Solar Power Trends for 2017

Solar power is a growing trend. More and more people are looking for alternatives to non-renewable resources. The price of oil and natural gas are always going up and solar power is one thing that will only get cheaper. Read on to find out what our predictions are for solar power in 2017.

Faster and simpler ways to install solar

Solar technology is improving as the demand for clean energy solutions grows. Manufacturers are making simpler systems that are faster and easier to install. New solar equipment has the ability to generate and store more power than ever, while having a streamlined look, increased durability, and long lifespan.

Since Solar is taking off in a big way lately. More trades people are learning how to install solar panels to racks and mounting systems, so there’s no reason to install solar panels on your own. Crest Roofing is looking forward to doing solar power installations in the future too, because the best time to go solar is when you’re getting work done on your roof. They go hand in hand.

Solar Power Equipment is less expensive than it was a few years ago

Solar power modules (or systems) have been around for decades! It’s amazing that solar power hasn’t been something the average person buys into. But now, when you think about it, it makes sense. Who would get something from the store when they could get it free at home?

Prices for sun-powered systems used to be a lot more expensive. The price per watt with the system and installation costs factored in was over $100 per watt in 1975! The current average price per watt (2016) is 61 cents! That’s a very attractive number, so we should expect more manufacturers to get into solar and drive the prices down even further.

Do you like charts and stats about solar power trends? Check out these 10 Solar Power Cost Trend Charts.

New financing options to make solar more affordable

Despite the fact that Alberta is one of the sunniest places in Canada, the government hasn’t offered much in the way of solar power incentives yet.

In the United States, home and business owners can get grants and rebates from the government for solar power installations, but only recently have Canadians started to see incentives. Solar power has been around for over 40 years and it was only 7 years ago (in 2009) that the Alberta government set up regulations that “allowed Albertans to generate our own environmentally friendly electricity and receive credit for any power sent to the electricity grid.” (Source) It’s about time we start seeing government incentives for solar power.

Other than money back for power sent to the grid, currently the governments in certain cities offer their own incentives. Banff and Lethbridge offer rebates for taking “green” initiatives. Banff specifically offers a $650 rebate for homeowners who install a solar powered hot water heater. (Source)

In an effort to reduce carbon emissions, the Alberta government is also rolling out funding for farms and municipalities to install solar panels. (Source)

The future of solar power in Alberta is getting brighter, and it’s very likely that we’ll see more grants and funding for solar initiatives.

Residential Solar Power is on the Rise

Compared to commercial buildings, solar power adoption is more common for the average homeowner. It’s still cheaper for businesses to buy power from the grid, which is mostly sourced from natural gas and coal. When it comes to industry, the bottom line is usually what influences decisions like where to get energy from.

Individuals with families and futures to think about are more concerned about where their power is coming from. That’s why we’re going to see homeowners adopting solar power for their homes before we start seeing industry do the same.

People are getting inspired in more ways and will continue to be

Solar power is all over the news lately! Elon Musk’s roof tiles made headlines for months, and we don’t even know how much they’re going to cost yet! When the numbers are finally released in 2017, homeowners are going to be all over them.

It’s not just the solar panels and tiles that are getting all the attention. Batteries are getting smaller and more efficient by the day, and soon we’ll be able to store all the solar energy we collect. On that note, earlier this year Scientists Accidentally Invented a Battery that Lasts a Lifetime!

What’s more inspiring than cool gadgets and scientific breakthroughs? How about entire countries that are powered entirely with renewable energy sources!? (Click here to see the list of places that use 100% renewable energy) Germany is the clear leader in solar power adoption, but solar is getting more popular all over the world. See which countries are leading the world in solar energy here.

The Future of Solar Power with Crest Roofing

Crest Roofing is excited about the future of solar power! We’ve been attending solar events, asking questions, and doing research on how we can help homeowners install solar systems on their roofs. As we said before, the best time to install solar is when we’re working on your roof, so it just makes sense to get into solar power now.

Are you interested in getting solar power for your home? Give us a call and let us know! We want to know what you think about the idea of residential solar power, so leave a comment below.

For all your roofing needs, Crest Roofing has you covered. We do residential and commercial roofing — from repairs to replacement. We’re the roofing experts. Contact us today!

What’s the Big Deal about Elon Musk’s Solar Roof Tiles?

Elon Musk, the creator of affordable, efficient electric cars and the brains behind the Tesla brand, is focusing on solar power. His big revelation this month was solar roof tiles, and it’s kind of a big deal.

When it comes to renewable energy, Mr. Musk is at the forefront of technology. His mission is to make the world a more environmentally friendly place. Ideally, he’d like the average person to produce less waste, make less of an impact on the planet, and be self-sufficient.

He started with electric cars, which have gotten rave reviews. Next his focus was on electricity storage, and he started making lithium batteries that were cheaper and better than ever before. But after cars and batteries, people wondered what the next big thing was… Nobody expected it to be roofing materials!

Cars, Batteries, and Now Roofing? What’s Up With That?

It makes perfect sense when you think about it. If your roof collects energy that you can use to power batteries that power your home and your car, it’s all connected! No other power source is more reliable. Coal and natural gas are finite resources. Wind doesn’t always blow and wave or water power aren’t options for land-locked Albertans.

Solar power is the only reliable option for sustainable energy in the world. Elon smartly developed technology to help the average person tap into it! From a roofing company’s perspective, it’s a very exciting concept. For one, Crest Roofing is all about quality, workmanship, and functionality. We want to give you the best roof we can.

If Elon Musk’s solar roof tiles are the way of the future, we want to be able to install them for you. The company that makes them isn’t rolling out the tiles for the general public until 2017, but here are a few reasons you should consider getting his solar tiles in the future.

These Roofs Look GREAT!

The models he’s showcased are made to mimic the look of high-end roofing materials like clay shingles, terra cotta, and slate. While those aren’t the materials the average homeowner gets their roof done in, they are the ones that last a long time and look great.

That said, your Tesla roof tiles aren’t going to stick out like a sore thumb against your neighbours. They blend in perfectly and you can’t even tell that they’re solar tiles from the street.
Solar City will be starting production in 2017.

They are INCREDIBLY durable!

The official word is that these solar roof tiles are as durable as asphalt shingles. They can be walked on and stand up to the elements just as well as comparable roofing materials.

There’s even a very entertaining video where a 5lb weight is dropped on a selection of roofing materials to show how strong they are.

Now For the Thing We All Care About: Is It Going To Be Affordable?

Ok, so now that you’re getting excited about solar roofs. They could potentially power your home, your car, and all your electronic devices. The question on everyone’s mind is …. “Is this going to be affordable?”

Well, they’re aiming for affordability. Company reps are saying that their solar roofs are going to be priced to cost less than an equivalent roof type when utility bill savings are factored in. But the types of roofing materials they’ve shown are mostly high-end materials like slate, terra cotta, and Tuscan clay. Those are on the higher end of the budget when you’re getting your roof redone.

So if you’re budgeting for a high-end roof, these solar roof tiles would be a good choice! But most of our residential roofing customers aren’t going for high-end. They’re looking at asphalt shingles, which make up about 90% of the homes we do.

Final Thoughts on the Solar Roof Tiles

As a forward-thinking company, we will embrace any new technology that our customers want. It’s likely that we would offer solar roof tile installations if they become mainstream. It’s great that there are pioneers like Elon Musk out there to steer society in a direction toward the greater good, but time will tell.

For all your roofing needs, Crest Roofing is there to help you. Whether it’s roof repairs, adding insulation to your attic, shoveling snow off your business, or installing a new tar and gravel roof, we’ve got you covered.

Give us a call to get started at (780) 466-1601, send us an email or fill out a contact form. We’d love to hear from you and have our roofing experts answer your questions.

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