Benefit #1: Solar reduces the carbon footprint and makes the planet healthier.
Carbon dioxide (also known as CO2) is generated as a by-product burning coal, oil and gas to create energy. The two biggest contributors to CO2 are the cars we drive and the power for our homes. The cumulative effect is referred to as our annual “carbon footprint.”
American households have a carbon footprint of roughly five times the global average. Simply put, the U.S. generates a lot of CO2. That’s the bad news.
The good news is that reducing CO2 emissions has been an increasingly popular agenda in America. US citizens are becoming more and more conscious of renewable energy resources and reducing their impact on the environment to stem the effects of climate change.
And what, exactly, is climate change?
Climate change is a change in the usual temperature of the earth. Scientists have discovered that the temperature of the earth has risen about one degree Fahrenheit in the last 100 years. That may not seem like much, but even a small change can cause big things to happen to our planet. Such as ice melts, oceans rise, draughts which plant life, and more.
Benefit #2: Solar is becoming more popular and more affordable.
The market for solar energy in the U.S. alone is huge. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, some 40% of all U.S. electricity needs could come from solar using just existing rooftops. But of the 125 million homes in the United States, only one million currently use solar energy.
Not only has the efficiency of solar panels increased, the average price of solar panels has decreased 30% in the last three years. As a result, global growth of solar energy is expected to increase 11-17% every year, more than doubling from 2016 to 2020.
To put that in perspective, it took more than 40 years to achieve the first one million solar installations in the U.S. In the next two years, it is projected that another million solar installations will be installed nationwide.
One third of all new electricity coming on line is solar. Commercial solar projects – solar panels installed on the rooftops of commercial buildings – have increased 60% from 2014 to 2015.
Once the initial investment in solar power is made, the source of the energy – the sun – and the consumable energy produced is free. In fact, in some cities, you can sell the surplus electricity you produce through solar power back to your local power company and actually make a profit!
Benefit #3: Today’s solar panels are better than ever before.
Solar panels have come a long way. The new solar cells are lighter, thinner, more flexible and affordable than ever and the manufacturing process is more precise and with a cleaner environmental footprint.
Not only are today’s solar cells of a higher quality, they can be used virtually anywhere from residential and commercial roofs to golf carts, trailers and RVs. These cells are so versatile and portable that they can be taken anywhere – even camping.
At Sunflare, our mission is to reduce the world’s carbon footprint and create a healthier planet for future generations. To learn more about how you can use solar energy to reduce your carbon footprint and give back to the planet, contact us today.