THE ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS OF SOLAR POWER
Financially, solar powered systems are great options in the type of energy we choose to power our homes and businesses. When it comes to impact on our environment, there are none better.
Consider these benefits:
Most of the power used in the United States is made from dirty fossil fuels including coal, gas, and oil. Once fossil fuels are burned to generate energy, they cannot be reused and we have to find more to create more energy. The search for more fossil fuels is only going to become more dangerous and expensive. The sun is a huge source of free, natural and renewable power.
Clean Power Plant
Once a solar system accounts for all the energy that goes into manufacturing and installation, it is a “clean power plant.” A photovoltaic system can usually produce this energy in 18 to 36 months. After that, all the electricity generated will be net positive over the system’s average 25- to 30-year lifespan.
Using solar power can help offset energy generated from fossil fuels. About half the electricity in the U.S. comes from burning coal, which releases toxic emissions, such as nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, and heavy metals like mercury. Using solar electricity reduces our dependence on coal, thus decreasing greenhouse gases and pollution.
Energy Security and Independence
Energy produced from green sources, like solar, will help reduce our dependence on imported energy. Solar power can be generated cleanly and safely in the United States, where jobs can be created in sales, installation, and engineering. In addition, home solar provides freedom from electricity rate increases and power outages. Here in Hawaii, this is even more critical as all of our oil is imported leaving us vulnerable to unstable worldwide fluctuations in the prices of crude oil. By going solar, your monthly payment is set. Thus, even if oil and electricity prices keep rising, you can feel comfortable knowing yours are set.