Solar Is On The Rise And The Future Looks Bright
What’s not to love about bright, beautiful sunshine. It aids plant growth, promotes vitamin D production, and makes you feel happier and healthier. It’s also a great source of sustainable, free energy.
Solar is on the rise.
Considering all the benefits that sunshine offers, compounded by the negative environmental impact of fossil fuels, it’s easy to see why solar energy is on the rise. In fact, during the first quarter of 2016, solar accounted for 64% of new electric-generating capacity in the U.S., adding more new capacity than coal, natural gas and nuclear combined. This growth in solar builds off the momentum of 2015, when solar exceeded natural gas capacity additions on an annual basis for the first time ever.*
One million Americans can’t be wrong
The cost of installing solar has dropped by over 70% in the last 10 years. ** More recently, systems have benefited from tax credits and other government incentives, making solar financially accessible for more and more homeowners. Not surprisingly then, by 2016, more than one million American homes will have solar panels.***
Clean, efficient and powerful
Solar-powered homes can satisfy more than 85% of their electricity demand and can do so efficiently, cost effectively and cleanly. In fact, a solar energy system, like the SunSource® Home Energy System from Lennox, can substantially lower home energy costs, and reduce a home’s carbon footprint, without sacrificing comfort.
The positive effects of solar energy
These are just some of the positive environmental impacts that an average 5kW system solar-powered home can have over the life of the system.
Lennox makes solar simple
Free, clean energy and lower utility bills are good reasons to install solar in your home. But Lennox adds another powerful factor into the mix: simplicity. A Lennox SunSource Home Energy System is designed to install easily and seamlessly, without any significant changes to your home’s electric system. The system’s solar modules capture energy from the sun and send it to your Lennox solar-ready air conditioner or heat pump. Only one solar module is required to get started, and it’s simple to add more panels over time.
How a SunSource Home Energy System works
To see how a Lennox SunSource Home Energy System works and how it can help you produce energy, reduce your energy bills, and help the environment, view the video.
Savings that keep adding up
A SunSource Home Energy System offers you multiple benefits and savings, including:
Having a system that creates solar energy means you use less electricity from your utility company, and that can mean lower heating and cooling costs. In fact, a Lennox SunSource system reduces your heating and cooling bills by up to half. To see just how much money and energy you could be saving with a SunSource Home Energy System, try out the Lennox® Solar Calculator here.
The U.S. federal government and some states provide tax credits for renewable-energy systems. Depending on where you live, you may also be eligible for incentives through your utility company.
By lowering heating and cooling costs, an investment in a solar-energy system can help improve the value of your home. Surveys conducted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development have shown that home values increase by an average of $20 for every $1 reduction in annual utility bills.
William went solar, so why not you?
Homeowner William Berry was concerned about the amount of energy he was using to heat and cool his 1800s Colonial home in the Georgia countryside. With 6,000 square feet to cool in the summer, he needed to find a way to keep utility bills under control.
For William, a SunSource Home Energy System ultimately proved to be the best solution. To learn more about how the system helped William keep his cool and save money, see his story here.
Start thinking solar
To learn more about a Lennox SunSource Home Energy System, contact your local Lennox Dealer. A dealer can assess your home’s suitability for a solar system, determine how many panels you’ll need and decide the best placement of the panels for optimal solar energy production.
*Source: Seia.org, June 2016 (http://www.seia.org/news/us-solar-market-track-record-breaking-year)
**Source: Seia.org (http://www.seia.org/research-resources/solar-industry-data)
***Source: Techinsider.io, October 2015 (http://www.techinsider.io/solar-panels-one-million-houses-2015-10)
**** Source: Lennox Blog