An important fact that almost everyone knows about solar energy is it is free. Once your home or office solar system is paid for you can enjoy free clean renewable energy from the sun. Because more and more people are making the conscious decision to change to solar power, future generations will have a cleaner future. If you are thinking of making the switch to solar power for your home or business, there are a few things you might not know that can help steer you in the right direction. This article will outline a few more positives about solar power.As our supplies of fossil fuels, gas, coal and petroleum, dissipate, it has become a more serious topic to look towards using our energy from the sun. Why not harness the capability of the sun as an alternative means of generating electricity by having a solar system installed. This means you can run all of your creature comforts and necessities requiring electricity without causing further harm to the environment. There are a couple of factors that will affect the amount of energy you can get from your system. Things such as the size and type of the system, where the solar panels are facing and climate such as cloud cover or rain, will all affect this.
There are government rebates available to those eligible to assist in affording solar power installation and also the opportunity to sell excess unused power your system creates. For every megawatt hour of electricity generated by your solar system, you are entitled one REC (Renewable Energy Certificate). These RECs are an electronic type of currency and are a commodity that can be traded. The value can vary depending on the supply and demand and can vary on a daily basis as well as from buyer to buyer.RECs can be surrendered in exchange for cash payment or discount when purchasing a new system from a registered agent. For small scale systems there is the Solar Credits Scheme. These credits come in the form of additional RECs. They apply to the first 1.5kW of capacity Solar energy plants get the green light installed for systems that are connected to a main electricity grid and up to the first 20kW of capacity for off-grid systems. The Solar Homes and Communities Plan rebate that ended June 9 2009 has been replaced by this scheme.Solar power is now taking part of the mainstream in homes and business institutions. Make a smart move today, and be part of the group that makes decisions today for the betterment of the future.