An increasing number of environmentally conscious and high-energy-cost sensitive homeowners and business people consider installing solar roofing panels, in order to harness solar energy and generate electricity for their homes, or commercial buildings.
Solar roofing can dramatically reduce the amount of fossil fuel based energy we consume every year. When properly installed, solar roof kits can nearly eliminate the need to be connected to the community power grid. In areas that receive a heavy amount of annual sunlight, the excess electricity that is produced by solar roof kits can often be sold back to the power company, resulting in extra cash or energy credits for the homeowner.
Installing solar roofing can also be of tremendous benefit to the business owner. Many companies are finding that they can easily cut their energy bills in half, if not more, by incorporating solar panels into their roofing. The annual savings from this reduction in energy costs is often enough incentive by itself, but when you consider the fact that energy costs will continue to rise over the years, solar energy becomes that much more attractive. Once installed, the energy these solar roof kits provide is completely free of charge, as long as the system is functional.
You can receive tax credits of 30% of the total cost of solar roofing, up to $500 per ½ Kilowatt of power capacity. Existing homes and new construction homes qualify for this solar roofing Federal Tax Credit.
Solar roofing has come a long way over the last 20-30 years. Today’s solar panels are much more efficient than they have ever been in the past. As the technology continues to improve, these solar roof kits will become a more and more practical alternative to fossil fuel based energy sources.
Experimental ideas such as concentrated photovoltaics and super-efficient solar cells are quickly gaining ground and are hoped to be the basis for the next generation of solar panels.