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Going solar: Fact vs. fiction

By KSL Local  |  Posted Feb 17th, 2017 @ 8:00am


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Solar energy in Utah is a booming market helping homeowners save on energy costs and employing thousands of people in our communities to support their families. This alternative energy is good for the environment, good for the pocketbook and good for the economy, yet with so much information floating around, it’s hard to distinguish fact from fiction. We turned to our partners at Solaroo Energy to get a few things straight.

Solar energy is a resource with many benefits

FACT: It's sustainable for energy consumption and continuously renewable. It can generate power, heat, water, and even energize your body with Vitamin D!

Energy conservation will save you more money than energy production

FICTION: Who doesn’t love to save energy? LEDs, insulation, home automation among other things can greatly reduce the energy that you use. But without the ability to produce affordable energy, home energy conservation is a drop in the bucket.

Think of conserving your energy by 30 percent seven years ago just to have electric prices increase by 50 percent in the same period — your savings, gone. Not only that, but did you know that experts predict that 58 percent of American households will own an electric car by the year 2030? Although it’s cheaper than gas, it still will increase your electric usage by 20-40 percent. Controlling your electric costs by owning your solar production remains the best way to protect yourself from the rising costs of grid power and truly be self-sustainable.

All solar panels are created equal

FICTION: The defect rates and production of solar panels can differ significantly between manufacturers and it comes down to two things: quality versus cost.

While you may be all for getting a good deal, a solar system is a sophisticated product that is made to last and produce for 30 or more years. Don't treat it like buying a knockoff Gucci purse. And how about a warranty on the knockoff Gucci purse? The best warranty is the one you never have to use. And if you do have to use it, you need a strong company to back it. Make sure to research or recognize the name of the manufacturer of your solar module.

If the rates rise for solar energy, I won’t be able to recover my investment

FICTION: Electric energy rates have increased every year for the last 26 years fluctuating between 5-8 percent. In fact, in the last 10 years, local communities have seen a 50 percent increase in their power bills. In short: energy costs are going to continue to rise.

Solaroo Energy CEO, Kelly Curtis, explains, “Solar energy is an investment into the future. Storage technology will drastically change in the next 2-4 years allowing those who make the jump to solar now not only able to store energy for emergencies but also drastically revolutionize the way we interact with the grid entirely”. Technology will continue to improve and solar energy is the answer to stopping soaring energy costs for your family in the future.

Solar Energy has been used for over 2,700 years

FACT: In 700 BC, glass lenses were used to make fire by magnifying the sun’s rays. The flame itself is a mixture of gasses (vaporized fuel, oxygen, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, water vapor, and many other things), and so is matter. The light produced by the flame, however, is energy, not matter.

If you have more questions or would like to get a free no-obligation quote, visit www.solarooenergy.com.

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