Solar energy is the poster-child of the new, environmentally friendly, economically feasible world of the 21st century. Lightning-fast technological innovation in the private sector and complementary government tax credits have brought about the rapid ascent of the low-impact energy source, much to the chagrin of oil and gas executives.

Solar technology has been subject to its share of conflicting coverage on exactly how quickly it's growing in homes and businesses around the world, but recently, that debate has largely come to a halt. Nearly every expert will tell you that you have no better time to invest in solar technology than now. This is especially the case if you've discovered just how high your energy bills are lately.