The actual panels involved with solar energy are very durable. There are no moving parts so they do not damage easily. With this being said, you won’t find that you have to shut down for repairs or interrupt your service.
You may think of a solar option to offset something else that you have always wanted to have. One good example is a swimming pool. There is a big energy expense with heating a pool, even though it may add other value. You may find that by creating energy through a solar system you can offset the extra energy cost of the pool.
The sun is not going to raise your rates! Utility companies do have periodic rate increases, but with solar you are looking at a true fixed cost based on the amount that you pay monthly for your system. Once the system is paid for, your benefit is even larger.
So, what does solar do? This system gives you the opportunity to be ahead of the curve. Clean and renewable energy is the way of the future, and you will already be there if you are converting to solar now.
There may be some confusion about the ability to use solar power when the sun is not out. There is no lapse in energy at night or when it is cloudy. While the sun is strong you are collecting energy that still goes out to the electrical grid, you are never totally disconnected. During those times you are basically crediting yourself with excess energy. At night you will be using this credited energy in your home.
You will find that there are incentives offered on both a federal, and many local levels, to install solar power. You can get a tax credit on your federal filing if you have a system. You will also want to check with your state and local city to see what incentives they might offer you as well.