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Some Facts About Solar Energy

2014 was the biggest year ever for solar power—and for some pretty good reasons. Since solar power reduces the use of fossil fuels, it’s one of the most environmentally friendly power sources available. And it’s gaining in popularity.

Solar energy usage has increased by about 20% per year over the last 15 years. As costs continue to decline, large utility companies and third-party installers are finding new ways to bring solar energy to customers. Other reasons for the rise in solar power’s popularity are the stable federal incentives and improved state incentives.

Benefits of Using Solar Energy:

  1. Solar power is an infinitely renewable energy source. Unlike limited oil, coal and gas supplies, the sun’s energy is endless.
  2. It reduces utility costs. Up to 48% of a home’s energy expenditures go toward heating and cooling. If you live in North America, use this Solar Calculator to determine how much you could save by switching to solar.
  3. It’s free.
  4. It’s clean.
  5. Tax credits or other incentives may be available in your area.

Environmental Impact:
Some solar power systems claim to offset 30 tons of C02 over 30 years. That’s like:

  • Planting 2,400 trees
  • Saving 80,000 gallons of water used in electricity production
  • Or saving 16 tons of coal from being burned for energy

Clearly solar power is on the rise. It will be interesting to see all the wonderful ways this amazing power is harnessed for the good of our planet!

Resources:
National Geographic: Solar Power Profile

Lennox: Why Solar

Solarcity: Benefits of Solar

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Ruthann Hendrickson
Ruthann Hendrickson
6 years ago

I’ve always been interested in solar power. I’d love to see more about this topic!

Tiffany Jones
Tiffany Jones
6 years ago

My husband, electrical/software engineer, wants to install panels all over our roof and use it to run the air conditioning. They are affordable these days too! Let’s rally against cities/counties from banning the use of them! I hear in FL it is against the law to have them. How foolish!

Las Vegas Solar Company

Since solar energy is completely natural, it is considered a clean energy source. It does not disrupt the environment or create a threat to Eco-systems the way oil and some other energy sources might. It does not cause greenhouse gases, air or water pollution.Most home owners convert to solar power because it is readily available, Renewable and curbs dependence on fossil fuels that pollute the environment, The cost of installing solar panels is reimbursed In the long term through the savings on your utility bill.

Gingi Freeman
Gingi Freeman
3 years ago

Oohhhh, I want solar panels on my house so bad!!!