Most homeowners already know that solar panel installation can lower their energy bills, but what is the environmental impact of using solar energy, and why was 2015 yet another record-breaking year for solar panel installation? At SunBlue, we share a conviction that not only will the installation of solar panels improve the lives of our clients, but every installation is another step closer to a brighter future.
Over 186 million Americans live in areas with high air pollution, and the health impacts of pollution cost the United States over 300 billion dollars a year. The burning of fossil fuels is a significant contributor of our air quality problems, and is much less efficient than solar technology—it takes 170 pounds of coal and 300 pounds of carbon dioxide to produce one kilowatt of energy. Unlike fossil fuels, solar power systems can produce the same amount of power with no carbon dioxide waste, resulting in cleaner air, conservation of resources, and fewer greenhouse gases.
Clean Air, Clean Water
Coal mining, natural gas drilling, and fracking can do significant damage not only to the land, but also to water sources. Meanwhile, solar energy requires no water to operate.
Freedom from Fossil Fuels
If we had the ability to capture all the solar energy absorbed by the Earth in just one year, we would have 8,000 times the world’s total energy consumption. As solar technologies expand, we are on the brink of being able to rely entirely on the abundant renewable energy sources we have at our fingertips. Instead of being at the mercy of the oil market, solar-powered homes will always have a stabilized energy source.