Build A Sustainable Future With Solar Energy
Solar energy is gaining momentum all across the US and the world, and for good reasons. With economic issues and climate crisis keeping everyone on their toes, it became difficult to think of a bright future. But with solar energy, the world can become a better place.
Yes, you read that right. Solar energy does more than simply reducing your utility bills. It has the power to boost our economy, create more job opportunities, and lower the intensity of climate change.
Solar Power & the Environment
Has Low Carbon Footprint
In 2020, the US electric power industry was responsible for 1.55 billion metric tons of CO2 emissions. This has been the biggest issue with traditional energy resources like fossil fuels—the emission of harmful greenhouse gases. These gases pollute the environment, affect ecosystems, and lead to health hazards.
This is why solar energy is the future. While generating power, solar panels do not create any emissions. With every kW of solar energy, your carbon footprint reduces by 3000 pounds, yearly. So with a 6 kW solar system, you can decrease your carbon footprint by 18,000 pounds in a single year.
Improves Air Quality
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently revealed that 99% of the global population inhales polluted air, i.e., air that surpasses WHO’s air quality limits.
Severe air pollution impacts the respiratory tracts in the worst ways possible, leading to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, and lung cancer.
Reducing reliance on fossil fuels and focusing more on renewable energy can bring some respite if we start taking action now. With more and more people embracing solar power, the emission of greenhouse gases will go down significantly. As a result, air quality will improve, and the severity of respiratory diseases will remain under control.
No Water Wastage
PV cells operate independently of water. From producing energy to converting it into electricity, there is no need for water. You only need it when it’s time to clean the panels. On the other hand, traditional methods of energy production are water-intensive—in the US, thermoelectric plants running on fossil fuel need 500 billion liters of fossil fuel every day!
Going solar is a sustainable solution, as it conserves water, and makes sure groundwater is not further depleted.
Slows Down Climate Change
Unsustainable use of fossil fuels is one of the major causes of climate change. The greenhouse gases create a heat trap, and the temperature of the planet goes up unusually. It leads to global warming, affecting ecosystems, the flora and the fauna, and of course, us—humans.
This has been going on for a long period, and as a result, our climate has undergone a drastic change. In the past few years, we have seen more tornadoes, floods, and droughts than ever before. Reducing the use of fossil fuels might slow down climate change if solar energy gains prominence.
Limited Land Usage
Setting up fossil fuel-run power plants requires big stretches of land. Because of the installation, not only does the land get occupied, but also the local ecosystem gets affected.
The good news is that solar panels do not have any such demands. If you go for roof-mount panels, you don’t need any excess space than the rooftop of your house. In other cases, solar panels can be installed in faraway, barren lands, so you don’t have to sacrifice usable lands for energy production.
How Solar Power Impacts The Society & Economy
Creates Job Opportunities
The US solar energy industry created more than 2,55,000 job opportunities in 2021, 9% higher than in 2020. From manufacturing, installation, and maintenance, to marketing, the sector needs a great amount of workforce to run efficiently. As the industry grows more popular and starts to flourish, more jobs will be created.
So besides offering a safe and secure energy alternative, solar energy is controlling unemployment to a certain extent and boosting the economy.
Reduces Utility Expenses
Utility bills are skyrocketing every year. In the last one year, electricity expenses across the US have gone up by 16%. Switching to solar will drastically cut down your electricity bills, saving you around $1500 in a year. After applying the state and federal tax incentives and available solar rebates, the cost of solar panels goes down.
With all the money you save every year along with net metering, the panel will pay for itself. So it’s time to stop renting electricity and own your energy source.
Promotes Energy Independence
In the last 5 years, extreme weather caused over 100 annual power outages on average every year. Solar power addresses this issue efficiently. If you have batteries for power backup, you can be entirely energy-independent during natural disasters. Not just due to bad weather, any form of power outage will not affect your home—as long as your batteries are fully charged, you’ll have access to electricity.
Another way to live without depending on traditional energy resources is to use an off-grid solar system. There won’t be a power issue even when you’re in the remotest region, far away from electrical grids.
Makes Your Property Future-Proof
Fossil fuel is expected to become exhausted in the near future, but solar energy isn’t under any similar threat. Today, solar energy accounts for only over 3% of total electricity generated in the US, but with the newly announced 30% federal tax credit, increasing utility prices, and climate crisis, the demand for solar energy will shoot up in the coming years. By 2050, 45% of total electricity in the US will come from solar power, as projected by the Department of Energy.
So if you want to make your residential or commercial property future-proof, this is the moment. Besides enjoying clean energy, you’ll also enjoy a higher home value, as solar panels boost property prices by 4.1%.
Go solar, and lead the way towards a healthy, safe, and sustainable future.