the energy vanguard: be the first on your block to install PV! No really, being an innovator or early adopter in your area is a hugely important role. How do things change otherwise?
While the upfront costs of the system can seem overwhelming, a good cost analysis shows that there are great savings to be made on energy, especially if you are planning to change your furnace out for an all-electric heating source like an air-source heat pump or a geothermal system.
Planning ahead for rising energy costs is a smart thing to do. A PV system is a sustainable energy source that will not fade out over many more generations.
Of course, replacing fossil fuel burning equipment and fossil fuel generated electricity with clean, renewable energy is good for the environment. Creating electricity and hot water through coal, gas and other CO2 emitting fuels is a source of pollution and environmental degradation.
PV panels have a 'carbon footprint' that lasts between 1 and 4 years. After that period, they are offsetting the amount of CO2 that was required to mine, manufacture and install them. Pretty impressive. Many other generation systems have an ongoing carbon footprint that will outlast the useful life of the system by decades, if not centuries.
Energy security is likely to be a larger issue in the future, so generating most or all of the electricity your household needs now and in the future allows you to keep the lights on and know what it will cost you to do so. And so will your kids and grandkids.
As with any major purchase, it's helpful to compare costs and information. Seek out information from multiple professionals who can provide constructive advice, set realistic expectations, and help you fine-tune the design that will work best for your application.
Check out our financing and rebates pages to see if you are eligible for any help in purchasing and installing a system.