What Homeowners Can Learn from Solar Energy Farms in Nevada
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
The transfer from fossil fuels is commendable. However, some fear solar farms will negatively impact public lands.
This controversy over public land use is not new. Several other industries have tried/succeeded in reducing farmland. This is how vast expanses of farmland and publicly protected land have been transformed into sky scarpers and residential neighborhoods.
Those that value farm life and the ease it brings to everyone else, understandably, don’t want it to be stripped away. However, others value the convenience of having everything close by. They argue that repurposing some of this land is almost a necessity for modern society.
The Space Needed For A Solar Farm
While installed solar panels do not pollute the air, they do take up space. The average solar panel used for a solar farm is about 77 inches by 39 inches. Each solar panel needs about 250 square feet of land.
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 to move 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. Or at least not certain types of crops.
What Utility-scale Solar Means For Nevadans
Renewables are the way of the future. It is for this reason that many utilities have installed solar farms.
However, there is another reason for solar farms. So, utilities can continue monopolizing the electric industry.
Solar farms are typically owned by utility companies. This should mean that their customers would get a better rate. The truth, however, is that most utilities charge customers more for their renewable energy programs than for fossil fuel.
There are several reasons that utilities give for this increased rate. However, it doesn’t make sense for the customer to pay more so they can be environmentally conscious. Especially, since the price of solar panels has decreased.
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, customers can have all or half of their 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 individuals get a residential solar array they can address both of the above concerns.
Residential solar uses less space and it helps reduce customer costs. As icing on the cake, it also helps decrease the customer’s carbon footprint.
Utilizing Reno Citizen’s Unused Space
Most individuals have the solar array installed on their roof. A rooftop system allows solar to provide power to the home without taking up valuable land.
Save Money While Saving the Planet
Purchasing a solar array also gives customers control over power production. After purchasing a solar array, customers no longer have to pay for the power they 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.