Solar Electricity, The Future Has Arrived.
August 4th, 2009
Is solar power the new technology to explode into the future? Look around and you will see subtle indications of an old technology coming to life. Homes and businesses are using solar power more and more. The state and federal governments along with local utilities have started to offer assistance to increase the amount of solar electric energy production with the goal that solar energy will provide 25% of the nation’s electricity by 2015.
Have you been considering solar power for your home? There are many advantages to home use. Solar powered systems are very reliable and are the only form of energy generation that does not involve moving parts. Homes with solar systems have increased property values. Solar powered systems are very reliable. This substantially reduces maintenance while increasing reliability and equipment life expectancy. The demand for homes with solar power is also increasing because of rising utility cost and environmental concerns. Generating electricity from the sun produces virtually zero pollution or emissions. Solar powered systems increase property values and can pay for themselves in just a few years. Assistance from the government and utilities now more available than ever before creating a wonderful opportunity for consumers.
Businesses are taking advantage of the opportunities too. Recently, Eland Electric Corporation partnered up with Next Media to provide a solar powered billboard on a display just west of De Pere. Look for it between Main Avenue and Scheuring Road on Highway 41. Utilizing current power generation estimates, these solar powered units if installed on all of the areas billboards could save tens of thousands of dollars every month in utility costs.
Who else is getting involved? Farmers are using solar electric for powering electric fences, pumps and remote buildings. In fact, for years solar power has been the favorite alternative energy source for remote locations where the electric utility grid was not available. Street lights, light houses, water pumping stations, even schools are ideal for solar energy use.
In the past, solar power was expensive, inefficient and had poor aesthetic designs. Now, due to government and utility incentives solar power installations are becoming affordable to everyone. This demand has lead to improved technology that has made solar power collection more efficient and cost effective. Solar panels are also better looking and not the bulky monsters of the past. In some cases they can be custom built into attractive shapes that are called solar flares.Through improved designs and installation tactics incorporating solar panels into your new or existing facility can add to your architecture while projecting your concern for the environment.
Choosing a qualified Solar Electric (Photovoltaic) installation contractor is also important for several reasons. First, using a NABCEP ( North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners ) certified contractor is requires to obtain the Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy rewards on the installations. Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy strongly recommends the use of NABCEP certified contractors. NABCEP contractors are tested and must prove their competence in order to receive certification. This means the customer can be confident in the qualifications of that installer. Eland Electric Corporation is one of the few NABCEP certified electrical contractor in Wisconsin. Eland Electric Corporation is fully qualified to install your photovoltaic solar system and fully integrate it with your existing electrical system.