The Benefits of Solar
Solar energy offers homeowners and businesses numerous advantages:
Environmental Impact - Solar power is one of the most environmentally friendly electric generation resources. Photovoltaic (PV) and thermal solar panels generate electricity without any hazardous waste, air or water emissions and no noise or vibrations.
Location - Because solar energy is located on-site, close to a customer's consumption, solar can limit inefficient waste of heat from central electric power plants as well as the expense and energy losses associated with distribution to the end users. Solar power is a viable choice for almost everyone because it can be implemented easily in urban, suburban and rural environments.
Scalability - Solar thermal and PV can be deployed in a variety of configurations and sizes making it easy to scale to meet the needs of the customer.
Retail Benchmark - Solar thermal and PV energy in some areas are directly competitive with retail prices at the customer's site and can supplement a customer's electricity purchased from the local utility.
Peak Energy Generation - Solar power is well-suited to match peak energy needs as sunlight hours typically correspond to peak demand periods when electricity prices are at their highest. This correlation increases the value of solar solutions in comparison with other types of renewable energy that are not in alignment with peak demand periods.
Fuel Risk - Solar energy has no fuel price volatility like fossil and nuclear fuels. Solar energy systems can be properly sized and configured to be highly reliable and in turn will provide long-term fixed prices for your electric power needs.
Reliability - Solar roof and ground mount systems require minimal maintenance as there are limited moving parts.
Benefits of LED
LED (light emitting diode) solid-state technology is currently one of the brightest and most energy-efficient (lumens per watt), longest-life, and lowest-maintenance lighting options available. A summary of LED lighting benefits are listed below:
Long life - lifetimes that can last decades (from 50,000 (17 yrs at 8 hrs/night) to 100,000 hours), many times that of other types of lighting, making them a great solution for hard-to-reach or costly to replace/maintain locations like street or parking/area lights.
Energy efficiency - In general, LED lights are significantly more energy efficient than other types of lighting (as much as 90% more).
Brightness - (warm 2500-4000 kelvin) best for inside; (white or colder light 5000-7000 kelvin) best for outside applications—whiter light allows you to see better at night and typically has a longer life.
Durability and robustness - no moving parts, no glass, no filaments; resistant to shock, vibration, and temperature extremes. Solid-state LED bulbs are arranged in clusters (or multi-arrays) and can continue to provide light even if one or more emitters fail, unlike a single-filament bulb.
Non-toxic - eliminates hazardous waste issues that are typically associated with other types of lighting that often contain mercury.
Instant-on & versatile - no warm-up time required (some take up to 10 minutes), no flickering, can be dimmed or pulsed, and available.
Cool - LED has less heat radiation than HID (high-intensity-discharge) or incandescent lighting.
Lower overall product life-cycle cost - LED lights are more expensive to purchase initially; however, they can last significantly longer (decades vs. a few months or years) which translates to lower maintenance costs (fewer bulb replacements and labor/equipment associated with frequent bulb changes) and significantly reduced energy requirements.
Solar friendly - LEDs are dramatically more efficient than conventional lights, making them ideal for solar applications. Enable significantly more light output (lumens/watt) and less battery storage needs due to the increased energy efficiency.