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Differences Between Electric and Solar Energy Sources

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Most property owners, whether residential or commercial, may think that their only option for energy is to take the traditional route and pay an electric company to rent power from them. They have no control over the cost, efficiency, or potential outages that may affect their home or business. In reality, renewable energy sources like solar power are abundant and reliable, and are available to most home and business owners.

Traditional energy sources rely on fossil fuels.

Electric energy is generated through power plants, where it then flows through large transmission lines which carry it to substations. Finally, distribution lines carry electricity from those substations to houses, businesses, schools, and other properties.

Major electric companies utilize these power stations in order to supply you with and charge you for energy. In order to produce and distribute massive amounts of electricity, large quantities of resources like petroleum, natural gas and water are needed.

Solar energy sources depend on sunlight.

Using carefully and professionally installed solar panels, solar power generates energy with sunlight and photovoltaic (PV) technologies. On a small scale, think about the solar-powered calculators we all used in elementary school. They had a small strip of solar panels on the top, turning the light from our classrooms into energy to power the calculators.

Solar power is unlimited.

The sun isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Harnessing solar energy sources is an incredibly flexible and environmentally-friendly option to power your home, business, electric vehicle, and more. By opting for a renewable power source like sunlight, we’ll also produce less pollution from traditional energy sources that rely on toxic fuels and gas.

Solar power is the energy source you own, not rent.

Traditional electric energy companies charge you monthly to rent their power; you don’t get to control how much they charge, or when their prices may increase. When you install a solar power system on your home or business, you’re investing in technology that will pay for itself within a decade. Your monthly energy bills can decrease, and you can feel good about where your power comes from.

For a deeper look into the key differences between electric and solar energy sources, chat with one of our friendly experts at Michigan Solar Solutions today!

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