What Homeowners Can Learn from Solar Energy Farms in Nevada

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Solar farms have been leading the way in solar installation. This is because installing mass anything is going to be far cheaper per unit.  Recently, however, residential solar sales have increased.

Residential installations have increased due to the federal tax credit and local incentives.  Many aren’t aware of this option though and others wonder if it is worth the investment.

 Large Scale Solar’s Land Battle

Although the transfer from fossil fuels is commendable some fear solar farms. This controversy is over the use of public lands once protected and farmlands for utility-scale use.

The Space Needed For A Solar Farm

While installed solar panels don’t pollute the air they do take up space. The average panel used for a solar farm is about 77 inches by 39 inches. This means that you would need about 250 square feet per panel installed.

The amount of land used to run a solar farm depends on the amount of energy needed. Most solar farms take up anywhere between 1 acre and 100 acres.

Solar Farms On Prime Farm Land

The best place to put a solar farm is on land that has few alternative purposes. Solar farms aren’t always put in these types of areas though.

Solar farms need a  transformer in order to transfer power onto the grid. The problem is that poor land is often in areas that aren’t close to existing transformers. Or transmission lines for that matter.

It is for this reason that many utilities have tried to use farmland for their solar farms. Using good farmland for solar, however, is a dangerous line to tread. Installing solar means that for 30 plus years that land won’t get utilized for crops.

What Utility Scale Solar Means For Nevadan’s

Renewables are the way of the future. It is for this reason that many utilities have installed solar farms.

But there is another reason too. So utilities can continue monopolizing the electric industry.

Taking A Look At The Numbers

Before 2015 solar was hardly tapped into by Nevada residents. In 2015, however, there was a large increase in residential solar installations.

In anticipation of the competition of residential solar NV Energy contrived a proposal. This proposal was then approved by the PUC and killed net metering in Nevada until 2017.  Interestingly, the year that NV Energy had without competition Nevada utility solar skyrocketed.

Northern NV Green Energy Choice Program

Now Northern NV Energy customers can join their green energy choice program. This program allows customers to get power from NV Energy’s other sources at an extra fee.

For an extra charge per watt, you can have all or half of your energy produced by renewable sources. These include a combination of geothermal, solar, hydro and biomass.

For those that can’t get solar for their home, this is a great way to support renewable energy. This energy choice, however, is not the best option for those that can get residential solar.

Nevada Residential Solar Solution

Solar should be a solution to the problem, not the cause. When you get a residential solar array you are able to address both of the above concerns.

Utilizing Your Unused Space

Most individuals that get solar have the system installed on their roof. A rooftop system allows solar to provide power to your home without taking up valuable land.

Save Money While Saving the Planet

Purchasing your solar array also gives you control over your power. After you have purchased your array you no longer have to pay for the power you produce. This means that for 25 plus years you don’t have to worry about large electric bills.

If you would like to learn more about getting solar for your Nevada home we can help. Go Solar Group is ready to answer your questions and help you determine if your home is a good fit.

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