Who can benefit the most from the sun's energy? Those who live in the sun belt like California, Arizona, Texas, Florida, the southwest deserts and the Rocky Mountain States. States where the sun shines the greater part of every year will receive the most benefit from their solar energy systems.
The most common solar energy systems capture the sunlight and convert it into electricity. The photovoltaic (PV) systems emit no greenhouse gases, and the more we use them, the more we slow global warming. The advantages are numerous and the most popular are low maintenance and the ability of generating electricity for many years to come. Then when you add lower utility bills, the advantages grow far above any disadvantages.
Listed on the plus side, several states offer tax credits and/or rebates, including federal, state and local tax credits.
One of the questions you'll have to answer for yourself is do you want to just lower your electric bills, or will you use the solar energy systems to completely do away with the local utility company? There are systems that use an independent system that is actually off the grid. They provide practically all or at least most of your electricity. These systems are common in rural areas where utilities are very high. They usually have a battery system for use at night or in cloudy weather. Many also use generators as a backup.
When you have reached the stage where you need to talk to an expert before that final decision, it would probably be best for you to contact a certified solar electrical contractor. They can help you determine how much solar power system you will need and will give you an estimate how much you should save in the long run.
The company will also tell you the best location of your solar power system. The majority of users install the systems on their rooftops. However there are other systems available such as ground mounted and integrated shade structure like an awning, or one that is incorporated into roofing materials.
The solar power systems have been improved steadily and many are choosing these systems as opposed to other systems such as wind.