Why Use Solar Energy?

Energy generated with solar panels offers advantages over diesel generators, primary batteries, wind, and conventional utility power. These benefits make photovoltaic (PV) energy the power of choice in more and more cases every day:

High Reliability

PV cells were originally developed for use in space, where repair is extremely expensive, if not impossible. PV still powers nearly every satellite circling the earth because it operates reliably for long periods of time – often 25 to 30 years – with virtually no maintenance.

Low Operating Costs

Solar panel cells use the energy from sunlight to produce electricity. With no moving parts, the solar cells require little maintenance. These cost-effective solar systems are ideal for supplying power to homes, businesses, communications stations, navigational buoys at sea, homes far from utility power lines, Electric Vehicle Charging or for those simply interested in getting off the grid in remote areas.

Our systems are designed to uniquely complement your existing energy use and environment to maximize energy production and value. We provide you with several system options and help you make the most well informed and educated decision possible.

Environmental Benefits

We all would like to do our part to improve our air quality and conserve our natural resources. As we begin to realize and respect the fragility of our planet's ecosystem, clean power choices like PV become extremely important. Strip mining of coal and "fracking" to extract natural gas to run our power plants is unnecessary, at least to the extent that renewable power is generated. Silicon – the primary component of solar cells – is cheap, plentiful and produced with very little environmental impact. Because solar panels burn no fuel and have no moving parts, PV systems are clean and silent. As we become more aware of greenhouse gases, chemicals introduced into the earth by fracking and their detrimental effects on our planet, clean energy alternatives like PV become more important than ever.

Lower Air Conditioner Loads

Solar panels shade the roof and have been shown to reduce the amount of heat energy reaching the roof by 38% and to cool the ceiling temperature by five degrees. The savings from reduced air conditioning use amounted to 5% of the total cost of the solar energy system over the course of its life. Other more extensive studies show that solar panels reduce the surface temperature of a white roof by 40° F and 61° F for a black roof, further reducing attic temperatures and the amount of heat transmitted through the ceiling into the living space.

Aesthetics

Unlike wind energy, which requires a pole at least sixty feet in height for efficiency, photovoltaic modules are mounted in the plane of the roof, for most residential applications, and are unobtrusive. Sleek black modules in black frames mounted close to the roof can give a home a more modern look and identify the owner as someone who cares about the environment as well about the look of his or her home and the size of its electricity bill.

Modularity

A solar system can be constructed to any size based on energy requirements. Furthermore, the owner of a PV system can enlarge  it if his or her energy needs change. For instance, homeowners can add solar panels every few years as their energy usage and financial resources grow. 

Utah Applied Solar Energy, LLC  2015