Solar Apartment Ideas
Much of the population of the United States lives in houses, but there is also a very large percentage of the population who live in apartments as well. Millions of people actually live in apartments or apartment buildings all over the US. Usually, the electricity needs and consumption for people who live in apartments is typically less than people who live in houses. There are several reasons for this, and this is actually a positive feature of apartment living. When it comes down to living a sustainable future in an apartment, there is sometimes few options for solar panels and producing your own electricity.
Some of the newest apartments to be built in cities like New Orleans and Los Angeles and San Francisco are focusing on solar power to help keep utility company generated electricity consumption low. This is one of the most progressive ways of thinking, and it looks to be very successful so far. The common apartment building which is located in an urban area or big city, is often open to direct sunlight all day long. This is not always the case, but often it is. Also, newly built apartments are not going to be in need of roof repairs for a very long time. This is also a very positive thing for solar power. And most importantly, newly constructed apartments are going to be around for many years. That is exactly what solar panels like. They have a very long lifespan, and need to be sitting on a roof that will exist for a long time too.
Benefits of Solar Power for Apartments
- Apartment owners can sell the electricity to their tenants
- Tenants can make use of clean energy
- Property value of the apartments increases with solar power
- Apartment owners can make use of solar tax credits
- Electricity costs can be hedged with solar panels
Negative Aspects of Solar Power for Apartments
- Difficult to figure out how to divide construction costs
- Certain solar incentives and rebates might not be available to apartment owners
- A direct feed of the solar electricity to the electric panel is sometimes difficult
- Cleaning of the solar panels is sometimes not accessible
Solar Power for Public Housing Aparment Buildings
One of the most impressive new initiatives is the growth in solar power for public housing apartment buildings all over the United States. This is an excellent program for several reasons. One of those reasons has to do with educating the lower class about the importance of renewable energy sources. Without educating people about how solar power and renewable energy works, it would be an even harder uphill battle to make real changes around the world. The second big benefit for placing solar panel systems on public housing is all about the investment. Sometimes local and state and federal governments just don’t know where to spend their money. With a solar system, the benefits of clean energy production will last for over 25 years in most cases. And, there are very little maintenance costs associated with solar energy. So, by installing solar panels on these apartment buildings, and offering low income people solar, it should be looked at as money well spent.
Below are two pictures of solar panels on apartment buildings: