Here at the Solar Lights Site, we try to cover a variety of topics with regard to solar power.
While our primary focus is on solar lighting, we believe that solar energy is the best alternative for eventually replacing fossil fuels.
That is why, when our friends at sunrunhome.com asked us if we would like to post one of their infographics to our site… well, how could we refuse?
So, without further ado, here is a guest post from Sunrun, complete with infographic
Solar panel technology has changed little since it’s inception in 1894. Certain refinements have increased output and produced higher efficiency, while the technology surrounded battery technology has improved our ability to store the energy collected.
The technology for solar has made it a reasonable alternative to other forms of power, in terms of investment, for some time now. There have even been federal incentive programs since the 1950’s in attempt to encourage Americans to create their own power and soften the impact on the grid.
What has really changed is the cost per watt in comparison to the cost of competitive renewable and non-renewable energies.
This is true with every technology. The more we make, the cheaper it gets. The cheaper it gets, the more likely it’s going to be used by the largest number of people. More importantly, the cheaper it gets, the more available it is to the average entrepreneur to enter the market.
From our humble beginnings of discovery in 1839, to the now burgeoning market for inexpensive, easily available solar, we’ve come along way to parity.
Advantages of leasing solar panels
And now, with so many solar companies offering lease programs, the cost of installing solar on your home or business has dropped so significantly, it can often be purchased with little or no money down. Now that is incentive.
Infographic by Sun Run
Thanks, guys, for the awesome contribution!