What if I Don’t Switch to Solar?

Why are electric prices going up?

 

Our electric grid is an amazing thing. Spanning the width of the continent, it connects thousands of generation plants to hundreds of millions of consumers, delivering a constant flow of energy.

 

But a challenging future awaits our grid. We use more power every day, and siting and building power plants is becoming more difficult. Similarly, the aging and sometimes convoluted infrastructure of high-voltage power lines, transmission stations and the like needs an increasing amount of maintenance. Many of our power plants are 30-40 years old or older, and are nearing the end of their designed lifespan.

 

All of this means higher electric costs, and in deregulated power markets, that means the costs will inevitably paid by consumers. Issues of fuel scarcity, domestic security, and environmental regulation will also contribute to the price increase.

 

In addition to all the other benefits, solar serves as a hedge against these inevitable price increases by allowing home, business, and farm owners to lock in a low rate for years to come.

 

By installing solar locally, some of the impact on the grid of the increasing use of electricity is also mitigated. For example, when all those AC units turn on in the summer, utilities have to turn on more power plants. But since AC use is highest during the summer when the sun is shining at it’s brightest, homes with solar will run their AC unit directly from their solar panels, and not from the grid.

 

You already know what will happen if you don’t switch to solar. Contact us today to find out more about what will happen if you do!

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