Our cousins across ‘The Pond’ are really starting to wise up to the many and bountiful benefits of solar PV.

In a similar vein to the UK government’s ‘clean energy cash-back scheme’, Obama’s much-lauded Clean Energy Incentive Program aims to reward faster renewable energy development, with states receiving credits for electricity generated in 2020 and 2021 by renewable energy projects.

The White House also recently outlined a series of measures designed to put more solar panels on low-income housing and expand access to solar power for renters.

I recently came across this blog by Randy Hirneisen who works for Home Depot in Philadelphia and felt I had to share. His argument for solar PV – comparing the purchase of a motor car to the purchase of solar PV – is simple but highlights perfectly the benefits of going solar.

US blogger, Randy Hirneisen

This is what Randy has to say:

“Buying a complete solar electric system may be compared to buying a new car, with one major difference. The moment you drive the new car off the lot it has lost value. The moment you install the solar system on your house it increases in value.

“The question is, which makes more sense? To purchase something that costs you money continuously to power, or to purchase something that will save your money while giving you power? And I’m not saying it’s a bad idea to buy a new car; what I’m saying is buying electric is a needless waste of your money. I’m just using the car as an example because of the similar costs involved.

“In the time it takes to pay off the car, you can pay off the solar system, while using the money to pay for it that you used to use to pay your electric bill.”

“Most solar systems have a 25-year warranty on them. In 25 years, how much do you pay your utility company one month at a time? If the system costs $10,000, how much will you save in 25 years? (NB. That’s £6,400 in English currency – however, your average 4kW system actually comes in at around £5,000)

“If you pay $50 per month for electric that equals $15,000 in 25 years, if electric were to remain at its current price. But, electric generally rises about five per cent per year within a 10 to 15-year period. So go figure, how much money are you throwing away at this time by not using solar electric? How much do you have to lose by getting a free quote on a solar system today?

“Solar has arrived and many are beginning to realise that it is a reliable and economic source of energy. Plus, it can only help our environment. Sounds like a win/win situation to me.”

Sounds like a win/win situation to us too.

Our lovely surveyor Ben is always available and very happy to pop out to conduct a free, no-obligation solar survey of your home, or business.

Simply give us a call on 01452 731088 or drop us an email at info@roxonelectrical.co.uk to arrange a visit from Ben. As Randy says, what have you got to lose?

Our surveyor Ben Reddick is always on call to conduct a free solar survey of your home or business.