Solar-powered homes have become more and more common in recent years as homeowners continue to discover all the benefits that installing a solar roof has to offer.
Residents of Maui who choose to go solar have an additional advantage as well: The island’s abundance of sunshine makes it an ideal location for solar panels to generate energy at their peak level.
Advantages of Solar Rooftop
A Cost-Effective Alternative Energy Solution
One of the primary reasons that solar power is a popular option for homeowners is due to its cost-effectiveness in lowering a home’s energy bills, as you can see here.
A solar roof can significantly decrease the cost of annual energy bills because, rather than pulling power from the utility grid, it utilizes the Sun’s energy to power the home.
The use of solar roof panels has exploded in popularity in recent years due to the cost-effectiveness of the panels themselves along with the fact that they have become a much more affordable option as the price of the initial investment and installation is regularly offset by numerous tax credits and deductions.
Many homeowners also choose to switch to solar energy due to the long lifespan and durability of the solar panels themselves, with most having a performance warranty lasting between 20 to 30 years.
Upkeep of the installed panels is also kept to a minimum due to a lack of moving parts that may become damaged, and homeowners need only to clean their roof panels once or twice per year to ensure that they are harnessing the maximum amount of sunshine possible.
Going Green to Make Green
In addition to increased energy savings, homeowners with a solar roof on Maui may also have the option to sell any unused electricity generated directly back to the utility grid itself, which can help significantly offset the initial installation costs.
Another key benefit for residents of the island is that they may be eligible to receive the Renewable Energy Technologies Income Tax Credit, or RETITC, a 35 percent tax credit given for installing a residential solar roof system in the state of Hawaii, which can lead to a tax reduction of up to $5,000.
Additionally, moderate-income earners on Maui are eligible for a financing initiative for their solar system known as GEMS, or the Green Energy Money Saver Program.
This type of financing will help cover the cost of solar-powered appliances, such as solar water heaters, home solar storage batteries, etc.
Decreased Environmental Impact
Harnessing the Sun’s energy for everyday use is both a sustainable and renewable energy source and is one of the cleanest and most environmentally friendly ways to power one’s home.
If you are looking to decrease your carbon footprint and eliminate your reliance on traditional fossil fuels as an energy source, it’s well worth considering adding a home solar system to provide for your energy needs.
Using the Sun’s energy as a means to generate electricity can also help the environment in these ways:
1. Solar energy requires zero energy production.
2. Zero toxic gases or harmful by-products are emitted which can pollute the air and environment.
3. Transportation and installation costs of solar panels and related equipment are minimal as compared to traditional energy sources such as fossil fuels.
4. Cuts down on water usage as an energy source, which is a vital resource for native flora and fauna.
5. Widespread use of solar energy resources can help slow or reverse climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Take Advantage of an Existing Natural Resources
Given Maui’s unique climate (which you can check out at Climate in Maui County, Hawaii (bestplaces.net)), the island is particularly well-suited to the use of roof solar panels as an energy source.
With an average of 276 sunny days per year, Maui is well above the U.S. national average of 205 sunny days per year.
The abundance of natural sunshine means that homeowners with a residential solar system will be able to produce more than enough energy to suit their needs.
And may even have an abundance of energy to either sell back to the power grid for a profit, or to store via personal solar battery systems for use on cloudy or rainy days, during the overnight hours, or if an emergency arises.