It’s pretty amazing really.
In the past 5 years alone, solar costs have plummeted 80%, making the technology within easy reach of millions of Americans. Moreover, fossil fuel prices have risen steadily. And because most utility companies get their energy from oil, gas, and coal, grid electricity prices have also risen.
In other words, going solar has become a no-brainer. Why pay increasingly large amounts of money for utility power when you can harness clean, free sunshine?
Solar Panels for Sale Everywhere the Sun Shines
Solar is no longer a fringe technology. It has become mainstream. And nowhere is this more apparent than in California – one of the hottest solar markets on the planet.
As San Diego PV installers, we’re already well aware of solar’s mass appeal. Every day, we get bombarded with requests from homeowners and businesses eager to take advantage of the many financial and environmental benefits that solar offers. But we recently learned that Home Depot and Best Buy have solar panels for sale right here in Southern California.
Retail stores of this size don’t do “fringe.”
But this is only the tip of the iceberg. You can now buy cheap panels on eBay, Amazon, and at pretty much any major hardware store.
From a strictly environmental standpoint, this is great news. Of the more than 75 million owner-occupied homes nationwide, only 500,000 or so currently have solar technology installed. The rest continue to get their energy from dirty fuel sources (via the utility companies).
Cheap panels make it easier to go solar. And more solar means less pollution.
There’s much to celebrate here. At Sunline Energy, we’re on a global mission to outfit every rooftop in the world with clean, renewable solar energy (starting with San Diego, of course). And with falling prices and more shopping options, this mission is becoming easier and easier to fulfill.
But – there’s a dark side to cheap solar panels. A side that many manufacturers, installers, and retailers don’t want you to know about.
Cheap Solar Panels Are Not As Cheap As They’re Cracked Up to Be
Solar is becoming more affordable and more accessible. But over the next several articles, we’ll look at what “cheap” really means and how you can get the most bang for your buck when you finally decide to go solar.
These articles aren’t meant to discourage you – or scare you away from solar. Quite the opposite. We want you to embrace clean technology. And we want to help you find the best possible deals. But before you rush out to Best Buy or Amazon, it’s important that you know the facts first.
Tune in tomorrow for the next installment. And if you have any solar-related questions in the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact us. All Sunline Energy consultations are 100% free.