There are a number of advantages to incorporating solar panels to provide energy for the home. First of all, solar panels allow homeowners to generate energy sustainably without the production of gas, smoke or chemical by-products in the process. As nations continue to attempt to curb emissions, solar energy and other green energy sources will become more prevalent for use in residential and commercial buildings. The initial costs of installation and maintenance of solar panels are offset by the lower rates homeowners generally receive as part of their utility bills. Homeowners looking to become more self-sufficient and reduce their reliance on the energy grid often install solar panels on their homes. Self-reliant societies in sunny location appreciation the decentralization offered by the use of solar panels. Solar energy can be used by homeowners in Alexandria or other parts of the state as part of an on or off-grid lifestyle.
Once installed, solar panels can last from as long as 25–30 years, depending upon the manufacturer. Most panels carry a warranty to cover the costs if a solar panel needs to be replaced before expected. Solar panels for home use have become increasingly affordable with tax incentives provided by government and state agencies. Electricity companies may pay customers for their extra energy produced.