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There certainly are some big advantages of solar energy. Did you know that the energy the sun provides to the earth for one hour could meet the global energy needs for one year?  Without a doubt, the sun is our most powerful energy source, and even though we can only collect a fraction of this energy, harnessing this energy is a critical factor in creating a sustainable future.

Grants for solar panels in Ireland

Thanks to the availability of grants for solar panels in Ireland (SEAI grants) and the increasingly competitive prices in-market forcing down installation costs, solar energy is becoming the primary source of energy for more and more families in Ireland. Technology has been drastically improved in the last number of years. It has been complemented by more advanced solar battery storage systems, turning solar into a significantly more efficient source of sustainable energy.

Unfortunately, there are always some downsides to the energy source you choose to analyse. At EcoPlex, we have outlined the key advantages of solar power in the following points:

5 Advantages to Solar Energy Ireland

The 9 Main Advantages of Solar Energy:

1. Renewable Energy Source

Among all the many advantages of solar energy, perhaps the most important benefit is that solar energy is a truly renewable source of energy. Solar energy can be harnessed anywhere in the world and is available every day. Solar energy is not finite like its fossil fuel counterparts. 

According to scientists, solar energy will be accessible as long as we have the sun, which is predicted to be for at least 5 billion years. So, rest assured that the sun is going nowhere any time soon!

2. Reduce Your Electricity Bills

Since you will be meeting much of your energy requirements with the electricity your solar panels generate, your energy bills will drop significantly. How much you save on your bill will be entirely dependent on the size of the solar panel system you install and your rate of electricity and heat usage.

For example, suppose you are a large business using commercial solar panels. In that case, you are likely to see huge benefits because of the large surface area that commercial buildings provide, meaning solar system size can cover large chunks of your energy bills.

Additionally, you will not only be saving money on your electricity bill, but there is also a possibility to store excess energy gathered to be used at a later date. If you generate more electricity than you use in a day, our advanced solar batteries have you covered.

3. Diverse Applications

Solar energy can be used for a broad range of purposes. You can generate electricity (photovoltaics) or heat (solar thermal). Solar energy can even be used to produce electricity in places without access to the energy grid, treat water in regions with limited clean water supplies, and even power satellites orbiting the earth.

Solar energy can also be integrated into the architecture of buildings. An example of this can be seen in Sharp introducing transparent solar energy windows, integrating seamlessly into the building’s architecture. 

4. Low Maintenance Costs 

Solar energy systems generally don’t require a huge amount of maintenance. See more information on solar panel maintenance here. You only really need to keep them clean, so cleaning them a couple of times per year will do perfectly. The rain we get in Ireland is particularly suited for keeping solar panels clean.

Furthermore, there are no moving parts, there is little to no wear and tear. The solar inverter is the only part that may need to be changed after 5 to 10 years due to its continuous work in converting solar energy into electricity. Aside from the inverter, the cables may need monitoring and maintenance to ensure your solar panel system runs at maximal efficiency.

So, after covering the solar system’s initial cost, which is helped by the SEAI grant, you can expect minimal spending on maintenance and repair work of your solar panels.

5. Technological Development 

Technology in the solar power industry is continually advancing and improvements will intensify far into the future. Innovations in quantum physics and nanotechnology can potentially increase the effectiveness of solar panels and double, or even triple, the electrical input of the solar power systems. Luckily we install the most up to date and advanced systems available. The systems nowadays greatly out-perform systems developed even a decade ago.

6. Help increase property value 

One of the main question marks in the minds of homeowners regarding solar will be its influence on the property value. Well, the answer to that doubt is a resounding YES, installing solar panels will increase the overall property value of your home. Therefore, solar can easily be placed under the bracket of long-term investment.

Nowadays, solar panel installation is seen as a potential upgrade, for instance, an extended kitchen or a glasshouse. However, factors such as geographic location, size, age, and the solar system’s overall output play a part in deciding the property value. For instance, a study conducted by Zillow states that homes with solar panels will sell for 4.1% more. Finally, it is also believed that 80% of home buyers would want energy savings features in a home.

7. Impact on water pollution

Solar energy and its importance in curbing water pollution have not been discussed frequently enough. Energy generation with the help of renewable energy such as solar can help reduce water pollution. Solar PV or Solar photovoltaic panels do not require water to create electricity. Whereas, if you look at other modes of energy production, such as nuclear energy, it would require water as a cooling agent. Furthermore, the water used will contain harmful substances released into the waterway, causing harm to all living creatures.

Finally, in simple terms, solar energy will require no use of water for its production, reducing the reliance on water for energy production and controlling water pollution.  

8. Reduced dependence on traditional energy sources 

Switching to a more renewable energy source such as solar is the right way going forward to reduce the dependence on traditional energy sources such as fossil fuels. Fossil fuels such as coal are non-renewable sources, i.e. these materials are more likely to run out in the near future. Furthermore, the use of fossil fuels also causes significant harm to the environment hence, leading to pollution. Therefore, choosing a renewable approach is the effective way to help safeguard the environment.

9. Easy Accessibility

With the help of solar energy, users that reside in distant areas can have complete access to electricity. Now, if you live in an area with easy access to electricity, you can also benefit from this. Furthermore, by going solar, you are generating clean and sustainable energy for your own needs and also have the option to sell the excess power generated to power companies. Finally, the rise of off-grid solar panels has resulted in the sale of 180 million solar units, benefiting 420 million people worldwide.

So, there you have it. That’s our take on the 9 main advantages of solar panels in Ireland. Get a quote today to begin your journey towards a more sustainable lifestyle.

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