In just one hour, the amount of sunlight that hits the Earth provides us with enough power to meet the energy needs of our planet for an entire year!
The ability to harness our energy from the sun allows us unlimited access to a truly renewable and infinite power source.
It’s becoming increasingly important to move away from fossil fuel resources – taking advantage of the sun’s free energy is a no-brainer. Compared to traditional energy sources, solar energy advantages and disadvantages tip heavily toward the positive. Solar offers many benefits and essentially no negative environmental impacts.
Solar is an environmentally friendly, sustainable and reliable power source. Here are just a few of the environmental benefits of solar energy:
Solar Power is Clean Power
There are no harmful by-products (such as air pollution or greenhouse gases) emitted from generating power via solar panels
Decreased Reliance on Finite, Dirty Energy
Traditional fuel sources contribute to global warming and the depletion of our atmosphere
Lower pollution levels benefit public health, helping you keep your family and community healthy and safe
Decreased Consumption of Natural Resources
Producing power with solar panels doesn’t consume or pollute precious water, or other natural resources that we depend on
Over the course of one year, the electricity produced by an average sized solar system is equivalent to preventing over 18,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions!
How can your home energy choices affect our environment? Making the switch to solar power is the same as:
If you’re interested in learning more about how your lifestyle is impacting our environment, visit the EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator to determine what your home’s current energy consumption is equivalent to.